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 11, 2005

Grandma And MTV

MTV released a QuickTime teaser for its new show, The G-Hole, which airs Monday, November 14th online. They were cool enough to send us a copy of the clip so everybody knows what to expect. There are no spoilers in the teaser clip; Grandma's big secret shall be revealed Monday on the full show.

Here's the clip!

A few things about the teaser: First, you get to see what our house looks like; if you want to know where to fire the bullets and throw rocks with attached notes of promised violence, Grandma's gaming den and the place from which I type up the blog is the window on the right. Second, you see some family. The clip has shots of my cousin Drew, (Grandma's son's son- big dude to the left of Grandma on the couch), Kenny, looking jaded to Grandma's right wearing a Mettalica shirt; Bobby looking up at Katamari Damacy from Grandma's feet, and Barbie in the chair next to me. I look so god damn dumb you can frighten your friends by e-mailing them a copied .jpg frame.

Blair was very cool to Grandma, and she considers him a friend; hence her relaxed answers to his questions. The smiley face cup from which he drank delicious coffee with Grandma was a present my freshman year of high school, back when smiley faces weren't equated to WalMart. Yes, she actually painted the picture of the unicorn shown in the clip, and that's Grandma enjoying some classic Grand Theft Auto III action.

Again, the full show comes out Monday, so let everyone you know that's down with OGHC it's coming. Lord knows I'm going to promote the hell out of it, so you won't forget :) As Grandma says, we have so much new stuff coming "it's not even funny." This is also why posts have been scarce this week; next week is an explosion of information. AN EXPLOSION.

Game on!


  • At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Blue said…

    All I have to say is...


    Grandma fix FTW. You guys both look great on camera, and everything looks so excellent... Grandma's badassedness comes across PERFECTLY. You just can't beat the reporter dude saying "I'm scared, but I kinda like it." PRICELESS.

    Oh, about the present thing: I applaud both of you guys for your kindness. Would you object to getting a couple BlizzCon shirts, though - one for each of you? And I'd be honored if I could make a donation to Child's Play in the name of OGHC. ::smile::

    As always - GAME ON!


  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger Drew said…

    wow thats amazing i lvoe that mtv took the time to come to your town and do that

    GAME ON!

  • At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Mookers182 said…

    please let this show come on regulare MTV cause i don't have mtv2. ^_^

    grammy looks awesome, i can't wait to watch the whole episode!

  • At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Stacy said…

    Great clip! I think it was cool to finally see where Grandma games from and the family that's mentioned so much.

    You both look great and I can't wait to see the whole thing!

  • At 1:31 AM, Blogger Mike Abundo said…

    MTV Philippines knows little about gaming aside from their advertising fluff. Hope they look beyond that and feature OGHC. ;)

  • At 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just making sure, but it sounds like MTV is NOT showing this on broadcast television, but rather is releasing a download-only video clip on their web site on Monday, right?

  • At 4:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also, assuming it's still fresh on your mind, do you have any observations to share about how on-location video production works? What kinds of lights did they use? How much equipment was off-camera? Did they give you any kind of equipment-safety briefing before they set things up? What do you remember about the audio gear? Did they use just a wireless lav, or did they have a sound assistant with a directional mic on a pole as well? Did the camera look like a $10k pro-sumer DV camera, or more like an $80k Varicam?

    Most people who visit probably don't care, but I've been collecting budget video production equipment as a hobby, and I'm curious what the big boys use. No par cans with barn doors for me -- I gots me some hardware store halogen lights, some sheets of "diffuser gel" plastic, and some clothespins. :-)

  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger Leci said…

    Tim, you are so fucking sexy. :D Let's get married and have lots of babies. :D:D:D

    But on a more *Cough* serious note, nice house. :D It's charming.

  • At 9:56 AM, Blogger HandOverFist said…

    Haha, that was cool. Hey get this, Jack Thompson has his video game debut in The Path of Neo. It is hilarious, Agent Smith stabs his hand into him. Couldn't stop laughing.

  • At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Grandma is one cool lady. When I first started reading this blog I was like. "You've got to be kidding me, who made this up?" But, seeing that Grandma is real I could never be more thrilled. You can be sure I'll catch the show Grandma. Game on!

  • At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Boris said…

    Congratulations! Grandma is looking great!

  • At 1:18 PM, Anonymous steph said…

    I am so excited!!! Its gonna be great! Grandma, you look beautiful and Tim...you do NOT look stupid! HA! It was fun to see the den you guys play in. I can't wait to see more!

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…


    You flatter us woman! FLATTER! The Child's Play donation- of course! We'd be honored! It's a fantastic charity, why not? The t-shirts- if you must :) We're both suckers for t-shirts. Girl, we have to bake you a pie or something!


    It's your town too, dude! You were there! There's a story behind that, Drew had to go to football practice halfway through the MTV shoot; so he left, and was able to come back. Ralph was wearing the perfect shirt too, man :)

    Mookers182 et al.,

    You'll all be able to see Grandma, as the show is on MTV Overdrive, their online channel! So even you folks without the cable or the dish can see her do her thing.


    They had two Panasonic 3CCD camcorders and three wireless clip mics transmitting to a sound tech that had a box on his stomach that had more XLR inputs than a switchboard at the Agora. They didn't use a monitor or modeling lamps, but they did have a high wattage halogen bouncing off the ceiling that made the room hot as hell.

    When CBS came out, now that was a whole different set up; boom mics, diffuse curtains on a reflecting umbrella, etc.,.. but it was a different sort of broadcast.

    Man, I was a still photographer before I had to sell my equipment for tuition. ALL of my lamps were the cheap kind, but I had the diffuse boxes to cover them up so nobody could tell. :) I still have a giant bogen lamp tree and most of my foldups, but sadly the cameras are gone.


    You like the house? Yeah? Really?! ....you want it? We're selling it!


    Did you see the ending of that game yet? It's insane. I'll have to provide a link; someone recorded it and it's the wierdest moment in gaming since we found out Kirby was actually a dream Mario was having after too much scotch.

    Grandma is a hell of a lady. She isn't sweating this at all; as long as it doesn't interupt her gaming "exploits," she's cool with it. MTV has done a GREAT job of keeping her at ease. She and I had a "moment" last night after an eight hour bit on Growlanser Generations. It was one of those "is this the last level? NO! I bet this is the last floor.... FUCK NO!" it just kept going to 2:00am, but there was no place to save so she and I kept going.

    It was worth it :)

  • At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Ash said…

    Your grandmother owns.

  • At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Blue said…

    MMmmmm PIE! I would not object to pie. When you guys come down here (for your belated Attack of the Show interview!) we shall have to meet up and all go get some pie. That would be seriously awesome.

    And once I get those Blizzcon shirts washed (they spent all day in a goodie bag, so they smelled a LOT like plastic when I took them out, and we cannot have that) they will be speedily sent your way.

    Be good, and GAME ON!


    P.S: And it ain't flattering when it is the truuuuuth! ::grin::

  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Troels said…

    Three things:

    1. That MTV-guy reminds me of Ty Pennington.

    2. You(Tim) remind me of Harry Potter.

    3. I love Grandmas evil cackle.

  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger HandOverFist said…

    Yea wow...I beat it today...mmm...after the wachowsky brothers' speech I kind of just accepted the rest of the lunacy that ensued.

  • At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    (I'm the same anon as posts 6 and 7 above.) Thanks for the replies. I'm curious: how much "cheating" actually went on there? Were there segments where she was asked to twiddle the controller and curse believably, with nothing on the TV? Or did the camera crew sit down and watch her play until she started to forget they were there and act naturally?

    Also, have you heard when CBS is going to air their piece on OGHC? I'll definitely be TiVo'ing that.

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Leci said…

    I would buy your house, but I am 16 and have no credit score. :D I also live off of $7.35/hr. xDD

  • At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh my god guys. I just found this. It seems Jack Thompson has a Xanga site. And he reads his own book constantly. CHECK IT OUT!

  • At 1:04 AM, Anonymous max a said…

    wow You guys look great!!!!

    I like the why they shot it.
    Top Notch..

    Can't wait to watch


  • At 4:24 AM, Anonymous nikki said…

    Well, shithouse mouse.

    Is the show going to be online only?

    When I go to the site, I get the following message:

    "In order to offer a broad selection of full-length music videos on-demand and free of charge, MTV Overdrive uses Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) to protect videos from unauthorized re-distribution.

    Unfortunately, Microsoft's Windows Media Player Plug-in for Macintosh does not support Windows DRM. If DRM support becomes available for Macintosh, MTV will develop a version of MTV Overdrive that works on a Mac."

    It's discrimination, I tell ya . . . I guess you guys will have to let me know what happens.


  • At 8:15 AM, Blogger HandOverFist said…

    Nikki, when I was watching it, it looked like I was watching it in quicktime, you might want to check yoself before you wreck yoself. Not but really it should work on your Mac.

    Tim, this whole Penny Arcade thing is getting damned rediculous, I thought maybe they'd ban me for a week to a month but it's been almost two months and nothing. I'm going to have to kill somone.

  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger HandOverFist said…

    Oh yea I forgot, I finally saw the 360 graphics in person. Some little kids were playing King Kong at Best Buy, but I didn't have time to wait around for them to stop so I only got a glimpse at the machine's amazing power. Whatever I'm not getting one till those damn prices go down anyway.

  • At 4:34 PM, Anonymous nikki said…

    handoverfist: I think the clip they sent to Tim was QuickTime -- that worked on my computer -- but the actual webcast will be in a different format, because they want to use DRM.


  • At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i think grandma still needs some good ol lovin from me ;) id do it

  • At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just went over to MTV Overdrive. I even used the dreaded IE and I couldn't find anything.

    What should I be looking for? I tried a search for G-Hole and got nada.

    - Mama Lombax

  • At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, I found the G-Hole program here, http://www.mtv.com/games/video_games/#/games/video_games/

    But sadly when I tried to view it I got a message saying it was available in the US only. Do you have plans to publish the interview on your site some day?


  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger Collin said…

    That looks awesome! Unfortunately, being a Mac user, I'm going to miss the real thing. Fucking DRM.

    Speaking of... Seen this?


  • At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Blue said…

    Just saw the video itself...


    OH MY GOD THAT IS SO AWESOME! A DEBUG KIT!! Those things literally cost thousands of dollars! I mean like 5 grand at least - I didn't even get to have one at work! ::laugh:: Woooooooow, you guys are getting in on the GROUND FLOOR of MTV's deal with Midway (I believe it is)... man oh man. All I'd have to say with the testing is that unless they're giving you the gold master copy of the games, they're going to be really REALLY buggy - you probably won't have A-level crashes and such, but you may be looking at lots of little annoyances, User Interface trip-ups, and so on. If they're talking about getting those games out to you, though, like as not the core gameplay will be intact, albeit with some frustrations: the UI might not be polished, but ideally everything game-wise will work as it should.

    That's really remarkable to me... MTV is taking a chance with this that is unique to the way much of the industry tends to behave, and one I very heartily applaud. It seems like advance copies of games aren't going out like they used to, even as publishers force developers to kick games out the door before they're ready... and it's like they try to cover this with a lot of marketing but no real NEWS. I'm irked that there are hardly ANY games coming out in November that are actually reviewed in say, the latest Game Informer... then again, it could be another example of how the online medium is consistently beating-out the print medium when it comes to timely reviews and so on. BUT, at any rate, they could not have picked a better person for the job, VERY GOOD MOVE on MTV's part, phenomenal news all around, and I'm SOOOOO EXCITED to hear what you guys will get to look at! YAY! ::dances around happily::

    Take care, be well, and as always (and now more than ever!) GAME ON!


  • At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well I got to hear it but I couldn't farking see it. The image froze up on me early in the segment.

    Congrats! What is a debug kit?

    I am so glad they hired you. Damn smart of 'em.
    I couldn't see what you got but it sounded good.

    - Mama Lombax

  • At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Blue said…

    Looks like we have a spammer. ::shakes fist:: YOU BASTARDS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE STOPPED!

  • At 4:13 AM, Anonymous miscblogger said…

    hey granny! i saw your video on MTV! more power to you!

  • At 1:43 AM, Blogger Vii-chan said…

    That teaser is so awesome. So awesome.

  • At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Saw the MTV Clip...it was great! I love her Sidious's devious cackle.

    Anyone know what soundtrack they used for the clip? Also what is that song...bye bye bye sucker you die you die you die. It's when she's playing RE4. Cool song to play when shooting up!

    Great blog...Game on Player!

  • At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dude that is so awesome man tell your grandma to keep doing it and play some DoD w/ me.

  • At 2:48 PM, Blogger Shelby said…

    Does anyone know the name of that song that repeats "bye, bye, bye sucker, you die, you die, you die suckers"? It's driving me nuts

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