So I have just recently been watching all of the Game of Thrones bits on HBO. I for one am very excited about this miniseries. Although I wish George would finish the book series, I still think this is an awesome take on the books by HBO. At least, I am making that assumption based on the short material I have seen.
Many of you probably think this is a blog about a Game of Thrones MMO. Well that is an easy one: Starks, and Lancasters, and Greyjoys, oh my. Well it is and it isn’t. Basically it is about the approach that HBO takes on a project. From the history of TV shows, HBO seems to give quite a bit of creative freedom to the teams that are making a project. In terms of allowing the writers and directors do their job without corporate hurdles being placed in their way, or always having someone there in an executive role that thinks they know more than the team. From what I have seen HBO is pretty cool about letting the shows form themselves and simply airing them they way they are.
I wonder how this take would work in MMOs? It seems like lately the corporate game machine was so busy racing against World of Warcraft that they forgot the best games are the creative ones, the ones where the team is allowed to pursue an idea within a budget and no one gets in their way.
This approach to MMOs is the shot that it needs. As long as teams can be creative within their budget and not have people come in and make executive decisions based on what they think the players will go for…well that would be something.
Look at Wizard 101, it was created by a team without any major corporation throwing its weight around behind it. The game was designed and built by gamers with a passion for their product. No one got in the way, now Wizard 101 is one of the most successful MMOs out there.
Now since I lured you in with A Game of Thrones, I will say this. As normal fantasy goes, if the HBO series is a massive success, you will likely see a rush of games come out as well. Will you see an MMO? It is always possible. Yet, in my book the only way to do a Game of Thrones MMO right is to choose a Household and fight for that side. Have the tides of war change hands and various factions in the game. There wouldn’t be any real monsters, expect maybe dragons. It would also have to take place during the storyline of the books similar to Lord of the Rings Online. In a nutshell it would be fun, but Game of Thrones will always be books to me, the same as Conan and Lord of the Rings, long before they are anything else.
In the end, hopefully the MMO world will learn to keep creative teams working on games and not push the corporate race for millions. Just make a good game and the players will come. In terms of the Game of Thrones HBO Series…I cannot wait. I am re-reading the books now. As for George R.R. Martin, well George, the Giants season is going lousy, there isn’t much to do, so please finish a Dance with Dragons!