If you've been taken by the desire to purchase Fallout, Fallout 2 or Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood this year, then you know what disappointment is. The games disappeared from Steam and GOG in January following a protracted legal stoush between former series owner Interplay and current owner Bethesda. The battle eventually resulted in a $2 million settlement which saw the transferal of the Fallout MMO rights to Bethesda, as well as all other related IP.
All in all, a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland wouldn't be a pleasant place, but it would bring a few benefits. One of them: a blissful lack of licensing laws and rights issues. That's in stark contrast to the here-and-now, where - in the distinctly unirradiated 21st century - DRM-free digital retailer GOG has been forced to remove the popular Fallout series from its shelves due to an ownership change that sees the classic RPGs now fully owned by Bethesda.
GOG don't want to set the world on fire, they just want to impart Fallout in your (shopping) cart. The easiest way to do that, of course, is to make Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics completely free for the next couple of days, which is what they've done. Why? Firstly, because it's an apocalyptically good way to launch their Winter Sale. Secondly, because rights to the series are currently pending a change in ownership, which may see the classic RPGs removed from sale on the service.