You need to know that I’ve not read previews of this, nor indeed about
the DLC for the game at all. I am now aware that it’s a Games For
Windows Live affair, but this wasn’t a piece of information I’d picked
up before today. I’ve not touched GFWL since its redesign. None of this
may be relevant to you, or happen to anyone else. This is what happened
My first instinct, and you’ll laugh, was to launch the game. I have
the Steam version, and wondered if it would auto-update to let me
choose to buy the new content. It costs 800 Microsoft Points, it seems,
and while I’m not sure how one would spend those on a PC, I was
confident I’d find out.
There was first a hefty update. I hadn’t tried to run the game since
before Christmas, and the patch has appeared since then. The game
opens. Sadly, the “DOWNLOADS” option was greyed out. Never mind, I
thought, I’ll look on the Fallout 3 website
for details. With the announcement of the launch today, it must surely
be the big news story… Um, no. Instead the patch from the 13th
presided. (Steam Update News? Last entry, October 31st.) In fact, if
there’s a clue about it on Bethesda’s site, I can’t find it. There’s
nothing under Downloads either.
Looking in the comments on the ShackNews story,
I saw that it requires Games For Windows Live. Aha! Back into the game,
and the “LIVE” option. Down pops the slick new interface, and asks me
to log in or create an account. I have one, of course, so popped in the
details. It needed to update. Good old Windows. Without asking my
permission it quit out the game and downloaded its updates, then
vanished without telling me it was done. Nice.
So I restart Fallout 3 and DOWNLOADS is still greyed out. Go into
Live, tell it my account details again, and this time it downloads my
account. Ta-da! The DOWNLOADS option is there! I’m surely almost there.
I click it.
“No new content available.”
Back to the ShackNews comments. Ah, it seems you need to run GFWL.
Quick search of my hard drive, as I’m sure I installed it once. Maybe
not. Let’s screw that, I thought, and just download it again. I find
the download on the site, get it, run it, and it’s installed. No option
for a shortcut on the desktop, etc, but it’s there in the Start Menu.
Any second now!
Run it. I require a hotfix for Windows XP to install GFWL.
Apparently this couldn’t be included in any of the four hundred
thousand updates Windows XP likes to install each week. So I click the
option to get it, and find myself on this page,
which eventually has the link after discussing error codes I haven’t
seen. Download it, run it, and I have successfully completed the
KB938759 Setup Wizard! It now requires a restart. Oh good Lord.