Celebrities Playing Games
There was a time, not so long ago, when it was considered uncool to play video games. The stereotype of the “classic nerd”: usually a boy with a pudding bowl haircut, probably very thick glasses and a splattering of acne, no social graces, and an obsession with sci-fi. These people were shunned by the cool kids, probably picked on by football players and cheerleaders who thought that they were the top of the food chain. This was the kind of person who played video games, probably in a dark basement. Well, times have changed! Thankfully, that offensive stereotype (as well as the ones about cheerleaders and football players) has been dispensed with, and we live in an age where anyone and everyone can play video games, even your favorite celebrity.
Let’s take a look at the top ten celebrities who play video games: you might even discover some online games to try for fun!
Nice-guy and environmentalist Zac Efron is known for more than just his acting and singing skills: he’s also well known for playing many video games. In 2007, he showed off this aspect of himself to the world when he hosted the launch event for Halo 3 in Los Angeles. His love for games was put to the test, allegedly, when his then-girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, who was none too fond of his gaming, told him that it was her or the Xbox. He probably still has the Xbox, but he and Vanessa are no longer dating!
Michelle is known for playing strong, independent, badass women in films. She’s played a street smart race car driver, a military pilot, a revolutionary, and many other tough women…but now she’s also known for being a gamer! Her taste in games is no less intense than her taste in film roles. Her favorite games to play are Call of Duty and Halo. It’s said that she drew a lot of inspiration from her favorite games for her role as a soldier in Battle Los Angeles.
Henry Cavill is the exact opposite of what people used to think of when you said “nerd.” But that’s exactly what he is: a huge nerd! Henry has always been really into World of Warcraft. He was so into the game that it almost cost him his role as Superman. Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of an intense battle or gaming session, you ignore calls and keep focusing on the game. This is exactly what Henry did when Zack Snyder called him to let him know that he had officially won the role of Clark Kent! Thankfully, he returned the call as soon as he was finished with the session and, as we know, went on to play the role flawlessly.
Rosario Dawson is probably not someone you would think likes playing video games, but she’s a huge fan. She’s been very open about the fact that she absolutely loves playing Pokemon and a few other fun and colorful Nintendo titles like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. Dawson loves anything video-gamey and has recently voiced characters in the Syndicate reboot and the Ratchet and Clank movie.
Not only does Slater love to play video games, but he has actually starred in a two-hour-long video game commercial! The Wizard was released in 1989, and since then, it has become something of a cult classic. It’s really something special to have been part of gaming history! Slater was really into video games when he was a teenager but regrets that when his acting career took off, he didn’t have much time to play them anymore. When he was preparing for his role in the Alone in the Dark film adaptation, he finally got to revive his teenage pastime when his co-stars got him into World of Warcraft.
While women are still in the minority in the gaming community, things are finally starting to change. Megan Fox may not be well known for it, but she’s a big gamer! She loves playing Halo online. She says that a lot of the guys she plays with make fun of her gamer tag because she’s a girl. But they wouldn’t make fun if they knew who she really was! She also enjoys Mortal Kombat and says she would love to star in a film remake.
Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson is iconic; he’s an institution! In an interview with Access Hollywood, he was discussing his earlier video game experiences. He says that his love of gaming began with Pong, moved on to Atari games like Space Invaders, and these days he loves games like Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed. He is excited to try first-person shooters soon as well! Jackson has also been featured as a voice actor in many video games.
Megababe Jessica Alba grew up playing Bomberman and Pac-man, Super Mario Bros, and The Legend of Zelda. She still loves old school Nintendo games and also loved Wii Sports when it came out. It just goes to show that you can never judge a book by its cover!
Fassbender starred in the Assassin’s Creed film a few years ago, and he had the perfect inspiration. He has always been a big fan of the video game franchise, so he was excited to star in the movie.
Mila Kunis is a self-confessed video game addict. She even had to quit playing World of Warcraft cold turkey, which she says was difficult for her. She’s an all-in or all-out; there’s no middle ground. She also really enjoys Call of Duty because she gets to kill Nazi zombies!
It’s nice to know that celebrities are just people, like the rest of us. They have bad hair days (rarely), they love junk food, and they like to play video games! Take some inspiration from your favorite celeb and try out a new video game today.