ASBURY PARK, NJ - OCTOBER 27:  George R.R. Martin attends the New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction at the Paramount Theatre on October 27, 2019 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images)
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George R. R. Martin has a Good Reason for Never Playing Elden Ring
George R. R. Martin, creator of the legendary “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, helped create the world of FromSoftware’s 2022 gaming masterpiece “Elden Ring,” but he has yet to play the game himself. Martin explained the situation to Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show," blaming his personality for the delay.
Martin told Colbert, "Basically the people from FromSoftware, the makers of ‘Elden Ring,’ contacted me a number of years ago, and they wanted to do this video game, and they wanted a world build." He added that he was essentially writing the history of a broken world and why it became broken in the first place.
As for why he hasn’t played it, Martin explained that he has an addictive personality and said, "I did play video games a long, long time ago ... I would get sucked into it and weeks, months would go by." The author explained that he enjoyed strategy and management games like "Roller Coaster Tycoon" and "Master of Orion."
Martin complimented FromSoftware, saying, "It was fun, and the Japanese team that put together the game — it's the most beautiful game I've ever seen. It's really amazing and amazingly detailed and the people who play it, love it and I'm gratified to be a part of it." However, he simply can't allow himself to experience the game.