On the heels of its critically acclaimed Walking Dead game series, Telltale Games is now taking on another Hollywood property and adapting it into an interactive experience: HBO’s Game of Thrones. The first title will be released in 2014. The news has incited much buzz in the games world, given Telltale’s track record of borrowing the best from TV—focusing on characters and strong story lines, and even releasing games in episodes—in order to create an immersive experience that goes far beyond your typical shoot-em-up adrenaline rush.
A collaborative process enabled Pixomondo to complete the intensive VFX on the last season of Game of Thrones. The result won the studio an Emmy, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.
No one likes paying for cable. But the rise of the pay-TV business model led to the revolution in quality we’re currently enjoying from HBO shows like Thrones, as well as basic-cable programs like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Years ago, when channels only received revenue from advertising, they made shows to reach as many people as possible, whether viewers loved them or just tuned in because they happened to be on. Cable changed those incentives, rewarding the creation of shows viewers felt strongly enough to pay for (indirectly in the case of channels like FX and AMC). That made nuanced drama profitable on television—and the best television more sophisticated than film. Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for.
NO ONE LIKES PAYING FOR CABLE. BUT THE RISE OF THE PAY-TV BUSINESS MODEL LED TO THE REVOLUTION IN QUALITY WE’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING FROM HBO SHOWS LIKE THRONES.
Shows like Game of Thrones cost big bucks. Each episode of the first season reportedly had a budget of more than $5 million. Most such shows don’t attract all that many viewers compared to cheaper mainstream programs like American Idol. And if Game of Thrones sounds like easy money, remember that it has to generate enough profit to make up for Romeand John From Cincinnati. If HBO sold every show by the episode right away, it would have to charge a premium for hits to make up for its inevitable misses
Ever love a show so much it hurt? On Friday, 50 Game Of Thrones megafans got free tattoos of the sigils for each of the five noble houses of Westeros.
LiveJournal, one of the web’s most popular early blogging sites, is launching a comeback in the United States. Their plans for 2012 include massive changes for users. Oh, and “Game Of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin is a big user.