The final knockout for the unpopular Games for Windows Live service – Fallout 3 is now relieved of this legacy.
There are things that you have to wait forever for: delicious food in the oven, installing a Windows update or taking the train. And when you no longer believe that something is going to happen, suddenly the time has come.
Owners of the Steam version of Fallout 3 also had to show great patience in recent years. Because either your game did not start under Windows 10 or only with the help of mods. This was due to the unpopular Games for Windows Live service, which was retired in 2014, but was still involved in post-nuclear role-play until the end – that is now over.
New update removes Games for Windows Live
When Fallout 3 was started via Steam, the GfWL service tried in vain to connect to the service via the Internet. The game was only really playable if you had specially created mods such as the before starting the game Games for Windows Live Disabler downloaded.
This effort was particularly annoying due to the fact that the GOG version of Fallout 3 had been freed of the old ballast around Games for Windows Live for years – not by Bethesda, but by the GOG operators. For this reason, newcomers to the series were always advised to buy this version.
The new patch – by the way the first in 12 years – for the Steam version finally corrects this problem and throws out the Games-for-Windows-Live connection. From now on, all fans can enjoy the classic role-playing game without restrictions.
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Rückblick: Games for Windows Live
For the younger ones, here’s a quick look back: Microsoft launched the Games for Windows Live service in 2007. The first supported game was the online shooter Shadowrun and the Redmond company had big plans: They wanted to unite PC users and Xbox users thanks to achievements and social features such as chat or crossplay.
But then little happened over the years. More and more titles appeared with built-in GfWL functions – for example Fallout 3, GTA 4 and Batman: Arkham Asylum – but Microsoft itself seemed to have lost interest in constantly improving the user experience. Above all, the difficult to use interface was criticized.
In 2014 Microsoft finally announced the end of the service. Compatible games initially continued to work without any problems, but as the servers required for registration were gradually switched off, more and more titles refused to work. Many developers simply did not publish an update that removed Games for Windows Live in time – like Rockstar in the case of GTA 4, which has since been removed from Steam.