Bits o’ Thrones: Promos for Episode 2 “The Night Lands”, New Trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ RPG, The NY Times Insults ‘Thrones’ Fans, Again
Did you catch this weekend’s premiere of Game of Thrones season two? It was awesome, wasn’t it? This week will be agony waiting for next Sunday night to come. But, in the meantime, we got cool shit to share so maybe this will make the wait a little easier.
First, let’s get right to the real good stuff and check out a few teasers for what’s coming up this season on Game of Thrones, including clips from next week’s episode, “The Night Lands.”
All right, yeah. Watching these teasers have only made the upcoming week and the waiting seem worse. Sorry ’bout that. But, uh, we can suffer together and just keep watching the clips on repeat. We can make it through this, okay?
Next, we know you love to watch Game of Thrones and chances are you like reading it, too. How about playing Game of Thrones? Yup, releasing May 15th this year for PC, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be an RPG based in the world of Westeros. Just check out this trailer, it’s badass.
Yeah, I think Dragon Age and Skyrim can scoot the fuck over, there’s a new fantasy RPG in town. Here’s the game’s synopsis,
Along the 30 hours of gameplay offered by Game of Thrones, play as Mors, sworn brother of the Night’s Watch, and Alester, a Red Priest in search of redemption who is back to Westeros after a long exile. The Hand of King Robert Baratheon has just passed away, and these two charismatic heroes will find themselves dragged in a grand quest that will lead them through familiar and gorgeous places of Westeros, such like the Wall and its region, or the famous King’s Landing. In this grand adventure, they will meet famous faces: Queen Cersei, Varys the Spider or Jeor Mormont, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch faithfully reproduced from the TV series.
In Game of Thrones, you will choose the class of your characters, find your fighting style, reach a good balance between your strengths and weaknesses, and get ready for epic battles! Find, buy or loot new equipment and weapons to fit your approach of the fights, and gain experience to improve your skills or learn new ones. Slow the time down during battle to analyze the situation and choose your next moves. In game of thrones, political skills can be as lethal as a sharpen sword, so never underestimate the power of a silver tongue to solve a critical situation!
I’d like it even more if there was a bit more variety in the playable characters, but that’s what DLC is for, right?
And finally, The New York Times was talking shit about Game of Thrones and picking fights with fans, again. Last year, you might remember, their review was far less than glowing while at the same time barely criticizing anything about the show itself. And it seems this year they’re not treating the show, or its fans, any better. Here’s just a few snippets from Neil Genzlinger‘s review,
What “Game of Thrones” needs if it is to expand its fan base beyond Dungeons & Dragons types is what most of the United States didn’t get this year: a hard winter. Life in this particular fantasy land consists of seasons of indeterminate length, and since the series began there have been references to an impending winter of fearsome power.
If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary.
The character board for the series on HBO’s Web site has 49 head shots on it. Thinking of jumping into the new season without having seen the first? Don’t even try; your brain doesn’t have that many neurons.
Yeah, can we say perpetuating a stereotype, much? I don’t have anything against D&D, would love to play actually, but guess what? You’re right, it’s not that popular and I have trouble finding enough friends to want to give it a go. But that’s my sad little nerd problem, know what isn’t tough to get friends, fantasy fans or not, excited about? Game of fucking Thrones, that’s what.
And really? People are too dumb to keep track of a large cast of characters? Come on, most people can keep track of every freakin’ contestant on every one of the millions of reality shows, I think they can follow an ensemble. Way to speak to your audience like their idiots, NY Times. Hmm, maybe this is why print is dying?
You can read their entire review here, though I don’t know why you’d want to. You’re much better off checking out Nerd Bastard’s review of Game of Thrones, “The North Remembers.” I think you’ll find it more in line with your excellent taste, bastards.