What exactly it has begun on remains a mystery, but anyone who's even read a few pages of these books should know that there's a lot of material to mine. Also, Cyanide says that the series' compelling themes and extensive cast of characters make it "an ideal background for numerous genres of video games," so who knows, we might be getting more than RPGs.
"We are all huge fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, so it is a true honor for our teams to be entrusted with creating the first video games inspired by this masterpiece," Patrick Pligersdorffer, managing director of Cyanide, said. "The twists and turns of the plot will allow us to deliver an experience which can be enjoyed by both long-time fans as well as gamers new to the series."
He makes an interesting point.
Cinema is wider than it is tall. TV is wider than it is tall. Theater is wider than it is tall. Laptop and desktop monitors are wider than they are tall. In fact, with the advent of widescreen TVs, there’s little difference in the shapes. They’re all around 3x5 or 4x5 range. Wider than tall. All of them.
And print? Well, print is taller than it is wide right? The printed page is the exception to the rule, isn’t it?
The default shape of print is not taller than wide. It’s wider than tall just like all the rest, because the default shape of print is two pages side-by-side. And the reason is the same reason as the shape of TV and cinema and theater and surfing and all the rest: because we have two eyes next to each other, not one on top of the other.
The Mud Tub occupies a space similar to other experimental human-computer interfaces, like, multi-touch surfaces, body controllers, augmented reality systems, etc, which push the boundaries of codified interaction models, and drive the development of innovative software applications. Beyond its role as a research topic, the Mud Tub also exists as an open-sourced hardware/software platform on which interactive artists and designers explore new methods for creating and displaying their work.
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