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Fallout 3 SecuROM shenanigans upset gamers

Oct 29 // Jim Sterling    @JimSterling

We got a tip today from an outraged gamer calling Bethesda liars for their use of SecuROM in the newly released Fallout 3. In case you forgot, Bethesda's Pete Hines mentioned a while ago that they didn't use DRM in their games -- or at the very least used the mildest form possible:

[Fallout 3 will be] pretty similar to what we did for Oblivion, which was -- we basically don't do any -- we do the mildest form possible. I actually don't know if I even want to get into what it is that we exactly do, but we try to be really noninvasive when it comes to that stuff.

The above quote is currently being thrown at Bethesda after the alleged discovery of SecuROM -- arguably the most hated and invasive DRM software available -- in the PC version of Fallout 3. According to reports, Fallout 3 won't run on a PC with "recognized" piracy tools installed -- that includes Daemon Tools, Sonic, Roxio and similar software. 

So, some people are having trouble playing Fallout 3, and the blame is being put upon SecuROM. According to another post, the SecuROM in this case doesn't install, it only runs from the disc, but it is still causing problems for some people.

The situation appears somewhat muddy, and we have contacted Pete Hines directly. We're awaiting some form of response before we go as far as to call Bethesda dirty liars along with the other pitchfork wielders. All I'll say is that it's amusing to see one particular Bethesda moderator demanding sources for Pete Hines' quotes as if he never said it. Even funnier was the fact that our own post was used as evidence.

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