Adrian Peterson is one of the athletes featured in advertisements for Assassin’s Creed Revelations, out on Xbox 360 and PS3 on Nov. 15. To celebrate the release, Peterson recently took on another featured athlete, Green Bay Packers DT B. J. Raji, on the PlayStation Network. STACK was there to grab some talk time with the star Vikings RB—peep the video below.
In general, Peterson prefers the single-player mode of games over the multiplayer. “I was into the single-player type game where you go on missions and it takes you a long time to beat the game,” he says. “I’ve always been that kind of gamer.”
Peterson recalls getting hooked on gaming with an old classic. He says, “Zelda was the only game I really remember playing to the point where my Mom had to come in and say, ‘Boy, turn that game off, it’s time to go to bed.’”
Peterson did point out that he’s not the biggest gamer on the Vikings. That honor goes to one man, and one man only.
“Chris Kluwe, the punter, hands down,” says Peterson. “By far. Punters don’t do too much anyway, so when we’re over there practicing, he’s inside hand-painting his little figurines from Warcraft, things like that. When you are in the locker room and you’re hand-painting little figurines, that’s how you know you have a real gamer.”
In the same way that the Assassin’s Creed series has spawned several sequels since its first release in 2007, Peterson has continued to top success with success on the football field. To do that, he’s had to be open to criticism, because he’s always looking to improve.
“When I come off the field, I ask, ‘Hey, do you think I could have done this better? Do you think I pressed the hole well enough? What did you see?’ That’s what it’s all about. Being able to take advice from other people. If you have that attitude, you’ll be successful in whatever you do.”
Whether playing video games, training or playing in NFL games, Peterson thinks the most important factor is to genuinely believe in yourself. “Belief is so crucial, man,” he says. “You got to believe that you can accomplish the things you set forth. You got to have the faith.”
More people are playing video games, and more young professional athletes have grown up with gaming as their entertainment option of choice. Peterson thinks it’s a great thing. “That’s what it is,” he says, “people being able to live out their own fantasies and just enjoy the technology we’re blessed with.”