Launched in 2007, Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live was an infamous game launcher designed to unify PC and Xbox Live users. That means Xbox Achievements on PC, Xbox Social features on PC, but more relevantly, dealing with a horrible and poorly maintained user interface. Amusingly, Microsoft toyed with the idea of levying subscription costs, ala Xbox Live Gold, on consoles for PC users. which was quickly abandoned.
PC users never warmed to the service, and it was discontinued in 2014. Since then, a plethora of publishers and developers have moved to separate GFWL dependencies from their games. Notably, even Dark Souls: Ready to Die Edition tore it apart, despite GFWL being one of the last high-profile games to launch on the service.
For some reason, Bethesda never got around to doing this with Fallout 3, which has made the game a right pain in the ass via Steam. Basically, you’ll need to jump through hoops to get GFWL running on Windows 10, otherwise you’ll need to use a mod to remove its dependencies. This is quite a bit of legwork for one of the most popular RPGs of all time.
That’s all in the past, now: a new update for Fallout 3 and its GOTY version completely excises all that remains of GFWL, except for one game that you should now be able to boot up easily, hassle-free.
“Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition has been updated and no longer installs games for Windows Live dependencies,” therefore reads patch notes For Fallout 3: Game of the Year. “If Fallout 3 was previously installed on Steam, we suggest uninstalling and reinstalling the title. The title no longer requires Games for Windows Live and will launch now.”
Good news of course, but GFWL still taunts us from the grave. Rockstar last year GTA 4 removed from Steam Because of its reliance on the service: it was no longer able to generate the key for redemption on the GFWL, with everything dead.
Given that Microsoft now owns Bethesda, there’s every chance the relationship may have prompted an abrupt — and frankly, too late — sort. Whatever it is, enjoying Fallout 3 just got a lot easier now.