As the gaming industry continues to grow and expand, it reaches new heights of legitimacy on a continual basis. It appeals to an older and more diversified demographic than ever before, and even movie celebrities have acknowledged the transition.

In a recent article by BBC News , we learn that film stars are becoming more involved with gaming with every passing day. As summarized by Jesse Divnich, research analyst at Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR): "Now we're reaching a mass critical point where video games aren't just a device for males aged 18-35…video games are now for everybody." As for actors getting involved, this lends an even more "grown-up" sense of professionalism to a game production; recent Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke is lending his gravelly voice to Rogue Warrior , for example. He still sees movies and games as two very separate and distinct genres, and people aren't yet comparing the two mediums. But Eliza Dushku, who voices Rubi Malone in the upcoming Bethesda game, Wet , has more to say:

"Videogames have almost become acceptable and cool for grown ups – not for people who are just in their teens. I know so many people – friends, actors, directors – who are older and used to maybe play in private, but who can now say it loud and proud."

Hey, Eliza! 'waving hand' I think I know people like that, too… Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter chimed in by saying that actors actually consider it "bragging rights" when they say to their friends, "I was a voice in that game." There's little doubt that the landscape of gaming is changing right before our very eyes, and although they still can't manage to make a decent game-to-film adaptation, we cross our fingers for the future and remain encouraged.

Say it loud and proud! Gotta love that.

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Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
11 years ago

Hello…..my name is Tim and I am a gamer.

englishgolfer
englishgolfer
11 years ago

lol! one of the best comments i've read in a long time! kudos!

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Dammit, you made me sign in just to up-vote you.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Since when were female gamers or adult gamers required to hide their habit? Gods, it sounds like some kind of social disability.

I'm glad that the media is finally waking up to gamings far wider appeal than just kids, perhaps now we can begin to move the debate beyond this insanity that has every mature game evaluated as if it should be placed alongside the latest Disney video game?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

To be honest most movie actors/actresses are crap imo. Don't really care 'bout today's movie world.

If anything it's cool to see more Sports players openly talk 'bout v-gaming.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Um…no offense, but I don't think most athletes should even be allowed to TALK.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

superlol @ Ben, they can talk when they do their own homework.

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

lol Scarecrow. That is the stupidest thing I've heard anyone say in a long long long LONG time.

LMFAO.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

bu bu I like sports

Seriously, overracting much?
You guys act as if actors/actresses don't make millions just like athletes

N A S A H,
No it's not, instead of making stupid comments and lashing out at others why no explain why you feel as such?

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
11 years ago

Wait…but where DID you hear that actors/actresses make millions? Because…that only applies…to a very very very very very small portion of actors and actresses out there. In fact…actors and actresses is one of the least paying jobs in the film industry. Unless you're an editor, script writer, or a director…it's pretty tough.

Not every movie is a huge success you know and makes $100 million in it's 1st weekend. The actors that do get millions or more per movie…are those who have been in Hollywood for a while…and know how to get that amount of money and a salary that high.

It's extremely tough for the rest.

For example Matt Damon…Leonardo DiCaprio…George Clooney…they're experience in the world they're living in. As for the other 90%…it's crazy out there.

So no…THEY DON'T MAKE MILLIONS.

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

Eliza Dushku: One of the hottest and most talented television actresses out there. She also really seems to love what she does and interacting with her fans. If you are into Sci Fi I highly recommend watching Dollhouse the show is amazing.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

. . . . . . . .

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Agreed!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Hey, The Silent Hill movie is a damn good adapption, sure not as good as the game, but still a good movie.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

@Ben,

"…and although they still can't manage to make a decent game-to-film adaptation, we cross our fingers for the future and remain encouraged."

The new Wolverine was a good "film" game.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

not sure I agree, but incidentally that was film to game.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Yeah, Wolverine was more of an off-shoot of the X-Men movies.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

@World,

Yeah, I kind of read that wrong. I pulled an all nighter (on vacation) and was groggy.

Sorry Ben.

Doosharm
Doosharm
11 years ago

While I'm glad to see the general public becoming more open to video games and I appreciate the popularity boost from big name actors and athletes, I wish Hollywood actors would leave all of the roles to dedicated voice actors who do a MUCH better job in games and animated films alike.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

umm…Uncharted…Heavenly Sword…some of the best voice acting, done by non-specialists.

I do agree that actors with more experience with voice acting do tend to give more lively performances.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

So this is what it has come to? Gamers need the hollywood elite to say it's okay before we can enjoy our day in the sun. Oh well, however it happens it's good that it does happen.

Eliza was smokin in Bring it On (Shut up, I tried to rent Kingpin and Bring it On was in the case so I watched it) and I watched her brief show Tru Calling, but I was kinda sad to see she has been relegated to B movies of late. She's got a great voice though and it'll be cool to hear her in WET. I'm one of the few looking forward to that game.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

"Shut up, I tried to rent Kingpin and Bring it On was in the case so I watched it"

Suuuure it was. 😉

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

The first Bring it On totally didn't suck. All the sequels really blew though. I recently learned that she was in True Lies when she was 14. It's kind of eerie how much she looked like she does now back then.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

She was 14 in that? I thought she looked 12. My bad. Her screaming was hilarious.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
11 years ago

"Now we're reaching a mass critical point where video games aren't just a device for males aged 18-35…"

Yay, I'm in my last year of that club and I really didn't wanna have to quit gaming.

*Throws away noose*

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Doesn't matter. I'll be considered a pedophile if I hit on any girl gamers. The ones that game who are my age belong in them as orcs or trolls. Not saying that looks are everything, but they're definitely something.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

You gotta be able to roll over in the morning and smile. It's not shallow. It's a part of life. You have to like what you're looking at. Not saying that they have to be as beautiful as my wife, they just need to make you smile.

On topic: Interesting. Bragging rights, eh?

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

@fluffer

pix or it didn't happen 😉

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
11 years ago

Eliza Dushku….Mmmmmmmm….. Droooooool…..

Sorry but the only thing that comes to mind right now is that Bikini scene in the New Guy or something like that….

Maybe….. No…. Sorry all I see is that….

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

Skatejimmy5
Skatejimmy5
11 years ago

Eliza was also in Saints Row 2 as Shaundi. Just mentioning it.