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Lawyers want to investigate Bethesda over Fallout 76-related "deceptive trade practices"

By midian182 · 12 replies
Nov 27, 2018
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  1. One of the many reasons why Fallout 76 has become Bethesda’s worst-reviewed game in 12 years is the many bugs it contains, including one that made players immortal. This resulted in a number of buyers asking for refunds, and while some had their requests accepted straight away, others were rejected on the grounds that those who “downloaded the game are not eligible."

    As a result of these refused refunds, Washington, D.C-based law firm Migliaccio & Rathod LLP claims it will be investigating Bethesda for deceptive trade practices. It has asked anyone who purchased the game and then tried and failed to get a refund to contact the company.

    “While minor bugs and glitches are expected with the release of most new games, Fallout 76 launched with a 56GB patch that has proven to be but a starting point for the game’s problems. Gamers who have tried to receive a refund because of the game’s myriad glitches have been unable to do so since they downloaded the game, leaving them to deal with an unplayable experience until patches bring it back to a playable state,” reads Migliaccio & Rathod’s post.

    Eurogamer notes there are reasons to be pessimistic over the law firm’s claims. Not only does it offer no evidence of an investigation, it often writes these type of posts without anything coming of them. There’s also the ZeniMax Terms of Service agreement that gives American players a 30-day window to “opt out” of a class action waiver, which must be done by post. After this period, lawsuits can only be filed on an individual basis.

    The whole situation has led to questions about whether this was why Bethesda never released Fallout 76 on Steam, where it would have had to adhere to Valve’s refund rules.

    With an 80 percent drop in retail sales compared to the last main entry in the series, Fallout 76 has already had its price temporarily reduced – down 33 percent to $40 – less than two weeks after launch.

    Is there any hope for Fallout 76? Could it ‘do a No Man’s Sky’ and eventually become a great game? We take a closer look at the situation here.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,811   +1,179

    I haven't played but I'm a fan of the fallout series, I do hope they are able to rescue it.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,141   +1,642

    "Not only does it offer no evidence of an investigation, it often writes these type of posts without anything coming of them."

    In other words, this "lawsuit" claim is fake news.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,677   +4,024

    You know, we've been predicting it for months now. You screw your customer base and you'll take it on the chin every time! Very simple:
    - Single Player
    - Stick with a winning theme
    - NEVER ignor your fan base
    - Fire the DA that told you to ignore these .....
    MonsterZero likes this.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,166   +3,769

    It doesn't even matter what becomes of this lawsuit, the damage done to the brand is going to be nearly immediate.
  6. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 633   +407

    How can something be "nearly immediate"? That doesn't even make sense. Either it's immediate or it isn't.
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  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,166   +3,769


    It's called momentarily, which is shortly after immediate. Perhaps you should look up words for time duration as there are plenty of shades in between immediate and far future.

    Do you also question why "soon after" has been in use for over 100 years now? According to you it has to be either soon or after even though that's not how English works.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018
  8. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 633   +407

    Well at least we all get a chance to study the definitions of words again, today. Thanks for helping direct the flow of knowledge, my friend. Here you go, and you're welcome:

    A Revaluation of Time (and Velocity)
    by Miles Mathis
  9. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 582   +334

    This game is DOA, I'm a long time Fallout fan but this game and all the bad-to-worse news surrounding it just killed it for me.

    They should have stuck with single player, but it was just a quick cash grab to turn an amazing series into an MMO, similar to how Blizzard ruined Diablo.

    Thanks to Bethesda and Blizzard for killing two games that were nostalgic and the best in their league.
  10. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 846   +329

    So basically it's a skippable release. Now we wait for Fallout 5. No matter how good a company does, there's no guarantee for success consistently. A common investment saying, 'past performance is not a predictor of future performance'. Those who bought into this game was clearly warned in advanced if they had paid attention. If you didn't have money to burn at it's release you were taking a chance. A common gambling saying, 'if you don't have money to lose, don't gamble'.
  11. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +163

    good. stop giving us shitty *** products built on a shittier outdated game engines
  12. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,166   +3,769

    Or perhaps you could not make pointless nitpicks about other's diction eh?

    "helping direct the flow of knowledge"? That's what you were trying to do when you took issue with the way I delineated time specifics. You can't objectively prove it's incorrect so you play the victim card.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
  13. DJ Wilde

    DJ Wilde TS Rookie

    I keep asking people WHERE the game is 'half price' and no one can show me because everywhere I look it's still a sixty dollar game. That includes Bethesda, Microsoft, Walmart, Gamestop, Target... so where?

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