Notch Challenges Bethesda to Lawsuit Deathmatch

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I never liked Minecraft but I gotta say I like this guy. GO NOTCH GO!

This should be interesting. By far the best response to being sued I have ever heard.

Calm in the face of preposterous adversity? Solves his problems with online video games? I think notch has just transcended the awesomeness scale.

I so hope this happens

Notch takes awesome to a whole new level.
Not only did he stand up to one of the biggest game company's ever, but he threw down the gauntlet and demanded a fight!

Worst part is, if Bethesda doesn't accept, everyone will think theyre yellow!

Good god.
Before this all thing, I loved Bethesda for the TES and fallout series, while I wasn't too keen on Notch, following the whole dogs buisnees and all, but NOW...
Wow...just wow.
Keep strong Notch. Fight the good fight.
Also, blast them sorry asses all the way to hell.

shiajun:
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?

Because there has never been a video game with a single-word title before.

The thing is... Both Bethesda and Mojang are game companies. Their target market are gamers.
If they accept this insane proposition, they will both gain immense publicity, which is good. Even if one of them loses, they are still going to have the respect of all gamers. It's a win-win scenario.

(Lose-lose for the lawyers though)

Maybe Bethesda is doing this so that Scrolls will get some more attention. No I won't admit that Bethesda is doing a bad thing.

Edit: Before anyone says it, it's Bethesda's lawyers who are the blame not those spiffing Skyrim developers.

Bethesda will probably sue Notch for saying Quake. Because it's a spell in oblivion. And then sue Interplay for just being there. And then sue you. YES YOU!

Cmon if anything they need to live-stream this if Bethesda Accepts. All the fans rallying on behind their company for the fight to the finish.

making Legal Issues Fun...anything is Possible with Notch

Isalan:
Get Totalbiscuit casting this and we could have officially found a new justice system.

Best Idea i have ever heard

They should get prostitute to suck off each respective CEO in the same room and who ever blows first losses the suit.

I....can't believe this.
This is brilliant.
Truly brilliant.
I mean.....I genuinely didn't like Notch and his mysterious endless vacations before this.
Now I would legitimately buy him a drink. This is fucking golden.

On another note though - you do realise Bethesda will win, right?
They have motherfucking ID Software in their corner - no way will the guys 'n gals from ID let a company in the same stable as them lose at a game that they designed, in a genre that they created. No way.
Unless, of course, the Mojang people have been secretly practicing for years in their Scandinavian ice fortresses...

UnmotivatedSlacker:

shiajun:
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?

Because there has never been a video game with a single-word title before.

Umm...what? There are plenty of games with single-word titles throughout the years. A lot of them were common nouns too. Your statement is not only wrong, it's not even a valid argument. What does it matter if there has or hasn't been a game with a single-word title before? No company (indie or whatever) should be able to trademark a common noun for their exclusive use. A phrase, like "the elder scrolls" is now a specific combination of words that has quite a bigger argument to be able to trademark.

Just for the record, I do not side by companies bullying with power. Bethesda shouldn't be able to bully Mojang because "scrolls" is just a part of the name they trademarked, not the entirety of it. However, Mojang should not have to right to trademark scrolls just as Tim Langdell shouldn't have had the right to trademark edge. People bash him rightly so, but then turn around and applaud Notch when he is proceeding in the same manner (most likely without the same intent of lawsuit trolling, but that's another matter).

Rofl. This is some serious win. Hope they record it and toss it on youtube.

I'm thinking Beth is actually preemptively on the defense here. They aren't suing so much because "Scrolls" infringes on the trademark "The Elder Scrolls" as much as their trademark being undermined if Notch manages to legitimately trademark the word "Scrolls", and from that position, potentially sue Bethesda for having its flagship franchise bearing a strong resemblance to the Mojang game "Scrolls"... and Mojang theoretically could potentially get a lot of legal leverage for such a dick move.

I think Beth should decline this challenge... Instead, Todd Howard should challenge Notch to MORTAL KOMBAT! (The 1992 game)

However, there does need to be a way for Notch and his studio to trademark the name "Scrolls" to protect his own creation, but a limitation to keep it from extending to other common trademarks. And, it's not a dick move to trademark the name of a common word or two. "Space Marine" is a trademark held by Games Workshop.

Two week later: Notch lost the duel, and renames his new game to elders.

This may be the quickest lawsuit in the history of the United States. Unless Bethesda does something dickish like actually going to court.

Oh my God...

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I don't even care who wins the lawsuit. If they actually do this, it'll be the best story of the decade.

I love Notch even more now. That's the best thing i've heard all day

Okay, there is absolutely zero chance that Bethesda will ever agree to this, but what a fucking awesome world it would be where they would!

awatkins:
They should get prostitute to suck off each respective CEO in the same room and who ever blows first losses the suit.

Next up: professionally mediated pissing matches replace international conflict. It is a slightly smellier but overall more peaceful world.

From the very depths of my soul, I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. I don't care if it's lame. I want this to be the way this legal battle is solved because it shouldn't be happening in the first place. It's a little silly, and I think most people agree. I hope they show they have a sense of humor and restore my faith (or ability to believe in people being light-hearted at least) in humanity.

Lame ass bitches.

Lets ignore reality!

Bethesda's lawyers, (NOTE, LAWYERS) have no case. At all, Mojang are fine.

Eh, sure, why not. Im not on Bethesda's side for this frivilous lawsuit, so why not do it like this. Im sure they have someone who could beat him anyways.

Andy Chalk:
"Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie?" he wrote on his blog. "Well, let's do that instead!"

"I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, your select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins," he wrote. "If we win, you drop the lawsuit. If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you're fine with."

Remember another scene from GoT?
"If we do it your way Kingslayer, you'll win. We're not doing it your way"

Jim Grim:

Kragg:
option 1. play and lose -> they possibly lose business from the name being used

I really doubt that they would. No-one refers to the elder scrolls games as 'scrolls.' This lawsuit is just kinda exploitative, they don't really think that people are going to mistake one game for the other.

Not to mention how would a card game threaten the business of the Elder Scrolls games anyway? It's like saying Magic: The Gathering makes Heroes of Might and Magic lose business.

This whole thing is stupid. Scrolls is a word. A freaking word.

What, so no video games will be allowed to use the word "Elder" in their name? Or roman numerals?

I could understand if Notch was naming his game Skyrim, as that is a unique word (to my understanding). Scrolls, however, is run of the mill fantasy.

I would laugh if Notch agrees to change the game's name, but switches it to Elder.

Bethesda, don't be dicks. You don't own the word "scrolls," especially if it's used without context.

Notch, that is not how legal disputes are, or should be, settled. Don't be an idiot.

As much as I really didn't enjoy Minecraft, I gotta say - this is pretty fuckin' cool.

If Bethesda still wants to call themselves a game studio they have to accept the challenge. If they don't I will loose all respect I had for them.

I once hear of a lawsuit decided by a game of rock paper scissors. One lawyer got advice from his 6 year old daughter. She said to pick paper, "Cuz evry on picks rock." The other lawyer went with rock, because he thought it was random either way.

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