Video games are almost violently fun. Science is still debating on whether or not video games actually make us violent, but one thing we can all agree on is that video games are a ton of fun. You might be a person who loves first person shooters and killing people in Call of Duty, or you might be a person who loves getting into the meat of a gripping story with a JRPG. You might be like me and live on the magic of rhythm games, or you might just be a person who likes passing the time waiting for the train or bus with a rousing game of Candy Crush. No matter who you are, there’s probably a video game out there that you love. Celebrities are no exception.
We all know that celebrities are just like us, but sometimes, it might not seem like they are. They live totally glamorous lives and make more money in a few months than a lot of us will make in years. Things like that make it a lot harder for us to really grasp the idea that celebrities without their celebrity are basically just more attractive, regular people, and sometimes they’re not even as attractive. That being said, there are a lot of celebrities who have come forward about their love of video games, to the point where some of them have actually lent their voices and bodies to different video game franchises (anyone remember Norman Reedus’s turn in Hideo Kojima’s game at E3 last year?) Here are 15 excellent examples of famous people who love video games.
15. Megan Fox
Megan Fox has gone on record before about her longtime love of video games. She grew up playing video games and has said that a couple of her favorite games are Halo and Uncharted. She did an interview with Gamespot about how she loved the Super Nintendo as a kid and only stopped playing the X-box so much when she had kids and she got busy with them. She’d always wanted to be part of a video game and finally got the chance when Plarium approached her about being a part of their newest project, Stormfall: Rise of Balur. In the game, Fox plays Amelia Delthanis, the Captain of the High Council Guard, and she’s as strong as they come. Amelia plays a huge part in the story because she’s there to help guide the protagonist through the ins and outs of how to play. “To be honest, she’s kind of a badass,” Fox told GameSpot. “She’s rebellious, which I love, and has a dark sense of humor. In some ways, she’s like me because we’re both a little rebellious, except that she gets to wear a medieval fantasy warrior costume.”
14. Olivia Munn
It’s no secret that Olivia Munn loves video games. She sat down with CNET to talk about her role in X-Men: Apocalypse and talked about her love of nerd culture. She loves first person shooter games, is team PC over team Mac, and the first thing she remembers is playing a sumo wrestling video game and beating it so soundly, she broke it. “Before, we had to learn how to type on the computer without looking at your fingers. Now, [kids] learn to code. The world has changed,” says Munn, 35. “We’ve moved past whether you’re a geek or a nerd. It’s just part of our life.” She believes with all her heart that technology, at its core, is amazing. She’s right if you think about it. After all, if it weren’t for technology, we wouldn’t have the internet, and then we wouldn’t have this article.
13. Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen is a huge Sega fanboy, and can still recall how awesome it was ripping out his first spine in Moral Kombat. “Mortal Kombat definitely felt like a wonderful step in a new direction at the time. I was awesome at it too. Sub-Zero was my man,” he said during an interview at Slate. He also had no problem playing games that were more controversial. “I played Bonk’s Adventure. A friend of mine had it, and it truly blew my mind. I also remember renting Sega CD in high school. It had that raunchy horror game with real controversy surrounding it.” He’s even gone on record to talk about how gaming messed with his social life. “I would confidently say the reason I never really had a girlfriend in high school was because of Goldeneye. I specifically remember leaving parties to go play it.” He even taught his friend Evan Goldberg how to drive around Los Angeles by playing True Crime: Streets of LA, which is pretty awesome.
12. Aisha Tyler
Aisha Tyler has been the celebrity host of the Ubisoft panel at E3 a few times, and that tends to surprise people for no reason. However, Aisha Tyler has been gaming “since before you could read,” in her own words. She got a lot of heat from close-minded people who didn’t think she was a good host of the 2012 panel (which she totally was), and those people said a ton of sexist and racist things. However, Tyler didn’t let any of that get her down and had no problem reading all of them for filth. “I was a voice in not one, but two major video game titles. I hosted the Reach Beta tutorial. I was a Gears of War superfan panelist at ComicCon. I hosted the Ubisoft presser at E3 2012. I didn’t do any of it for the money. For most, I got paid next to nothing, and for some, less than that.” She went on to make all those guys feel terrible about themselves. “I did it because I love video games. Because I’ve dreamt since I was a kid of being in one of the games I love. How many games have you done voices for? How many cons have you repped at? Your buddy’s Unreal Tournament garage deathmatch doesn’t count.” She signed off with: “I’ll still be playing when your mom’s kicked you out of her basement and you have to sell your old-ass console and get a real job.” The whole thing is totally worth the read.
11. Henry Cavill
You might know Henry Cavill in his turn as Superman in the DC Cinematic Universe, most recently in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, one thing you might not know is that Henry Cavill loves video games, to the point where he almost missed becoming Superman because he was in the middle of a game of World of Warcraft, and as you know, you can’t pause an online game. “I saw it was him [calling] but the thing is, you can’t save World of Warcraft, you can’t pause it. It’s live,” he told GQ. No matter how you feel about Cavill playing Superman, you have to admit that he’s honestly a really nice guy. Just read what he had to say about his audition when he had to put on one of Christopher Reeve’s old suits. “It was totally embarrassing” Cavill explains. “I wasn’t in training. I wasn’t feeling fit or looking good, and you put on a Lycra suit and it does not help. I just thought – OK, I’m not getting this job. I’m fat Superman. It’ll be some really in-shape dude that when they step out they look amazing.” Even Superman has body image issues, and even Superman loves Skyrim. “I’ve been playing a lot of single player games, like Skyrim,” he revealed. “Goodness, that’s a great game. “
10. Justin Bieber
It might not come as a shock that Justin Bieber loves video games. After all, he is human. That being said, Justin Bieber really loves video games. Back in 2013, he was scheduled to play his first concert at O2, which is a pretty big deal. Unfortunately, he was two hours late. There’s been some debate as to what happened: some sources claim that he had a temper tantrum and said he’d go to the event when he felt like it, and Justin Bieber himself totally denied that he did that, and even said he was only 40 minutes late rather than two hours. That being said, the general consensus is that Justin Bieber elected to stay in his dressing room and play computer games than go to the concert. While this shows almost violently bratty behavior on his part, it also shows that Justin Bieber’s devotion to video games might outweigh his common sense.
9. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel loves video games so much, he makes them. He founded Tigon Studios in 2002 in Bellvue, Washington, and has made a few games that you might have heard of. He made a few Chronicles of Riddick games, notably Escape from Butcher Bay, Riddick: The Merc Files and Assault on Dark Athena. He also made a delightful driving game called Wheelman that I personally really like. I can’t actually recommend the game highly enough: it’s an open world game that involves a lot of driving into destructible objects, and there are over a hundred side missions to do so you won’t get bored. There are even mechanics that are kind of reminiscent of Gears of War. After the company resurrected in 2013, they started developing new games, like Perrone, Raised on Honor, which is about real New York City police officers who walked the streets and wouldn’t rat out the mob. There’s also Barca B.C, which is all about the Punic Wars, a time in history that you should absolutely go and learn about right now. Vin Diesel is even making a game series based on one of his Dungeons and Dragons characters, Melkor, which I’m personally really looking forward to.
Eminem is another celebrity who really loves old school video games. I’m not even talking about the games of the early 2000s, either: Eminem has gone on record on his love of really old games like Frogger and Space Invaders. They don’t seem that old to me, but I know some kids who’d literally never heard of Space Invaders and I almost cried. Eminem is also practically a prodigy at Donkey Kong. Back in 2010, he tweeted his personal best high score: 465,800. That score basically means that Eminem could walk into any Donkey Kong world championship and easily walk away in the top 20. He commented: “Just imagine if I had more time.” Eminem isn’t just one of the best rappers in the game, he’s also a guy who could beat you at Donkey Kong until you cried.
7. Zac Efron
Zac Efron sat down with TheFIX last year to talk about how we might have a lot of misconceptions about him. According to him, he’s not really a ladies man, he’s a nerd who has trouble dating a lot of the time. He loves comic books, video games, and “chilling.” Back when he was dating Vanessa Hudgens, a source told Contact Music that he was a bit more into the gaming than he was into her. “Vanessa has hardly seen him. He talks more to his friends online while blasting away at aliens or whatever, than to her.” To her credit, Vanessa did try. “Vanessa has even tried joining in but her boredom threshold is a lot shorter than Zac’s. She’s on the verge of saying, ‘It’s either me or the Xbox.'” Because of the blasting away reference, I’m inclined to assume that Zac Efron loves Halo because, well, who doesn’t love Halo?
6. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg, like Vin Diesel, has made video games before. He made a game called Way of The Dogg, which appears to be a brawler like a video game that features him heavily. He’s also shown up in more than a few games, like Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. If you’re not a person who loves racing games like me, you might not have known that Snoop Dogg contributed a song to the game called “Dogg’s Turismo 3,” which is a treasure of a song that makes me hope that he made one for every subsequent Gran Turismo game. He’s also a playable character in True Crime: Streets of LA, that you can unlock when you find 30 Dogg Bones throughout the city. When you unlock him, you’re treated to a game type called “Dogg Patrol” where you play Snoop Dogg and fight crime. He also made a song with The Doors for Need for Speed Underground 2, which was incidentally my very first racing game. This isn’t even getting into the songs that have made it into rhythm games like Rock Band and DJ Hero. He also clearly loves Tekken, because there’s a stage you can play on in Tekken Tag Tournament that is an absolute dream to play on, that comes with music made by him. Personally, I love that stage and play most of my Tekken games on that stage to confuse my opponents who don’t like rap. There’s even a music video for the song he made for the game. Here’s to a long career of Snoop making video games better.
5. Jack Black
Jack Black loves video games, to the point where he actually showed up in a Let’s Play with YouTuber Markiplier that was actually really funny. He’s lent his voice to games like Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie and Brutal Legend, both of which he won Spike Video Game Awards for his performance. He also had a fantastic turn as Harm’ny Lightbeard in the game Broken Age, a game I personally love for its acting, worldbuilding a storytelling and that you should drop everything to play right now. He was also in the 2015 Goosebumps game. His first job in acting ever was for an Atari commercial when he was thirteen. When the New Yorker did a piece on him, they interviewed him at a Manhattan Barcade. “If I wasn’t an actor, I’d want to make games and toys—blowing people’s minds with fun!” he said to them, smiling. “I’m not technically skilled, so my game would be made out of cardboard and duct tape, and be a mishmash of my favorite ideas, like the little mouse that jumps on the trampoline in Mappy.”
4. The Game
The Game is yet another rapper that’s made an appearance in a few video games and has even made video games of his own. Last year, he announced that he was the new ambassador for Atari, and he was making a mobile game called Block Wars, in which he’s the stay. The mobile game has a ton of cursing, violence, and fanservice in it, so it’s kind of par for the course for The Game. When you play, expect to raid drug houses and wield guns. I’d hope it goes without saying that kids should definitely stay away from Block Wars, but I thought I’d mention that anyway, just in case. He’s not the only rapper who’s made a mobile game, either. Soulja Boy has a $400 million deal with World Poker Fund Holdings, and Kanye West is making a game called Only One, which is all about honoring his late mother, Donda.
3. Will Arnett
Will Arnett evidently has his own show about video games, and it’s kind of awesome. He partnered with X-Box to make Game Chat, a show where Arnett and his “bros” get together and talk about X-Box games like EVOLVE, a really awesome multiplayer shooter game with a unique concept. Arnett and his friends actually have something of a clique when it comes to video games. Members of this X-Box clique include Justin Theroux, Jason Sudeikis, and Jerry O’Connell, but the clique itself is Arnett’s brainchild. According to a source, “Will sometimes messages Justin to see if he wants to play. Then they round up the others and do multiplayer sessions.” One thing that these four guys have in common besides video games? Hot significant others. Arnett got divorced from Amy Poehler, Theroux is married to Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis is with Olivia Wilde, 2012’s hottest woman in the world, and Jerry O’Connell is with Rebecca Romijn. Take this as encouragement, guys: video games will not stop you from having great relationships with awesome people.
2. Robin Williams
Robin Williams loved video games, to the point where his daughter is named Zelda, after the Legend of Zelda series. Aside from that, he loved Call of Duty’s stories, since he wasn’t so great in the online part. He was a huge fan of Warcraft and played World of Warcraft a lot, but no one knows his online identity, so it’s not like we know his username or anything. He also had a big thing for puzzle games like Portal that made you think outside the box. He’s also one of the few celebrities with a documented love of the Wizardry series, which is a pen and paper game that not too many people play anymore. He was also a big fan of the Half-Life series, and even spent some time with Half Life 2 back in 2003 before it came out! He also talked to Reddit in an AMA about Battlestations: Pacific: “I’m playing a game called Battlestations: Pacific. I’m looking forward to the next Xbox. I can’t imagine the graphics being any better. It will be like these characters are living in your house. I’ll have to be doing duck and cover just to get to the bathroom! For the WiiU or the PS4, at this point, I haven’t seen them yet but I might have to check into the cyber wing at Betty Ford.” Robin Williams was many things: an actor, comedian, inspiration, and avid gamer.
1. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps ranks so high on this list because of the nature of his video game. Sure, The Game can get you to play a game where you raid drug houses, but Michael Phelps managed to turn competitive swimming into a video game worthy sport. I spent four years as a competitive swimmer myself, and even I was reluctant thinking about the idea of a Kinect game about swimming, but that now exists because of Michael Phelps. He’s also made appearances in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in his life post-swimming. He made a cameo in the trailer, even shouting out his own pre-race routine. He thinks he’s played something like five hundred online rounds of the game while he was in Rio at the Olympics, and he sat down with Time to talk about how cool it was to be a part of the game he loves so much. “It’s been kind of unreal. I’ve literally been a fan of the game for so long. To be able to play before it comes out and work with some of the guys—it’s been absolutely incredible. I do play the game a fair amount… maybe sometimes too much. But it’s always great, talking trash and getting a little friendly competition in there.”