I've had this problem several times in the old days, but is less frequent now. Uninstalling steam & reinstalling steam by downloading latest steam app from http://store.steampowered.com/about/ always fixed this problem. Or even just manually reinstalling the steam app helped.
Well, I have done the above steps, I mean I have uninstalled and reinstalled steam several times, as well as the game. Sometimes when I do it, it will let me play one time, then the next time I try to start the game I once again get the Launcher Not working message.
I have tried the verify files thing, but every time it gives me, "1 files unable to verify, file will be reaquired." Yet if I run it a second, third, fouth, or how ever many times it comes back with the same message. Doesn't say what file or anything just will reaquire file. Which I guess must be bad, since it can't be verified when I run it the next time.
Any other suggestions will be appreciated. I have contacted Bethesda, and they have been no help, Steam says to contact third party vendor, like it isn't there problem. I have a funny feeling it is all their problem.
I just want to know WHY can't I play MY GAME, the one I paid for without having to go online to do so. I don't do online gaming, All I want to do is play my game on my computer that I paid for, which at this time isn't happening.