aka Brett Bates

  • I live in San Francisco
  • I was born on March 26
  • My occupation is Senior Manager, Games Programming @ Wikia
  • Bio Brett Bates is a staff writer at Fandom. He's been in the video game industry for eight years as a writer and as a developer for companies like BioWare, Rumble, EGM, and Bitmob. According to his business card, he's a fan of indie games, crime comics, and boxer dogs.
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    The first-season finale of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series launches this week after a months-long wait, and with it comes a few certainties: 

    • Favorite characters are going to die. 
    • Others will have horrible, terrible things happen to them. 
    • Players will have to make agonizing, gut-wrenching decisions to drive the story to its grim conclusion. 
    • And they’re going to love every moment of it.

    Which made us think: What is it that keeps fans of the game (and the TV show, for that matter) coming back for episode after episode of psychological punishment? What makes such a bleak storyline so compelling?

    To find out, we spoke with Jamie Madigan, PhD, an expert on the psychology of video games and the author of Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video…

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  • Bbretterson

    The sixth and final episode of Game of Thrones' first season finally comes out on Tuesday, and, after the shocking events at the end of Episode 5, it's safe to say that this is the most anticipated episode yet.

    But wait, you say. Episode 6 of Season 1 aired on May 22, 2001 -- it was the one where Drogo gives Viserys that wicked “golden crown.”

    To which I reply: (1) Your capacity to nail Game of Thrones trivia never fails to surprise me, and (2) I'm actually talking about Episode 6 of the Telltale Game Series.

    But you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Game Series for the show. Telltale’s games have much more in common with prestige TV than Call of Duty: they provide episodic, narratively driven, emotionally mature entertainment. You don’t need t…

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