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As Red Bull’s Travis Rice makes gaming history by becoming the first real-life snowboarder to feature in the much-loved SSX series, we take a look at some of the greatest ever celebrity console cameos.

Ricky Gervais - Grand Theft Auto IV
Ricky Gervais, the creator of The Office and Extras, Golden Globes firebrand and friend to the stars, is also the kind of fella who likes hanging out in dodgy comedy clubs in decidedly dangerous cities. The Brit funny man pops up in Liberty City’s Split Sides Comedy Club alongside Scottish comic Frankie Boyle and American stand-up Katt Williams to crack a few gags about luggage allowance limits, fat people and his good work for charity. Avoiding all talk of dying on stage (after all, this is the kind of crowd that could make that sort of thing a reality), Ricky does a pretty good job of keeping the gun-happy punters smiling.

Mikhail Gorbachev - Street Fighter 2
It’s nice to have your hard work recognised from time to time, so the Russian man-mountain Zangief must have been properly made up when a very special person quite literally dropped in to say a big thank you. Following Zangief’s destruction of the big, bad M. Bison at the end of Street Fighter II, none other than the former USSR premier, ol’ Gorby himself, touched down to praise the Soviet hero and join him in some celebratory Russian dancing. Somehow, we can’t imagine David Cameron doing the same for Cammy.

Phil Collins - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
We don’t know if it’s something In The Air Tonight or if Rockstar are just Easy Lovers of cheesy 80’s tunes but, Against All Odds, the diminutive pop-rocker Phil Collins pops up in the PSP GTA game Vice City Stories to knock out a few songs at a sold-out gig. He appears in three missions in which main character Victor Vance has to save the former Genesis frontman from a gang vendetta – guess whoever ordered the hit wasn’t a fan of the Buster soundtrack.

Burt Reynolds - Saints Row the Third
What kind of man would want to be mayor in the crazy city of Steelport? How’s about a legend who has previously caused all manner of automotive movie mayhem, taken down a bunch of twisted rednecks with just a bow, arrow and a kayak and kept Dirk Diggler’s prodigious talents safely under control? That’s right, the one and only Burt Reynolds is the big man behind the desk – as he says in the game, "Who else can keep this town running?"

Michael Jackson - Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2
The noble sport of boxing is taken to ridiculous new lows with this bizarre offering. The King Of Pop may well have been able to bust a move but we seriously doubt he could punch his way out of a paper bag, let alone knock out a 20-stone pugilist. Nevertheless, Michael Jackson does indeed appear as an unlockable character in a forgettable sequel that’s far from a Thriller, in fact the whole thing’s just plain Bad.

Bill and Hillary Clinton - NBA Jam
Think back to the mid-90s and remember the legendary ballers that were plying their trade – we’re talking the likes of Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman – now imagine passing them over for the former President of the United States and his missus. Despite being licensed by the NBA, Midway were unable to use any of the association’s big names in their game so they had to get creative with their roster, hence the appearance of the First Family. Strange as it may seem, Bubba Bill proved to be surprisingly good at sinking slam dunks – the less said about his rim shots, the better.

Check out Travis Rice in SSX and take a look at the latest Red Bull Gaming Blog for our game review


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