If Developers Were Houses on Game of Thrones [IMAGE]


It’s a special Monday: the beginning of E3, and the end of another excellent season of Game of Thrones. What better time to unveil the graphic below, which compares the grandiose political struggle in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy universe to the grandiose commercial struggle that will be going on this week at the L.A. convention center?

Like the great houses of Westeros, game developers are all different. Some are big, some are small; some are old, some are new. But all houses know: when you play the Game of Games, you win, or you file for bankruptcy and your assets are sold at auction to your fiercest competitors.

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14 Comments on If Developers Were Houses on Game of Thrones [IMAGE]


On June 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Personally, i would have named Bioware as House Baratheon.

They were a strong noble company until they married EA. Now Bioware exists in name only since the name lives on with only EA blood running through its veins.


On June 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

After the PS4 launch the best thing you can say is that it’s like the red wedding except this time the Starks come prepared and dismantle the Frey/Lannister alliance. It’s no less dominant a victory.

Marykate Clark

On June 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I’m sorry Bethesda and Double Fine aren’t in the mix.. but there’s always time to add more. ;-)


On June 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

CCP is bang on. The learning curve is nuts and EVE does very little to guide you in a direction. The more you learn in EVE the more deep you realize the game truly is. It’s in a class of its own. As someone who’s playing MMOs for years, EVE is the anomaly. Truly breaking the mold.


On June 18, 2013 at 4:06 am

A Stardock and / or Paradox mention would be neat too.


On June 18, 2013 at 5:36 am

What about Blizzard?


On June 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

stardock makes printer software. not games.

get out.

Ron Whitaker

On June 18, 2013 at 8:46 am

C’mon, Stardock made Sins of a Solar Empire, and that game was awesome. They stumbled a bit with Elemental, but they’ve done a lot of work on that front to atone for it.

Dismissing them as ‘making printer software’ is just silly.


On June 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Capcom is the House of Black and White

Warwick Dinklage

On June 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

If EA is House Lannister then the buying public are House Stark, the mainstream outlets are The Twins and BioWare is Roose Bolton whose allegiance changed quicker than he could wipe his arse.

Mass Effect 3 was the red wedding. Despite the annoyance over Dragon Age 2 everyone was optimistic and we all trusted what we were being told by BioWare and the press because we shared the bread and salt (i.e. believed all those statements about the ending being tailored to the individual and not binary, and listened to the repeated lie that BioWare offered “unparalleled customer service and interaction”). Sure, we felt a bit let down by From Ashes, but we didn’t suspect anything at the time and just blamed EA. Then, we witnessed the ‘marriage’ of numerous plot threads from the past five years, most of which concluded satisfactorily, and felt appeased. Then, we heard the Rains of Castermere (or rather we saw TIM appear from nowhere with no explanation and result in no boss fight). Then, we saw a character we cared about being attacked by a character we knew nothing about, and before we could react we were bombarded with plot hole after plot hole, lore error after lore error, and elitist personal attacks and snobbish cries of “artistic integrity” as Walder Frey – I’d say best represented by Official Playstation Magazine UK, who really sank to unprecedented lows during this period – sat there laughing knowing that his AEP executive dinners and exclusive playtests in Edmonton and Redwood City were safe for another few years in exchange for the trust of their less apologetic and obedient readership. Finally, after we begged the press to allow BioWare to save its own IP with a new ending, threatening not to buy any more of their games otherwise, OPM replied “I’ll find another” and Casey Hudson personally stabbed Shepard and any chance of Mass Effect having a decent legacy through the heart while saying “ME4 will be released in Q2 of 2014.” Jessica Merizan then our throats while mumbling something about us not being in the majority even though her own company’s forum’s polls have all shown we are.

The only hope left now is Arya, who managed to chip away at the EA forces long enough to get a weak extended cut.


On June 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Blizzard-House Baelish or Varys and Illyrio Mopatis..working in the shadow taking their time with each move(game),every word they tell you it’s a lie …yet you cling to them as if they were irreplaceable(master of whispers/master of coin).


On June 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

Bobby Kotick is Lord Varys.


On June 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

And where is the CD Project Red?