Watching Robert Pattinson desperately trying to explain why choosing between Aerith and Tifa in Final Fantasy VII is hard because he’s in love with both is one of my simple pleasures in life. There has recently been quite a trend of celebrities revealing their nerdy tendencies lately. While, of course, celebrities have always enjoyed a game or two, more and more stars have accidentally let it slip that games take up a bigger part of their lives than they first let on. They’re like us, you see, they need to relax, and what better way to relax than a game of League of Legends?
wait, actually one plot many things are better for relaxing than a game of League of Legends. But from Henry Cavill’s love of Warhammer to Robert Pattinson’s crush on Aerith, the game’s roots in celebrity culture run deep. So here is a list of celebrities and the games they like to spend time playing.
Henry Cavill doesn’t just play Geralt on the Netflix show, he loves The Witcher 3 and the lore surrounding the books and games. At San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, he told fans he pushed his agent to get a meeting with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt before the series was greenlit. It was this perseverance that landed him the role of Geralt. And he’s already hinted slightly that he’d be interested in starring in a Adapted from Red Dead Redemption (opens in a new tab) too.
Cavill’s love for games doesn’t just stop with The Witcher. You may remember that video of him building his pc (opens in a new tab) and the uproar it caused on the Internet. He’s also been known to play Overwatch, and he’s a huge Warhammer fan (opens in a new tab) as well. Here is a particularly funny interview (opens in a new tab) where Cavill had to politely explain that Warhammer is not World of Warcraft, and that painting miniatures is a perfectly normal hobby, thank you.
Robert Pattinson talks about Final Fantasy 7 and how he was in love with Aeris and Tifa for Clique X. #TheBatman pic.twitter.com/yqbkF1CqUwFebruary 26, 2022
The Twilight fan in me is always happy to add Robert Pattinson to any topic of conversation, but he’s here because of his Final Fantasy VII rant. The Batman actor has an adorable chat with co-star Zoe Kravitz where he desperately tries to explain the importance of Aerith and Tifa in Final Fantasty VII and how he cried when (spoilers) Aerith died. He even explains that depending on the version of the game, Aerith’s name could be Aerith or Aeris. He’s such a nerd for this game and it’s so wholesome to see him doing his best to make this sound as exciting as possible.
Snoop Dogg is another high profile celebrity with a public appreciation for games. The rapper is known for playing Call of Duty Warzone live, although he’s not exactly the most experienced streamer. Once he let the stream run for seven hours after stopping rage (opens in a new tab) which provided a rather amusing moment where he returns to the computer to stop the stream. He also went live without audio for a week (opens in a new tab) and none of his fans could even tell him despite their best efforts. It almost feels like performance art.
Snoop likes a little CoD and a little Madden, based on what he plays live on his channel DoodyDog20 (opens in a new tab).
Although I confess that I don’t know Terry Crew’s favorite game, he has at least built a PC before. In a interview with Business Insider (opens in a new tab), the actor tells how he became interested in the passions of his children, in particular PC games. After not understanding why his son enjoyed watching people play games, he said, “I realized I was losing my son. I was losing him. And I said, I have to be part of his world. I gotta find out what he is. . Because you know, so many times parents say ‘Okay, come on, you’re going to come work with daddy. Come on and do what daddy wants you to do.’ And I realized that I didn’t want to be that guy.”
So Crews set out to build a PC with his son and discovered the joy the activity could bring as a bonding experience. Healthy, huh? This is why building your own PC is awesome (opens in a new tab).
Crews also had a custom build made for him by JayzTwoCents, which looks mean and happens to be Old Spice themed.
Kasparov isn’t exactly a celebrity unless you like chess. But if you like chess, he’s a superstar. The world’s top ranked chess player for decades, this grandmaster greatly enjoys online games in addition to chess. Specifically, Garry Kasparov likes a little Hearthstone.
Blizzard made a promotional video for Hearthstone with the chess legend where he discusses how he likes his challenge and says that some members of the wider chess community do too. The interview is about how Kasparov was beaten by an AI in 1997, which was his first loss and the one he suffered personally. However, he says the draw of Hearthstone is that the AI you’re playing against won’t have mastered the game, like an AI might master chess, because there are so many variables. Obviously, Kasparov still likes to outsmart computers.
Jack Black played in his own game, Brütal Legend, so I imagine that’s up there on his favorites list. But oddly enough, he loves Five Nights at Freddy’s enough to know the song of the same name from The Living Tombstone. Black started a YouTube channel called JablinskiGames (opens in a new tab)offering video proof that he owns a gaming chair.
Plus, he created this TikTok. Enjoy it.
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♬ original sound – The Living Tombstone (opens in a new tab)
Jamie Lee Curtis
Yes, Jamie Lee Curtis really officiated his daughter’s wedding in full cosplay. The actress, best known for her role in Halloween movies, has been known to cosplay here and there. For her daughter’s wedding, she wore a full Jaina Proudmoore costume, but she also attended EVO in 2015 as Street Fighter’s Vega, as the mask allowed her to hide her true identity. Badass.
Graduation trip to @evo2k. 2 stay incognito was Vega wearing a mask. The @StreetFighter family. DJ, Dr. Bosconovich, Makoto. pic.twitter.com/b3wOgxPgAGJuly 18, 2015
Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd
Hobbits love two things: food and League of Legends, it seems. Actors Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd have been playing a lot of League of Legends during lockdown, it seems, and they’ve talked about it multiple times their love of the game (opens in a new tab) including on their podcast. Apparently they even tried to get fellow hobbit Elijah Wood to play. How healthy, huh? I mean when they’re not arguing about who’s to blame for a loss, I guess.
Mila Kunis was a World of Warcraft fanatic at one point, so bad that she apparently had to cut the game out of her life. The actress briefly talks about her love of the game on her 2021 episode of Hot Ones on YouTube, where she says she knew her habit was spiraling out of control when her agent had to log into the game to talk to her. And her character had pink hair and pigtails, which is cute.
On World of Warcraft, the Stranger Things star says the game ruined his life. He said in an interview that in 2005 he played “the crap” out of the game. Harbor apparently played a night elf warrior named Norad who was the second tank in his guild. The actor says that for a year he was addicted to WoW to the point that he “ran out of [his] disturbs.”
Harbor also enjoyed playing The Sims and that kicked him out of his Warcraft phase. Harbor saw one of his sims become too focused on video games rather than the life happening around him and re-evaluated his life. Without The Sims, I wonder where the actor would be now.
Many other celebrities have appeared in games and around gaming culture like Rosario Dawson and Samuel L. Jackson, but they haven’t declared a favorite PC game yet as far as I know. Of course, there will be those who will play in the secrecy of their homes, and to them I say: Come on, admit that you are geeks like us.