I ******* love George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
book series. I love it so much that my Twitter handle is @seven_hells
, a direct reference to the series, and whenever I get the chance to create custom character names while gaming, I got straight to the ASoIaF
well. In other words, I've become a total ASoIaF
geek. Now I'll admit, I only learned about it through HBO's awesome ASoIaF
-based series, Game of Thrones,
but that's only because I've never been a fan of fantasy fiction. Elves, trolls, and wizard shooting magic out of their fingers never appealed to me. The only reason I became interested in the series at all is because it was on HBO, and I'm an avowed cable-TV snob. But neither Game of Thrones
traffics in such high-fantasy nonsense. In fact, it's closer to a medieval political drama with elements of horror than the high fantasy seen in The Lord of the Rings. There are no elves, the only dwarfs are human, magic is largely a thing of the past, but when it is used, it's dangerous, scary, and never used without great sacrifice; also, the mystical creatures are either straight-up monsters or presented in the darkest manner possible.
A Song of Ice and Fire
is also ripe for videogame adaptation, and I'm not talking about Cyanide's A Game of Thrones: Genesis
RTS, either. I'm talking about the full Euro-North American RPG treatment that only the likes of BioWare, Bethesda, or the makers of the Witcher
series, CD Project RED could pull off (and I'm sure there are others I'm can't think of right now). So imagine my disappointment when I came across this article
today on VG24/7.com
. In short, Bethesda
toyed with the idea of an Elder Scrolls-style A Song of Ice and Fire
adaptation, but ultimately turned GRRM's people down because they wanted to do Skyrim
instead. ****. You know that feeling you get when you find out you were oh-so-close to getting the thing you want most in the world, only to have it snatched away before you even knew it existed? I'm feeling that right now. Of course there are still rumors that Cyanide is working on a GoT
RPG, but I'll believe it when I see it.
In the meantime, I'll just console myself with the novels.