ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

Celebrity cameo appearances have remained a long running staple of cinema, but in recent years the hollywood elite have started poking their widely recognizable heads - albeit briefly - into other mediums. Namely, video games.

I'm not talking about famous actors voicing characters, but rather actual celebrities appearing as themselves in (often hilarious) digital form. From the President of the US to the King of Pop, these are 12 of the most bizarre cameos in video games:

1. Snoop Dog - True Crime: Streets of LA

THC loving rapper Snoop Dogg swapped the real streets of L.A. for pixelated ones, appearing as a playable character in GTA clone True Crime. But Snoop wasn't happy with a mere cameo, and later got his very own rhythm-fighting game called Way of the Dogg:

It kinda sucked.

2. Justin Bieber - NBA 2K13

This divisive Canadian superstar might only measure up to a mere 5'7", but particularly masochistic players could still put him up against the likes of Michael Jordan. NBA 2K13's full celebrity squad included Mac Miller, Bow Wow, JB Smoove, Wale, Sean Kingston, Meek Mill, Brian Baumgartner and notorious Jersey Shore Guido’s Pauly D and Vinny.

3. Michael Jackson - Space Channel 5

This hallucinogenic rhythm game was always pretty damn bizarre, but it somehow managed to make even less sense when it added the real-life King of Pop to its roster. Don't get me wrong, I adore MJ, I just had no idea what he was doing in this glorious Japanese fever dream. Anyway - less questions, more dancing:

4. Carmen Electra - Def Jam: Fight For NY

You might never have a shot at seducing Carmen Electra in real-life, but many were at least consoled by the opportunity to make her their girlfriend in Def Jam. That's the next best thing, right?

5. Ricky Gervais - Grand Theft Auto IV

Rockstar, the makers of GTA, were so obsessed with crafting the most authentic virtual city possible that they even packed its comedy clubs with real comedians, recording sets by Ricky Gervais and Kat Williams that the player could heckle at in the game.

6. Barack Obama - Mercenaries 2

Yes, believe it or not the 44th President of the United States can be found hijacking tanks and flattening cities to rubble in Mercenaries 2. I find it incredible that he signed off on the use of his likeness, but I couldn't be happier that this is a thing that exists:

7. Quentin Tarantino and Jennifer Aniston - Director’s Chair

This 1996 simulator put you in the director's chair, tasked with helming your very own movie starring Quentin Tarantino and Jennifer Aniston. Finally, my Friends-Pulp Fiction fan fiction fantasy can finally be fulfilled.

8. Mikhail Gorbachev - Street Fighter Alpha 2

In an inexplicable turn of events, the Cold War era Soviet statesman cropped up for a bout of cossack dancing in Street Fighter, supporting his fellow countryman Zangief. I don't even...

9. David Bowie - LEGO Rock Band

From ashes to plastic, British icon David Bowie made his LEGO debut in Rock Band, which is probably one of the least weird things he's done. It's an awesome bonus inclusion, but his hair just can't be done justice in brick form.

10. Cameron Diaz - The Sims: Superstar

The Charlie's Angels star got a digital makeover in EA's intensely addictive life simulator. I don't even want to know what kind of things the player community subjected her to.

11. Gene Simmons - Tony Hawk’s Underground

Despite him never having touched a skateboard in real-life, the lead singer of Kiss had the best abilities in the whole game.

12. Gary Coleman - Postal 2

Wat'chu talkin' 'bout Willis? The Diff'rent Strokes actor took up arms to fight off enemy hordes in the surreal shooter Postal 2, for no apparent reason other than he could.


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