posted Mar 14, 2012, 10:22 AM by Edward Norris
updated Feb 9, 2013, 7:23 AM
I keep seeing the lingering story that surrounds the lawsuit brought to Mojang from Bethesda about who can use the word Scrolls as the name of a game. This arrives back into the discussion pit because earlier in the week @Notch made mention of the settlement which was found. The reason I wanted to raise this point was to ask, Who does this help? Does allowing any private company or entity the rights to restrict the whole world from naming their product what they wish, with such great a reach that it could be grounded in the possibility that anyone could conceivably confuse, "The Elder Scrolls" RPG with "SCROLLS" the card based game.
We have taken steps to protect ourselves from outside bodies controlling our works through the EFF for nearly 25 years, but we must always have an ever vigilant eye on that of those who rise from within our borders. We must always remember that we have some room for debate about what rights we want to reserve for ourselves in our immensely successful but still blossoming industry. We should be vigilant at every situation which arises to ask, "Does this really make our industry better?" and if it does not? We should come together to adjust, to nurture and to guide our industry to the most promising state.
While our industry is young compared to others, the speed of technology has given us plenty of evidence of our faults and should remember our history, from the "fall of PC gaming" to the rise of mobile gaming to the "Revival of PC gaming" and all the way back to the gaming bubble of the late 80's. We have a long path presented in front of us but that path is not set in stone and that path is not even guaranteed; We are making the future of gaming whether we think about it or not and we can make it one all the more better if we simply ask ourselves(Developers) and our citizens(Gamers), early and often, Does this really make our industry better?