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.

Friday, November 18, 2005


Christian Stöcker interviewed Grandma for a brilliant, long article on Spiegel Online. As of 9:00am EST here in The States, the article is still on the frontpage of www.spiegel.de; so as you can imagine, Grandma is getting a lot of e-mail from the folks in that beautiful country.

Most are from people congratulating Grandma on a mention in such an influential online magazine. We're familiar with Der Spiegel over here; with the war in Iraq and a crazy presidential election in 2004, the international press gave the US a good case for self reflection, and Der Spiegel was at the top of a short list of "foreign" news sites that provided great insight into issues while most of the local press here gave merely cursory overviews and sensationalism. We had great national press from MSNBC, CNN, CBS and NBC- sure, but I know at CWRU we also read BBC, Der Spiegel, CBC and Le Monde perhaps just as frequently. Knowing Der Spiegel's reputation made the interview a little intimidating at first for Grandma, but Christian put her at ease; he's definitely a gamer himself.

As with all great influxes of traffic, the "other" e-mails come out as well, including a gentleman from Hamburg who states "[...] If Grandma ever needs someone to take care of her, I think I might be the geezer to do it. Please have her call me so we can arrange a meeting [includes phone number] ...I believe in love at first sight." There are a few possibilities on this one: First, it might simply be a guy with good intentions that noticed from the blog that Grandma is single, and wants to meet someone with similar interests. Second, perhaps it's a prank by the German equivalent to some radio station's crazy "morning zoo" of "wacky" DJ's trying to get the woman on air, because "hitting on the elderly is funny!" If this is the case, then I think they'll be glad I deleted the e-mail, because Grandma handles such situations her own way, so to speak. The Wrath of Grandma has been known to trigger wars that make a football hooligan riot look like a harmless shoving match.

I'm trying to save lives here!

The article was fantastic. It includes the story of Helge Tantz, a 65 year old man who also has a passion for gaming. Christian's description of Grandma and Tantz doesn't portray them as crazy old people with a weird hobby; he writes of gaming's benefits; as well as Tantz's feeling of solitude amongst an apparent sea of young gamers online, even so much as to conceal his age on forums. The comparison between Tantz and and Grandma revealed they have so much in common; many of the similarities are conditional of each of their love for video games.

I'll stop describing it and just let you read it; it was VERY good!

There was one question Grandma couldn't answer in her interview, it was too big; too much without warning: Christian asked if Grandma had anything to say to folks in Germany who would be reading the article, folks who might consider gaming, her fans, everyone. She couldn't think of the right words at the time, so now she'd like to answer:

Grandma loves you too, Germany. Game on.


  • At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Beno said…

    hiya:)! I'm from Germany, 22, and just read the article on DER SPIEGEL and got to know about this site. I just wanted to express my support for people like your grandma, I hope that the industry realizes that there is a huge potential; I'd love to talk with my grandma about my Gamecube, that would be awesome! Best Wishes!

  • At 10:03 AM, Anonymous [FtN]Collin said…

    very well spoken. the gamers in the world and germany waiting to see that gaming is getting as usual as chess, soccer, tennis or football.

  • At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Monika said…

    Yeah, this story in Spiegel just made my day =)

    I am just happy that my Grandma succeded in learning how to type an sms.
    But your Grandma ... she just rocks -- Grandma Hardcore - ftw!

    *cheers* from Switzerland

    (I wish there would be more women playing around here - no matter what age *smile*)

  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger Andy said…

    Great page, just got referred from spiegel to you guys.

    Keep up the style ;)


  • At 10:45 AM, Anonymous germangamer said…

    big up to granny she rocks- if she ever gets into counter strike announce it on ur page

  • At 11:14 AM, Blogger leonard_shelby said…

    been here couple of times within the last 3 months.
    always a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

    just wanted to say:
    congratulations on the article and of course: tim, keep up the good work & grandma, game on


    paul from germany

  • At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Gia said…

    just thumbs up! :)

  • At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Lucia said…

    Hey there, I also read the article on Spiegel.de and am fascinated - Most of the older people I know would never even watch anyone else on playing a video game. I don't speak on gaming here, just on watching another guy playing. 'cause it's brute, makes stupid ~ Oh, and never forget, it's bad for your eyes Oo I'm a female gamer from Germany, I'm gaming for some years now, I'm on my PC most of the day, and my eyes work perfectly.

    Whatever, keep on gamin (and keep on bloggin', will bookmark)

  • At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice to see an article about gaming on spiegel.de thats not about our goddamn government talking about censoring "Killerspiele".

    Hau rein, Zockeromma!

  • At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey Timothy, your grandma rocks !
    i´m a geriatric nurse, well, become
    in one year, and i will definatly
    play games ´till i get gout fingers
    btw i am 36

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Mareike said…

    Playing grannies rock! :)
    Actually, I know a grandma who enjoys DVDs even at a high age (okay, sometimes she has a few problems with her player but she has grandchildren wo help her out).

    It's just entertainment, so why should we stop enjoying ourselves when we are old? I hope I will never lose my curiosity.

    By the way- I love so called "Killerspiele" and I totally agree with the person second above me.

    Greets from that beautiful country Germany! ^^

  • At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lovely :)

  • At 1:22 PM, Blogger Chrissylas said…

    Great job guys! I'm so excited that you guys are helping people see that video games aren't just a haven for lonely nerdy teen boys or little kids.

    Keep it up!

  • At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Boris said…

    Hey Tim, would you be so kind and write something about your stats since the Spiegel mentioned you? I've been witness to several webpages literally destroyed because they were mentioned by the Spiegel, and like to see if there was anything like a remarkable peak in your server's stats.

    post scriptum: your grandma is cooler than one of mine, but not cooler than the other one.

  • At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Twisti said…

    That effect is usually referred to as 'shlashdotting' ;)

  • At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm glad you realize we Germans aren't that bad after all ;)
    You have one great grandma, sir. Have a good one.

  • At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Finally a grandma who is not wasting her time with garden work ... This is the future of grandmotherhood! Greetings from Germany

  • At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Peter said…

    hi guys!

    i just followed the link from "DER SPIEGEL". greetings from germany, i was really amused, when i read about your grandmother! i like gaming myself, and it is frustrating to see how politicians want to forbid several games over here.

    so keep the good work up, and may your grandma have a lot of fun with her games in the future.


  • At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Plotzer said…

    dude, your grandma rocks!
    too bad all the swearing is beeped out. :D it's so funny ("i beat him with a baseballbat" ) :D

    greets from germany and best wishes to you, your grandmother and your whole family!

  • At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Mario said…

    Tut mir leid das ich in deutsch schreibe aber mein Englisch ist zu schlecht.
    Bei uns ist sowas fast noch undenkbar das eine ältere Frau gerne auf Konsolen spielt. In 10 Jahren sieht es wohl schon anders aus. Jedenfalls ist die Seite hier sehr unterhaltsam was man von 98% aller Blogs nicht behaupten kann.

    Gruß Mario

  • At 9:00 PM, Anonymous colleen_33 said…

    what he said^^^^^ lol, jk love ya guys!

  • At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hah, amazing!
    I just read the article on Spiegel.de (it was very good btw) and visited the link of this blog here.
    Your grandma should keep up the good gaming, she's got the skills!! It's so cool to see here enjoying videogames so much :D I am in a gaming-mood now >:)

    Greets from Germany,


  • At 4:41 AM, Blogger annie said…

    wow what an awesome grandma, i'm amazed. She would own me on any game system anyday since i already suck at games haha

    bye now :D take care!

  • At 4:56 AM, Anonymous Chrus said…

    Very interesting and amusing. I hope some of the people arround 65 try to enjoy gaming and yes: support games for the elderlys.
    greets from SOUTH TYROL in the alps!

  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Marius said…

    She is "just" doing what we will do when we are in her age. I am pretty sure about that.

    Have fun playin, Old Grandma H :)

  • At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Chris said…

    I just wanted to say I'm a huge fan grandma! You are the COOLEST grandma ever!!!
    Keep on playin'!!!!

    Big hug from a gaming brazilian-german girl living in Switzerland!

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Travis said…

    Hey a site you might like/wanna link to, www.getthesugar.com. Its another gaming site.


  • At 11:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can someone translate the article? Huge thanks in advance. :)

  • At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good stuff grandma, keep on playing... excellent article indeed.
    see you,

    Rob from Berlin, Germany

  • At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello Grandma, I am 37 and from Austria (Europe). I read the article on "Spiegel Online" about you and was very amused. That's a great story! You're a little hero :-) - Maria

  • At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Mike said…

    Hi there,

    I just read the article on "Spiegel Online". Keep on going Grandma!

    Wish you many years of exiting gaming to come.

    BTW I am a German living in Singapore and as you know last weekend we just
    had the world cyber games (http://www.worldcybergames.com/main.asp)
    here. Wasn't there unfortunately. I think I am planning to be doing it the same way
    as grandma. Lotsa gaming after retirement (which is not a long way ahead; I'm 42 already)

    At the moment I got not so much energy for gaming, too busy with work and stuff.


  • At 1:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, another female gamer from Germany that got here via the SPIEGEL article. I've got a new role model! :)

    You rock, Grandma!

  • At 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just read the articel on spiegel.
    damn it! what a grandma.
    but what about her health?
    keep her warm and give her love but let her fuck up zombie

    bo. dooP

  • At 9:20 AM, Anonymous blogschocker said…

    Greeetz from Germany!

    I put a little text about OGHC on my weblog because I think she is a pioneer for elder gamers.
    The trend to older people gaming is unstoppable. We are all getting older and this is a hobby our two or three generations share.


  • At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Stansfield said…


    I just read the article on Spiegel.de about your granny. Though old people playing videogames are quite rare at present, they'll be a whole lot more in the future, I guess.
    There should be more of your grandma's kind, maybe videogame's reputationen would get better as well then.
    Anyways, keep your blogging up, it's great fun to read.

    Greetings from good old Germany,

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