Poor Skyrim. First the PlayStation3 version of the game is marred by crippling lag, and now the PC version of the game has just received a patch that won’t allow it to run without Steam.
The 18MB patch was released to fix several glitches but instead bound the game to the engine for all eternity (or so it feels like for PC gamers). The patch also undoes a previously-released unofficial patch that allowed Skyrim to utilize more memory and support more mods. A new version of this “large address aware” patch has been released to temporarily fix the problem, but it’s not enough to make users take off their ragefaces.
Bethesda promises to solve the problem with a new patch released shortly after Thanksgiving. Patches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC will hopefully solve the glitches and technical quips that have plagued the game since its launch date. Once this rather major hiccup has been taken care of, Bethesda hopes to be able to concentrate more on releasing DLC for the game.