Since the World Health Organization declared gaming addiction a mental disorder, it’s hard not to question whether or not the people in your life — and even well-known celebrities like Mila Kunis — could be obsessed to the point of harm.
There are a lot of professional gamers out there who spend their days playing for a paycheck. But there are also plenty of celebrities who love gaming outside of their day jobs as actors, musicians, and athletes. Here are a few familiar faces you might not know love to play video games.
1. Ashton Kutcher
- He was so good at GoldenEye that he was almost “too” good.
In his early 20s, Kutcher apparently played more video games than anyone he knew. He started a production company because he was tired of sitting around playing Nintendo 64 all day.
Though Kutcher might not play nearly as much GoldenEye as he used to, he uses his income to give back to the gaming industry. In 2015, he invested in an e-sports startup company.
Next: He’s not just a pop star. He also loves Call of Duty.
2. Justin Bieber
- When he’s not recording or on stage, you might find him with a controller in hand.
Even musicians need a break from performing to do something mind-numbing. Apparently, Call of Duty is Bieber’s go-to game of choice.
He’s not exclusive to just one series, though. He also plays Halo and Mario Kart.
Next: You wouldn’t expect a gold medalist to be a fan of this game.
3. Michael Phelps
- He used to play a days’ worth of the same game on a weekly basis.
What do you do when you aren’t training for the Olympics? In 2012, Phelps admitted that he played about 30 hours of Call of Duty every single week.
He’s also one of many athletes to have a video game based on him. Michael Phelps: Push the Limit was released for the Xbox gaming system.
Next: You might not expect this actress to favor a game like this.
4. Megan Fox
- She plays an exceptionally violent game in her spare time.
She’s best known for her roles in the Transformers movie franchise. But Megan Fox has a lesser-known side hobby: gaming.
The actress prefers playing Mortal Kombat, a fighting-style gaming franchise. The games are known for their gore and violence.
Next: This actor loved games so much that he decided to start making his own.
- He started his own company to create higher-quality games.
The actor is a long-time gamer — but he has also helped create video games. He was so tired of playing terrible games based off of films and decided to found his own game development studio.
His company is still known for producing one of the best movie-based video games of all time. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is based on the 2004 science fiction film.
Next: Even professional wrestlers need to game off some steam.
6. Ronda Rousey
- When she’s not in the ring, she’s in a completely different world.
You might know her as a wrestler. But Rousey also spends a lot of time sitting in front of a screen.
She’s admitted to playing World of Warcraft. Apparently, there’s a non-playable character in the game that looks just like her built into the game on purpose.
Next: He went from Space Invaders to first-person shooters in no time.
7. Samuel L. Jackson
- He’s voiced some characters in the game franchises he loves to play.
He’s essentially an action film star, but he’s also voice acted for various games over the years. Some of the best voice acting in games comes from those who love playing them themselves.
Like many of us, Jackson started out playing Pong and Space Invaders. He’s since moved on to Grand Theft Auto and the Fallout series.
Next: This actor starred in a video game — the character he voiced did, anyway.
8. Jack Black
- He’s offered his voice to games in the past.
Like many celebrities in his industry, Black managed to combine his love for gaming and his voice acting talents in a way many can only dream of. He voiced the main character in an action game called Brutal Legend.
He has also admitted to gaming in his spare time. The actor beat Project Gotham Racing — and will tell anyone who will listen all about it.
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9. Mila Kunis
- She used to be obsessed with a game that consumed most of her time.
Whether or not Kunis lived with a gaming disorder depends on your personal definition of “addiction.” She used to play World of Warcraft, a multiplayer online game that keeps players glued to their seats by encouraging them to continuously level up.
If Kunis was addicted, she’s since gotten everything under control. She’s reportedly put her Warcraft character to bed in favor of Call of Duty, a less time-consuming option.
Next: She stars in movies, writes comic books, and can’t get enough of Nintendo.
10. Rosario Dawson
- Dawson lets her geeky side shine, and she’s not ashamed to admit it.
Dawson might be one of the most well-rounded celebrities we know. She’s not only an actress, but also a singer, comic book writer, and die-hard gamer.
She’s much more into the classic Nintendo games you might know and love. The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros are among her favorites.
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