Bethesda tempted by A Game of Thrones adaptation

If you're a lover of fantasy books, fantasy video games or -- God help you -- both, you're going to want to sit down for this one. According to a report from EGM (relayed by VG247) Bethesda was in talks to adapt George R.R. Martin's supremely popular Game of Thrones book series into a video game. That's right: The Elder Scrolls people almost brought the Song of Ice and Fire to your favorite video game console. We'll give you a minute to go grab your inhaler.

What ruined this dream collabo? Skyrim. Stupid. Terrible. Skyrim.

"We wanted to do our own world. That's where we wanted to put out time into. Before we were even making Skyrim, there was a conversation with George R.R. Martin's people," studio head Todd Howard told EGM. "They thought it would be a good match - and so did we, actually - but then we thought about if that was where we wanted to spend our time. It was tempting, though."

So, update for everybody: We hate Skyrim now. Sorry, kid, those are the breaks.

(Note: This isn't meant as a slight against Focus Home Interactive's RTS A Game of Thrones: Genesis. We're sure it'll be a fine game, or at least better than Skyrim which -- reminder -- we hate now.)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.