Some parents fans of the God of War series even named their newborn after one of the characters. Sony Santa Monica Studio’s long-running action-adventure series God of War was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation console.
PlayStation has a lengthy relationship with the God of War franchise, beginning with the PlayStation 2 release of the first God of War game. With God of War for PlayStation 4, the series entered a new phase as players followed a more experienced Kratos as he dealt with the challenges of fatherhood and tried to pay tribute to his late wife.
God of War and its sequel, Ragnarok, are dedicated to the Norse saga. Many of the characters in this storyline focus on family and familial ties and breaking generational curses as Sony Santa Monica attempts to transform Kratos from the vengeful god gamers know and love from the original trilogy.
When naming their newborn child, one sports fanatic wanted to honor their favorite team while honoring their passion for the game. An image of a hand-painted sign reading “Atreus” was shared on Reddit by user dejacute.
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The vision is blurred in certain areas to protect the child’s identity, but hand-painted pine trees and placeholders for the infant’s date of birth, time of delivery, weight, and height are still visible. Kratos’s son Atreus plays a vital part in the Norse tale’s events and the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok (Streamer).
Several commenters expressed their appreciation for the enthusiastic fan. One user advised the parent to stop using his given name altogether until their child turned 13, just as Kratos frequently did with Atreus.
Another commenter joked that the new baby’s first name would be “whatever,” alluding to frustrating Atreus episodes. Others were harsher in their criticism, saying parents shouldn’t try forcing their kids into the fan community.
The God of War franchise holds a special place in the hearts of many players, and this is just one more way that video games have left an indelible mark on people’s lives.
However, this raises the ethical dilemma of whether it is acceptable for parents to impose their fanaticism on their children by giving them the names of their favorite fictional characters.