In case you missed it, Cory Barlog, the director of the massive PlayStation 4 hit God of War, had his birthday yesterday. Don’t worry, you can still pass along birthday greetings over on Twitter, but chances are you won’t top what his team at Sony Santa Monica did for him.
It posted a GIF over on its Twitter page that shows Kratos dancing around with a little party hat on, alongside the caption, “History says on this day, @corybarlog was born” along with a birthday cake emoji. You can see the GIF below.
Look familiar? That’s because it’s a comedic take on Ron Swanson doing the same thing in Parks and Recreation. You can see that video below, as it’s pretty similar -- but just as priceless. (You can skip to the 1:04 point to see the dance.)
Barlog has since responded, insisting that the name is “Balrog”, leading to the dialogue below.
HIS NAME IS B-A-L-R-O-G!
😆❤️— Cory Barlog 🎮 🏳️🌈 #PAXWest 2018 (@corybarlog) September 3, 2018
SHOCKED I got here first. pic.twitter.com/ko6GxlZbHT— Redbeard (@RedbeardCaptain) September 3, 2018
There were some other fun tweets as well, which you can see below.
Dude. I am not joking here, me and Cory have the same birthday.
Happy Birthday Mr. Barlog pic.twitter.com/XYWY8K3FTo— Mad Dog (@Kamurocho123) September 3, 2018
You shall not pass… through security. #Balrog— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) September 3, 2018
The greatest birthday to you Cory !!! pic.twitter.com/vySFwFaUMl— White Wolf ☠ (@StormOfBlood35) September 3, 2018
Indeed, Barlog (Balrog?) and his team did a splendid job putting the game together, so we’re hoping that he’s enjoying this whole week for himself. We do know he just got back from PAX Prime, where he made an epic suggestion for a Superman game, so he’s obviously been busy.1comments
Crack open one for us, Cory. And maybe get into a happy dance like Kratos did…?