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Plaudits for GAME OF THRONES

December 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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The end of the year draws nigh, which means it is time for everyone and his sister to release their list of the year’s best this-and-that.

I’m thrilled to say that in almost all the lists of the best television shows of 2011, HBO’s GAME OF THRONES is turning up.

To wit:

ROLLING STONE !“ 1/5/12 issue
!œ2011 Season: Why We Watched!
Rob Sheffield
Rolling Stone lists Ned Stark’s execution on !œGame of Thrones! as one of the highlights of the 2011 television season.

PEOPLE WEEKLY !“ 12/26/11 issue
!œTop ten shows!
Tom Gliatto
!œGame of Thrones! ranks third in Gliatto’s list of 2011’s best TV.

TV GUIDE !“ 12/19/11 issue
!œMatt Roush’s Top 10!
Matt Roush
Roush awards !œGame of Thrones! fifth place in his list of the year’s best television

TIME !“ 12/19/11
!œThe Best of 2011: Television!
James Poniewozik
!œGame of Thrones! makes TIME’s list of the top ten shows of 2011.

HITFIX !“ 12/13/11
!œTV Top 10 of 2011: The Best 10 (or 11) Overall Shows!
Alan Sepinwall shares his top 11 TV shows of 2011, which includes Game of Thrones.

The Washington Post -12/11/11
!œBest of 2011: Television!
Hank Stuever
!œGame of Thrones! makes The Washington Post’s list of the year’s top television shows.

NEWSDAY !“ 12/11/11
!œPlaying it to the hilt!
Verne Gay
!œGame of Thrones! makes it onto Newsday’s roundup of the year’s top five TV shows.

AFI TV Top 10 !“ 12/11/11

!œGame of Thrones, Homeland Crack AFI’s TV Top 10!
The American Film Institute’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2011 lists Game of Thrones.

!œThe Best Television of 2011!
Game of Thrones lands on The Atlantic’s list of Top TV shows of 2011.

TIME – 12/7/11

!œThe Top 10 TV Episodes of 2011: The Best and the Rest!
TIME compiles a list of the top 10 TV episodes of the year, which includes Game of Thrones’ !˜Baelor’. Honorable mention goes to !˜The Wolf and the Lion.’

!œThe Top 10 TV Series of 2011: The Best and the Rest!
Game of Thrones makes TIME’s list of 2011’s best TV series.

TVology – 12/6/11
!œOlogy Presents: The 10 Best Shows Ever 2011!!
Ology ranks Game of Thrones as one of the best shows in 2011.

My hat is off to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, our amazing cast and crew, and all the great folks at HBO who helped make the first season of GAME OF THRONES such a success.

And the best is yet to come…

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The RPG is Coming

December 21, 2011 at 11:42 am
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Cyanide Studios and Atlus Entertainment have just unveiled a trailer for their forth-coming GAME OF THRONES videogame RPG. If you missed the official premiere and presentation in Paris,
here’s a look.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I have not played a lot of videogames myself. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them; rather, I enjoy them too damned much. Parris often says that Sid Meier owes her, seeing as how I lost a novel to RAILROAD TYCOON and another one to PIRATES. But looking at this, I can’t help be impressed by how far game graphics have come.

I haven’t played the game myself yet, but the Cyanide gang has visited me a couple of times in Santa Fe to give us presentations, and discuss details of game play and background. They are presenting original stories here, with characters of their own creation, but it was important to them (and to me) that they get the look and feel of Westeros right, and I think they have. Their enthusiasm and passion for this project is palpable.

This preview has me very excited. It’s another way to visit Westeros, for those of you who can’t get enough, and maybe the game will even help fill some of those long years between books.

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December 21, 2011 at 11:34 am
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Tor’s trade paperback reissue of ACES HIGH, with its kickass Michael Komarck cover, was released yesterday. Look for it today at a bookshop near you.

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