Fallout 3 Bugs
It wouldn’t take you very long to find the threads on Bethesda’s forums regarding just how buggy Fallout 3 is. They have patched the game 6 times since it’s release 2 years ago, none of which have solved the problem. I myself have this problem, and it’s quite a frustrating one: The game simply freezes completely up at random times. Sometimes it happens when you go into a building, or switch weapons, or target a bad guy. Basically, it can happen at any time. Sometimes I would play for hours before it would happen. Sometimes it would happen within minutes.
Finally, last week, after scouring every website I could find online regarding the issue, I found a solution that seems to have solved the problem. I say seems only because I haven’t had a freeze-up since I did it. The fix required me to manually edit the games .ini file, which is a ridiculous procedure to have to do. (I still don’t understand why Bethesda themselves can’t fix it.) In any case, I’m currently freeze-free and hope to stay that way.