Some videogames just need a little something extra to bring them from good to great celebrities! It worked on Entourage (which brought it from "ugh" to "Hey, Michael Phelps!"), why wouldn't it work in videogames? Sure, real life celebrities appearing as virtual versions of themselves in weird, not at all appropriate scenarios is really distracting and usually actively hurts the game, but everyone knows star power is what gamers really want, along with expensive DLC and escort missions (we'll check on these facts later). These are the 9 weirdest celebrity appearances in videogame history.
9. Justin Bieber (NBA 2K13)
The fact that's there's a "celebrity" team in NBA 2K13 isn't all that odd there were presidents and celebs playing basketball as far back in NBA Jam. But, really, the lineup includes Pauly D from the Jersey Shore, Kevin from The Office, Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and most egregiously Justin Bieber. Really, Justin Bieber's inclusion alone isn't enough to set him apart or make him notable in any way but in the game the 5'7" tall tween singer has shot up to 6'4" and has stats that would make fantasy basketball fans weak at the knees. Maybe he does have some real basketball skills, but when a guy can't make it through a lip synch without vomiting, that doesn't seem too likely.
8. Drew Carey (The Sims: House Party)
The world of The Sims seems entirely divorced from our reality there's a made-up language, crazy career paths, and a lot of general, impossible wackiness that just doesn't line up with our universe. Except Drew Carey. For some reason, to promote one of the ten thousand expansions to The Sims, Drew Carey was added as a bonus for throwing a successful party. He would show up and greet a few guests, then disappear into the night, as mysteriously as he'd arrived. That was it. He didn't hang out, and you could barely interact with him, let alone ask him what Colin Mochrie was like behind-the-scenes. Something just seems very off about Drew Carey cruising around in a limo, looking for cool parties to crash where no one speaks a lick of English.
Bonus Trivia: Swedish players thought he was supposed to be former Prime Minister Goran Persson, which would have also been weird, assuming he's their equivalent of a Price is Right host.
7. 50 Cent (Blood On the Sand)
50 Cent is in a unique position to not feel entirely out of place in a shooting game the man, after all, was shot 9 times in a single incident, and lived to tell the tale. So his first game, Bulletproof, works as both an ironic title and well-enough as a videogame vehicle for him. However, next came Blood On the Sand, which pitted Mr. Cent and his entourage against a terrorist group in the Middle East to retrieve his diamond encrusted skull. If this sounds weird and out of left field, don't worry, that just means you're thinking a lot more clearly than the developers of Blood On the Sand. Between this and Indiana Jones dealing with those crystal skulls, the entertainment world has pretty much ruined jewel skulls for everyone.