Beyond the ‘Game of Thrones’ game: Other shows deserving of a Facebook game

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HBO's "Game of Thrones" recently launched its own Facebook game called "Game of Thrones Ascent." This Facebook game lets players ally themselves with any of the major houses of Westeros, and the game changes based on the decisions of the players. It's also been reported that "Game of Thrones Ascent" will be updated during Season 3 with episode-specific content to further engage players.

As awesome as it is that "Thrones" fans have a Facebook game to call their own, there are plenty of other popular TV shows out there that could greatly benefit from engaging with fans through some form of social, Facebook-based game. From sitcoms to reality TV, here are some good ideas for TV-inspired Facebook games.

"The Americans"

Despite being a relatively new show, this FX Cold War drama is already building a strong fan base. Allowing players to take on the role of KGB spies trying to live as Americans is a great premise for a Facebook game. Your friends could help you complete missions, or you could try and kill off their characters. Given the fact that the show takes place in the 1980s, the graphics could even be intentionally retro in homage to the arcade games of the '80s.

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

In case you hadn't heard, the Girl Scouts are super mad at Honey Boo Boo right now. Basically, Honey Boo Boo's friend asked for help selling Girl Scout cookies. Honey Boo Boo and her family tried to leverage her 700,000 Facebook fans to sell Girl Scout cookies online (with autographed boxes no less). The Girl Scouts frowned upon this, despite the massive potential for sales.

Now would be the perfect time to launch a satirical Facebook game where Honey Boo Boo has to try and sell boxes of "Grrl Scout Cookies" while avoiding the long arm of the law.

"The Carrie Diaries"

This prequel to "Sex and the City" is aimed at the teen set (and at adults who grew up in the 1980s). One logical choice for a Facebook game based on this show would be a dating/clothing collector sim -- something like the mobile games "Stardom: The A-List" or "Enchant U." Facebookers could try and score the cutest boyfriends, the newest clothes, and engage in all kinds of '80s-themed missions.

"Hell on Wheels"

This AMC period drama could use a boost in viewership, and a Facebook game could be just the ticket. Think "Oregon Trail," but with railroads instead of covered wagons. Building a railroad, calming angry workers, and protecting your people against raids from local tribes: How great would that be?
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