No DRM Issues For Fallout 3

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With all of the furor whipped up in the wake of Spore's restrictive digital rights management system, DRM is a hot-button issue with PC gamers the world over. In an interview with Shacknews, Bethesda spokesman Pete Hines reveals that Fallout 3 - one of the year's most anticipated games for the PC - won't come with any sort of DRM at all.

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.

Note that Oblivion only required the disc in the drive, a restriction that even players who buy a copy are likely to overcome with a hack for the sake of convenience. Not as good for Bethesda as something more secure, but the fans will surely appreciate the hell out of it. The Fallout 3 PC Interview: Bethesda on DRM, Censorship and Consolification [Shacknews via GamePolitics]

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I hate to say it, and no one wants to hear it, but the solution is to stop developing for the PC as a platform. This tug of war between consumers and game makers will not end until the product simply ceases to be. The PS3 and 360 are not so easily raped and exploited for hackers, and as such, no one has this dilemma of "who really bought the game and who stole it," and that's why those consoles are no-brainers for people to develop on.