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Skyrim Has a Minecraft Easter Egg, Despite Legal Dispute

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Despite the legal battle over the use of "Scrolls," the Skyrim developers pay homage to Mojang's Minecraft with an Easter egg.

Now here's an interesting discovery: a Minecraft easter egg in Bethesda's just-launched The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. According to reports, the item is called the "Notched Pickaxe" and resembles the tool of choice in Markus "Notch" Personn's indie sandbox, Minecraft. The tool can be found in Skyrim's "Throat of the World."

The discovery is interesting in that Bethesda and Mojang (along with Notch) are in a legal battle over the use of "Scrolls." As previously reported, Mojang received a letter from Bethesda's attorneys saying that the Minecraft developer's use of "Scrolls" infringed upon its The Elder Scrolls trademark. Bethesda said that the use of "Scrolls" outside its own Elder Scrolls franchise would cause confusion, and that the company would sue Mojang if the upcoming game's name wasn't changed.

Eventually Mojang won an interim injunction that allows the developer to continue to use the "Scrolls" name, but that doesn't mean the legal battle is over. Yet now a Minecraft-themed object has appeared in a Bethesda game... an Elder Scrolls one at that. And while the easter egg initially seems like a slap in the face, there are reports that the Skyrim team is actually a big fan of Minecraft, and frequently played the game during breaks. The tool simply pays homage to one of their favorite titles.

In other Skyrim news, VGChartz reports that physical sales of the fifth Elder Scrolls installment exceeded 3.4 million units in just two days -- that doesn't even include digital copies. 59-percent of the units were sold for the Xbox 360 and 27-percent on the PlayStation 3. 14-percent of the physical sales were snapped up by PC gamers. In comparison, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion only saw 490,000 units sold on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the same 2-day timeframe.

For those who love hunting down Easter eggs in games, there's another one to find in the just-released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It's a teddy bear holding two golden Desert Eagle semi-automatic pistols. The guy in the video seems rather excited over the finding... is it worth the hunt?

Modern Warfare 3 Teddy Bear Easter Egg

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    Condar_JCL , November 15, 2011 11:38 PM
    Actually this might not the case. Oblivion also had Notched items, which one was a Pickaxe. Looks like to be just another item in the game with no significance at all.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2011 6:45 AM
    The last 20 games ive bought have all been digital downloads. So yes the PC numbers are WAY higher once you factor in digital downloads.
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    SirGCal , November 16, 2011 4:36 AM
    Seriously?!? The game (Elder Scrolls) isn't called just Scrolls... Scrolls refers to "a roll of parchment, paper, copper, or other material, especially one with writing on it" and another definition is "the curved head of a violin or other stringed instrument"!

    Just cause their game uses that name in it's title doesn't mean they own that word... I say let it stand. A good lawyer could get this kicked out of court with a counter suit for expenses. The small company wouldn't pay a penny. Only a moron would even think the word 'Scrolls' referred only to 'The Elder Scrolls'. Comeon Bathesda... Take some of that lawyer money and hire better texture designers... Good Grief!
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    AbdullahG , November 15, 2011 11:19 PM
    Developer love...
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    Condar_JCL , November 15, 2011 11:38 PM
    Actually this might not the case. Oblivion also had Notched items, which one was a Pickaxe. Looks like to be just another item in the game with no significance at all.
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    mortsmi7 , November 15, 2011 11:45 PM
    I'd think a Notch Pickaxe would be more of an Easter egg. A notched pickaxe in any other game would simply be a crappy pickaxe.
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    Anonymous , November 15, 2011 11:57 PM
    @Condar_JLC

    I think it's more definable as an "easter egg" over a crappy pickaxe because it's value is 303 gold. I don't recall normal pickaxes having a value remotely close to that. Is there any significance to the specific number 303 though?
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    frostweaver , November 15, 2011 11:59 PM
    im glad im the 14% :) 
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    upgrade_1977 , November 16, 2011 12:12 AM
    Two words.... Counter Sue..
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    sinfulpotato , November 16, 2011 12:34 AM
    I am sure the Devs and the Lawyers don't run on the same terms. The dev's may love Mojang.. the highers ups who pay the bills, do not. Plus the lawyers looking for ways to make money.
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    Supertrek32 , November 16, 2011 2:21 AM
    Classic case of company execs not at all representing the developers. Looks like the people who actually make the game don't have a problem with minecraft, just the people in charge of money.
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    opmopadop , November 16, 2011 2:39 AM
    Genisaurus Is there any significance to the specific number 303 though?


    Perhaps its an 'In' joke, Notch being sued for the amount of 303 million perhaps?
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    genghiskhanid , November 16, 2011 2:51 AM
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    59-percent of the units were sold for the Xbox 360 and 27-percent on the PlayStation 3. 14-percent of the physical sales were snapped up by PC gamers.


    I find it sad to say, but this is the reason why PC gamers only get console ports now!
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    archngaming , November 16, 2011 3:23 AM
    genghiskhanidI find it sad to say, but this is the reason why PC gamers only get console ports now!

    It clearly states that it does not include digital downloads. That being said, with those sales included it won't be even close to Xbox numbers. However, PC gamers buy more games digitally than consoles.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2011 3:28 AM
    Physical sales only, genghis; the digital PC sales should be through the roof. Very few people buy PC games through retail anymore. Heck, many game stores don't even stock any PC game that has a console version.
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    SirGCal , November 16, 2011 4:36 AM
    Seriously?!? The game (Elder Scrolls) isn't called just Scrolls... Scrolls refers to "a roll of parchment, paper, copper, or other material, especially one with writing on it" and another definition is "the curved head of a violin or other stringed instrument"!

    Just cause their game uses that name in it's title doesn't mean they own that word... I say let it stand. A good lawyer could get this kicked out of court with a counter suit for expenses. The small company wouldn't pay a penny. Only a moron would even think the word 'Scrolls' referred only to 'The Elder Scrolls'. Comeon Bathesda... Take some of that lawyer money and hire better texture designers... Good Grief!
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2011 6:45 AM
    The last 20 games ive bought have all been digital downloads. So yes the PC numbers are WAY higher once you factor in digital downloads.
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    unwanted , November 16, 2011 7:57 AM
    WoW uses scrolls are they sueing blizzard as well? So did diablo so they better sue them twice and ... and.... infact I can't think of a fantasy RPG that doesn't have scrolls in it so are they gonna go and sue everyone thats ever made a game with a scroll in it :|

    Actually there were games using scrolls before TES Arena even started being made so maybe the people that made those games should be sueing Bethesda instead :|

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    Goldengoose , November 16, 2011 8:11 AM
    How come they aren't able to track digital purchases as well as retail?
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    de5_Roy , November 16, 2011 9:34 AM
    some concrete and descriptive pc sales figures (bith digital and physical) of the elder trolls spyrimshot would have been nice :) 
    console makers love to show off console version's sales figures while console sales sag and pc version sales re-emerge on top.
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    LongLiveRock1974 , November 16, 2011 12:23 PM
    I really dislike that Bethesda is suing over the word Scrolls and normally I would boycott a company for doing something so cheap, but Skyrim is just too good to pass up.
    Oh well....at least my EA boycott is still on track.
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    onanonanon , November 16, 2011 12:38 PM
    arkmagiusVery few people buy PC games through retail anymore. Heck, many game stores don't even stock any PC game that has a console version.

    Which is a bit of a shame because it's often cheaper. I picked up Skyrim on Amazon for £27 instead of downloading it from Steam for the pre-release sale price of £34. Not only that, but it arrived on the day of release and took only a few minutes to install instead of a few hours to download. Bargain!
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    LongLiveRock1974 , November 16, 2011 12:50 PM
    onanonanonWhich is a bit of a shame because it's often cheaper. I picked up Skyrim on Amazon for £27 instead of downloading it from Steam for the pre-release sale price of £34. Not only that, but it arrived on the day of release and took only a few minutes to install instead of a few hours to download. Bargain!


    I agree that you can sometimes get a physical copy cheaper, but having it shipped always comes with risks. I've had delivery people forget to deliver to my house, deliver at 8pm at night, and even lose my item. I wouldn't mind dropping an extra $7 to get to play a game at launch and not have to possibly wait 32 hours for the delivery truck.
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