Fallout 3 goes gold, gets leaked on torrent sites

By on October 9, 2008, 3:29 PM
Bethesda Softworks announced today that its highly anticipated title, Fallout 3, has finally gone gold and will be available for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 by the end of the month on October 28. Sadly, in what seems like a slap in the face to a company against including bulky DRM with their releases, the game has already been leaked and is currently being pirated across many file-sharing sites.

Apparently, it is the Xbox 360 version of the game that is making its rounds, though it is not clear if it is an early review copy of the game that has been leaked given that it just went gold hours ago. Bethesda has so far declined to comment on the situation, but one can only assume that they're not too happy about the leak. If anything, they can at least take comfort in the positive response most people seem to be giving the game.




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OUTLAWXXX said:
I sort of hope that it was some early review that got leaked because when a game gets leaked the same day the game goes GOLD... that pretty much means you have NO!!!! clue WTF is going on inside your own company or who's hands have access to the content... I'm a bit of a control freak so this sort of news depresses me... lol
Darth Shiv said:
"Sadly, in what seems like a slap in the face to a company against including bulky DRM with their releases, the game has already been leaked and is currently being pirated across many file-sharing sites."I'm sorry but that is a pretty retarded statement. It misses the entire point. The fact is the pirates would release ANY game irrespective of DRM or not. They don't seem to have any problem with getting around DRM. DRM actually only hurts those who BUY the game. So the proof in the pudding is how many people buy it and like it. The reviews on Amazon won't be "OMG Spore's DRM is so bad blah blah blah".
captain828 said:
nfoHump says the leaked version is a review copy for the EU & USA regions, so it's confirmed nowI hope they catch the f*cker who leaked it (propably a reviewer or a friend of his) and sue him to hell
windmill007 said:
I agree with Darth. I was mad for a minute until I read Darth's comment and it made sense. it doesn't matter if its pirated. What matters is if the people who buy the game have a good experience. And including DRM is never a good experience and turns more to pirating. Make your customers happy and you will have good worth of mouth which will in turn create more sales.
TimeParadoX said:
There will always be pirated versions of games, be it console or PC. Someone out there will always find ways to get around DRMs as long as we continue to put them into our products. If someone is willing to sit around and download a game, there will always be seeds and leechers.
Badfinger said:
IMHO this won't make a dent, Fallout 3 will do very well, or die if the game sucks, via word of mouth.Leaking is far too common, and if this game has any multiplayer in it, you'll have to buy it to do that most likely.Some downloaders consider it a demo, especially after so many BAD games they've paid for, at least that is the way it's commonly justified, I don't condone it, but I understand, especially in this $belt tightening little world we live in now.Me? I was not a fallout fan, and my PC gaming has nose dived since I bought a used touchscreen bar top game. Only uses a 110W power supply so it's saving me on electricity too. 8)Game I am playing now though is Loki, now $20, Adventure Hack/Slash RPG, not using multiplayer, I quit all MMOs for now also, I was playing Dungeon Lords, $6 from Big Lots, but the crummy interface has finally made me quit.
Nitefang said:
I disagree with the way most people pirate things. I will admit the I pirate games but I always buy the game later unless it really sucked in which case I rent it. Anyway, any game the has DRM on will be a HUGE target in the pirating world. DRM pisses everyone off and the people who pirate are trying to say that it doesn't help and you guys are just making other people's lives harder. If this had a more user friendly anti-pirating program on it, it would still be pirated eventually but it wouldn't be a target like how Spore was. My final point is that pirating is illegal and unless you buy the game you are stealing from someone who did actually work hard. On the other hand DRM is retarded and the point needs to be made that it is worthless, it makes paying customers suffer and the pirates laugh at it.
TimeParadoX said:
[b]Originally posted by Nitefang:[/b][quote]I disagree with the way most people pirate things. I will admit the I pirate games but I always buy the game later unless it really sucked in which case I rent it. Anyway, any game the has DRM on will be a HUGE target in the pirating world. DRM pisses everyone off and the people who pirate are trying to say that it doesn't help and you guys are just making other people's lives harder. If this had a more user friendly anti-pirating program on it, it would still be pirated eventually but it wouldn't be a target like how Spore was. My final point is that pirating is illegal and unless you buy the game you are stealing from someone who did actually work hard. On the other hand DRM is retarded and the point needs to be made that it is worthless, it makes paying customers suffer and the pirates laugh at it. [/quote]DRMs aren't exactly a "target", they are just an annoyance. Take SPORE for example, the only reason people would pirate it was because EA had a restrictive CD key check. I usually pirate games and movies I can't find, such as Fallout 1/2 and Jagged Alliance series, I have bought them in the past but I could never find the CDs again.
captain828 said:
[b]Originally posted by TimeParadoX:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by Nitefang:[/b][quote]I disagree with the way most people pirate things. I will admit the I pirate games but I always buy the game later unless it really sucked in which case I rent it. Anyway, any game the has DRM on will be a HUGE target in the pirating world. DRM pisses everyone off and the people who pirate are trying to say that it doesn't help and you guys are just making other people's lives harder. If this had a more user friendly anti-pirating program on it, it would still be pirated eventually but it wouldn't be a target like how Spore was. My final point is that pirating is illegal and unless you buy the game you are stealing from someone who did actually work hard. On the other hand DRM is retarded and the point needs to be made that it is worthless, it makes paying customers suffer and the pirates laugh at it. [/quote]DRMs aren't exactly a "target", they are just an annoyance. Take SPORE for example, the only reason people would pirate it was because EA had a restrictive CD key check. I usually pirate games and movies I can't find, such as Fallout 1/2 and Jagged Alliance series, I have bought them in the past but I could never find the CDs again.[/quote]I remeber reading of a new site dedicated to classics, but I don't remember what it was called...
Departed said:
[b]Originally posted by captain828:[/b][quote]I remeber reading of a new site dedicated to classics, but I don't remember what it was called...[/quote]www.gog.com
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