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5 Celebrities That Should Be Featured In Video Games



Throughout the years, we saw celebrities like “Iron” Mike Tyson in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), Phil Collins in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Bruce Lee in Bruce Lee Lives: The Fall of Hong Kong Palace, Steve-O in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, Hayley Williams in Guitar Hero World Tour, Michael Jackson in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, and more. When you play an NCAA Football or the Madden NFL series, there are influential celebrities that you may want rooting your team on, as if they are your personal mascot.

At least in the XFL, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Owner) and Dany Garcia (Chairwoman and Owner) took over and the football league is expected to be returning to the field in 2023.

In the NBA 2K series, an in-game celebrity showing up to cheer your basketball team on, could tremendously improve things. Well, in 2003, Jay Z released the S. Carters (a basketball shoe with Reebok) and years later, if you bought a pair of S. Carter Basketball IV in retail, they came with a code for NBA Live 07. That code would unlock the Jay Z All-Star Team, the Reebok S. Carter, and Jay Z. Each code could only be used once.

Although the Reebok shoes and teams appeared in NBA Live 07 on PS2 (PlayStation 2), Xbox, and PC, the code to unlock the 99 Problems rapper, is exclusive to the Xbox 360 version. 

Jay Z refers to himself as Hova (short for Jay-Hova, which is a play on the word Jehovah). We can just refer to him as Jiggaman. You can access Jay Z’s player model that sits courtside at the Brooklyn Nets games for NBA 2K13, making him a playable character. 

Fortnite allows Ariana Grande (the 7 Rings singer) to be a playable character. What if Jeff Gordon made an appearance in a Grand Theft Auto game and if Bruce Lee met Spider-Man? 5 celebrities that should be featured in video games are? 

5. Michael Jackson—Madden NFL (Series): 

It would be an honor to unlock Michael Jackson as a playable character in a Madden NFL game, where instead of regularly dodging opponents like a running back, the King of Pop can spin (with a toe stand option), side glide, and circle slide. Get enough points, then you can unlock his anti-gravity lean, stylishly dodging opponents. 

Jackson’s trademarked crotch grab can be used to force opponents to the ground (with his other hand) as he sprints. The kick Jackson incorporates in his dance routines would definitely leave gamers with a wonderful time, if it can be how he punts a football.

If Michael Jackson was to ever be a playable character in Madden NFL, he could celebrate touchdowns doing full routines from his concert, possibly singing on the microphone.

Instead of sprinting to the end zone, the Billie Jean singer could simply perform his signature moonwalk. Well, we would love Michael Jackson in plenty of video games like the WWE 2K series, FIFA series, and the NBA 2K series.

Michael Derek Jackson had his time on the basketball court, so what if the perfectionist, Michael Joseph Jackson, dribbled the ball?


4. Selena Quintanilla: 

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez is the “Queen of Tejano music” and made contributions to music and fashion. It would be interesting to have a video game based on the life of the Mexican-American Bidi Bidi Bom Bom singer, whose life was cut short. 

In the video game, how about Selena actually not dying like in reality, but having a prolonged life, revolutionizing the world? It could in fact be the most romantic video game, where you can balance out Selena’s rising fame and her relationship with Chris.

3. Mike Tyson—Grand Theft Auto (Series):

There is a video game mode for Grand Theft Auto 5, where you can play as Mike Tyson and Cardi B, but if Rockstar Games officially make the characters readily available, that would make perfect sense.

2. Muhammad Ali—Superman (Series): 

In 1978, DC Comics released an oversized celebrity comic book called Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. Both characters eventually stopped fighting, but heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali proved he could compete with the Man of Steel. Technically, the Man of Steel was not using his superpowers to make the fight fair, but if Muhammad Ali was to be in an actual Superman video game, that would be brilliant. 

1. Miley Cyrus—Five Nights At Freddy’s: 

The animatronics at Chuck E. Cheese is an inspiration for the Five Nights At Freddy’s games, but if Miley Cyrus performed with the animatronics, would that not be a clever distraction? 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.