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Video Game Adaptation In the Works For A Song of Fire and Ice 183

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On Wednesday, French game development studio Cyanide announced that they will be working with George R. R. Martin to bring his popular fantasy series, A Song of Fire and Ice, to the realm of video games. The press release implies that there will be more than one game, and the games will come out for PCs and "next-gen consoles." Apparently an HBO television series is in the works as well, in addition to board and card games related to the books.
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Video Game Adaptation In the Works For A Song of Fire and Ice

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  • Re:*sigh* (Score:2, Informative)

    by think_nix (1467471) on Thursday May 14, 2009 @06:24AM (#27949089)

    tfa:

    "Development on a game for PC and "next-gen consoles" has begun, and George R. R. Martin will help out"

    so maybe wont be so bad after all eh? I guess as long as Mr Martin has some say so , or rather put Cyanide lets him.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 14, 2009 @06:41AM (#27949163)

    Correction: The series is actually called "A Song of Ice and Fire", not "A Song of Fire and Ice".

  • Re:Is it good? (Score:2, Informative)

    by beerbear (1289124) on Thursday May 14, 2009 @06:56AM (#27949237)
    A Song of Ice and Fire is, in my opinion, the best fantasy story out there. Makes Tolkien look like a confused old fairy tale uncle. Realistic characters, lots of greys (as in bad guys act bad for a good reason and the other way around), no hesitation to kill off main characters/heroes, etc. While you wait for the next book, I suggest 'The First Law' series by Joe Abercrombie.
  • Re:I would prefer... (Score:5, Informative)

    by tritonman (998572) on Thursday May 14, 2009 @07:16AM (#27949315)
    Well, he made a promise... At the end of his previous book he said that most of the work for the next book was already finished and he was splitting it into two books. He said that IT WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT YEAR! This was in 2005. Ok just 4 years later and still nothing, it probably won't come out this year either!
  • Re:Is it good? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Pentagram (40862) on Thursday May 14, 2009 @07:19AM (#27949323) Homepage

    Yes, it is that good. The writing is only fair, but the characterisation, plotting, and world-building are absolutely outstanding. The best fantasy series I have ever read, and I'm including LOTR. It's epic.

    You get war, intrigue, politics, a giant wall of ice hundreds of metres high, torture, incest, dire wolves, eunuchs, castles, tournaments, rape, duels, slavery, dragons, fratricide, patricide... all the good stuff :)

  • Re:Is it good? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Corbets (169101) on Thursday May 14, 2009 @07:20AM (#27949333) Homepage

    A Song of Ice and Fire is, in my opinion, the best fantasy story out there. Makes Tolkien look like a confused old fairy tale uncle.

    Realistic characters, lots of greys (as in bad guys act bad for a good reason and the other way around), no hesitation to kill off main characters/heroes, etc.

    I'd rate it as the second best, actually, behind Stephen Erikson's Tales from the Malazan Book of the Fallen. However, they are two incredibly different styles, and while I think Erikson has the edge in execution, both of these guys are highly talented authors. Very hard to make a fair comparison between such radically different styles, I guess.

  • Re:I would prefer... (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 14, 2009 @07:51AM (#27949485)

    He made the promise. It's in the foreward or something to Feast for Crows.

    Most people would not be pissed if he hadn't been stringing everybody along. It's not "fans think of him as their bitch", it's "he promised to have it out and then sat around jerking off for four years watching football".

  • The Official RPG (Score:2, Informative)

    by XenoBrain (719411) on Thursday May 14, 2009 @09:38AM (#27950251)
    No links to the offical RPG? Is this Slashdot or what?! http://greenronin.com/sifrp/ [greenronin.com] It's Good Stuff(tm). It's almost brand-new too. I wonder if Green Ronin knew that other license talks were underway, because once we get videogames and miniseries, the value of that license is going to shoot through the roof.
  • Re:I would prefer... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Minwee (522556) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Thursday May 14, 2009 @09:49AM (#27950383) Homepage

    You may want to read Neil Gaiman's comments on the issue [neilgaiman.com], as it seems the grandparent poster has.

    Although I think that R. K. Milholland's take on a similar issue [superstupor.com] is right on target too.

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