From GACKT to Ayumi Hamasaki to Keiko Awaji to Shoko Nakagawa to Mari Yaguchi, many of Japan's biggest celebrities are involved with gaming in some way or another.
While some Hollywood actors have starred in silly little game commercials, few ever get involved with games to the extent that Japanese celebrities do.
But with household names like Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin and Veronina Mars' Kristen Bell having roles in big games like Mass Effect 2 and Assassins Creed II, will we see more and more Hollywood celebrities getting involved with gaming?
Just yesterday I was walking past a Mass Effect 2 poster in a shopping mall and something happened to catch my eye.
Up until this point I hadn’t noticed it, but on closer inspection I realised that one of the new characters in Mass Effect 2 looked incredibly familiar. Anyone who watches the TV series “Chuck” will know that the lady on the ME2 cover is in fact, Yvonne Strahovski, the actress who plays Agent Sarah Walker on the show.
Now, some of you may have missed it in December, and thanks to the end of year rush I know that we did, but the cast of the game was announced by Bioware and in it is not only Chuck’s Strahovski, but Adam Baldwin as well.
Are actors going to start being themselves more often in videogames? Is this the future of entertainment?