'Fallout 4' Now Available On Steam In Some Parts Of The World, Impatient Gamers Use VPNs To Skip The Wait
Can't wait for Fallout 4 in your part of the world? Get it on Steam via a VPN to get a head start on everyone else in your neighborhood. Word of warning, however, those who do so risk terminating their accounts.
But that won't matter to diehard fans who have waited almost a whole decade since the release of Fallout 3. Today, Tuesday, Nov. 10, is the official street date of the release of Fallout 4, the fourth installation of the post-apocalyptic epic from Bethesda.
In just a few hours, Fallout 4 will finally hit American shores, and in other parts of the world like New Zealand and Australia, gamers are already getting their piece of the action on Steam, though gamers in Asia will have to wait the longest.
Thanks to the wonders of technology, specifically virtual private networks or VPNs, players in North America who can't wait to start gaming can set their location to the land down under and download their copy of Fallout 4 now — as in right now. Tons of eager gamers are already talking about it on Reddit much to their success.
Unfortunately, using a VPN to disguise your location from Steam is against the service's Terms of Service.
"You agree that you will not use IP proxying or other methods to disguise the place of your residence, whether to circumvent geographical restrictions on game content, to purchase at pricing not applicable to your geography, or for any other purpose. If you do this, we may terminate your access to your Account," Steam warns.
Fallout 4 devotees could get the game early, but is it worth just one game to risk an entire account? Fallout 4 is the biggest game of the year, and the fact that gamers around the world are trying to find workarounds to get the game a few hours earlier than its launch is a testament to the amount of hype Fallout 4 has built up for itself in the weeks leading up to today.
Having said that, if players do decide to take the plunge and risk their accounts, they may have waited a little too long to do so. Reports are coming in that some VPNs in Australia and New Zealand are struggling with the surge in traffic and have had their servers reach capacity.