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Company News Bethesda Threatens Minecraft Creator Over Scrolls Name

Discussion in 'News & Content Feedback' started by VentilatorOfDoom, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    This is what happens when lawyers control the government.
     
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  2. villain of the story Arcane

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    The second one, not so much.

    Also, does anyone else remember that many games in 90s came with leaflets warning against epileptic seizures?
     
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  3. Clockwork Knight Arcane

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    ^Yeah, including consoles. My SNES manuals all have that creepy warning at the beginning.

    Or

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    "dragons"
     
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  4. Flatlander Liturgist

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    Should I care? :popcorn:
     
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  5. sgc_meltdown Arcane

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    http://notch.tumblr.com/post/8519901309 ... full-story

    fyi tim langdell is a gentleman who was suing anyone who used the word "Edge" in their game title a while back
     
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  6. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    People trying to sue others over common words being their alleged trademarks should be euthanised.
     
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  7. villain of the story Arcane

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    Relevant article about Tim Langdell:
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/the-edge-of-reason

    The guy is notorious:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_Games ... k_disputes
     
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  8. malichaixx Novice

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    Stay classy, Bethesda

    Really, Bethesda? What's next No more use of the word The? How about Elder?

    Are you so worried that Skyrim will flop that just because this guy had the word Scrolls in something you have to send the gibbering hordes of lawyers after him?

    Only an idiot would confuse the two. I call bullshit on Bethesda.

    It reminds me of when the Tolkien estate got all up in arms over use of the word 'ring'. It was parodied in an old issue of Dragon magazine. In the cartoon people were saying 'Look at my new engagement circular metal band!' and 'The phone is circular metal banding!'.

    I guess we should now call the Dead Sea Scrolls The Dead Sea Curled-up Papers :D But oh dear, what should we call scrolling with the mouse?

    :rpgcodex:
     
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  9. Gragt Arcane Patron

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    I hate victims who respect their torturer.
     
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  10. Clockwork Knight Arcane

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    Re: Stay classy, Bethesda

    Bethesda's fanbase is mostly made of idiots. Do the math :smug:






    wait, I play their games too

    shit
     
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  11. Reptilian Shapeshifter Educated

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    I guess they were more honest back then. Just like TV, games do alter brain wave states, so it shouldn't be surprising.
     
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  12. S_Verner Scholar

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    :smug:Actually, Minecraft is a scaled up infiniminer clone with a closed source.(Infiniminer went down the tubes because it was open-source.)

    Looking at his blurb/promo, Scrolls is supposed to be the love-child of Armageddon Empires and Age of Wonders.
     
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  13. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator

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    Since I have never played Minecraft... where is the "Scrolls" word used in the game?
     
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  14. Clockwork Knight Arcane

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    ^It isn't. From the newspost:

     
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  15. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator

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    heh my bad. REDDING IS TEH HARD! :oops:
     
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  16. Sharpice Novice

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    I think people should start putting "Not Related to Bethesda" disclaimer in their game. Though I fear this might start a bad trend in the future games, for the nvidia, ati, etc. logo showing every time my games start up is already taking too long. Maybe just a mark with Bethesda crossed out by a red line on the box will do?
     
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  17. eugene2k Novice

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    Is notch's game called MineCraft Scrolls or just Scrolls? If it's the latter (ign calls it that), then the lawer might have a point. Although I doubt the argument will hold in court.
     
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  18. Seboss Scholar

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    Scrolls has nothing in common with Minecraft except for Notch.
     
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  19. Angthoron Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Bethesda should sue Blizzard - a boss in WoW shouts, "Oblivion".
     
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  20. Hobo Elf Arcane

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    I can see how that would confuse many players. "Huh? But I could swear I launched WoW not Oblibian."
     
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  21. muffildy Educated

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    ithas to stop

    People really need to just stop buying bethesda games until they stop sueing everyone.
     
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  22. St. Toxic Arcane

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    I guess it is possible that Beth's retarded fanbase might actually buy Scrolls thinking that it has something to do with Elder scrolls. Weren't there complaints about people buying the Iply "Fallout Trilogy" thinking that it was Fallout 3?
     
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  23. coaster Liturgist

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    Isn't applying for a "Scrolls" trademark a dicklike move akin to the stupidity Bethesda are pulling?

    Its stupid trademarking single words, the Edge debacle being a case in point.
     
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  24. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    I remember the manuals having that warning on the first page, on pretty much every game, even something like Age of Empires.
     
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