Guillermo del Toro’s Tweet About ‘God of War’ Is Too Relatable
Remember those days of yore. Your parents just bought you your first console. You stick that cartridge in the console and begin playing what will be your favorite game of all time. Yeah, maybe it wasn’t the best game critically, but your memories are entangled with it, and you spent hours and hours completing it. Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy, God of War, etc. You fell in love with it. Furthermore, you fell in love with video games altogether. Being a kid and playing video games is a match made in heaven. But it can be hard to find the time to play games like God of War Ragnarok as adults. Even Guillermo del Toro thinks so.
Finding Time For Video Games Especially God of War Is Tough
The years pass. You have a full time job now. Luckily, you’re fulfilling your dreams of your adolescent self. You became a doctor, a musician, a lawyer, maybe you did become an astronaut. You have your own kids now, and they chat over the newest God of War game that is about to release. Their chat makes you recall playing the original God of War trilogy on your PS2 and PS3. Furthermore, you’re surprised that Kratos is battling Norse gods now. “Sure” you say, responding to your kids’ request of purchasing the game. You seem estranged, years ago you used to go to the store to buy the newest title, but your kids say that they can purchase the game digitally at home. “Ok then”.
Now your kids are playing. The scene makes you feel nostalgic. You recall those years when you spent all day and night in front of the TV, playing Super Mario 64 or even Final Fantasy VII. Now there are remakes, remasters, collections and more. Honestly, you begin to feel a little overwhelmed, but the good memories remain above all else.
Guillermo del Toro’s Tweet About ‘God of War’ Is Too Relatable
Then all of a sudden, you hear a request from one of your children: “Dad, can we see you play?”. After all, your kids enjoy video games because you talked about them occasionally. You even described at some point the countless adventures you had with Kratos and God of War when you were just a teenager. They just want to see the OG play and perform a masterclass in front of them. With that being said, you like into the eyes of your kid, and you respond: “You go ahead kid, I have to wake up early tomorrow to go to work”.
Your kids get it. You go to your room, you get your monochromatic pajamas on, and you lay down on your bed. You log in to Twitter to get your necessary toxicity dose of the day and see this:
Some tears come out of your eye and flow through your cheeks. “Someday”, you mutter, while you close your eyes and begin to fall asleep. You have to wake up early tomorrow to go to work, after all. “Someday”.
All of this, my dear Guillermo, is to say, I get you. I understand the struggle. Sometimes doing something you love involuntarily makes you fill up your schedule with things that you enjoy, but also prevents you from having the opportunity to sit down and do things that are not “productive”. Video games are often seen that way.
Even Guillermo del Toro Struggles to Find the Time
You’re a filmmaker, Guillermo, you get the art. Some people say that movies and entertainment aren’t necessary, even more now, thanks to the “thing” that made us stay at home for 2 years. Even I have suffered the same criticism. I’m a musician and could be a millionaire if I received a dollar for every time someone told me I was wasting my time. But art is not unnecessary, Guillermo, and certainly is not a waste of time. You get it. We get it. Art is necessary. It brings joy, tears, fear, even atonement. Art is human. Humans are artistic. And video games are art as well.
Now, I know we will get the chance to fully enjoy this game, Guillermo. When I saw your tweet, it was the day that God of War Ragnarök released. I spent all day writing articles and guides, and then performing during the late afternoon and night. When I was about to arrive home, one of my tires burst. So my wife and I went to change it, at almost 12am. Once we arrived home, it was too late, it was the day after the release. Years ago, the idea of missing the opportunity to play the most anticipated game of the year on the release date was inconceivable, almost sinful. Furthermore, the idea of mildly spoiling myself by writing some articles about the game at hand was, you could say, utterly unthinkable.
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But man, I love writing them articles, just like you enjoy writing for your films! I love performing, and I love the tiny things and anecdotes that life throws at us without a moment’s notice. What I mean to say, Guillermo, is that I found your tweet as the most relatable thing of the year. I waited all year for this moment, for God of War Ragnarök, and I end up not being able to enjoy it when the time came, but I didn’t suffer. In fact, I look forward to playing it whenever I get the chance.
Make Time to Follow Your Passions Even If Its Gaming
Today I also have things to do, tomorrow as well. Guillermo, I believe you have way more stuff to do than me, but we both are connected through the expectation. That expectation that wants to enjoy the game of our dreams, that fears that we will somehow get disappointed, but also feels encouraged and comforted by the superb reception the game has been receiving.
So, what is the point of all of this? Nothing and everything at the same time. Our lives are most of the time defined by the great experiences and the moments that took our breath away. But also they are defined by those daily moments in which you just have to continue writing to get to your monthly quota, or to get an idea out of your head. Maybe you are in a situation resembling mine’s or Guillermo’s, but hey, don’t get desperate. You will find your moment. I didn’t get to experience God of War (2018) until 2022, because I didn’t have the means necessary to buy a PlayStation console. But when I had the opportunity to play it, it was magical, just like those 4 years were full of magical moments as well.
You will get your chance, Guillermo, just like I will get mine. In the meantime, let’s enjoy what we do and the opportunity of it being what we love. And once you play it, hit me up man, we will get to talk about video games like those days when they were all that mattered.
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