GoT: Seven Kingdoms MMORPG gets a trailer
By Hear Me Roar on in Merchandise.

We have received the trailer video for the browser-based online GoT game currently in development by BigPoint in our inbox:

We have written more about the game previously here, and you can read up on some additional details in this Huffington Post piece.

Hear Me Roar: The trailer looks appropriately epic (relatively speaking). Once it is done (not before next year), we shall see if it manages to change everyone’s view on browser games.


73 Comments

  1. Morgan King
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Fingers crossed – probably just an ok tie-in, but I’m gonna give it a shot at least – I really will accept any opportunity to wander around Westeros in a 3D environment.

  2. LoF
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Morgan King: Fingers crossed – probably just an ok tie-in, but I’m gonna give it a shot at least – I really will accept any opportunity to wander around Westeros in a 3D environment.

    This.

    Combat looks like garbage and overall the trailer looks incredibly bush league to be honest but I will check it out regardless for the above reason. Plus it’s a browser game…I’m not expecting Dragon Age: Origins.

  3. Ed
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    No can do… There’s nothing that gives me confidence that this will be any good at all. Certainly not this trailer. WAR!!! (and they show like… 4 guys… Wow.)

    The track record of Westeros/ASoI&F games being the biggest deterrent.

    Getting my 10-ft pole ready to ward the game off…

  4. Le gamer
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, with all these aGoT games suddenly appearing you really get the feeling that companies are just riding the wave and trying to rip off all the money with little effort.

  5. Lex
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    LoF:

    I’m not expecting Dragon Age: Origins.

    Speaking of Dragon Age: Origins… I just bought myself an Xbox 360 yesterday (I know, I waited a looong time. I haven’t done any gaming in about 5 years). I only recently heard about Dragon Age, and it sounds great (I loved Star Wars: KOTOR on the original Xbox) so I started playing it last night. Loving it so far!

    I also picked up the Batman Arkham game, and Skyrim (but I think I’m gonna hold off on playing Skyrim, until I’ve had a bit more time with Dragon Age first).

    I will probably buy a used copy of the Game of Thrones rpg when it gets cheaper, for the storyline if nothing else.

  6. Zack
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    I <3 Dragon Age. Make sure you get the downloadable content for it, the new character is fantastic.

  7. LoF
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    I started it a year or two after it released and went into it with zero expectations and knowing nothing about it…turned out to be one of the best games I’ve ever played (I played it on PC though, I could never deal with a game like that without a mouse and keyboard). Enjoy!

  8. LoF
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    Return to Ostagar, Warden’s Keep and the Stone Prisoner feel like they are required parts of the main campaign…I thought they were great…but Witch Hunt I felt was a total letdown. I never tried Golems of Amgarrak but heard it was decent.

  9. Zack
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    LoF,

    Agreed. Stone Prisoner is the DLC I was specifically referring to, but all three you mention are worthy IMO. I haven’t played the game since maybe 6 months after it came out, so if there is more recent DLC (anything after Return to Ostagar) I can’t vouch for it.

    I also played it on PC rather than console, which is a rarity for me. This type of game seemed the sort for which a PC experience would be best though, and I absolutely loved every moment of the game.

  10. Cary Bass
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never been into gaming–too addictive for me. But this looks irresistible.

  11. kfd536
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    check out the Westeros: Total War Mod, it’s definitely the best song of ice and fire video game I’ve played so far. Ten times better than any of that crap that cyanide puts out there.

  12. Ed
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Le gamer:
    Yeah, with all these aGoT games suddenly appearing you really get the feeling that companies are just riding the wave and trying to rip off all the money with little effort.

    Truer words were never spoken.

    Dragon Age
    Kingdoms of Amalur
    Skyrim
    Dragon’s Dogma

    Those are all great RPGs

  13. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Play game of thrones crusader kings mod :)

  14. PezHead
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Very sorry for posting this on an unrelated thread.. but any GOT fan must check this guy out!! He is both AMAZING and HILARIOUS! He does impersonations of GOT characters :
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/svoip/amazing-game-of-thrones-impressions-4y59

  15. Harry The Heir
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I love MMO’s and this looks bad. I’ll stick to playing Skyrim like its ASOAIF and playing WoW on a character named Theon. Bye Bye A MMO of Thrones.

  16. The mighty hodor
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m not impressed! I wish people could take a bit more care with video game versions of books/ tv shows.

    You don’t need to rush, the fans will always be there.

  17. Udi
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    LoF,

    Agree. Trailer looks really meh and I have no interest to give this a try. Dragon Age Origins, Skyrim, Witcher 2… all great games… I will settle for GoT the Tv series and ASOIAF – the books ofc.

  18. Arthur
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Maybe this is the new MMORPG WoW killer!

    Lol.

    Well I am going to play it!

  19. LordStarkington
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    The first game was in development for awhile and wasn’t a cash grab, if I remember right (not that that helped).

    This…bleh

  20. Wastrel
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Possibly the most hilariously unimpressive “war” in a trailer I HAVE EVER SEEN.

    The really worrying thing is that somebody presumably watched that trailer and then approved it for release. This does not say much for the standards, understanding, and/or sanity of people at that company.

  21. Klavonivs
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Wastrel,

    The really worrying thing is that somebody presumably watched that trailer and then approved it for release

    You forgot to metion the person who created the trailer in the first place….yuck!!!

  22. Hoot
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I hope it’s more than just killing . . . There’s certainly a lot of killing in GOT but it’s so much more than that.

  23. Rygar
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Red Dead Redemption. It’s exactly like GoT but set in the American West at the turn of the 20th century.

    Yeah, no. But the only game I have ever loved. Except Excitibike on NES.

  24. LordEddardStark
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know why everyone’s bashing this. No one’s forcing you at gunpoint to play it (or are they?) It’s free, so all you naysayers can at least try it out before you speak ill of it. I know from past games fans’ll be hesitant, but this is a completely different studio who are pretty good at making browser-based games. Drakensang Online is a personal favorite of mine, and this game looks beautiful for a browser game. What harm can it do just to try it out?

  25. dizzy_34
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    So if I’m in the Night’s Watch, do I get XP points for standing around on top of The Wall?

  26. Ed
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    LordEddardStark:
    I don’t know why everyone’s bashing this.

    Cause it looks like hot crap and we love ASoI&F. We don’t like seeing it whored out in poor games (and it has been so far in each incarnation, like I said above). The track record speaks for itself.

    LordEddardStark:
    Drakensang Online is a personal favorite of mine, and this game looks beautiful for a browser game. What harm can it do just to try it out?

    No harm at all. And if it turns out to be a good game, we can all play it and enjoy it. But don’t begrudge us for doubting it will be, when every indication points to fail. Wastrel made a very good point above. What does it say about the producers, and the game itself, that THAT was chosen as the trailer to get us excited. Ugh. It’s awful – Do you really think it looks beautiful for a browser game? Seriously? (or are you referring to Drakensang looking beautiful?)

  27. gswelcome
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    looks disappointing, can’t just make crap game and slap GoT label on and and expect praise…

  28. feyrband
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    it looks ok for a browser game, i’m a bit of a snob and normally wouldn’t give it a second glance being that it is a browser game… but it’s asoiaf. here’s to hoping it does what it sets out to do well.

  29. KG
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Dunno I will probably give it a look-see

  30. Jaqen H'ghar
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    A man worked in the game industry for a few years… Often, the publisher wants a trailer released by a certain time whether the developer feels it’s ready or not. While the trailer was unimpressive, it is possible that the fighting portion in the final product will be much more developed and of higher quality.

    That said, if the publisher is demanding the game be released by Christmas time (which is highly likely), a man thinks there is very little time to make such improvements.

  31. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Jaqen H’ghar:
    A man worked in the game industry for a few years… Often, the publisher wants a trailer released by a certain time whether the developer feels it’s ready or not.While the trailer was unimpressive, it is possible that the fighting portion in the final product will be much more developed and of higher quality.

    That said, if the publisher is demanding the game be released by Christmas time (which is highly likely), a man thinks there is very little time to make such improvements.

    Darling! A woman thinks you might give too much away! Shhhhh! ; – )

  32. LordEddardStark
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    It may LOOK awful, but why not play it before you put your final opinion on it? You don’t need to play it, though. It’s just for those that want a little more fantasy/GoT in their lives, no matter how mediocre it may seem.

  33. SergioCQH
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Jaqen H’ghar:
    A man worked in the game industry for a few years… Often, the publisher wants a trailer released by a certain time whether the developer feels it’s ready or not.While the trailer was unimpressive, it is possible that the fighting portion in the final product will be much more developed and of higher quality.

    That said, if the publisher is demanding the game be released by Christmas time (which is highly likely), a man thinks there is very little time to make such improvements.

    Is a man pretending to be Chris Metzen, and would that explain why Blizzard games have such shitty stories lately?

  34. Lex
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    I didn’t think it was all that bad at first, until I read the comment about how it says “WAR!” and then shows 4 guys fighting in an open field…. LOL, I can’t stop laughing now… XD

  35. Critical Geek
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    With the possible exception of some star wars and a very few star trek products, the Iron Rule of Licensing rarely gets broken: Hollywood sucks with game adaptations, and Game companies suck at Hollywood adaptations. It’s rare enough to see Hollywood adapt a book as well as HBO has done here.

  36. Dave
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    If the previous two games are anything to go on it will suck.

  37. Cillian
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    This is going to be awful. Just awful.

  38. Dr.Gordon
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    kfd536:
    check out the Westeros: Total War Mod, it’s definitely the best song of ice and fire video game I’ve played so far. Ten times better than any of that crap that cyanide puts out there.

    this. currrently in development but it looks promising.

  39. Nathanyel
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Knowing Bigpoint, this will suck compared to true RPGs/MMOs, and will probably have the inofficial tagline “You pay or you die”

    .

    PezHead:
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/svoip/amazing-game-of-thrones-impressions-4y59

    KHALEESI!

  40. Angelos Loukatos
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    The trailer doesn’t look epic, it looks awful.

  41. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Lex,

    Enjoy. Skyrim is infinitely better on a PC though since there are hundreds (!) of amazing mods which make it just so much better. Consider playing Skyrim on a PC (though if you already got the XBox version you probably will play that)

  42. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    SergioCQH,

    Lol! Blizzard games are finished. Blizzard is finished. Diablo 3 is a disaster. The cutesy Panda bears are the death of World of Warcraft, right after the fail that was Cataclysm expansion. Activision and Jay Wilson have hammered the last nail on what was once a fantastic gaming company. Runic (makers of Torchlight and Torchlight 2) have the good guys from ‘Blizzard North’ (who made Diablo 1 and 2 among other games). Torchlight 1 is too cartoony for my taste but in almost every other aspect it is a better game than Diablo 3. And Torchlight 2 is set to be much better! Plus, you can get TL2 for 20$ on Steam and you get TL1 for free! You can play those games Offline or with a LAN setup, whereas Diablo 3 requires you to be online even on single player.

  43. Vanderhook
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Udi: SergioCQH, Lol! Blizzard games are finished. Blizzard is finished. Diablo 3 is a disaster. The cutesy Panda bears are the death of World of Warcraft, right after the fail that was Cataclysm expansion. Activision and Jay Wilson have hammered the last nail on what was once a fantastic gaming company. Runic (makers of Torchlight and Torchlight 2) have the good guys from ‘Blizzard North’ (who made Diablo 1 and 2 among other games). Torchlight 1 is too cartoony for my taste but in almost every other aspect it is a better game than Diablo 3. And Torchlight 2 is set to be much better! Plus, you can get TL2 for 20$ on Steam and you get TL1 for free! You can play those games Offline or with a LAN setup, whereas Diablo 3 requires you to be online even on single player.

    Yeah, Blizzard, who just released the best selling PC game of all time less than two months ago (Diablo 3), have the most popular MMORPG of all time (which even though claims that it’s “dying” is still larger than every other MMORPG combined and then some) and the most popular Major League Gaming franchise (Starcraft) is finished. Give me a break. Say what you will about the quality of their games, but Blizzard is far from finished. You might as well tell me that Apple or Coca-Cola is going down the toilet.

    LordEddardStark: I don’t know why everyone’s bashing this. No one’s forcing you at gunpoint to play it (or are they?) It’s free, so all you naysayers can at least try it out before you speak ill of it. I know from past games fans’ll be hesitant, but this is a completely different studio who are pretty good at making browser-based games. Drakensang Online is a personal favorite of mine, and this game looks beautiful for a browser game. What harm can it do just to try it out?

    People are bashing it because ASOIAF is an extremely deep and complex series, so when it blends into other mediums, they expect it to be similarly deep and complex. So far, this MMORPG has red flags all over it. Imagine if 3 years ago we learned that Game of Thrones wasn’t going to be coming to HBO and instead would be on the CW (for you non-Americans, this is a low tier network television channel that has had shows like WWE Smackdown and Jerry Springer-esque talk shows as well as other very bad sitcoms), and the trailer used Soap Opera stars and really cheesy 80’s style animatronics for dragons and wolves. We would all be up in arms. No one is forcing us to play this game, but we’re for all the ASOIAF fans who happen to be gamers, we have a right to be disappointed when one of our favorite franchises seems to be getting the short end of the stick when translated into our medium.

  44. rorschach-
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    That looks pretty… horrible. Things like 5 man “WAR!” and the “You win or you die” getting bigger and bigger made me actually laugh out loud. Well if it’s F2P and even in browser so it is ofcourse worth of coffeebreak testing. Who knons how good it might be. At least it’s not made by Cyanide, those previous games made me die bit inside.

  45. rorschach-
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Udi:
    SergioCQH,

    The cutesy Panda bears are the death of World of Warcraft

    I have actually never understood this. I played WoW from beta and stopped a good while ago, but why does the Pandas destroy the game? It’s a game where you can already play a cow. With that cow you can do things like take your orphan kid to eat icecream and get a little piglet for reward. Panda is god damn ferocious killer when you compare to pigletnanny-cow.

    Sorry for bit offtopic.

  46. Ed
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Cause we don’t have to. We’re all just folk, now.

    That said (like I said above), if it comes out and is awesome, we’ll play it and love it. But surely you can’t begrudge me the opinion of thinking it’s gonna stink, when all indications (the trailer they have that is supposed to get me excited is garbage (and it really, really, stinks), and the track record of previous ASoI&F games) all point to fail.

    Seriously, it’s perfectly okay to expect certain things based on evidence. Nothing wrong with that.

    But I’ll be pleasantly pleased if it turns out good.

    LordEddardStark:
    It may LOOK awful, but why not play it before you put your final opinion on it? You don’t need to play it, though. It’s just for those that want a little more fantasy/GoT in their lives, no matter how mediocre it may seem.

  47. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Vanderhook,

    Look, I am not saying Blizzard is finished as a very successful company. I am also not bashing Blizzard for what they did in the past since I myself enjoyed years of great gaming, playing Diablo 1 and 2, Warcraft series and especially WoW. What I mean by “finished” is that, imo they have become a rubbish game company. The Blizz North crew left and Blizzard is now part of Activision. Diablo 3 is (again, imo) rubbish (if you visit the forums you already know it is pretty much the opinion of the majority of Diablo fans). Cataclysm was a very poor expansion and the upcoming one doesn’t look promising. So the Blizzard I knew and loved is finished, at least it is to me. In addition, their RMAH (Real Money Auction House) is seen by many (myself included) as a dirty (albeit legal) way of getting even more money. I hate it. Kudos to them for figuring out ways to make tons of money but don’t expect me to like them for making a crap game, making loot drops horrendous and pretty much forcing anyone who doesn’t want to spend hundreds of hours farming the same ol’ boring Act just to get some crap upgrade, to use the AH/RMAH. So, yes, maybe they aren’t “finished” but I am certainly finished with them!

  48. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    rorschach-,

    First off, no need to apologize for “off-topic” since obviously this is very much a topic about a video game and sort of “invites” comparisons. Any way, I guess you have a point and the Panda Bears are not the main reason why WoW is bad (yes, there be Tauren, etc). I think the last expansion was very poor and like you, I have stopped playing WoW after many enjoyable years. I feel that since the original creators left and started Flagship studios and then Runic Games, Blizzard simply have gone downhill. Diablo 3 is imo a huge FAIL and that is a big disappointment to me. Not going back to playing WoW either, Pandas or no Pandas.

  49. LoF
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    With the mentions of Blizzard I have to go on this tangent…

    Anyone who thinks the pandas are going to be the end of WoW clearly has no background playing WarCraft…people love the pandas and the race has been around for many years (before WoW was even a game).

    They are a better idea and make more sense in context of the game/lore than the completely fkn idiotic retcon of the Draenei/Eredar 7 or 8+ years ago. If that wasn’t the death of WoW, the Pandaren certainly won’t be.

    Keep in mind the majority of WoW players are giggleninnies (no offense to you if you do play WoW, but this is a fact) who -love- this kind of silly crap. We are talking about a high fantasy game that has mounts including a motorcycle, a bear wearing goggles and a flying horse made out of constellations.

    Trust me. The pandas will be loved.

    ANYTHING goes in the world of WarCraft. The design of it is such that there is literally -nothing- that couldn’t be plausibly shoe-horned into the lore/world and that wouldn’t be ravenously eaten up by the majority of the player base.

    I don’t play WoW but I did during the vanilla era of the game, and have played the WarCraft franchise for many years.

    Ok, carry on…

  50. KG
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Check my avatar. I’m a fan of Blizzard. It’s virtually impossible for them to match the success of World of Warcraft; that’s the problem with peaking immediately. They are a company that cares about the products they release, and they have a genuine respect for their player base.

    Really, what more could you ask?

  51. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Vanderhook,

    I stopped taking you seriously when you bashed WWE. Not cool dude, not cool at all !

  52. mags giantsbabe
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m currently playing Skyrim and it is soooo addictive, to the detriment of my other work :(

  53. Vanderhook
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu: Vanderhook, I stopped taking you seriously when you bashed WWE. Not cool dude, not cool at all !

    Actually, I love WWE! Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho are hilarious. But let’s get real — it *is* trashy TV

  54. Ed
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Really? Gamerankings (87.6 average score) and Metacritic (88) would disagree with that, as would Diablo III’s sales numbers. I think your post is a huge fail. :-)

    Udi: Diablo 3 is imo a huge FAIL and that is a big disappointment

  55. Vanderhook
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m also a bit skeptical as to the hate surrounding D3. I don’t think the forums are a good respresentation of the average D3 player. Most players dont visit or view the forums.

  56. Dave Brownell
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    The xbox game is a ripoff from Dragon Age, and this looks like utter crap…. why won’t Game of Thrones make a Seven Kingdoms Total War!?!?!?! Rome/Empire/Shogun Total War games were EPIC, and having it in Westeros would make it soooooooo much cooler!!!!

  57. Zack
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Vanderhook,

    The talk from my friends (I’m waiting on a new computer before I start my own D3 playthrough) is that the game is fun for the initial run but there’s not enough postgame content to keep people coming back and playing the way people did with D2. Also the ridiculousness of the Auction Houses never fails to get some laughs.

    So ‘crap’ is not the word. They just need to do some tweaking to make sure people don’t shelve the game when they’ve beat it once.

  58. Jeremy
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Superdeluxe: Play game of thrones crusader kings mod :)

    This is a great mod for a great strategy game. Crusader Kings II is often on sale at Amazon and Steam. This free mod is beautiful, goes into considerable detail, and is continually being improved.

    There are also Westerosi mods under development for Total War and Mount & Blade: Warband.

  59. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    LoF,

    Look at my last post and you will see that I “took back” what I said about the Pandas. You are correct. It isn’t the Pandas… it’s Cataclysm, Diablo 3 and the whole direction in which Acti-Blizzard is going, which is why I have pretty much said “goodbye” to this once great gaming company. In my opinion (which is evidently shared by many), once the Blizzard North crew were departed, Blizzard changed for the worse.

  60. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Ed,

    No. It isn’t. Diablo 3 sales had little or nothing to do with how good a game it is. It had EVERYTHING to do with how good Diablo 1 and 2 were/are and how much hype surrounded Diablo 3. The game itself? I don’t care for ratings as much as you do. They tell me very little.
    I read movie reviews and often they are absolutely the opposite of how I feel about a movie.
    Whether D3 is good or bad is a matter for personal taste. But while D1 and D2 got pretty much awesome response from the fanbase, Diablo 3 is being hung drawn and quartered by millions of disappointed gamers. The list of problems with this game is almost endless but again – if you like it than enjoy it. I belong to the disappointed camp. I also belong to the camp that believes it is no accident the loot is so horrendous. It is meant to draw players to the RMAH to spend real money on items and make Acti-Blizzard even richer. Call us crazy conspiracy theorists, I believe it is the truth. A brilliant way to make money on the backs of Diablo fans who have waited years for this game.

  61. Udi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    I was a fan of Blizzard but this company is no longer the Blizzard that I knew, and I believe it is no longer the Blizzard you knew and loved. This Blizzard doesn’t seem to care about making their gamer fans happy. They seem to care about making more and more money in any way they can and RMAH is a very good idea as far as they are concerned. This is Activision-Blizzard, not Blizzard North. If you still love their games (WoW – latest expansions, Diablo 3) then I guess you still love Blizzard. If, like me and millions of others, you feel not only disappointed but cheated, maybe you will realize Blizzard has gone sour (or as many now put it “J. Wilson’ed”).

  62. krelbree
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Dave Brownell,

    There is a Westeros Mod for Total War. It’s awesome, but not done. You can still download a beta executable for it. It seems like the people working for free on it are much much more committed to making a good game and true to the series. Not just gaming companies jumping on bandwagons…

  63. sbj2k1
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I was more impressed by this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0gLX_Kn_S8

    The Minecraft Westeros tour.

  64. Ed
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Udi:
    Ed,

    No. It isn’t. Diablo 3 sales had little or nothing to do with how good a game it is. It had EVERYTHING to do with how good Diablo 1 and 2 were/are and how much hype surrounded Diablo 3. The game itself? I don’t care for ratings as much as you do. They tell me very little.

    But if the sales were shitty, then you’d be jumping up and down pointing at them, saying “See!! That game sucks!!” Since they go against your argument, you’re simply dismissing them. Wow – I wish I’d learned to do that in arguments. Evidence? Bah!! Forge on in spite of it! LoL

    Udi:
    Ed,

    I read movie reviews and often they are absolutely the opposite of how I feel about a movie.

    A somewhat fair point there, that HAS Happened to me in my life. But generally speaking, that’s why Gamerankings and Metacritic exist, to get a overall feel for a game/movie’s true rating. And they’re usually spot on.

    Udi:
    Ed,

    Diablo 3 is being hung drawn and quartered by millions of disappointed gamers. The list of problems with this game is almost endless but again – if you like it than enjoy it. I belong to the disappointed camp.

    By millions of them? Seriously? Okay, if you say so. (But wait – Ed remembers Udi’s Jedi Mind Trick for dismissing evidence) Uh, I mean, hah! They’re just wrong.

    Udi:
    Ed,

    It is meant to draw players to the RMAH to spend real money on items and make Acti-Blizzard even richer. Call us crazy conspiracy theorists, I believe it is the truth. A brilliant way to make money on the backs of Diablo fans who have waited years for this game.

    I’ve never understood people’s aversion to companies attempting to make money. That’s why they exist.

    That’s why you have enjoyed movies, games, etc. People make them so consumers buy them. So they can make money. Period.

    Do you have a job? Doesn’t your company try to earn profits?

    Udi:
    Ed,

    … if you like it than enjoy it. I belong to the disappointed camp.

    I can respect that. Hey – if everybody liked the same thing, there’d only be one game.

  65. Arithine
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Vanderhook,

    Oh I don’t need to immagine it, I lived througb it with the Legend of the Seker series *shudder*, I was one of the optimists even after when it was announced where it would be aired(though i was reeeeaaaly hoping for HBO).

  66. MRR
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Udi,

    By your logic, the Game of Thrones TV series is a “huge fail”. It has great ratings and gets great reviews, but since so many fans are ranting and raving about changes from the books that means the show is a piece of garbage and HBO is going down the drain. Give me a break.

    You said yourself that it’s a matter of personal taste, so stop making absolutist arguments. If you don’t like the game, then fine. That doesn’t make it a shitty game; it makes it a game that you don’t like. And it certainly doesn’t mean that Blizzard is a failure of a company just because they put out a game that you didn’t like.

    As with anything that people are very passionate about, opinions about Blizzard’s games tend to become very polarized. There’s no middle ground; just “best evarrr!” or “omg PoS refund plz no re.” Personally, I enjoy D3, but I also definitely think it has flaws. Thankfully Blizzard is a company that – by all appearances – genuinely cares about its customers, so I’m fairly confident they’ll patch things to improve upon the solid foundation they’ve built.

    People have already mentioned the Westeros conversion of Crusader Kings II, but from what I hear it’s worth checking out. I just picked up the game during the Steam Summer Sale, but I’m just getting started with it and it seems incredibly complicated (or maybe I should have picked someone other than the King of Norway to start playing with? Perhaps just a lowly Duke somewhere?).

  67. Udi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Ed,

    I will leave your first points since I am tired of online arguing. I will leave it at your last point which I wholeheartedly agree with. And I actually like the idea of having a Jedi mind! :)
    Peace

  68. Udi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    MRR,

    Well, hope you enjoy it and anything else you pick up. Check my last post to Ed. I am by no means saying my opinion is the only valid one, never have said so, never will. It’ s just my opinion. If I made the impression that I dismiss others’ opinions I apologize, I absolutely respect the opinions and personal tastes of everyone and am glad we are all different (as Ed mentioned, what kind of world would it be if everyone loved the same things?)
    Peace

  69. jason
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I love the Game of Thrones books and the series, but I disliked the game. I think the HBO should have chosen another game company to work on this big project I main what is bigpoint.com. I checked out the games Bigpoint have made and I got kind of :( What!? 8( Ok, I’m not going to lose sleep about it.
    I’d like to ask to HBO: “How about BLIZZARD or Riot Games?”

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