CBS Evening News... With Grandma
This isn't to say Grandma is getting rude to folks, not at all. She isn't screaming for her coffee to be prepared a certain way, she's not yelling at producers with the classic "no, I'll tell YOU where my fucking MARK is, BITCH!" The producer and host from CBS in New York as well as the camera and sound technician who freelance for our area, were all very polite and cool to her, and she returned the kindness. The only worry I have for their piece is the sort of questions they would repeat to Grandma to get a specific answer.
When it airs, you'll see what I mean.
This is what I mean. Grandma is getting better at interviews, so she has a little more information to give and a lot less pause before her answers. BusinessWeek and MTV both provided facts towards the trends of elderly gaming, or at least the consumer electronic buying habits of those over 50. In both of those articles, Grandma doesn't stand alone as entirely unique; the MTV article also mentions Doris Self for instance. This is fantastic for everyone. It's great for Grandma and those like her because the stigma of being an elderly gamer is slowly dissolving. It's great for the games industry, for the accelerated expansion of the market means more business. That's great for fans when a higher variety of games may result, the previous risks of a single demographic market negated.
I hope CBS will embellish a little on this sort of pattern. Imagine how dated their story will appear, even in two or three years, if they do not provide some evidence of a catalyst for a broadening acceptance of interactive electronic entertainment; for what used to be a stark section on the spectrum of age and gender demographics is rapidly becoming a thick swath on a desaturated gradient; the only barriers left being the means to acquire the games.
Perhaps I fear a fluff piece on Grandma, but I'll give CBS more credit than that. I'm not certain on the purposes of local news interests, but I would like to think a nationally syndicated news program will avoid traveling down that road. I don't think they will.
I'll post the air date as soon as I find out!