New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) star and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega was recently interviewed by Geek.com to talk about his passion for video games. Omega was recently nominated for the Favorite Celebrity Gamer (Athlete) category for the “2018 Gamers’ Choice Awards.”
Which video games inspire him: “For wrestling, I had some obvious Street Fighter ties. Most of them might be from Street Fighter, actually. Hmm, but there are actually a few moves based off of Mother as well. I take inspiration from all sorts of games though –Resident Evil for example.
“Even though it’s a horror game, I’ve found inspiration in Albert Wesker’s character. Persona and Chrono Trigger too. I tend to try to draw inspiration from games that are timeless, so that way when I apply it to matches they may (hopefully/luckily) end up that way too.”
Naming “Undertale” and “Monster Hunter World” as his favorite games of 2018, and the stigma attached to gaming and what advice he has for those who look up to him: “Once you focus on your dreams, really home in on your goal, the negativity around you just becomes faint background noise. The journey may be lonely at first, but you’ll meet new friends with the same motivations and the world of ridicule and doubt that you came from won’t even exist anymore.”