The atmosphere was of expectation in general, with some people more optimistic, and others more afraid of what was coming out. Even Rosh made some conciliatory posts in the first days after we found out about the deal. Pete Hines even joined the forum. The discussions became more heated after a Game Informer article, and the hostility Sarkus talks moved from being something by half a douzen guys (mostly from DAC that posted here from time to time) to being predominant in NMA's members after the Hayt incident at Something Awfull. Still both the ideas that Bethsoft and NMA never tried to find a better relationship are wrong. Gary Noonan made a post lending a hand to Fallout fans already in 2004, MrSmileyFaceDude was always showing up and being friendly, Todd and Pete gave tips that they understood the fears of fallout fans to many people, and that there was respect. Emil also hopped in later on, but all of this ended when Oblivion was released the feedback on NMA's Gaming and hardware forum was more negative than positive (a few defended the game though, like Montez). I believe they took that personally, and things were never the same from their side. And like BN said there was a rule of wait and see for a long time in this forum, people got warnings for badmouthing Bethsoft and calls for calm and to wait for more data to be released were sent many times. It was only after the second Game Informer article with pics and the first info was released that things changed. There were ups and downs on the relationship, as one can see here, but things are more complex than what is told in places like Qt3, where Sarkus came, or the Bethsoft Fallout 3 forum. P.s.: I had an article with a storyline of the events since (and before) Beth got the license in an advanced state, but it was lost in my computers problems a few weeks ago, I already started over but I don't have the time to develop it much for now, it has to wait a few months.