With word flying around that action movie legend Jason Statham and rapper Nicki Minaj will both on the receiving end of their very own video games rather soon, two thoughts instantly come to mind: 1. Why? And 2. These exist but still no The Last Guardian...
But this is no new phenomenon! Celebs have been endorsing video games for far longer than my memory serves, some of them great, some of them not so great and some of them downright hilariously bad!
So with that in mind, let's scan our eyes over some of the most ridiculous celebrity endorsed games out there in the wild:
1. Katy Perry & The Sims
Electronic Arts, The Sims' publisher, signed a multi-game deal with the multicoloured pop star to appear in the endlessly addictive life simulator. She had an expansion pack dedicated to her, and a stuff pack inspired by her costumes and performances.
2. Lindsay Lohan's The Price of Fame
This, actually, hilariously meta mobile game gives you a succinct and obscure view into the life of a superstar. Going from zero to hero in a number of swipes, players attempt to get famous and stay famous by amassing fans by doing the weirdest stuff, like releasing your own sex tape, giving your baby botox and faking your own death!
3. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
Similar to Lohan's fame game, the head of the Kardashian Kru's mobile game to access the celebrity life in a more... legitimate way. You can sign modelling contracts and date and dump celebs as you please. I'm not sure if sex tapes are a mini game this time around though.
4. Britney's Dance Beat
Even Britney got in on the action, albeit way back in 2002. Dance Beat put you in the role of budding dancer who auditions to become part of Spears' troupe, and get a starring role on her next tour. Though you never actually got to play as the star herself, at least you got the chance to rhythmically mash buttons in time to her hits! That's something.
5. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video
And ten years prior to that, Marky Mark Wahlberg and his resoundingly Funky Bunch demanded that you make them a music video from the comfort of your Sega Mega CD or PC! In one of the worst critically appreciated games of all time, those lucky enough to have played the game were able to make music videos for esteemed hits such as Good Vibrations, I Need Money and You Gotta Believe.
6. Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest
For some reason, Paris Hilton became the star of her very own mobile puzzle game! Why not?! In Diamond Quest, gamers would match the same colored diamonds to unlock pictures of Hilton and her dog...
7. 50 Cent: Bulletproof
The literally bulletproof rapper was such ludicrously big business back in the PS2 era, that he managed to bag his own game! Autobiographical of sorts, Bulletproof tasked you with hunting down Fiddy's attempted murderers, and exact swift and well deserved revenge.
8. Playboy: The Mansion
Ever wanted to live like Hugh Hefner? Well, with this PS2 game in your possession you still couldn't, but it's the closest you'd probably ever come. The rags to riches story starts you off as a young Hef as he attempts to build his iconic Playboy brand. Along the way you get to party with veritable luminaries such as Tom Arnold and Carmen Electra, and even set up nudey photoshoots! Living the highlife now, son!
9. The Sims: Superstar
The sixth expansion pack for the inaugural game of the franchise allowed you to become a star in your own right, and rub shoulders with some of the era's elite, including Avril Lavigne, Freddie Prinze. Jr and Christina Aguilera!
10. Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
This is an absolute classic. Based on the feature film of the same name, join the King of Pop as he attempts to locate and save lost children dotted around the game's 5 stages. Naturally the game included all of Jackson's signature catchphrases, grunts, "hee-hees" and dance moves, including his spin which, if held down long enough, would force all enemies on-screen to dance with him. Brilliant.
Have you played any of these?
Also, if I've missed a great example of celeb endorsed video gaming gold, please enlighten us in the comments!
(Sources: Wiki, Digital Spy)