Everyone loves video games or at least has an opinion about them. It’s a really common hobby that makes it easy for people from all walks of life to come together. Everyone has a favorite video game and a game that they’d never play again. Even if you don’t agree on what games are good and which ones aren’t so great, video games have united people that might not have ever come together on any other subject. Even the busiest people out there somehow find time for video games. This is also true of celebrities. Celebrities might seem larger than life, but they’re still people all the same. Some of these celebrities play games in their free time, but a few of them have actually gone into the gaming business, whether as voice actors or as game producers.
A lot of celebrities made their love for video games known early in their careers. Others are a lot more low-key about it or have revealed their hobby later in their careers. Still, others have incorporated video game references into their work, lent their voices, music or physical likeness to a game, or have collaborated with people in the gaming industry in other ways. There are even celebrities who have created entire friend groups to play games together. The celebrities we’re going to talk about might not be names you’d expect to see on a list about gaming but are gamers all the same. It just goes to show that gaming is for everyone and no one should be excluded from the gaming community. Here are fifteen celebrities that you might not realize are huge gamers.
15. Megan Fox
Megan Fox is probably not the first person you’d think of when you think of a person who’s an avid gamer. However, you’d be very wrong about that. Megan Fox has gone on record on her love for Halo and Mortal Kombat, and has made her career on big movies like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which are big franchises in the gaming and nerd communities. She’s also a big fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and can name every member of the Fellowship. She even went on MTV to play Mortal Kombat against the guy writing an article about her while she was promoting TNMT and smoked him. Last year, she announced that she was going to be lending her voice to Stormfall: Rise of Balur, playing the character Amelia Delthanis, the Captain of the High Council Guard.”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. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber isn’t just a fan of video games, there was a point where they were allegedly affecting his real life schedule. A few years ago, he was two hours late to his concert at the O2 because he’d gotten distracted by video games. “His lateness was because he didn’t get out of bed until late and sat in his dressing room playing games- even though his door was being knocked. He then threw a strop as he said he wanted a shower first, despite already being late,” said one source. Multiple sources confirmed the source’s story. As for Bieber, he said that the sources were all exaggerating. “I never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. And I’m not okay with things being exaggerated. Once again sorry for anyone upset.” he told his fans. This one incident aside, his gaming has been seen as a positive. He’s been shown playing video games all the time, and there’s even a parody game about his life! It’s called “Joustin’ Beaver” where the main character needs to deal with the ups and downs of fame. This includes the “whirlpool of success”, battling paparazzi “Phot-Hogs” and signing “Otter-graphs.” To be fair, he tried suing that game developer, but it shows that he’s had an impact on the gaming community.
13. Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill almost missed the role of a lifetime because he was gaming. When Zack Snyder called to let him know he’d landed the role of Superman, he missed the call because he was playing World of Warcraft. “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 said. His gaming goes beyond that, though. “I’ve been playing a lot of single player games, like Skyrim,” he revealed to IGN. “Goodness, that’s a great game.” When he was cast, he talked to GQ about how putting on one of the old Superman suits made him feel awful about himself. “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.”
12. Zac Efron
Zac Efron loves video games. He loves them enough that they might have actually contributed to the downfall of his relationship with Vannesa Hudgens. One source said that he was spending more time online than he was with her. “Vanessa has hardly seen him. He talks more to his friends online while blasting away at aliens or whatever, than to her.” the source told Contact Music. To Vanessa’s credit, she did try and get into video games so she could spend more time with him. However, you can’t really force an interest in video games, as she, Zac and the source ended up learning. “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.'”
11. Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis sat down with One of Swords podcast’s Dan Amrich back in 2014 to talk about her gaming life, where she played lots of World of Warcraft. She’s even dragged some of her friends into the game, like Lisa Sterbakov, who was also on that podcast. She’d play the game all day, killing mobs and taking part in quests and raids. She’d had to change her in-game name, too. Her mage’s name used to be “Captainpicard,” but WoW doesn’t allow the word “captain” in their names. Back in 2012, she even discussed what she called her “video game addiction,” saying that she needed to quit WoW cold turkey because there’s no “middle ground” for her where she could play it without getting addicted again. However, that doesn’t mean she’s stopped gaming. She picked Call of Duty as a rebound game, “COD is like really REALLY fun! Once you get through Call of Duty’s first person, then you unlock the Nazi zombies and your whole purpose becomes just to kill these Nazi zombies and you know, you kill them a lot! You board up the windows and you kill zombies and maybe I’m not really good at it but that’s not for lack for trying!” She’s also lent her voice to lots of Family Guy games and had a role in Saints Row.
10. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg isn’t just a gamer, he’s been involved with lots of different franchises. His video for “Gotta Get Away” is filled with different references to video games, especially for Nintendo games like Pokemon. He also loves Tekken, and given the fact that he has a stage inspired by him in the game, Tekken loves him back. He made a song back in 2001 for Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec called “Dogg’s Turismo 3” which is kind of an unforgettable song. He made more songs for games like Need for Speed: Underground 2. That featured the Doors and is also a legendary song.
He also has an avatar in True Crime: Streets of LA, where he’s a playable character. He plays Crow in Def Jam: Fight for New York, a game that has a ton of A-listers in it, like Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and Danny Trejo. If you were a fan of the classic Rock Band game, you could by some of his big songs to play, like “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Ridin’ in My Chevy,” “Sensual Seduction,” “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head,” “Tha Shiznit,” “That’s tha Homie,” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” He also made a fighting game called Way of the Dogg that turned out to be more of a rhythm action game. Needless to say, he loves video games.
9. Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen caught a little controversy in the gaming community when he was called a gamer online a few years ago. Many people in the gaming community were mad that every celebrity saying that they play Call Of Duty is automatically labeled a gamer even if they’re not. However, Rogen doesn’t really fit this description because he actually is a gamer. He played the opening of The Last of Us with IGN, where we found out that he plays games with inverted controls. He also sat down with Evan Goldberg and Slate to discuss gaming and his life in Los Angeles. “I’ll never forget the first time I ripped someone’s spine out playing Mortal Kombat.” he reminisced. Gaming also affected his social life in a big way. “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.”
8. Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn‘s love for video games has never been a secret. She sat down with CNET to talk about her love for video games and technology, and she talked about how far we’ve come. “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 also told them what games she loves to play. “I like the first-person shooters because I feel more capable. Instead of looking out from afar, it feels different when the screen becomes your eyes. And so I just kind of leaned into that a little bit more. But what I play on a daily basis is a trivia game called Category Quiz. The categories that I typically pick are tech, science, animals, food, geography. I’m not good at art and literature. I’m not good at history. Politics I’m OK with. Economics, I’m good at, thankfully. But art, literature, and history — those are for the birds. I get so sleepy on those things.”
7. Jack Black
Jack Black loves video games so much, he even did a YouTube video with YouTube celebrity Markiplier, where they played Five Nights At Freddy’s games with Black’s son. He’s said that he got his start playing video games with Space Invaders, and his proudest gaming moment was completely beating Project Gotham Racing. He’s talked about playing video games before, but what’s really worth talking about here is the games he’s been a part of. He played Carl Denham in Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, the same part he played in the movie. He then played Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend, and R.L. Stein and Slappy the Dummy in Goosebumps: Night of Scares. He also took part in a game called Broken Age, which is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It’s less of a traditional game and a lot more of a story. Jack Black played Harm’ny Lightbeard, along with an A-list cast that included names like Elijah Wood, Will Wheaton, and Pendleton Ward.
6. Will Arnett
Will Arnett of Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman fame is such a big fan of video games, he has his own show dedicated to them that’s sponsored by X-box. It’s called Game Chat, and it’s all about him playing video games with his friends. The first episode was all about Turtle Rock Studios’ recently released 4v1 multiplayer shooter, Evolve. He tweeted about it, saying “Love gaming w/ my Bros so @Xbox asked us to start filming this Clown Show.” Basically, Will Arnett is making money doing what regular people do every day. He’s also been credited in several video games. He provided the voice for Matt Hazard in the 2009 game Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard. He’s also provided additional voices for games like Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 and Monsters vs Aliens.
Eminem is known for being one of the better rappers in the game, but he’s also a pretty prolific gamer. Back in 2009, he had a complaint that today’s games weren’t really for him because they were too complicated. He loves old school video games, but the new ones aren’t really for him. “Yeah, I’m pretty nasty at Donkey Kong, B. You should go check my high-score,” he told Complex. His high score is labeled “M-M” in the Donkey Kong arcade cabinet he has in his house, and his score is 229,100. However, it might be hard to take him at his word since 50 Cent accused him of cheating at Pac-Man. Then again, I have no idea how a person would cheat at Pac-Man, so maybe this is just exaggeration. He also made a free mobile game back in 2015 that’s based on his lyrics. MTV did a review of it, saying that it was addictive but incredibly frustrating. I’d have to agree since I played it myself for a bit when it came out. The in-game currency has middle fingers on them, for a touch of humor.
4. The Game
The Game is known more for his prolific rap career than his love for video games, not to mention his Instagram posts. However, that didn’t stop him from making a mobile game called Block Wars and becoming Atari’s ambassador. “Proud to announce I am the new @Atari ambassador & we have BIG THINGS coming for my fans & #Atari fans across the world in 2016 !!!!” he wrote on Instagram. Block Wars is very reminiscent of the Grand Theft Auto series, so if you’re looking for a mobile game for your kids, this is definitely not the one. It’s loaded with violence, cursing, and barely dressed women counting cash. The Game is only one rapper that’s getting involved with gaming, too. Soulja Boy made waves when he signed a $400 million deal with World Poker Fund Holdings, and Kanye West made a mobile game in honor of his late mother Donda.
3. Elijah Wood And Dominic Monaghan
It’s no surprise that two of the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings trilogy are fans of video games, but you might be surprised at how much they love video games. However, they disagreed on one thing: World of Warcraft. While Dominic Monaghan got into the game thanks to a cast member on another movie and had a hilarious encounter with a guy named Dave who pretended to be a woman on Facebook, Elijah Wood thought the game was awful. “‘World of Warcraft’ is a complete waste of time. [The Legend of] Zelda’ was the first foray into the world of the fantasy realm, if you will. That was enough for me.” he said, making everyone laugh. The whole thing is funny, but highlights include the above quote, Wood singing the praises of Call of Duty and Dominic Monaghan yelling “For the Horde!” to the crowd and them yelling it back. In addition, after the debate portion, the two actually boxed over it. As for the commentary, Fantastic Fest founder Tim League reminded Wood that despite his hatred of fantasy games, he’s been in quite a few of them, like Happy Feet, Spyro, and the Rings games.
Ice-T isn’t just a gamer, he’s really hardcore. Even his character on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is an avid gamer. He’s voiced characters in Sanity: Aiken’s Artifact, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, two Lego Indiana Jones games, and Gears of War 3. He’s even gotten the chance to play himself in video games like UFC: Tapout and Def Jam: Fight For New York. Back in 2014, he played Forza with the Huffington Post and Fred Armisen and talked a bit about why he plays video games “I’m a real-life gamer,” Ice-T said. “A lot of people think gamers are just nerds or geeks. I spend a lot of time on tour busses, what do you think I do?” He even confessed to doing a special dance when he’s frustrated over not being able to beat a level in a game. “You know those levels you just can’t beat?” he said. “You keep getting killed, you just can’t get through it, so you sleep on it and think of strategies and come back the next day and win? That’s when I do the D**k Dance.” When asked why, he simply said he’s competitive.
1. Justin Theroux
Justin Theroux loves playing video games with his friends. He sat down with James Corden on his show not that long ago, talking about how he plays games with friends like Will Arnett and Jerry O’Connell. “We play Call of Duty,” Theroux said. “Me and Will and some very funny other people log on, and we play that game together and we kill each other.” His wife, Jennifer Aniston, apparently still doesn’t get his hobby. “You know, girls go on girls’ nights, and so you kinda gotta pitch it like, ‘Oh, by the way, the guys are getting together tonight,’ and she’s like, ‘Oh cool, where are you going?’ and I’m like, ‘To my office.’ In my ear, we’re all together and we’re all having fun and we’re murdering 11-year-olds,” Theroux explained. “She comes to my office and looks in the door and kinda goes like, ‘You’re just sitting there laughing and howling and screaming.’ She just sees blood going across the screen and she doesn’t understand that I’m actually having a bros night.”
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