Bradylama has written a fabulous article which he has
called "Don't Buy The Hype." It is a well written and well researched
piece detailing, among other things, the rise and fall of the Elder
Scrolls franchise and Bethesda's role in the Fallout community. It's a lengthy read, but well worth it, no matter your opinion on the matter.
Here are some clips:
What does this mean for the future of NMA and DAC? If the evidence from
the blacklisting of RPGCodex and STG are anything to go by, there's a
significant possibility that as the hype machine for Fallout 3 kicks
into gear, Bethesda will attempt to use DAC and NMA in order to serve
as marketing tools, as was the case with STG and STGU. Eventually, when
Bethsoft finds that NMA and DAC won't tow the party line, they'll be
blacklisted, and Bethesda may possibly even attempt to garner DAC's
complacency with meaningless benefits and exclusive info.
The previous statement serves as a warning. If Bethesda does
attempt to control NMA and DAC they are sure to be severely
If I were a betting man, I'd say that the Fallout communities should brace for impact.
Check it out here at NMA, or in .txt form here.
Thanks to Kharn and Briosafreak for the heads up!.
UPDATE: You can now view the essay in DAC's Content Database.