When people think of gamers, they usually picture some hoodie-wearing teenager who sits in his parents' basement, drinking Mountain Dew, while communicating with others via his headset. Here's the thing - While this might've been true a decade or two ago, people who still think like that and stereotype gamers are dead wrong!
Video games have become so mainstream over the last decade or so, it's no longer just for the nerds: it's for everyone. Even A-list celebrities have started to embrace the gaming culture - some of them to such a degree they even consider themselves hardcore gamers. We’ve put together a list of celebrities who would absolutely love nothing more than picking up a controller this very moment.
20 Olivia Munn
The X-Men: Apocalypse Actress loves first-person shooter games and has admitted to playing the popular Assassins Creed, though she also plays a trivia game called Category Quiz on a daily basis. Munn is also a big fan of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Wow! If that's not passion then we don't know what is.
This Iconic rapper turned actor is also a hardcore gamer and has lent his voice to both GTA: San Andreas and Gears of War 3. When asked by a fan whether he was a multi-console gamer or just had one he was faithful to, he responded, "I have both... but I've had em all... Atari, Sega, Nintendo... I used to have arcade Mortal Kombat and Virtua Fighter at my house in LA."
18 Felicia Day
Felicia is an avid gamer who is famous mostly for her web show The Guild in which she acts, writes, and produces. It also resulted in her YouTube channel Geek and Sundry. The actress and producer has lent her voice to video games like Dragon Age II, Guild Wars 2, and Fallout: New Vegas.
17 Will Arnett
Will Arnett is a big fan of Call of Duty. He said, “I consider myself a gamer. When you look at the time spent gaming, versus other entertainment outlets whether it’s watching TV or watching movies; for me, I probably spend more time gaming. I want my video games to be entertaining. You realize that video games are a real outlet that needs to be taken seriously.”
16 Snoop Dogg
The Dogg Father isn't just famous for making hits in the studio, he is also an entrepreneur that launched his own eSports league. What you probably didn't know is that he is also an avid gamer. He often posts clips on his Instagram of him and his friends playing the Madden football games. We take it he would obviously rather be gaming than conquering the world.
15 Michelle Rodriguez
We first took a liking to Michelle in The Fast and Furious and our obsession grew upon learning she was an avid gamer. The actress admitted to being introduced to video games by her brother at a young age. She grew up playing Doom and now plays Call of Duty.
14 Jessica Alba
It perhaps goes without saying, but the Wii was quite the video game unifier. Jessica Alba once stated in response to the Wii, "I grew up playing Bomberman and Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. and Zelda, where you had just this little guy who could barely walk and the music was like doot... doot... doot... I just got the Wii and that's fun. I play all of the Wii Sports games, like bowling, tennis, and baseball. That's a lot of fun."
13 Zachary Levi
We had the biggest crush on Zachary when he played Chuck on the self-titled series and it seems he has quite a lot in common with his on-screen character - he is a gamer in real life too! Sigh! He lists Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Destiny as among his favorites.
12 Aisha Tyler
Aisha is not only a talented comedian, director, and talk show host but also an avid gamer. Despite receiving a not so warm response from some factions of the online gaming community, she does not let this phase her. A couple of years ago, Tyler penned a poem on Facebook titled "Dear Gamers" for critics that didn't believe she was a "real gamer."
11 Justin Theroux
The actor is a Call of Duty fan who has been gaming for years and says it is helpful on sets as it keeps boredom at bay. He also often teams up with Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and a few other famous friends to play video games via Xbox Live. Can we join you guys?
10 Megan Fox
The Transformers beauty has confessed to playing Halo on Xbox Live, saying, “I have a complete addiction to that game. It is sick. I play online mostly and (other gamers) have no idea. They make fun of my gamer tag, too, because it is funny. " How awesome would it be to play against her?
9 Samuel L Jackson
From profanity-laden dialogue to an eye patch - Samuel L Jackson has played all types of movie roles. This multi-talented superstar has appeared in over 100 films, but that's not all! He is a gamer as well - he likes action games like Assasin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the latter of which he voices Officer Frank Tenpenny in.
8 Rhonda Rousey
UFC Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey AKA the “baddest woman on the planet” is also an avid gamer. She revealed that she owned every generation of Pokémon since its inception on the original Game Boy, and even moderated a Pokémon forum in her teenage years. These days, Rhonda particularly enjoys games like World of Warcraft and Mortal Kombat, the latter of which she voices a character in.
7 Vin Diesel
The Fast and the Furious star is a long-time Dungeons & Dragons player. In fact, he was a gamer way before he rose to movie star status. Get this, Vin plays both PC and Console games. Could this guy get any cooler? He can actually... He founded a gaming company: Tigon Studios.
6 Mila Kunis
She started out as Jackie on That '70s Show and won hearts worldwide with her infectious nature. Did you know she is a gamer? She's known for playing World of Warcraft and admitted to dragging her friends into the game to play all day sessions. She is also known to play Call Of Duty.
5 Jack Black
This funny man has made some interesting contributions to the video game industry by launching a YouTube channel dedicated in part to gaming. The channel, Jablinski Games, has netted more than 2.5 million subscribers— that's huge! Black voices the main character in the game Brutal Legend as well! How cool is that?
4 Rosario Dawson
Rosario has been a fan of games since she was a kid and has even voiced some video game characters. Back in 2015, Dawson admitted, "To have the variety of characters and diversity of characters that are available now, it’s from gamers and the audience's demand," she says. "They’re listening and making awesome games for us."
3 Henry Cavill
What can make the Man of Steel any cooler than he already is? You guessed it, his passion for gaming. Superman is a World Of Warcraft player. In fact, this almost cost him his standout role in Man of Steel. He was in the midst of playing World of Warcraft when he received the call from director Zack Snyder offering him the part, but decided to ignore it in favor of the game.
2 Jenny McCarthy
Jenny is a gamer and revealed that she started playing Pac-Man at the age of eight. She also came out with her own game, Your Shape Featuring Jenny McCarthy, for Nintendo Wii in 2009. She said that video games are a great platform to reach adults and kids who are interested in fitness.
1 Daniel Craig
The James Bond actor is a huge video game fanatic with Halo being one of his favorites and he has stated that online gaming helps him prepare for his big movie roles. He obviously wishes he could play more and revealed "I can't play them all the time, cause if I did, then I'd do nothing else."
Sources: Kotaku.com,Thebrofessional.net, Gamespot.com, GamesRadar.com, GamerRevolution.com