It seemed that Michael Jackson, like so many celebrities, was a gamer in his spare time. The untimely passing of the legendary King of Pop has sparked a great interest into his life and times, and among the revelations included was his love for video games, including Mortal Kombat:

Jackson: "It makes people do strange things. A lot of our famous luminaries become intoxicated because of it - they can't handle it. And your adrenaline is at the zenith of the universe after a concert - you can't sleep. It's maybe two in the morning and you're wide awake. After coming off stage, you're floating.''

Theroux: "How do you handle that?''

"I watch cartoons. I love cartoons. I play video games. Sometimes I read.''

"You mean you read books?''

"Yeah. I love to read short stories and everything.''

"Any in particular?''

"Somerset Maugham,'' he said quickly, and then, pausing at each name: "Whitman. Hemingway. Twain.''

"What about those video games?''

"I love X-Man. Pinball. Jurassic Park. The martial arts ones - Mortal Kombat.''

Jackson also apparently took some of his games on tour with him, by use of two cargo planes that always went with him. To read more about the story at Kotaku, click here.

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