Old Grandma Hardcore

This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her, just like she always has. These are her stories. She is absolutely real. She lives in Cleveland.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Grandma And MTV; The Great Grandma Link Exchange; Other OGHC News

In the honored spirit of the storytellers of ancient history, we'd like to share what's going down here at OGHC with all y'all. MTV is flying out to Cleveland next week to film Grandma for their Overdrive show "Obsessed." The first item on their itinerary is Martin, the very talented musician who studies up at Cleveland Institute of Music, but you all know him as "The Video Game Pianist." Then it's off to our little gauntlet with Grandma; to get to know the real woman behind the pixilated asskicking.

Grandma is worried because she's not an actor, and won't know what to say. Mom is worried because we live in a shithole pit of a neighborhood and this isn't exactly "Cribs" material, if you know what I mean, so the weekend has devolved into an endless cycle of dusting and cleansing- including the demons that refuse to rest within the bowels of the east wing of our home, only we ran out of magical sea salt and moon crystals. I just hope we have enough coffee.

The producers all sound very nice, so it doesn't seem like they're out to make Grandma appear foolish. Also, MTV has been good to us in the past, so I don't anticipate any problems.

Also! I don't like having a short links list, it seems too exclusive. All of you "bloggers" and "livejournalists" and "crazy people" who spread the gift of Grandma along deserve some linkage in return. I want to make a nice links page sort of like the folks at VG Cats, to let folks know that we take care of our own, on the web as well as in battle. If you have a website that links to Grandma on your blogroll (and according to Technorati, a hell of a lot of you do), shoot me an e-mail so I can set up a little corner on our links page for you, annotated with love.

ALSO! Your t-shirt designs have come in and they all look great! I've attempted a few of the ideas passed along to us and will include them in with your submissions in an upcoming post. You warned us of the shoddy quality of CafePress apparel, so we're going to go another way, hopefully with the similar ability to make a teeny tiny markup (instead of a normal profit inducing one) so we can stick to our principles.

ALSO! Grandma participated in a few more interviews last week, so we'll post the links to those articles as they appear. We have some pretty exciting projects lined up, pending the approval of different firms and organizations, to assist the elderly gaming community as a whole, rather than simply acting in the interest of the demographic in the press. Our main objective is to provide resources for current elderly gamers on accessibility, the methods of reporting unprofessionalism against the elderly gaming market in retail locations and getting a response, finding similar minded folks in online gaming communities (we're setting up the mother of all elderly gaming directories), how to deal with the certain medical stigma some exhibit towards elderly gamers, and giving reviews and news on the latest coming from the industry.

The secondary objective of this project is to expand the thrill of gaming to those who haven't found it yet. There are a great deal of elderly gamers out there. There are also a lot more people in this age bracket who are not gamers. For those people, we'd like to provide easy to follow instructions on purchasing and hooking up your first gaming system, what games to try first, a simple genre primer for those new to different styles, an explanation of the benefits of gaming including mind exercize and rehabilitative therapy, how to game with the rest of the family, and ways to encourage the expansion of console gaming to retirement centers, independent and assisted living complexes, and senior citizen homes.

The wheels are turning already, it's simply a matter of gaining additional corporate and private sponsorships towards the endeavor to help fund some our ideas. Short of that, we're still going forward on the project the best we can. Grandma and I hope to utilize her fame to truly help some people with several decades under their belt who aren't satisfied with their hobbies and seek something new.

We're not changing the format of OGHC, you folks still get the same hardcore Grandma action you always did, we're only going to make sure some good comes out of it.

Game on.


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