George R.R. Martin Explains Why He Writes ‘Game Of Thrones’ On An Old DOS Computer

Giuseppe Macri | Tech Editor

Famed fantasy author of the books behind the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” George R.R. Martin explained on “Conan” Tuesday why he writes everything in an archaic word processing program from the 1980s.

“If I wanted a capital, I would have typed a capital. I know how to work the shift key,” Martin exclaimed to a hysterical audience while lamenting modern, overly complicated programs.

Martin prefers an old DOS operating system and WordStar 4.0, which was the most popular word processing program of its day before being succeeded by WordPerfect, which was eventually conquered by Microsoft Word. The author uses a second computer to browse the Internet or send email.

With uniquely titled locales like Skagos, Arryn, and Qohor or character names including Cersei, Daenerys and Baelish, we can understand why simpler would undoubtedly be better.

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