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A Game of Thrones RTS Game Released, RPG On the Way

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the rated-R-for-you-know-what dept.

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Game development studio Cyanide launched their real-time strategy interpretation of George R. R. Martin's acclaimed fantasy series A Game of Thrones yesterday. You can see a trailer and a few screenshots if you're so inclined. Cyanide also confirmed one of their other offices is working on a completely different RPG based on the series as well. It's still a ways out, but they say it will be "Mass Effect-style," and will pick up at the start of the first book. "True to the style of Martin's books, it will tell the story of two different characters, switching back and forth between them as their tales move alongside the events of the first book (and occasionally intersect with one another). None of the characters from the book will be playable, though the game's protagonists will cross paths with plenty of familiar faces over the course of the game."

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Woot (1)

dleemaas (2035220) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572492)

-1 for the RTS (unless it has a good story), +1 for the RPG

Graphics unimpressive (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572734)

Those graphics are truly 2006. If you are going to do a game, do it right.

And games based on movies, they usually are terrible.

Re:Graphics unimpressive (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573388)

When it comes to games, "doing it right" involves polishing the gameplay, not the graphics. If you want to be wowed by CG, go to a movie.

Re:Graphics unimpressive (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574510)

Those graphics are truly 2006. If you are going to do a game, do it right.

And games based on movies, they usually are terrible.

I think a bigger problem is the huge number of people that can't even get the book to launch.

While it's somewhat true to the books to kill off the game so early on, it might not be worth your $40 for the experience.

Re:Graphics unimpressive (1)

Grumbleduke (789126) | more than 2 years ago | (#37575794)

I was very disappointed when I heard an RTS game was on the way - not because I knew it would be bad, but because I knew it could be a lot better:

While watching the HBO series I started reading up on the books (ah, Wikipedia) and it gradually struck me that the SoFaI-verse seems very suitable for a Total War game. I'm no expert (of the series) but you've got a number of different factions/Houses, a nice campaign map, armies in the thousands, interesting rebel possibilities, some pretty castles to have battles with, lots of diplomatic possibilities, and some characters to throw in (as Generals, princesses, spies etc.). But, sadly the franchise is now licensed out, which will make it unlikely, and any mod will probably be clamped down on.

Re:Graphics unimpressive (1)

TheSkyNet (2477736) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619030)

With a RTS its not all about graphics, there are usually lot of issue such as what would you prefer more units or better looking units? and this is a game that wants to appeal to fans of the TV show who may not have high-powered GFX cards. War of The Ring was a solid RTS game based on a movie and Game of Thrones is a book and a TV show.

Re:Woot (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 2 years ago | (#37585580)

-1 for the RTS (unless it has a good story), +1 for the RPG

Since when do RTS really have to have a story? It's a fucking strategy game. You don't need a story, you just need decent mechanics.

If your playing RTS's for the story, you are gaming wrong.

Re:Woot (1)

dleemaas (2035220) | more than 2 years ago | (#37598810)

RTS's don't need a story. Games that are based on A Song of Ice and Fire do. That was more of a statement of my gaming preference anyway; it was not meant to be taken as a factual rating of RTS versus RPG games.

We now have... (2)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572520)

A book, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Game_of_Thrones [wikipedia.org]

a HBO tv series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/ [imdb.com]

and a game.. http://www.agot-genesis.com/ [agot-genesis.com]

Book 5 recently came out (august I think), it's book 5 of 7, 2 are not written yet with agot being the 1st book.

Just thought i'd recap a bit, I wish there was more than books for the other 4, as they do progress the story line quite nicely (I have yet to read 5 though).

Re:We now have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572608)

Book 5 of 7, but it took him about 6 years to publish book 5 after publishing book 4.

Re:We now have... (2)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572834)

Don't forget the replica coins, replica swords, board game, card game (and expansion packs), roleplaying game (2 versions), comic books, spinoff short stories, illustrated hardcover books, limited edition books, collectible calendars, and collectible toy figurines.

GRRM is one capitalist SOB! Damn good author, damn good businessman.

Re:We now have... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572998)

I think you mean mediocre author, capable businessman, total sellout.

I've only read AGOT so I can't speak for his earlier works, but based on my impressions so far, he's the Dean Koontz of Fantasy. Somewhat entertaining, but nothing to write home about.

Re:We now have... (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573390)

He's made a crapload of money off not only his books but all the ancillaries. He's not QUITE as bad as Lucas, and I don't think any of the non-essentials have affected the game line, so I'm not sure sellout is a great description. I generally think of a sellout being someone who somehow compromised his/her values...I don't hink he's compromised anything. I mean, he's very big government leftwing, but just being leftwing doesn't mean you don't want to get filthy rich.

With regards to the quality of AGoT, as they say, de gustibus... I think his first three novels are great and 4+5 are a huge dropoff (unfortunately). I'm hoping he can pick up the pieces and keep going.

Re:We now have... (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573564)

How does it compare to his earlier stuff? I know Robert Jordan was a fan of his, which is one thing that got me into reading AGOT in the first place.

Re:We now have... (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573698)

George RR Martin's earlier stuff? Eh, I haven't read much (other than the Game of Throne series), and I'm not a huge fan of what I've read.

I've read a Song for Lya and Other Short Stories, Windhaven, and started a third whose name I forget. I really liked the premise of Windhaven, but I hated the characters and the plot (dual authors, so maybe not GRRM's fault!). I'm not at all interested in the "Wild Card" books so I haven't tried them.

Re:We now have... (0)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573426)

I've only read AGOT so I can't speak for his earlier works, but based on my impressions so far, he's the Dean Koontz of Fantasy. Somewhat entertaining, but nothing to write home about.

I'm logged in now, you coward, so feel free to waste another mod point.

AGOT was entertaining. So much so that I am reading the second one now. But no, I'm sorry, it doesn't qualify him as a "damn good author." His decision to merchandise the crap out of it only makes me think he wrote it for a quick buck. There's also the fact that it's not actually a novel. It's the first part of a gigantic unfinished serial.

I wish GRRM the best in whatever it is he is wanting to accomplish with these books. *I* think he's trying to make a quick buck. Great. But just because I am unimpressed with his work does not mean I am a troll. And for the record, I happen to love Dean Koontz. I don't think he's the greatest writer ever, but he keeps me entertained some times. That's the same impression I get from what I've experienced of GRRM.

Quick? (1)

bashibazouk (582054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573834)

The last book took six years to write. The first one was started in 1991 and published in 1996. Not exactly a "quick" buck...

No accounting for taste (2)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574010)

GRRM is absolutely a great author. His characters have substantial depth to them. Even the "villains" aren't really villainous, they just have their own goals and motivations that put them at odds with the characters you happen to be rooting for. His pacing is steady without getting dull. His plot has twists and turns without ever sucker punching the reader the way inferior writers do. And the overarching themes -- particularly regarding honor and duty -- are rock solid.

If you don't like his book, that's fine. Everyone's entitled to an opinion. But I think you're really short-changing him by suggesting that his magnum opus (written over the course of decades) is a quick money-grab.

Re:No accounting for taste (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37575264)

His characters can have depth to them. Ned Stark, Tyrion, Tywin. Others. But so many of the rest might as well be props. The only place I find this excusable is with Joffrey because it really suits his character. The rest, not so much. So many of them have one thought, and that thought it all they think every time the narrator peers into their heads. Bearing in mind I've only just started the second book, so maybe some of those other characters get more interesting later.

**spoilers**

I found the whole proclaiming Robb King of the North to be contrived.

I was bored almost the entire time with the Daenerys storyline, because it was obvious from almost the beginning what was going to happen. It was no surprise when Viserys died. The only part I found interesting was when Drogo died. I didn't expect that.

The were some great parts as well. When Ned Stark betrays his honor and lies. When Joffrey has him killed anyway even though it was a really stupid move, much to the surprise of his mother. Arya and the swordmaster. Walder Frey and Caitlin Stark's interchange. Tyrion at Winterfell on his way south from the wall.

Like I said, an entertaining read, but not "great" in my book.

Martin a "sell out"? (1)

tgibbs (83782) | more than 2 years ago | (#37576226)

I think that he's an extremely good author. "Dying of the Light" was a very impressive novel. "Fever Dream" is also very strong. And the Wild Cards series was a lot of fun. I generally don't get into medievalist fantasy, but I've been impressed with the GoT series: it is intricately plotted and not predictable, with convincing characters who have some emotional depth. Considering how slowly the larger plot arc advances, I'm wondering if he plans for it so support him for the rest of his life (not that I begrudge him that; I'm just worried that he'll die and leave it unfinished). His prose isn't flashy or particularly poetic, but it conveys vivid images and is not repetitive. His dialog is good (as evinced by the fact that it works on the screen as well as on the page; a lot of written dialog sounds foolish when spoken by a live person).

As far as being a "sell out," if that's what he's done, it's on the best terms I've ever seen. The TV series was the most careful and faithful adaptation of a fantasy novel that I've encountered to date. It is virtually a scene by scene adaptation. The sets and costumes are pretty much exact. I've only seen one issue of the comic book, but it looks like the same will hold there. Either he has found adapters who genuinely respect his work, or else he has gotten a great deal of creative control. Writing can be a chancy living, and most writers, particularly of genre fiction do not make a great deal of money. Martin has been at it a long time, it seems terribly petty to begrudge him taking advantage of an opportunity to profit from his work.

Re:We now have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573050)

To bad book five is Martin just slowly masturbating while his poor readers watch.

Only 2 characters? (5, Funny)

Jellodyne (1876378) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572530)

That doesn't seem like enough. What will you do when those two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly?

Re:Only 2 characters? (2)

Marc_Hawke (130338) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572556)

That was my thought. If it's true to the book at all that means the despite your best efforts, if you're the main character, you'll lose.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572712)

Losing and completing the game don't relate here I guess, main characters die in games all the time (FF7 nostalgia) . Still, I think the movie series was sufficient, the game is based off a concept called "milking the fad", even though book 1 is ancient news, book 5 is making waves. Seems to be the big trend with US media nowadays, to take the trend/fad and make....
1. a movie
2. a series
3. a game(s)

in any 2/3 combination of the above.

Hollywood has killed SO MUCH :(

And they wonder why pirates run rampant...

Re:Only 2 characters? (5, Insightful)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573708)

If Game of Thrones HBO series is just "milking the fad" then milk it away and keep it coming. It was one of the best epic fantasy stories put to screen ever. As well as a very true to the book translation.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574364)

Damn straight. I rarely watch any TV, but my girlfriend got me totally hooked on that one.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574374)

I wish I could mod you up.

Fuck the snobs, it's a good story and a good series. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is fucking perfect. I haven't seen such a good casting job in a long, long time.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37590528)

Shame I already posted or I would mod you as flamebait (hint mods). Please refer to (#37590502), thanks.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37590502)

Not the series, the game... the series was great.

the game is based off a concept called "milking the fad"

I'm talking more about why they are making the game here. Try processing what you read in the future before replying, thanks.

Re:Only 2 characters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574728)

You realize that in FF7 you WERE supposed to be able to bring Aerith back from the dead, right?

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

Carewolf (581105) | more than 2 years ago | (#37575944)

Not unlike Game of Throne where 2 of 3 dead main characters have tendency to refuse to stay dead, or more often reveal that their death was grossly exaggerated.

GoT has invented dark fantasy soap.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

X3J11 (791922) | more than 2 years ago | (#37576298)

GoT has invented dark fantasy soap.

I thought I was alone in thinking of it as a soap. When I try to explain what ASOIAF is to others, I describe it as a realistic, medieval soap opera (for men)*.

*Not implying that women cannot read/watch/enjoy it, just that it doesn't have much of the drivel that a man associates with a soap opera.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572562)

Load from the quicksave?

Revert to a saved game (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572740)

That doesn't seem like enough. What will you do when those two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly?

This happens all the time in video games, revert to a saved game. :-)

Yes I get the reference to the books which are atypical in that the casualty rate of main characters is quite high.

Re:Only 2 characters? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573216)

> That doesn't seem like enough. What will you do when those two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly?

Um, you cheer? Go outside, smell the flowers, talk to your children?

If I buy the expansion pack, can I choose *which* two characters are killed brutally and unexpectedly? That would go a long way towards keeping my interest in replays.

Sorry, I didn't like the TV series.

Really? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572546)

They must have been pretty big F.A.G.O.T'S (Fans of A Game Of Thrones)

Too bad it won't be finished (0)

DelitaTheFridge (912659) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572554)

Too bad the series won't actually be finished since the fat pizza-loving author will keel over before he writes another book.

true to the books? (3, Funny)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572640)

True to the style of Martin's books, it will tell the story of two different characters, switching back and forth between them, with short 6 year pauses in between. Basically when each cut-scene ends, you'll have to replay the game from the beginning so you can remember where you're at. Just like the books.

Re:true to the books? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574688)

Must be a fantasy genre thing, Wheel of time is worse! Malazan book of the fallen is the only series that was published quickly, 10 novels, one a year, is impressive. And good stuff.

Re:true to the books? (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37575334)

Wheel of Time wasn't that bad on time deliver until Jordan got sick. CoT was a little late, but not terrible. Now you want to talk long wait... How about King's The Dark Tower series. :)

Already been done (3, Funny)

stms (1132653) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572704)

The other one looks better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftnySHVnF0 [youtube.com]

Re:Already been done (1)

ynp7 (1786468) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573504)

If that were a real game it'd only be the greatest thing ever. Though Jaime Lannister's Kingslayer attack seems to be missing. Maybe you learn it at a higher level, but you'd think he'd start the game with it.

Mass Effect style ? 2 ? (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572720)

meaning, run, shoot shoot (without the adequacy of a fps), then talk talk (without sufficient interaction), run, shoot shoot, talk talk ?

non-interactive interactive bastardized movie you mean.

but maybe if they made it like 1, there can be at least some input from the player side in terms of gameplay.

Re:Mass Effect style ? 2 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574426)

shoot shoot (without the adequacy of a fps)

It didn't need the excellency of a modern FPS, because the non-shooting combat was stellar. See the vanguard play-style [youtube.com] (skip to 2:23 for vanguard CQC combat).

(FYI: Like most critics of the game, you probably made a few wrong choices initially: you chose the soldier class, you did a paragon run-through, and you chose the male actor. Soldiers are extremely boring unless you are experienced [youtube.com]; the pure paragon run is simply dissatisfying; and the male v/o monotone becomes depressing.)

There was a game in development? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572730)

Screenshots have emerged, showing glowering men in armour and maps with recognisable landmarks on them, such as The Wall, which isn’t a prog rock album but an actual wall that’s covered with ice. I know that because I’ve read the first book. Now, just one week before release, there’s a trailer for the game.

What the heck.

When only a WEEK before the game's release, all you get is a no gameplay trailer, that usually is a good hint that this isn't that amazing of a game.

I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones in the first place, but I can imagine that only superfans will get this and this is largely made to cash in on its HBO success.

Re:There was a game in development? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572988)

The wall is made of nice, not covered with ice ffs!!!!

Re:There was a game in development? (3, Insightful)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574096)

I know that, and you know that, but did the game devs know it? This screenshot [steampowered.com] clearly shows a stone wall covered in ice. It also shows what I have to assume is Castle Black as having a ring wall, which it shouldn't have.

No gameplay footage, no demo, no beta, no reviews, screenshots suggesting that the devs didn't really read the books, and a title that suggests it's made to cash in on the HBO series. I think I'll be passing on this one.

In the Game of Thrones Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572738)

You either win or you die

really true to the books...? (2)

macshit (157376) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572792)

If it's going to really capture the essence of the books, it's going to have to have insane amounts of mutilation and absurdly gruesome and completely unfair death, to the point where it would not only completely piss off all the players, but be the target of mass protests.

It would be amusing if they actually did that, but well... I'm bettin' it's going to be just another bog-standard vaguely medieval RPG with some locations slightly resembling those in the books and a bit of name-dropping here and there...

Re:really true to the books...? (2)

rve (4436) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572868)

To capture the feel of the books, it's not enough to just butcher little boys. You have to flay them, decapitate them, dip the heads in tar and display them on pikes.

That, and zombies.

Re:really true to the books...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572944)

And boobs. Lots of boobs.

Re:really true to the books...? (1)

ph0rk (118461) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574332)

Nah, Reek let them go. Unless you mean the stable boys...

Re:really true to the books...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37575582)

Spoiler alert!

Re:really true to the books...? (1)

rve (4436) | more than 2 years ago | (#37577588)

Murdering little boys isn't so bad if they're low born. Those people are used to a bit of cruelty.

Limited Info? (1)

dmomo (256005) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572990)

The writeup of the video linked to in the summary raises some good points. I have yet to see any in depth game play for this, or a review of the mechanics. It makes me wonder if the game itself will be any fun. I even have suspicions that the studio knows the game isn't that great and is hiding it from us, hoping that the franchise drives sales. I'd wait for some real buzz on this before dropping any time or money into it.

Re:Limited Info? (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574088)

Really. Game tie-ins are traditionally awful fare, only made worse when they're developed by an unknown coding house. When there's virtually no news released, save for a cinematic trailer, you can pretty much rest assured that it's going to be an absolute stinker.

Re:Limited Info? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37575704)

I really hope their skimping on the graphics budget was due to them spending massive amounts of money in getting the gameplay mechanics to be perfect. There are rts games that are several years old that have better looking graphics than that. Furthermore, if that's the only scale the game takes place on, I most definitely won't be buying it.

I hope the plot is better than the series (0)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573002)

I hope the game is better than the TV series. I tried to follow that for awhile but finally gave up in disgust. An R rated soap opera, the only connection to sword and sorcery being that the characters do medieval cosplay while they go on and on about nothing in particular. Every character is an absolute dick with the possible exception of Sean Bean's character and the younger daughter. The rest desperately need to die violently and it's frustrating to see them still breathing at the end of the episode.

Life is too short for mediocre television, and it was that in spades. That doesn't mean A Song of Ice and Fire is bad, just that the implementation is General Hospital with leather jerkins and occasional nudity.

Not that I'm opinionated or anything.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573226)

I hope the game is better than the TV series. I tried to follow that for awhile but finally gave up in disgust. An R rated soap opera, the only connection to sword and sorcery being that the characters do medieval cosplay while they go on and on about nothing in particular. Every character is an absolute dick with the possible exception of Sean Bean's character and the younger daughter. The rest desperately need to die violently and it's frustrating to see them still breathing at the end of the episode.

Life is too short for mediocre television, and it was that in spades. That doesn't mean A Song of Ice and Fire is bad, just that the implementation is General Hospital with leather jerkins and occasional nudity.

Not that I'm opinionated or anything.

*Spoiler alert*
If it makes you feel any better, most of the rest DO end up dying violently at some point, and those that haven't probably will in the next few books.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573820)

This was my most favorite part of the series. Don't like a character? He's gonna die eventually, probably in a horrific bloody way. Though I guess even if you do like a character they tend to die anyway...

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574054)

So, in that respect one could say it's like the game, without the do-overs...

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573640)

There's nothing wrong with characters being dicks as long as they are entertaining dicks. You know, like Archer. And you're supposed to *want* to slap the shit out of Joffrey, so...

I liked Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and think Tyrion is probably the most interesting (and complete) character in AGOT. Ned Stark and Arya Stark were good too, both in the book and on the screen. Gregor Clegane should have been CG'ed - the way he is described in the book is essentially impossible in a real human. Arya's 'dancing' instructor was decent, too. The rest I could take or leave, mostly leave. I didn't like Aidin Gillen as Petyr Baelish at all.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573796)

...I kept waiting for them to do something besides talk and have doggy sex... I mean, there's nothing wrong with either of those pastimes in moderation. I guess I didn't know what I was getting into. I was expecting, I dunno, Swords. And Sorcery. And strong characters. Not dressing up As the World Turns in cosplay and exposing an occasional breast to try to appeal to the husbands.

I think this is a bad trend, first started in the Battlestar Galactica reboot. The idea that tension is achieved by a lot of frowning and verbal threats, that minutia is the same as character development, that plot direction and consistency doesn't matter as long as you keep them talking talking talking and present one unresolved minor threat after another, keeping viewers hoping against hope that somehow they will eventually be shown how it all ties together. As this seems more and more unlikely as time goes on. It sucks. It's not interesting. And more importantly, it's crappy writing. Any character can make a bad decision, but like the "coincidence rule", behaving like a moron is a characteristic best used sparingly, lest your audience stop caring.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573866)

That should have been, "minutia and endless repetition".

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573886)

...and it's almost excusable in BG's case, because the writers didn't have enough story for a four season show, and were essentially winging it at the end of the second season. And pulling it directly out of their arse by the beginning of the fourth. But Game of Thrones is from an actual series of books. You'd think... you know, never mind. Again, life is too short.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574064)

Well, I haven't watched the HBO interpretation, but there's not supposed to be sorcery for the early parts of the story. In the entire first book, sorcery is only used once, and that's very close to the end. A big part of the storyline is that when the dragons died, magic faded out of the world, and when the dragons return, so does the magic.

There's not dearth of swordplay or strong, cunning characters in the books though, so if that isn't making it on to the screen, the writers are beyond incompetent. You could pretty much make each chapter an episode and have a good, exciting show.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#37581064)

He probably doesn't realize that political machinations are more universal, more entertaining, and a better test of writers, directors, and actors. I've read the first four books (waiting for paperback for number five) and the TV show did a great job of translating.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37588960)

You know, it's not necessary to buy HBO just to be depressed. If I wanted to be depressed, I'd just stay at work.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

ph0rk (118461) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574334)

Waaah! Everyone likes it and I don't! Listen to me!

Damn Martin for making believable characters that I can't like because they're all assholes. How dare he insert that much realism into his characterization?!

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37575438)

Look, I don't care what your mom says -- life is not a soap opera.

Re:I hope the plot is better than the series (1)

X3J11 (791922) | more than 2 years ago | (#37576328)

I hope the game is better than the TV series. I tried to follow that for awhile but finally gave up in disgust. An R rated soap opera, the only connection to sword and sorcery being that the characters do medieval cosplay while they go on and on about nothing in particular. Every character is an absolute dick with the possible exception of Sean Bean's character and the younger daughter. The rest desperately need to die violently and it's frustrating to see them still breathing at the end of the episode.

Life is too short for mediocre television, and it was that in spades. That doesn't mean A Song of Ice and Fire is bad, just that the implementation is General Hospital with leather jerkins and occasional nudity.

Not that I'm opinionated or anything.

Have you read the books? I'd guess not, since ASOIAF is not sword & sorcery. Yes there's a bit of magic in it, and it permeates the world, but it's thus far not been a big factor in the story. It's a story about people and all the horrific ways they die.

Summary Incorrect ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573054)

Hillbilly Mutt 20 is now an existentialist armageddon.

already done (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573602)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftnySHVnF0 by collegeHumour

Song of Ice & Fire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573714)

THERE IS NO GAME OF THRONES SERIES!

There is a Miniseries produced by HBO called "Game Of Thrones".

There is a single book called Game of Thrones written by George R. R. Martin, and that book is the first in a series called "A Song of Ice & Fire"

important to note (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573934)

the games are being developed by cyanide studios, known for treating their customers like shit.
this game in particular comes with a limited installation allowance and no way of getting more.
other common practices of cyanide are to put their games on sale right before announcing new versions with no way of upgrading later.

From the article - Lulz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574406)

"I really hope there’s a rhythm action blacksmithing minigame as the video strongly implies."

DRM infested crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37575492)

Tages DRM on top of Steam. They won't be getting any money from me. Besides early reviews and comments in the forum are less than overwhelming.

More innformation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37576886)

If you want more information about the two game you can also check the developer web site:
http://www.cyanide-studio.com/games/agot/
http://www.cyanide-studio.com/games/agot-genesis/
and a french (...) article with some screen-shots for the RPG title and a video interview
http://www.gamekult.com/actu/rencontre-avec-a-game-of-thrones-rpg-A0000093972.html

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