Serioustly though. While GoT: Genesis looks like a very bad game (I haven't played it, just judging by reviews), that doesn't mean that how good is the game is measured on how close it to the book or movie it's based on. There are great games that use only basic premise (like aforementioned Dune series or 90-s colsole platformers based on Disney shows) and mediocre games, that use a lot of content from movies they are based on.
Yeah, I had already considered that. I don't equate game quality with faithfulness to its source material, it's just that I thought perhaps this game might be redeemed if the writing was good, since the gameplay has been almost universally panned. But meh, I think I'm going to pass anyway. My backlog is already big enough, I don't need to take a leap of faith with this game.
Why do they make such movies and shows in the first place? The obvious reason would be money - but don't forget the benefit. There are several people who weren't aware of the books and who are now reading those because of the show. Also sometimes a series/movie can add something new only this medium is able to do. Something which gives the original material a new addition. Not the same as the original, different but great in its own way.
Yeah, I don't believe in forcing a story to people, specially through an adaptation that's inferior to the source material. If someone is "meant" to enjoy a story, they'll learn about it sooner or later. If not, hell a human's lifespan is not nearly long enough to enjoy every good story ever. Missing something because there wasn't some form of it on mass media is kind of an example of natural selection.
And I say it again: the show is NOT bad. I have seen so many series in my life and this a high quality product. One may have different opinions on the content but just the production value is awesome for a simple TV series - it looks much like a movie imo.
I won't argue with you there, the production values for that show do look top notch.
You should really not just disregard a show just because it's different from a book - you will miss many good films and shows this way...even PC games often differ a lot from the original and today they are classics (think of Blade Runner i.e.). If you don't like something - all right but I would never condemn something which I have never experienced myself.
I think information is key here. It should be stated beforehand just how faithful to the source material you intend to be. Whether you're going to try and tell the same story in the same way, you're just taking the characters and telling a story loosely based in the original, or you're reimagining it IN SPACE!!! That would at least give geeks an idea of how worthy of their attention the "new" version is. That is unthinkable, of course, because heavens forbid geeks are allowed to keep their money in their pockets these days. Also, that is not how a geek's brain works. Geeks feel an instinctive drive to watch/read/play/whatever anything bearing the name of something they enjoyed previously. Up to the point it clearly stops being worth it, which is often way before the last sequel/reboot/spin-off/whatever is thrown into the world. So what this geeksploitation is depriving us of is the privilege of remembering something fondly. Sure, we'll love the first incarnation, but as long as we love it enough, someone will make a handful more products based on it, so in the end our fond memories of the original will be tainted by the bitterness its follow-ups brought us. But that, again, is an entirely different debate.
You did pick quite a bad example to support your point, though. Blade Runner
the movie never really intended to be a direct translation of the book, to the point of bearing a name that had nothing to do with the book to begin with. It is the superior product of the three in my opinion, it's visually stunning and way ahead of its time in terms of cinematography, but it's not without flaws. The book is deeper and gives quite more food for thought, though. The game does a great job of amalgamating both the movie and
the book, although it falls short in the storytelling department due to being so open-ended.
But just that you don't misunderstand me: of course I do respect your opinion and if you want to dislike it - go ahead. I am not hired by HBO or Warner or any other person who makes money with the show. So I don't need to care at all. :)
As do I respect yours, of course. This has been an interesting debate so far, and it proves one of my points that not all geeks are created equal, nor do they perceive fandom in the same way. Of which I am very much aware, hence my original question.
(Thread derailing? Whaddaya mean thread derailing? We're not even on a train here, you silly voice in my head? Nor are we sewing!)