Aisha Tyler On Living Out Video Game Fantasies


Once a year for three days, Hollywood and the gaming industry connect at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. From June 11-13, E3 gave members of the press a glimpse of the latest gaming products before being released to the general public. ETonline met up with some celeb gamers at developer Ubisoft’s VIP booth.

With a multifaceted career in show-biz, Aisha Tyler is no stranger to E3.  Aside from co-hosting The Talk on CBS, she’s a comedian, actress, author, and an avid gamer.  For her, E3 is all about interacting with the gaming community and getting to play highly anticipated games for the first time. Aisha’s love of video games stems from how immersive they’ve become over the years, allowing players to live out their fantasies by becoming different characters.  She says there’s even a whole community of celebrity gamers in Hollywood who play each other online and at parties.  She describes the interactive gaming experience as being able to steer the course of your favorite film if it were to last for endless hours.

This summer is already proving to be a busy one for Aisha as she takes over for Drew Carey to host the new season of Whose Line Is It Anyway? premiering Tuesday, July 16 on The CW.  Original cast members Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie will be returning with their creative and hilarious antics. Her new book Self-Inflicted Wounds, out July 9, details a collection of hilarious stories and “massive fails” from her life and how those experiences taught her about herself.

For Jerry Cantrell, lead guitarist of rock band Alice in Chains, E3 allows him to catch up on new games and reminisce about the old-school ones from his band’s late 80’s beginnings.  Their newest album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here debuted in May at number two on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  As a talented guitarist, Jerry lent his skills to promote Ubisoft’s new game, Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which is set for release in October 2013. Players can plug in a real instrument, like an electric guitar, and play to more than 50 hit songs, including some tunes from Alice in Chains themselves, creating an experience that’s the next best thing to being in a real band.