Once upon a time, gaming was considered a niche hobby for nerds. That has since changed, and it is now one of the most popular and widely enjoyed entertainment mediums in the world. Even wildly popular celebrities are now jumping on the gaming wagon, and many aren't afraid to voice their hobby.
Many celebrities play video games, and like all of us, they enjoy a wide range of genres. Some like deep and intricate RPGs while others simply prefer a more casual FPS. These are ten celebrity gamers and their favorite games to play.
10 Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is easily one of the most popular celebrity nerds, as he hasn't shied away from his love of Dungeons & Dragons. He is also a devout player of video games, a fan of pretty much everything ranging from MMOs to RTSs to traditional first-person shooters like Call of Duty.
He is so devoted to quality video games that he founded a development company called Tigon Studios, which helped with the release of the critically acclaimed The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, AKA one of the best, and best-looking, games released for the OG Xbox.
9 Mila Kunis
You may not know it to look at her, but Mila Kunis is a die-hard video game player. Back in the day, she was reported to be addicted to World of Warcraft, just like the rest of us. Now just imagine Mila Kunis sitting in front of a computer and playing that game. Yeah, we can't really picture it, either.
She reportedly no longer plays that specific game but has moved on to less time-consuming games like Call of Duty. We wonder if she and Vin Diesel ever get together to play a round or two...
8 Samuel L. Jackson
Now, this is a celebrity we aren't surprised plays video games. Jackson is reportedly a big fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, and even voiced Officer Tenpenny in GTA: San Andreas. He is also a fan of the Fallout and Call of Duty franchises, proving that he is just as much a fan of the long, complex games as he is the pick up and play variety.
Now we can just imagine Samuel L. Jackson screaming into a microphone at some little kid playing Call of Duty, and it is hilarious.
7 Jack Black
Another not such a surprise here with Jack Black! Black has been involved with the video game industry in the past, famously voicing Eddie Riggs in the criminally underrated Brutal Legend. He also revealed to Kotaku that one of his proudest accomplishments is completing Project Gotham Racing, a popular racing game released back on the original Xbox.
In 2018, he created a YouTube channel called JablinskiGames, and he has been seen playing old arcade games and Minecraft alongside PewDiePie. Maybe not a devout gamer, but a gamer nevertheless.
6 Henry Cavill
Today you learned that Superman himself plays video games. Well, not Superman but you know what we mean. Cavill reportedly enjoys playing World of Warcraft, and the story goes that he was playing the game when he learned that he won the role of Superman.
He was also cast as Geralt in the upcoming Netflix Witcher adaptation, and we're sure that he played the games for research purposes. After all, if he likes World of Warcraft, chances are that he would enjoy The Witcher as well.
5 Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez, much like her Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel, is reportedly a big gamer. However, unlike Diesel, she's not much into fantasy. She told Yahoo that her brother introduced her to Doom back in the day and that she subsequently became obsessed with both that specific game and first-person shooters in general.
So, clearly she and Vin don't get together to play Dungeons & Dragons or anything, but it's entirely possible that they have Call of Duty nights. Now, where do we get an invitation?
4 Zac Efron
We don't know if Zac Efron is still a big gamer, but he certainly was back in the day. Like everybody in the mid-2000s, Efron was a huge fan of the Halo series.
Back in 2007, when Zac was 20 years old, he attended a Los Angeles midnight launch party for Halo 3 and turned it into a certified event. After showing up, he and a producer reportedly played the video game until midnight, and it was then that he helped sell the very first copy to a consumer. We wonder if that guy still has that copy. It's probably worth a pretty penny.
It seems like every week Drake is somewhere in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. The man is essentially on top of the music world. But in between making killer chart-toppers, he and his friends are reportedly playing Fortnite in the recording studio. So, he's just like thousands of others. The playing Fortnite thing, not the "in the recording studio" part.
He has shown off his skills with Ninja on numerous occasions, and their joint streams often pull in hundreds of thousands of viewers.
2 Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, having won a total of 28 medals. And FYI, 23 of those medals were gold. So, yeah, we'd say he's a pretty good swimmer. However, all that training and swimming didn't stop Phelps from enjoying Call of Duty.
In 2012, Phelps told The Post Game that he played about thirty hours of Call of Duty a week, which if our math is correct (and let's be honest, it's probably not), is over four hours per day. Who says playing video games is bad for productivity?
1 Daniel Craig
James Bond is another reported gamer. So, that means we have Superman, the most decorated Olympian ever, and James Bond playing video games. Yeah, we think they're mainstream now.
Craig has gone on record and said that he enjoys the Grand Theft Auto series, particularly Vice City, but that he can only play them for so long before feeling "dirty."
He also loves games with long stories and used Halo as a great example of how gaming can tell long, complex, and lore-heavy stories. Who knew James Bond was so cool? Well, everyone, actually...