As has been reported ad naseaum at this point, Notch and Bethesda aren’t exactly the best of friends at the moment. Up until this point, Notch has handled the trademark issue well, but today’s announcement from Notch on his blog shows just how serious the name of his next game is to him.
While directly referencing the episode of Game of Thrones where Tyrion (the shorter guy, for the uninitiated) demands a trial by combat, Notch has thrown his 8-bit gauntlet down in the finest tradition of gamers and challenged Bethesda to a duel to decide on the usage of the word Scrolls.
A duel in Quake 3.
Notch’s plan pits Mojang’s three best Quake 3 players against Bethesda’s best Quake 3 players in a contest to decide the fate of the word “Scrolls.” If Mojang wins, the game will be called Scrolls and Bethesda will drop their lawsuit, and if they lose, they’ll change Scrolls to something more agreeable to Bethesda.
No word yet on whether or not Bethesda will accept the challenge, but they’d sure save themselves a hell of a lot of money in lawyer’s fees if they did.
You can read the full post on Notch’s blog.