Fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" series will have the opportunity to further explore Westeros in several upcoming video game renditions of the popular world, based on "The Song of Ice and Fire" series by author George R. R. Martin. The franchise will attempt to dominate gaming by reaching three different segments with multiple video games: an in-depth role-playing game (RPG) for video game consoles, a free online massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), and a web-based social game (similar to "Farmville") to reach casual gamers. These games are due out in 2012. Until then, fans can turn to the following video games to get their fix.
"Dragon Age 2"
Explore the fantasy world of Ferelden in this console game. Made by BioWare, "Dragon Age 2" incorporates a detailed menu selection by which the gamer can interact with NPCs (non-player characters) in the game world. With a complete class selection, choices seem endless in this game and the friction between different groups -- as in "Game of Thrones" -- is pretty tense.
"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"
In "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," your character is defined by their actions in the game. "Skyrim" follows the standard "Elder Scrolls" opening: you're a prisoner who escapes. The game takes place during a civil war; the world includes an imperial culture as well as one inspired by Norse and Celtic myth. The fortune and fate aspect of "Skyrim" is definitely comparable to the characters' lives in "Game of Thrones."
"Civilization V" allows you to create your own civilization. Realistic simulation provides the opportunity to trade, negotiate and do battle with human and computer opponents -- a must for any "Game of Thrones" fan interested in the political nature of the show.
"Sims Medieval" is all about running a medieval fantasy kingdom. You can create and design your monarch and associates to look and act as you wish, and you can also name them after the various houses in "Game of Thrones." Game interactions include "WooHoo" (sex between two sims) and seeking political alliances with foreign nations.
"Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers"
If you like the strategic component of warfare present in "Game of Thrones," check out "Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers." This game teaches you how to refine your "Magic: The Gathering" customizable card game strategies and provides you with expandable virtual decks. You earn new cards and abilities through victory.