Matt Forbeck isn’t just an extremely talented, award-winning writer and game designer, nor is is simply the single nicest guy in the entire gaming industry. No, he’s also a great pal of mine.

He’s doing an interesting series of articles for Games Quarterly magazine on Celebrity Gamers. His preliminary list is pretty interesting. If anybody can confirm that any of these folks ARE gamers, or indeed can add any new names to the list, pop over to his blog, and let him know. He’d also like to know who you’d like to see interviewed.

Celebrity Gamers
(Names with asterisks are confirmed or near-confirmed)

* Adam Copeland (WWE’s Edge)
* Antonio Rivera
* Armin Shimmermann
* Asia Carrera
* Bare Naked Ladies (band)*
* Ben Sargent
* Bill Amend
* Bill Campbell*
* Bill Gates
* Billy Crystal*
* BillyZeKick (band)
* Biohazard (band)
* Brian Warner
* Bruce Campbell
* Bruce Sterling
* Carrot Top
* Catherine Zeta-Jones (her kids play)
* Chaz Chamberlain
* Claudia Christensen*
* Conchata Ferrell
* Craig McCracken
* Curt Schilling*
* Daryl Hannah*
* Dave Chappelle
* David Brin
* Dean Haglund
* Devin Grayson
* Dream Warriors (band)
* Dwight Schultz
* Elijah Wood
* Emilio Estevez
* Eric Raymond
* Ewan MacGregor
* Fairuza Balk
* Freddie Prinze Jr.
* George Lucas
* George R. R. Martin*
* GWAR (band)*
* Harrison Ford
* Iain M. Banks (author)
* Jack Black
* Jacques Villeneuve (F1 champion)
* James Franco
* Jason Alexander
* Jason Mewes
* Jason Statham
* Jeff Bezos
* Jennifer Lopez
* Jim Lee*
* Joel and Ethan Coen
* John Dolmayan
* John M. Ford
* Johnny Knoxville
* Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion and Boss Hogg bands)
* Joss Whedon
* Judy Dench
* Katherine Kerr
* Katherine Kurtz
* Kevin Smith
* Kobe Bryant
* Leslie Coulton (WWE)
* Lexa Doig
* Lionel Jospin (former French Prime Minister)
* Lou Ferrigno
* Marcy Playground (band)
* Marilyn Manson*
* Mary Gentle
* Massimo D’Alema (Italy’s ex-Prime Minister)
* Matt Groenig
* Matthew Lillard
* Metallica (band)
* Michael Sheard
* Mike Meyers
* My Chemical Romance (band)
* Nathan Fillion*
* Nelly
* Paget Brewster
* Parker Posey
* Peter DeLuise
* Quentin Tarantino
* Raymond E. Feist
* River Cuomo
* RJ Dio
* Robert Lynn Asprin
* Robin Williams*
* Rush (band)
* Sam Raimi
* Sarah Michelle Gellar
* Sean Astin
* Stephen Colbert*
* Stephen Lea Sheppard
* Steven Brust
* Steven Spielberg
* Terry Pratchett
* Todd Pratt
* Tom Morello
* Vin Diesel*
* Walter Jon Williams*
* Wil Wheaton*

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IN OTHER NEWS: Al-Queda still looking for torso, limbs and spleen…

Does someone at the BBC have a sick sense of humour?

My guess is, given the headline and the accompanying photograph, the answer is “yes.”

(Screen captured about five minutes ago, from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5073092.stm )

John

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