Video games are all over the place with outstanding gameplay, exciting themes, and all sorts of features that make them attractive to players. However, a key component of video games is the characters. Characters are those that relay the story and theme of video games through their actions. They also determine the mood of a particular video game.
Players come across them and because they either choose to continue playing the game or quit. That’s why celebrities are now involved in video games. It is one thing for celebrities to be lovers of video games; it is another thing entirely for them to be characters in them.
Knowing that a favorite of yours loves to play a game usually prompts fans to play the same video game but having them play a role in the game makes it fun and enjoyable. From appearing in video commercials, having a guest appearance, or voicing characters within the game as seen in celebrity endorsement of Gladiator slot machine, fans can connect with games better when their favorite celebrity is involved.
Regardless of whatever role these celebrities play as themselves or play a character, they always draw the intended attention even from the least interested non-gaming populace. So let’s take a look at some of them.
50 cents – Blood on the Sand
Fifty cents as a celebrity has grown to be loved by millions of people. Fans love him because of his input in various dramas, music, and several other aspects through which he has made a mark. That is the same in the video game he features in; Blood on the Sand. He plays the character of a man who heads to the Middle East to play a show but ends up running after a gem-encrusted skull stolen from him. It results in an outburst of an explosion, hilarious one-liners, and blood. It’s constantly refreshing to play a shooter that does not take himself seriously.
Tayla Parx – Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season
In what turns out to be the final piece of the game’s series, Tayla Parx is the voice of Alvin Jr; a young man groomed amidst a zombie apocalypse by a young combat expert Clementine. Tayla is a very talented singer and songwriter that has written a couple of songs for different people. She co-wrote ‘Love Lies,’ ‘High Hopes,’ and several pieces for Ariana Grande’s albums, Thank U, Next, and Positions.
Kit Harington – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Kit Harington, popularly known by his stage name Jon Snow in the popular medieval-themed blockbuster series(Game of Thrones) is a disciplined and well-meaning former brother of the Night’s Watch in the Game of Thrones series. Kit, as an actor, lent his voice and likeness to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare of 2016 for a different role. He was also seen multiple times in video commercials and content for the promotion of the video game.
Kevin Spacey – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Kevin Spacey is an Oscar-winning actor that has starred in several shows, including the House of Cards. In addition, he was featured in one of the best-selling video games in 2014. Kevin Spacey plays the head of a private military organization that gets terrific and bigger as the future war game progressive. His character is named Jonathan Irons. He plays his role so well like a seasoned professional.
Mark Hamill – Batman: Arkham City
Many people grew up in the 1990s watching several episodes of Batman, especially The Animated Series. It was notably Luke Walker that voiced the character of the Joker in the series. Mark Hamill repeated the exact role in the Batman: Arkham games as he leads the series with his beautiful unhinged character. Hamill played his role extraordinarily throughout the entire cause of the video game.
Aerosmith – Revolution X
Revolution X is a game in which the goal is to aim a gun controller at the screen to fire compact discs to save the members of Aerosmith. Aerosmith needs rescuing because the dictatorial government has abducted them to eradicate ‘youth culture.’ As a player, you have the opportunity to save the likes of Steven Tyler. Revolution X is an on-rails shooter game that’s so thrilling from start to end.
Elliot Page – Beyond: Two Souls
In the video game Beyond: Two Souls, Elliot Page plays the role of Jodie, a character who is attached from birth to another supernatural character (Aiden). An accident happens, and Aiden almost causes Jodie to kill another character. That leads to them receiving care from Dr. Nathan Dawkins and Dr. Cole Freeman. After that, it is left to the game player how Aiden and Jodie’s life continues. Your decision as a player can either make or mar their lives in the game.
Samuel L. Jackson – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Samuel L. Jackson is a veteran actor that’s globally known for his diligence and excellence in his works. So having him in a video game is one of the best things that ever hit the gaming industry. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, he plays a corrupt officer Tenpenny as a member of C.R.A.S.H, a police unit under the LAPD whose primary objective is to arrest gang members.
The impact and essence of video games on the outside world cannot be stated enough. Apart from the thrilling psychological surge that many players have reported to have enjoyed from these games, the benefits are simply mind-blowing. Developers of these games over the years have grown to understand what their audiences love and prefer.
More often than not, they try to meet their needs by finding out the ideas and notions that appeal to them. That is where celebrities come in. Celebrities are known to pull in real-life scenarios, and it also extends to video gaming scenes. That’s why game developers turn to stars to help provide more appeal to their brand to their desired audience.