I’m Jar Jar Martin, And I’ve Approved These Maps

With Game of Thrones slated to return to HBO this March for the start of its third season (which, since I work in television I am privy to SECRET TELEVISION INSIDER SECRETS, will most likely be split into two smaller seasons) and George R.R. Martin is maybe? possibly? working on book six (of maybe 7, maybe 8) A Song of Ice & Fire novels, get your Winterfell fix with this series of lush maps of Westeros and beyond, blessed by the bearded & bespectacled bard (ed. note: too much. dial it back) himself.

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If you dig the above maps, check out a fully zoomable one alongside other ASOIAF goodies. Keep in mind that these are just previews of much larger, (2 feet by 3 feet!) maps which are available in book form here, as The Lands of Ice and Fire.

Link via Flavorpill

Sony to Broke Gamers: F*ck You

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday Sony Computer Entertainment of America filed a patent application describing a method for embedding RFID tags in game discs. The intent is to allow the next gen Playstation, codenamed Orbis, to prevent any given disc from functioning in more than one console. Like, ever.

If this super awesome customer loyalty program gets the green light, no more buying used games at Gamestop (whose shares took a nose dive today, thanks to this little nugget of information) or selling them back for a pittance of store credit. No more loaning games to friends or trading on internet swap-meets like swap.com. No sir, Sony wants alls the monies. You budget-minded consumers who can’t afford to buy every worthwhile title at full price can go play fucking Farmville. So what if a game is three years old and already has two sequels by the time you get around to trying it? Tough shit, kid. Sony hates you.

[via NeoGAF and Kotaku]