Following up on our previous coverage of the ZeniMax(Parent company of Bethesda) v Mojang lawsuit over the rights to use the word “Scrolls” in a video game, an interim injunction filed by the party of the first part(ZeniMax) against the party of the second part(Mojang) to prevent use of the word in question, “Scrolls”, until the settlement of the lawsuit has been denied by the courts.
ZeniMax can still appeal, and the actual lawsuit hasn’t even begun, but here’s hoping that they take the hint and drop the case, diverting the time and money wasted by this mockery of the justice system into more profitable outlets(like Fallout 4, Skyrim DLC, etc.)…
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Todd Howard takes you through a 20 minute demo of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has been showed off at expos such as E3, PAX Prime and QuakeCon. The presentation is three parts, so sit back and grab a drink to enjoy some outstanding game play.
Notch has come up with a way that all lawsuits should be settled – a Quake 3 Deathmatch – to decide the outcome of the lawsuit issued by Bethesda’s lawyers.
Writing on his blog, the Minecraft Developer issued the challenge, asking Bethesda to choose three of their finest warriors against Mojang’s rather than the expensive way of in court. If Mojang won, the name of their new game would remain as Scrolls – if Bethesda won, it would be changed to something more Bethesda-Lawyer friendly. He also added at the end he could just add a disclaimer saying that Scrolls had nothing to do with The Elder Scrolls.
Is it wrong that I really, really hope they do this?
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Whose excited for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? We’ve got some footage for you featuring wonderful game play starring dragons, wolves, gorgeous landscapes and villagers. Check out the video after the jump.
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We all remember the lengthy battle between Interplay, the original holders of the Fallout License and Bethesda, the new holders of the license over the fate of Fallout Online that’s been going for near two years now. Fans wanting a real trek through an apocolyptic wasteland may be in for disappointment from the latest news out of Interplay.
Recently, Interplay released a financial report that showed losses of over a million dollars, and a total deficit of £2.5 million dollars, with the possibility of bankruptcy mention a few times. While Interplay have filed for bankruptcy in the past, there’s no guarantee for if the developer will die or be reborn. What is also unclear is if the rights to the MMO will fall to Bethesda due to the legal battle, and if it does, that they will rescue the ailing title. If Interplay does get the funding together though, the newest addition to an extensive list of MMO’s is slated for a 2012 release.
Rage is the newest shooter from ID and it looks to be taking a totally different road than most of their other games. Rather than being a straight corridor shooter like usual Rage is an open world apocalypse. You can participate in races and car combat as well as exploring the wastes and shooting mutants in the face. There is a new demo video showing off an area known as the Dead City. Check it out after the jump.
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Brink is the multiplayer shooter with a heavy focus on movement and it’s set to be Bethesda’s first multiplayer shooter. It looks pretty neat and they have detailed some very interesting systems as far as character progression and your goals during a match go. The game was originally set to release on May 17th, but they have moved it up 7 days to May 10th. I look foward to checking it out when it comes out because it is so rare that a multiplayer shooter really takes chances like this one.
Just how successful is downloadable content? It’s hard to tell, but I guess it’s doing fine since we keep getting more of it. In Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion’s case, it has extended the titles profitability well past its original release.
According to Bethesda’s Peter Hines in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, the title’s downloadable horse armor is still selling. “I swear to you – I don’t have the report in front of me, but multiple people bought horse armour yesterday! For some inexplicable reason. It happened, I promise.”
It’s interesting that, even now, this DLC is in demand. Heck, my copy of Oblivion is still sitting on my shelf. Maybe even I shall download the horse armor… Probably not. But whatever the case, this is one of few times that we’ve heard publicly that DLC, even as trivial as horse armor, is still selling despite the title being released almost five years ago now.
It’s been awhile since Spikes VGAs. It’s about time we see some more Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim! Hit the jump and you’ll see just that! The new trailer for the title shows off a good bit of gameplay along with some more scripted scenes and pans over the environment in the title.
I actually have Oblivion sitting on my desk, still untouched. I’ll get it to it eventually. Maybe Skyrim will give me a reason to pop it in soon.
With a release date of 11.11.11, I’ve got plenty of time.
Earlier this week, Interplay announced that a licensing agreement with Bethesda, the company that behind the Fallout franchise, allowed them to include numerous aspects of the Fallout Universe in their upcoming MMO, which bears the same name.
However, Bethesda filed a court order against Interplay yesterday that the licensing agreement only gives Interplay the rights to use the Fallout name, but no other assets were included.
As a response to Interplay Bethesda stated, “The term ‘Fallout-branded MMOG’ is plain and clear on its face — it means an MMOG named ‘Fallout’. Bethesda gave Interplay a license to call its MMOG ‘Fallout’ if it met the conditions of the [trademark licensing agreement]. Nothing else was licensed to Interplay. Interplay offers a variety of merit less arguments to suggest that the plain reading of the [trademark licensing agreement] would render the agreement meaningless. Interplay is wrong. Its arguments to the contrary should be rejected.”
The outcome of this legal issue has yet to be seen, but it is likely that Interplay will not be able to use anything Fallout-related in their game, aside from the title, of course.