For reals this time, no more modding or messing around to play one of the most popular PC RPGs of all time. That's right, Fallout 3
has removed Games for Windows Live dependencies in a new patch
. This means no longer being reminded of the dark days of Microsoft PC Gaming back in 2008 -- where it tried to turn PCs into Xbox 360 consoles.
And that's not an understatement. Basically it added a requirement to log into a PC version of the Xbox 360 dashboard from within the PC's existing "dashboard" -- your operating system. Which at the time was either Windows XP or Windows Vista. So yeah, this makes removing the Games for Windows Live stuff from Fallout 3 something of an "about time" scenario. Perhaps it's paving the way for an anniversary remaster of sorts, which would be very welcome. Again, we're talking about one of the most popular PC RPGs of all time.
Even though Games for Windows Live represents the dark days for Microsoft trying to create a Windows ecosystem, we're now well and truly beyond that. Xbox Game Pass and the Xbox App for Windows 10 both present a giant step in the right direction. Although there's still room for improvement in terms of being able to properly manage installations, Xbox on PC works where GFWL did not.