Notch Challenges Bethesda to Lawsuit Deathmatch

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This is brilliant. The gaming equivalent of "Sir, I demand satisfaction!"

Kragg:

Traun:

Andy Chalk:

Well, Bethesda? What say you?

Considering that they are first class dicks, they'd probably go with it in court.

why would they ever accept this, whatever they do they would lose

option 1. play and lose -> they possibly lose business from the name being used
option 2. play and win -> keep name, "omg they bought better players, boycot !!!11" image dent
option 3. dont play -> tiney image dent, high change of getting name changed

Option 1. I seriously doubt that they'll lose any business, I think people can make out the difference between "Elder Scrolls" and "Scrolls". Besides, nowadays Skyrim is the name everyone knows the next game as.

Option 2. How many people do you actually think will react that way? I they choose to do this, which I doubt but anyways, I would think it to be totally awesome and if they won; kudos to them. If they lost; kudos for doing it.

Option 3. Well, there I think I agree with you. Though the image dent will probably be minimal, since it's just some dude challenging them at a very random thing.

It would have been awesome if this was face to face at Gamescon, but it's still rather awesome. A good old fashion duel should be pretty fun, but can they stream the battle online?

Traun:

Considering that they are first class dicks, they'd probably go with it in court.

(ominous voice) Then let it forever be known that Bethesda sucks at Quake!

Traun:

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8.Bethesda know Interplay are standing on their last leg and is suing them again hoping to drain their resources in court battle.

I didn't actually believe "hit them in the resource lines" worked IRL before this. o.O

This is the best lawsuit ever!!
You just gotta love Notch. I really hope they'll accept, even though I highly doubt it. Still, I'd be surprised if Mojang actually won...

Andy Chalk:
Notch Challenges Bethesda to Lawsuit Deathmatch

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Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson wants to settle Bethesda's Scrolls trademark lawsuit the old-fashioned way: Quake 3 Team Deathmatch! (And he's serious, by the way.)

To be honest, after such intruduction I was expecting a little bit more. Something along the line:
If Bethesda wins, then Mojang will change the name of Scrolls to something else.
But if the Mojang would win, then Bethesda would have to to change te name of "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" to something else.
And it all would be decided by Quake 3.
Just think of it. Now THAT would be interesting :D

P.S.
On realism note: I don't expect Bethesda to pick up glove event at current states, and they will probably just go with a court ;/

Wait a minute Bethesda is owned by Zenimax and Zenimax bought id Software...
Notch you fool! You've walked right into their trap!

C'mon Bethesda, we dare you, we DOUBLE-DARE you.

ShotgunZombie:
Wait a minute Bethesda is owned by Zenimax and Zenimax bought id Software...
Notch you fool! You've walked right into their trap!

Telefon ringing at ID Software:
John Carmack: Hello?
Pete Hines: Hi John. We have a situation here and I was wondering, could You give us a hand...

This whole thing is just priceless.

ya this is to good to be true but this would be the best trial...EVER!

EgonCom:

ShotgunZombie:
Wait a minute Bethesda is owned by Zenimax and Zenimax bought id Software...
Notch you fool! You've walked right into their trap!

Telefon ringing at ID Software:
John Carmack: Hello?
Pete Hines: Hi John. We have a situation here and I was wondering, could You give us a hand...

This whole thing is just priceless.

My thoughts exactly.

This is how ALL lawsuits should be handled, who can best who in a challenge of the person BEING sued choice. If I were in that position, it would be in TF2, because thats already about silly mercs in silly hats, how about mercs fighting other silly mercs in silly hats legally.

Fucking. Awesome.

Bethesda's lawyers won't let them, awesome as it is.

It's a funny challenge, notch, but don't let them get away with bullying you when they don't have a case. You need to defeat them and counter-sue for causing you so much trouble to teach them a lesson.

Either way, I hope people decide to pirate them over this bullshit instead of giving them money which basically rewards their lawyers. Hitting them in the wallet is the only thing they understand, and you have to hit them hard so they remember.

Notch "You sir have insulted my honour. I challenge you to a duel!" *glove slap*

I think every court case, war and any other dipute should be solved like this. Also if Bethesda don't accept this challenge let it be forever known that Bethesda are big girl's bloushes, and chicken.

This happened in Undergrads. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVuPCAYH71Y
I love that show.

Good job Bethesda. Reeeeeeeeealy good job. No sane person would suffer game even remotely named after your product.

Also, i'm not exactly sure but it seems that there are some titles with words "the", "elder", "III" and "IV". I do hope you'll sue their owners so no more gamers will fry their brains while trying to distinguish those products. No more victims of "the" curse. No more !

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!

Ah, Notch... he never ceases to bore me. I'd love to see Bethesda do this but I doubt they will because the division of Bethesda that's taking this legal action is really not the game developers(lead by Todd Howard). If it were them it would be more likely but as it is now the legal department will probably consider this a joke and continue with their formalities.

I know who I'm going to root for. If they do it, they have to record it. Maybe get some not-annoying announcers to commentate over it, and then I must grab some popcorn. Perfect.

yes, Yes, YES, YES!!!

This is it Bethesda, your one chance to prove that you don't suck balls, if you do this then I'll forgive all your bullshit and all your lies, hell i'll even buy Skyrim, something I really wasn't planning to do after you had the audacity to charge 60 bucks for a PC game, and a casualised console port too.

Do this Bethesda and you will forever be God-tier developers.

XDravond:
Great idea if every lawsuit would end like this we would have a lot more fun instead of fighting it in the courts we fight on virtual battlefields instead! I just say Go Notch GO!

heck yea! I hope if this happens that notch posts video of it

Notch won teh infinite internetz.

I think this is appropriate:

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Notch...Whether this goes down or not (and I'm betting it won't, since all those lawyer types will get all pissy about it.), this is a LEGENDARY, absolutely freakin EPIC, and downright awesome move on your part. Massive props for being cool, inventive, and not all stuffy and upset.

And if this DOES go down...I DEMAND FOOTAGE!!!

Well, in boring old reality this is actually a terrible idea, and frankly I hope Bethesda is stupid enough to go to court and get their asses handed to them, because their lawyers desperately needed to get taken down a peg or two. Or three. Or twenty. Seriously, fuck Bethesda's lawyers.

Still, I gotta say it's a completely and utterly awesome challenge for Notch to issue, and I just like him even more for it.

Well, as a cool and smarty pants PR move to rally gamers to him, Notch gets my applause.

You all, however, keep forgetting that all of this started because Notch tried to trademark the word Scrolls. Not "The Elder Scrolls", like Bethesda has. No. Just "Scrolls". Notch is playing the part of Tim Langdell and Bethesda the role of EA and DICE in this new season of trademark nonsense. Sued by Bethesda or not, Notch is a real troll for trying to trademark the word scrolls in the first place. This move only gives him enough coolness to go back to the neutral state after the dickish attempt to trademark a noun.

Remember, Notch tried to trademark the noun scrolls. How about you guys step back and think about why you are defending this in the first place and reign back the hypocrisy?

So why hasn't some one from Paramount sued Star Wars for having the world "Star" in the title? Why hasn't some one representing Larry Niven sued Bungie for using a ring world in their games?

Could it be because these are all large, well established franchises and that it's easier to pick on smaller developers? Could it be more about market control and less about a misrepresentation of one's IP?

i might make a game (somehow, with computing skills i shall aquire through some sort of hiterto undiscovered magic) make a game called 'The Aged Paper Rolls: Atmospheric-Edge'

just so bethesda would sue me and i could settle it like this

I gotta hand it to Notch. It's a brilliant PR move, and just all around awesome. I hope somehow Bethesda gets control of itself and accepts this. It's their best way out. They already look like jerks for all this. Not to mention given all their other shenanigans, they don't seem to be winning any popularity contests. I think this...win or lose, would help their own PR, and that's more valuable to them than the court case they'll most likely lose.

This idea would be significantly more entertaining if Bethesda had to change the name of Skyrim if they lost >.>

I hope we get to watch this battle.

Irridium:
Let the games...
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BEGIN!

I fix'd your post.

Deary me...
Notch, are you secretly the most interesting man in the world?
I can't really think of anything else to say really, that's just awesome.

Woodsey:

Irridium:
Let the games... BEGIN!

If, of course, Bethesda has the stones for it.

I suggest Notch go on ("its) a rampage (Lana!") if not.

Bethesda's about to enter the "Danger Zone"

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