Should Netflix Make a “God of War” TV Series?

Matthew Loffhagen
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Netflix is currently not working on a TV series based on the popular video game “God of War”.

That is something that the streaming service is not doing.

Yet.

Rumors have swirled surrounding this possible show for a little while, but now, the director of the most recent game in the series is fueling speculation through the classic method of ambiguous tweets.

According to Cory Barlog, there is no current plan, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want this show to exist.

Or, at least, I think that’s what he’s saying. His tweet is cryptic at best.

Personally, I’m not sure if this is necessarily a good idea.

Sure, “God of War” is a big, powerful brand, and it’s a lot of fun to see a burly Grecian man stroll across the Nordic fjords with his weedy heir.

But I worry about how well the core concept will translate to live action – especially on a Netflix budget.

Playing With Power

When it comes to live-action adaptations of video game properties, the track record is patchy at best.

This year’s “Tomb Raider” and “Rampage” have proven that Hollywood is still no closer to cracking the secret formula that will make one of these movies genuinely spectacular. “Pretty Good” or just plain “Good” is about the best we can hope for from a live-action game experience.

The problem as far as I see it is that video games are inherently more engaging, intense, and exhilarating than any passive media. Because you’re in control of your character’s movements, you’re going to be more invested in a game than you could ever be in a TV show.

Even if you’re watching that show on Netflix, on your phone, while on the toilet. We all know that this is the optimum way to watch any form of entertainment.

The excitement of playing a game masks the fact that there’s not a lot of meat on the bones of even the most narratively driven video game experience.

“God of War” is a moving, emotional piece of fiction, but strip away the interactive element, and the whole endeavor becomes less engaging.

I’m not sure that Netflix could create something from the core “God of War” concept that would be more fun to watch than a Let’s Play. As excited as Cory Barlog might be about a Netflix adaptation, I don’t think this would work out all that well.

It’s a moot point either way, as Netflix isn’t actually making a “God of War” show in the first place.

Some would call this entire article an exercise in pointless speculation.

Personally I’d call it the result of a slow news day, but that’s beside the point.