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ASCENT Ascending

For you Facebookers out there...

HBO and Disruptor Beam have entered into a partnership with Zynga to distribute and promote the new GAME OF THRONES social media game, ASCENT.

Details can be found at


Go ye forth and play.


Apr. 30th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
I Think you should be as discerning with who you license your work to with games as you have been with television and movies. Yes, I realize it's a business and good money can be made from harnessing the popularity of your actual writing but if you spent four times the amount of time finding a flagship and critically accomplished game company that can do your writing justice and release only one "song of ice and fire" game rather than four mediocre ones you spent a quarter of the time dealing with you'd probably make as much money(and probably win over even more fans) and you'd conserve your artistic vision. Games these days can be as respected by the younger generation for story, plot, and immersion as movies and tv shows. Just some friendly constructive criticism. I love your writing and I'm a huge fan. Can't wait for the next book!
Apr. 30th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't do social games myself... not even on Facebook... but ASCENT has gotten rave reviews from everyone who's played it.

And while bugs have been reported on the Cyanide video RPG, most of the reviews I have seen have given the game high marks for "story, plot, and immersion," the very things you say are important.
May. 3rd, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
That makes two of us...but I was attracted by the premise of this one. I support Greyjoy, and my lord's name is 'Goffrey'...pretty cool to make one's own banner, etc.

i'm curious, how much input did you yourself have on this one? Names, any writing, did you approve any sigils or character names??
May. 3rd, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
My job is to write the books. I leave the games to the folks who know and understand them.
May. 3rd, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
Ah, as well I'd figured. The Ascent game feels like a part of your books, or the HBO series, so it's very interesting to able to interact in some form in the world you've created, be it by book or screen.

I'm also looking forward to (hopefully) beta testing the Thrones MMO. I was a World of Warcraft player, but left...of my own free will.
May. 4th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my suggestion. I have not played the game so perhaps I have prejudged it. I guess the bulk of my message is meant to convey how amazing it would be to see a developer like Bethesda or some other critically acclaimed studio do with your work what HBO has done in the television medium. I truly believe your writing in any medium deserves something that is not just good or given "high marks" but just as the HBO series is, should be of outstanding quality. I understand that's not necessarily the best or only way to go, just personal preference I suppose as a big fan of both the video game medium and your writing. Anyways, thanks for reading!
May. 1st, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
The Facebook game is pretty well written. I mean, it's a Facebook game, so pretty much all there is are little snippets of text with some illustrations and then you pick what your character does, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style, but hey, with Facebook you can't go much further (yet).

The console RPG also had really good writing and an awesome story, which synced up nicely with the first book. It had a lot of gameplay problems, though. Some bugs and a poorly put together battle system. But story-wise, I think George is picking some great studios to handle the license.

I didn't play that computer game, so no clue about that one.


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