10 Celebrities Addicted To Video Games
It’s a sign of how far games have come that the ad for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was directed by Guy Ritchie and stars none other than Robert Downey, Jr.
Scriptwriters from Hollywood, sensing a change in the air, are increasingly moving into writing scripts for video games. David Goyer who co-wrote Batman Begins worked on Black Ops 2. There’s a reason: Video games are mega-big business. An earlier version of BO2 made $1 billion in 16 days. It took James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar 17 days to hit that mark.
Hollywood and its stars have a history with video games. At the dawn of the gaming era, Walt Disney released the massively successful Tron (1982) which was a sci-fi movie about characters lost in a sinister gaming universe where death and destruction were the order of the day. These days, stars such as Liam Neeson, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz and Jon Bon Jovi are appearing in video games as playable characters (and not, it must be said, always winning the day).
We’ve come a long way from the first appearance of Mario (Donkey Kong) and the introduction of the Game Boy in the 1980’s. By the 1990’s, the gaming world had moved into home-based gaming consoles and the turn of the Millineum saw the first Xbox and the revolution of Wii with its motion sensitive action games. And now with the MMO, the gaming world has gone online and stars and “normal” people alike have taken to the virtual universe of Massive Multiplayer Online games. You never know (or realize) when Mila Kunis, Megan Fox or Snoop Dogg might be trying to blow your head off. And don’t think they won’t try.
And many of the stars love gaming. Established stars like Snoop Dogg, Ice-T and Robin Williams are keen gamers and Steven Spielberg is involved in the development and production end of video games. Younger stars such as Mila Kunis and Megan Fox are addicted, as are comedians Mary McCarthy, Dave Chappelle and Seth Rogen. Hunks such as Daniel Craig and Vin Diesel have publicly voiced their enthusiasm for video games.
The clear top three games in star land are World of Warcraft (self evident what that one is about), Call of Duty that began with World War II war games and has currently moved into more Futuristic scenarios, and Halo, a sci-fi futuristic humans versus evil aliens battle for survival.
So, let’s take a look at the stars who love to play and the games they swear by:
10. Mila Kunis
The star of such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan, Mila Kunis has admitted that she was addicted to World of Warcraft, so much so that she would sit in her underwear and literally play all day. When she and Macaulay Culkin were a thing, they would spend hours playing WoW.
She modestly says she is a good player. But she gave it up because it was taking over her life and she now plays Call of Duty. She gets a thrill out of questing and zapping and killing. .