Singer Ariana Grande revealed in a recently posted video that the game she’d most likely playing at two in the morning is Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Gaming has become a considerably more prevailing hobby than it was a few years ago. Now more than ever, people are turning to games of all kinds to pass time amidst lockdown brought about by the global pandemic.
Celebrities are no exception, with big stars such as Annie Murphy from the hit TV show Schitt’s Creek showing up in advertisements for the Nintendo Switch and rapper Logic purchasing expensive Pokemon cards. For people who were once called nerds and tormented for playing video games when they were kids, it feels like a dream.
Sound effects and references from video games have also made their way into the music industry. Logic, the rapper mentioned above, has willfully talked about the way that nostalgia for his childhood gaming habits has made its way into his love for music, from the Chrono Trigger backbeat in “Used To Hate It” to Super Mario sound effects in his song “Lord Willin”.
Drake references Mario’s original name in the title of his song “Jumpman” while Lana Del Rey has a song called “Video Games”. Beyond entertainment, gaming has been giving celebrities material, inspiration, and samples for years now.
Ariana Grande’s song “Six-Thirty” also features a reference to video games, and in a new video of her answering fan questions, she divulges that the games she is referring to in her song were Mario Party, Mario Kart, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
The song includes the line “Whatcha gonna do when I’m bored and I wanna play video games at 2 AM?” In the video, the singer reads a tweet from a fan asking which game she was referring to in the lyrics. Grande reveals that at the time she wrote the song, she was referring to Mario Kart and Mario Party.
She goes on to reveal that at the current moment, she’d “be talking about Sackboy”, reiterating how much she loves playing it. The Sackboy: A Big Adventure development team posted the clip on Twitter, thanking the singer for sharing her thoughts and for telling about how much she loves the game.
Fans will certainly be excited to hear what the songstress has been playing; it could even lead up to an increase in sales for Sackboy: A Big Adventure and developer Sumo Digital. It’s also intriguing to hear about what goes into writing songs – the media that people take usually leaves impressions on them, which typically turns up in the way they express themselves, from cosplays to fan art. Probably most essentially, Ariana Grande revealing her gaming habits reminds viewers and fans on Twitter that at the end of the day, celebrities are also people just like all of us.