Fallout 3 Removes Game For Windows Requirements 13 Years Later

Early concept art from Fallout 3

Illustration: Craig Mullins

There are likely some audience out there youthful plenty of to not even know what Games For Home windows Are living even was, but for people of us who lived by means of it, we don’t forget: how pointless it was, how broken.

Launched in 2007, it was Microsoft’s very first try to bridge the hole among console players on Xbox Stay and individuals enjoying on Computer, which built best sense for game titles like Shadowrun and Halo 2, but a ton fewer sense with epic singleplayer adventures like Fallout 3.

For most people, forcing them to boot the video game and operate it by way of Microsoft’s janky launcher/platform was merely a suffering in the ass, but for me, it was sport-breaking. I can’t recall the specifics of it (this was a very long time back!), but my copy of Fallout 3 ran into a bug that was similar to Online games for Home windows Dwell, not the sport itself, and so any time I tried using to enjoy it, at a particular point in the sport it would simply crash.

It didn’t make a difference how many occasions I uninstalled and reinstalled the sport. It did not even issue if I did this on a new pc. There was an problem with my GFW account itself, and it stopped me from finding any more than all over 1/4 of the way through Fallout 3.

(Make sure you don’t retrospectively troubleshoot this for me, I have found methods to get on with my everyday living in the ten years due to the fact!)

Not ideal! Fortunately, my 2008 dramas are not a 2024 issue any for a longer time, with the latest update for Fallout 3: Sport of the Yr on Steam just slicing the total Game titles For Home windows Stay prerequisite out of the recreation solely.

Update Update 1.7..4’s changelog reads:

Fallout 3: Video game of the Yr Version has been up to date and no more time installs Games for Home windows Reside dependencies. If Fallout 3 was earlier set up on Steam, we recommend uninstalling and reinstalling the title.

The title no extended necessitates Video games for Windows Reside and will now start.

Game titles for Windows Reside hardly ever seriously took off, and by 2013-14 was practically dead in the water, as Microsoft started doing the job on the improvements that have led to the vastly top-quality Xbox shopfront and multiplayer integration we love these days.