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George R.R. Martin Didn't Play Elden Ring Because 'People Want Winds of Winter'

Elden Ring has delighted many, but not George R.R. Martin. The writer admitted that he did not play FromSoftware's latest production for fear of becoming addicted to it. This, in turn, could further hinder him from completing Winds of Winter.

George R.R. Martin - American writer and author of A Song of Ice and Fire and Fire and Blood novel series - who assisted FromSoftware in creating the story background for its latest production, Elden Ring, admitted that he has not played it until now. The author explains this by his propensity for addiction and his fear that he could get so caught up in the game that he would never finish The Winds of Winter - the sixth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, which fans have been waiting more than eleven years for.

Martin commented on the subject on the recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (see video below). Asked by the host if he had played Elden Ring, the writer stated:

"I didn't play because people seem to want this book called The Winds of Winter. In turn, it so unfortunately happens that I have a personality extremely prone to addictions. I played video games a long, long time ago - titles such as Railroad Tycoon, Master of Orion, Homeworld - and I was very much into it. Weeks passed, months passed, and I sat in a red flannel robe and repeated to myself "just one more game, just one more game".

Martin also did not fail to recall his contribution in building the world of Elden Ring. And if you are wondering how the author's work on The Winds of Winter is goiing, he confessed in an interview with Stephen Colbert that he is roughly three-quarters of the way through the book - after eleven years of writing. And people say it was FromSoftware's game that was long in the making...

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

Has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined five years later - although he has known the service since he had access to the internet - to combine his love for words and games. Deals mainly with news and journalism. A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. He started his gaming adventure at the age of four - with a Pegasus. Currently, prefers PC and demanding RPGs, but does not shy away from consoles or other genres. When he's not playing or writing, he enjoys reading, watching series (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and also walking the dog. Almost uncritically loves the work of Stephen King. Does not abandon plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.