Snoop Dogg’s greatest gaming moments

He’s well known as a rapper, actor, and, uh, marijuana ambassador, but Snoop Dogg’s favorite hobby might well be yours: video games.

Celebrities appear in video games all the time, but few have as diverse a gaming resume as Snoop. If there’s a big time video game event going on, chances are good that he’ll show up.

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E3 2011: Snoop Dogg talks piracy, video games

E3 is a magnet for celebrities each year. Steven Spielberg regularly shows up. Robin Williams has been seen sneaking into demos. And earlier today, Snoop Dogg was at the YooStar booth to promote the company’s latest game – “YooStar on MTV”.

Before going out to shill the game, the rapper talked with me about his thoughts on piracy after the Sony data breach earlier this year as well as his favorite games.

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‘Yoostar 2’ puts you in pictures

Your high school drama teacher might have suggested that the best place for you when it comes to acting is in the audience, but does a PhD give him the ability to spot raw talent? No way!

Fortunately, with the help of an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, you can finally show the world your star potential by acting it out in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

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Are you ready for your close-up?

The original YooStar was a product that screamed to be called a game – only its creators adamantly resisted the label, saying it was an interactive social experience. Now under new management, the company is embracing its play roots and coming to consoles in the near future. 

The concept is a simple one: Movie karaoke. Users are able to take famous film scenes and swap themselves in for one or both of the actors on screen. (The well-known “it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses” scene from “The Blues Brothers” is a popular choice.) With the dawn of Microsoft’s Kinect controller, though, it’s easier than ever to jump in – and YooStar may finally live up to its potential. (The game will also be published for the PlayStation 3.)

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