I have never encountered anyone famous through online gaming. I'm sure it's a rare thing for all of us gamers. It would be pretty cool to say that you've played a video game with a celeb though. A recent blog from Hunter Hillenmeyer reveals that we'll soon have the opportunity to actually face up against star athletes in an online video game of their choice. That's pretty awesome.
Right now, there's only a few athletes featured in this KickStarter project, but it's still an impressive list. I wouldn't mind playing with these people at all. The project will use Xbox Live and Playstation Network as a platform for their online gaming, and would feature mostly sports games and shooting games. Fun stuff.
I do hope this launches, and is successful enough to expand to PC gaming. It would be fun to play player-versus-player against NFL's Ryan Matthews of the Chargers, or NBA's Andre Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz. Or maybe scouting against Andre's teammate Gordon Hayward in the Heart of the Swarm expansion for StarCraft 2.
Unfortunately, it looks to have a subscription fee in order to be eligible to play with these athletes, and I'm not sure how to feel about that. I will definitely pledge a few bucks to the KickStarter, but I'll only subscribe to the finalized product if the list of athletes continues to grow. I would LOVE to play some 2K with Kobe Bryant.