The Last of Us star Nick Offerman swore off videogames forever after becoming obsessed with this Nintendo 64 game

Nick Offerman made a huge splash as Bill in the third episode of HBO's The Last of Us, but it turns out that he doesn't actually play videogames himself. In a recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Offerman said he tried his hand at it once, long ago, but decided to give up after just a couple of weeks.

"About 25 years ago, I played my last videogame," Offerman said. "And I'm very indulgent. I lost a couple weeks to a videogame called Banjo Kazooie. Two weeks went by, and I mean, I was like, oh my God, the slow dopamine is so delicious, then it's over, and you're like, yes, I won! And immediately I'm like, what have I done with my life?

"So I decided I'm never going to do that again. And so thankfully, because games have gotten so good, like The Last of Us, that I think I'd be in a basement and I wouldn't even be going to audition for shows like this."

For the record, I absolutely believe Offerman's story. Not because Banjo Kazooie is that overwhelmingly addictive, but because it's way too specific and niche for a made-up tale about videogames. As Sean Connery said in The Untouchables, "Who would claim to be that, who was not?"

Offerman's arc closely follows that of fellow beloved thespian David Harbour, who said during a Netflix Geeked Week livestream last year that World of Warcraft ruined his life. It took him a lot longer to pull out of the spiral, though: He lost an entire year to WoW. Yet they both ended up back in games in the end, Offerman in The Last of Us and Harbour in a World of Warcraft: Dragonflight livestream.

Of course, they both stand in sharp contrast to (you knew this was coming) Henry Cavill, the rockjaw movie star who's also a committed PC gamer, just like us—and who has actively pursued his passion for gaming into not just one, but two major projects, The Witcher and Warhammer 40,000.

Offerman's move into game-based roles also differs from Cavill's in a very big way: He told Kimmel that he wasn't going to take the role at all, but his wife made him do it.

"When I got the script, Craig Mason wrote the script, he did Chernobyl among other things, and that guy seems to know what he's doing," Offerman said. "He sent me the script, and I didn't have time on the calendar to say 'yes' to this job. And my incredible goddess of a wife read it, and she said, 'You're going to Calgary, buddy. Have fun. You have to do this.'"

Offerman didn't say whether his wife, Megan Mullally, is a big gamer herself—only that she's the "curator" who makes these sorts of decisions on his behalf.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.