Hardcore Gamer: Call blasphemy if you want, but I’ve never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. It’s nothing against the series itself; it’s mostly been my personal apathy toward live television these days. After Breaking Bad ended, I didn’t find myself watching much broadcast TV at all (most of my time was spent on YouTube or watching the occasional episode of Futurama on Netflix). But the massive influence of the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series is downright inescapable. It’s become an Emmy award-winning phenomenon and a commercial success for network HBO, so it wasn’t that surprising to hear that Telltale, the development house behind a number of independently released adventure games, has picked up the license for Game of Thrones and are working on a new series of titles in adaptation of the TV show. At first, it’s exciting to hear that the company behind the stellar adventure game The Walking Dead is getting a go at this huge franchise, but the more I heard about it, the more skeptical I became. The truth of the matter is that, unlike The Walking Dead, it’s going to be very hard to see Telltale’s Game of Thrones game reaching the widespread appeal that they netted with their 2012 hit.