news\ Nov 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

Does This Skyrim Pickaxe Pay Homage to Minecraft?


It looks like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim got "Notched".

Perhaps I'm looking too far into this, and I probably am, but a recent item found in Bethesda's Skyrim looks to pay homage to popular indie-adventure game Minecraft

Sometimes, some of the strongest friendships arise from the greatest of arguments, and I don't think any "gaming" argument was as large or widely covered as the Bethesda/ZeniMax vs Mojang "Scrolls" trademark case. 

For those who need a very quick update, here goes. Mojang, the developers behind Minecraft began creating a new game: Scrolls.  Though completely different in terms of gameplay from Bethesda's Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda/ZeniMax sued Mojang for trademark infringement. Claiming the Scrolls title infringed on the trademark set forth by Elder Scrolls, Mojang fought back by saying the games were nothing alike, and that they even offered to change the name.  The whole thing was ugly, it was ridiculous, and it was eventually ruled in favor of Mojang.

Needless to say, during the lawsuit, the face of Mojang and mind behind Minecraft Markus "Notch" Persson had his own reaction to case.  He responded to the case by further fueling the fire.  Whether it was a taunt, a playful jab, or already in the plans, Notch added Dragons to Minecraft.  That's right, he added the very essance and selling point of Skyrim into his game.

So how did Bethesda respond? It looks like they added a Easter Egg of their own in Skyrim.  The "Notched Pickaxe", as it's called in the game, bears a striking resemblance to the popular tool used in Minecraft.

Honestly, I think these two companies have grown to respect each other and play off of a friendly rivalry.  Though I really don't think there is a rivalry at this point - at least not in the eyes of the developers.  The Skyrim developers have already stated that they were big Minecraft fans and frequently played it during their breaks.

As for the actual item, well it just goes to show you what they think of Notch and Minecraft.  It raises the wielder's Smithing abilities, and does 6 shock damage to enemies on hit.  It could've been worse. 

What do you think - coincidence or intentional?

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