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The Week in Review: Scrolls, Lawyers, and Nuclear Reactors

| 6 Aug 2011 11:00

In this week's edition, Bethesda sets its lawyers on Mojang, and a Swedish man tries to make his own nuclear reactor.

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New Mojang Game Draws Bethesda's Ire

Besides working on the wildly successful Minecraft, Notch and the Mojang crew are creating a new game called "Scrolls." Unfortunately for them, Bethesda think that that name infringes on its Elder Scrolls trademark, and has sent Notch a sternly worded letter. Notch commented that he still loved Bethesda and hoped that this was just lawyers being lawyers. (Link)


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Blizzard Surprised by Reaction to Diablo 3 Internet Requirements

Blizzard's Rob Bridenbecker said that he was surprised that anyone had gotten upset over the news that Diablo 3 required a constant internet connection. He said that the benefits of having a constant connection to the game servers had numerous benefits, and only a tiny percentage of players would want to forgo them. He also said that the decision had nothing to do with DRM or tackling piracy. (Link)


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Swedish Man Tries to Build Nuclear Reactor, Cops Are Unimpressed

Rich Handl found himself in trouble with the Swedish police recently after trying to create a nuclear reactor in his apartment. Police raided the home of the 31-year-old, who has apparently always been interested in science, and charged him with "unauthorized possession of nuclear material," after finding a number of radioactive elements, including Uranium. (Link)


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Bizarre Machinima Makes Case for Mods

If you've ever wanted to know what was so great about mods, then look no further than "The Silly Adventures of Mr. Mochi," a weird - and rather wonderful - Oblivion machinima that makes significant use of them. Mr. Mochi can swim through the air and turn people into sheep, and rides around on a magic zebra - you tell me that's not just a little bit cool. Hit the link for a video. (Link)


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Batman Teams Up With Bane in Arkham City

New screenshots from Rocksteady's upcoming Batman adventure, Arkham City show that Batman will get a little help from none other than Bane, one of his most deadly foes. The two join forces to battle a small army of gunmen who seem to want both of them dead in equal measure. You have to assume that the partnership will only be temporary, but it does suggest a rather interesting story. (Link)

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