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Bethesda's latest Elder Scrolls adventure taken down amid cries of plagiarism

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    cfabbro (edited ) Link
    Wow, someone at Bethesda is about to lose their job. That's remarkably flagrant plagiarism, with only some minor thesaurus replacement of key words and setting name changes... and it's not even...

    Wow, someone at Bethesda is about to lose their job. That's remarkably flagrant plagiarism, with only some minor thesaurus replacement of key words and setting name changes... and it's not even just a small section that was copied either, based on all those screenshot comparisons.

    But the truly mind-boggling part of this situation to me is, how could anyone honestly think they could get away with doing that, especially at their job? Hasbro/WotC is a massive company and D&D isn't exactly some small franchise that nobody knows about, plays or buys adventures for... and the crossover between D&D players and Elder Scrolls fans is probably pretty significant too. 🤦

    10 votes
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      cwagner Link Parent
      Apparently, it's far less sinister: -- Cognimancer on /r/games (highlight by me)

      Apparently, it's far less sinister:

      Edit: Well, it wasn't really touted as anything really. Clickbaity headline. After looking into it more, this really does look like a case of them sharing the dropbox link to a quickly thrown-together adventure that somebody ran for a few employees at the Netherlands office (it's a free 12-page PDF, guys, not a sinister scheme to profit from someone else's work). I can see why they wouldn't be thoroughly checking for plagiarism on something that small, but somebody just learned a big lesson on due diligence when using the company twitter account to endorse someone's work.

      -- Cognimancer on /r/games (highlight by me)

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        cfabbro Link Parent
        Ah, thanks for that link. If Cognimancer is correct then it definitely sounds more like a simple mistake, releasing something made for fun internal use to the public, rather than anything malicious.

        Ah, thanks for that link. If Cognimancer is correct then it definitely sounds more like a simple mistake, releasing something made for fun internal use to the public, rather than anything malicious.

        3 votes
        1. cwagner Link Parent
          I don't have more details, but it really sounds like something someone made for their own group, someone made the mistake of making it somewhat public and someone from the social media team made...

          I don't have more details, but it really sounds like something someone made for their own group, someone made the mistake of making it somewhat public and someone from the social media team made the bigger mistake of advertising it.

          5 votes