If you have played Elden Ring you have probably noticed how all the Demigod bosses have similar naming conventions. Godrick, Ranni, Radahn and Melina coincidently, are named in a similar fashion to George RR Martin who just happened to have a say on many of the game’s story elements and characters. However, George RR Martin says this is simply a coincidence and he did not name these characters after himself.
Players have insisted that Martin put his initials in the Elden Ring game. Martin has since denied this saying that naming characters in a story is hard, especially considering that Song of Ice and Fire uses so many of them.
In a blog post, Martin has cleared the air (sort of) by denying the ongoing rumours. He says he is fond of giving family members and close kin names that have something in common but he would never hide the initial of his name in a game. He goes on to say that players should focus on something more exciting… such as Elden Ring.
Oh, and as long as I am setting stuff straight, there’s a weird story all over the internet about how I “hid” my initials in ELDEN RING because… ah.. some of the characters have names beginning with R, or G, or M. To which I say, “Eh? What? Really?”
This was news to me. I have been writing and publishing stories since 1971, and I suspect that I have been giving characters names beginning with R and G and M since the start. Along with the other twenty-three letters of the alphabet as well.
Coming up with names is hard, especially since A SONG OF ICE & FIRE uses so many of them, and I am fond of giving family members and close kin names that have something in common… but really, why would I have to hide my name inside the game? My name is right there ON the game, as one of the creators. Hey, ELDEN RING is exciting enough, no need to make up stuff.
Take this statement as you will. Elden Ring is an excellent game but it takes a special arrogant type of human to put their initials in the game. Whether or not George RR Martin is that type of person is still up for debate.
Source: Blog post