14 Celebrity Gamers With Street Cred
Usually, when a celebrity says they’re a gamer, it’s an utterly shallow ploy to try and win fans. Megan Fox, I’m looking at you. They tend to be of the “I love Wii Fit and Guitare Hero, I’m such a huge geek! Now please see my move!” However, there are some celebrities out there who aren’t faking it, who actually are legit gamers, and they’ve got the thumb calluses to prove it. These 14 actors have all shown themselves time and again to be real life gamers.
14. Jack Black
Jack Black’s a huge freaking nerd, come on, just look at him! Music, movies, video games, he’s into all the pop culture stuff. He had Ren & Stimpy creator John K. animate one of his music videos, for God’s sake. You want proof that he’s an actual gamer, and not just a poser? He had played Psychonauts before he had even though about working with Schafer for Brütal Legend. In interviews about gaming, he’s name dropped a couple of titles that definitely add some weight to him being a decent player, most notably spending untold hours in Project Gotham Racing trying to get the nigh-on-impossible Platinum medals.
Yo dawg, I heard…wait, no, that’s too lame, even for me. Xzibit, once hardcore gangster rapper and now erstwhile TV star, is a huge FPS fan (there’s definitely a correlation between rap and FPSs, as you’ll see as we go on). Anyway, Xzibit is secure enough in his skills that he’s posted up his gamertags a bunch of times so that people can take him on. If you looks at his profile, he’s got a huge fucking library, but most of his efforts appear to be in the Call of Duty games — despite owning it, he hasn’t even played Def Jam: Icon, a franchise he’s appeared in.
12. Mila Kunis
Usually, when hot girls start talking about gaming it’s a blatant ploy to try and get attention from guys, especially if they’re a celebrity involved in a title usually associated with fandom in one form or another. Mila Kunis, on the other hand, was hardcore into WoW. Not just a level 10 Night Elf Mage kinda way, but really deeply involved. She eventually quit cold turkey, but listen to her talk on Jimmy Kimmel live about it, and she’s dropping all the right terms and phrases all over the place. She knows exactly what she’s talking about, and her video gaming credentials are completely legit.
11. Soulja Boy
Good lord, I hate Soulja Boy with a fierce and fiery passion. His music is so shit, it makes my internal organs hurt, and frankly I think he deserves nothing so much as to vanish into obscurity — as he appears to be doing. Even so, he plays a ton of games, just like every other 20 year old who suddenly finds themselves up to their eyeballs in cash. He’ll happily smack talk anyone and everyone, and released his gamertag to all comers. If you want to try and take him on, it’s “Souljaboytellem.” Frankly, I hope you slaughter his mediocre ass, especially after that unutterably stupid “review” he did of Braid, which is arguably the greatest platformer of the last few years, and has the most understated and brilliant plot of a game in recent memory.
10. Seth Rogen
I don’t think anyone’s surprised Seth Rogen’s a gamer. He’s a slightly pudgy ginger guy, with a sense of humor and a love of pot. I think it’d be a minor miracle if he wasn’t one. He’s talked in a bunch of interviews about his background gaming, especially oldschool stuff, as he was raised on the Commodore. He’s also a professed lover of GoldenEye on the N64, Street Fighter IV, Fallout 3, and Call of Duty. For a wedding present, Ellen gave him a vintage arcade machine with Missile Command installed. I think that counts as having pretty decent street cred for a gamer, even if he does admit he’s not very good at a lot of them.
9. Nathan Fillion
In addition to being a total dreamboat, badass actor, and all around swell fellow, Nathan Fillion is a gamer’s gamer. When some actors sign up to do voice work for games, you just know they’re there for the paycheck, and without any real love of medium. Fillion, on the other hand, not only does voices for Halo, but is an active online player. I dream of getting smack-talked by Nathan Fillion, which would probably be the high point of my year. And you know what? Fuck Mark Wahlberg, the charmless thug, Fillion really should be the only choice for the Uncharted film.
8. Adrianne Curry
Adrianne Curry was the winner of the first season of America’s Next Top Model, and is an inveterate geek and cosplayer. Follow her on Twitter, and you get the view of someone who likes being naked and wearing geeky costumes. She often pops up in Star Wars gear (including an incredible Imperial Officer outfit), has done some gorgeous Fifth Element, Aeon Flux and Clockwork Orange costumes, and she plays WoW naked. Now, I know what you’re thinking, attention whore attempting to get guys attention by playing up her body, right? Well, given that WoW gets constantly mentioned on her Twitter, I’d say she’s been sucked pretty deep into that particular addiction, and she gets massive extra points for the badass sexy outfits she constantly shows up in.
7. Method Man
Method Man, a member of the fucking Wu-Tang Clan, is a hardcore gamer. Like every other rapper on this list, it seems that FPSs are his genre of choice, most well known is his love of SOCOM and Modern Warfare 2. Want proof that he’s hardcore? The guy had his own fucking SOCOM clan. You have to be pretty into a game to join a clan or guild, but to run one yourself? You’re hooked. He’s such a big SOCOM fan that he mentioned it a couple of times in his lyrics. He’s also professed his love for intense mystery drama game Heavy Rain, and the critically panned DJ Hero
6. Tony Hawk
You don’t continue to make games with your name attached to them for so damn long that they’re unplayably bad unless you actually find some joy in the whole world of video games. The Tony Hawk games were only good for maybe the first four entries, and after that each sucked more than the one before, but Tony soldiered on, championing games for a long time. These days he’s doing the responsible thing, and figuring out which games are okay to play with his young children — like Guitar Hero and the Lego games. Let’s face it, even if you aren’t a kid, the Lego games are badass, and full points to Tony Hawk for being a responsible parent.
5. Matthew Perry
You want proof of dedication to gaming? Not only did Matthew Perry play so much Fallout 3 that he got carpal tunnel and had to see a doctor about it, he admitted it on The View and Ellen, which is possibly the least gamer-friendly environments one can even imagine. He’s so into the game that he got picked up as a voice actor for New Vegas, lending his skills to the character of Benny. He’s even come out and said that any lady he’s dating should be a gamer — though I supposed if you’re a millionaire ex-Friends star, still raking in the cash in residuals, being picky about who you date isn’t really a problem. Playing a game to the point of self-injury? That’s dedication.
4. Vin Diesel
Despite being a jacked action star, Vin Diesel’s a huge nerd, a gamer and professed lover of D&D. He likes video games so much that he founded his own company — Tigon Studio — solely for the purpose of making games starring him. They’ve only put out three so far, the two amazing Riddick games and the decidedly average Wheelman, and with three more in the works. One of those upcoming games is based on one of Diesel’s D&D characters. It all folds into itself. He’s like a walking oxymoron, huge and ripped, stars in crazy action movies, and then he’s the biggest geek on the planet. It’s badass.
3. Robin Williams
Remember when Spore was still in production and it hadn’t yet been dumbed down to the point of being utterly unplayable? The hype around this game peaked with the video above, where Will Wright showed off what the game could have been, and got on a special guest gamer to help him demo it. The guest? None other than former cokehead and current funny sasquatch, Robin Williams. Turns out Williams is a huge gamer geek to the point where he named his daughter Zelda after the Nintendo franchise, and his son Cody after an unnamed game character (I’m guessing the guy from Final Fight). He’s also really into Call of Duty, and regularly namedrops titles like Warcraft 3, and Half-Life. The guy’s also a big fan of tabletop RPGs, managed to sneak Neon Genesis Evangelion into One Hour Photo, and plays Warhammer 40K. I’d say he counts as a legit gamer.
2. Ice T
Ice T is motherfucking hardcore. He used to be an actual pimp, and a real-life gangster. These days he’s on TV and spends his time playing video games and banging his incredibly hot wife. Yeah, I’m fucking jealous. He earns bank, and lives an incredibly sweet life. He’s also majorly into his FPS games. If you want to stalk him on XBox Live, his tag is “Lord 187X” — and on a quick digressions, not only does it appear that rap stars really freaking like FPSs, but they’re all on XBox and not PS3. Huh. He’s also the head of his own clan, and in COD:MW2 has some really hard to get accolades: The Show (10 kills/No deaths), Supernatural (Kill/Death ratio over 10), Immortal (Highest kill/death ratio). Yeah, he kicks ass, and takes names. Apparently he and Coco played through RE5 together, which is kind of sweet.
1. Wil Wheaton
Alpha geek, video gamer, actor, all around legend. Wil Wheaton, he tops this list because he should top every geek list, ever. He’s a gamer of all stripes: video, poker, and tabletop. He famously coined Wheaton’s Law: don’t be a dick. He’ll pop up in the most random places on the internet, and upstage you. He’s our number one celebrity gamer with serious street credit.
Written by Tim on June 23rd, 2011 | Tagged as: Popular Culture