The Game Awards 2023: God of War’s Kratos Actor Hilariously Disses Call of Duty

Kratos roasts Call of Duty.

The Game Awards 2023: God of War’s Kratos Actor Hilariously Disses Call of Duty

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  • God of War actor Christopher Judge presented this year's award for Best Performance.
  • Judge likened the length of the Call of Duty campaign to his 8-minute-long acceptance speech last year.
  • The Game Awards hilariously recreated the time-out from last year's event.
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The Game Awards 2023 are underway, and viewers are anxiously watching to find out which of the titles in this stacked year will lift the coveted trophy for Game of the Year 2023. To announce the winner of the Best Performance category, last year’s winner, Christopher Judge, took the stage.

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The voice of God of War’s Kratos used this opportunity to diss Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in a hilarious fashion. Referring to his lengthy speech at the award show last year, he joked that the game’s campaign wasn’t even as long as his speech.

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Judge Jokes About the Length of the Call of Duty Campaign

Actor Christopher Judge used his time on stage to diss the Call of Duty campaign. Image credit: Christopher Judge/The Game Awards
Actor Christopher Judge used his time on stage to diss the Call of Duty campaign. Image credit: Christopher Judge/The Game Awards

God of War actor Christopher Judge got onto the stage to present the award for Best Performance, the category he won last year for his performance as Kratos. When he won in 2022, he held a record-breaking long and emotional speech, causing the organizers to play the music and turn off his mic for him to leave the stage.

But not after an 8-minute speech, in which he apparently “forgot to thank [his] wife.” This year, he used his time on stage to land one joke after another, causing the audience at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles to laugh out loud. One of his skits gave a clear blow to Modern Warfare 3:

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Fun fact: my speech was actually longer than this year’s Call of Duty campaign.

The length of the campaign in Modern Warfare 3 has left players furious, who describe it as lackluster and feeling like nothing more than a DLC. Judge now openly joined the uproar, likening the campaign that took many players just around 3 to 5 hours to finish to his 8-minute-long speech.

He ended his joke with “Another company I’ll never work for…” acknowledging that his dunk most likely didn’t sit well with the teams over at Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Activision.

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The Game Awards Recreate Judge’s Time-Out from 2022

Christopher Judge won the award for Best Performance last year for his role as Kratos in God of War.
Christopher Judge won the award for Best Performance last year for his role as Kratos in God of War.

Besides his Call of Duty roast, the actor used his time on stage to land further jokes, hilariously making fun of his own stage performance last year. The organizers even went as far as to recreate last year’s time-out and played the music after Judge had been on stage for but a few seconds.

The actor started his presentation by assuring the viewers he would “stick to the script” and wouldn’t repeat an 8-minute speech this time around. Right before announcing the winner of the Best Performance category, he went on to say:

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Whoever wins, Geoff has given me the OK to say, ‘Take as long as you want to, thank everyone who’s ever meant anything in your life.’

And added with a menacing undertone:

I dare you, I double dare you, to try to break my record of 7 minutes 59 seconds.

He then announced the winner of the award, which deservedly went to Neil Newbon, who voiced Astarion in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Christopher Judge will reprise his role as Kratos in an upcoming free DLC.

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Written by Lisa Kamlot

Lisa is a passionate video game content writer with an insatiable appetite for all things gaming and an avid movie enthusiast. When she’s not diving into virtual worlds, she’s riding waves as a dedicated surfer. She’s always on a quest for adventure – both in the digital realm and IRL.