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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Grandma on Attack of the Show: What Went Wrong?

Well, Grandma's appearance on Attack of the Show last week didn't accomplish much on the 'Women and Gaming' front; the fluff piece circlejerk might have actually set us
back a few years, had anyone took it seriously. The earpiece kept falling out and the panel didn't last long enough for meaningful discourse, but everyone was nice to Grandma and she doesn't have any regrets.

We compiled a video to show you what things looked like on our end, and Attack of the Show allows people to embed video so you can see the finished product as well:

We arrived at the sound stage from which the satellite feed would broadcast to G4TV's studios in LA. It was a nice building with a friendly staff at the crossroads of the major highways in between the cities of Northeast Ohio; the skyline of Cleveland visible from the 480 bridge to the North, and the skyline of Akron to the south from the Turnpike. They offered us something to drink as we waited the hour before live broadcast. Most of that time was spent trying to get the earpiece to stay in Grandma's ear, and adjust the audio levels to a point where they were loud enough for her to hear, but not too loud as to create an echo on the mic.

And.... here's what people watching the show would have seen:

They could have talked about the industry's alarming focusing of demographic reach during game development and marketing, they could have talked about the treatment of women who shop for games or play online, they could have talked about the lack of women in the industry itself, they could have talked about any number of things, but this is how it turned out.

Can't win 'em all, I guess.

Seanbaby and Amber were great, it was all in good fun; but when it comes to such subjects we need less witty brevity and more sincerity, in my opinion.

Then again, the fuck do I know?

Game on.


  • At 4:02 AM, Anonymous Heiko said…

    it's good to see there not promoting old gender stereotypes anymore. bleh.

  • At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    olde zelda player 49yrs woman
    that sean baby is stupid little boy. i was playing sega, nintendo
    back in the old days. i love rpg games and i can kill and kick ass as good or even better than any guy. i just got soul calibur on dreamcast for my 8 year old grandaughter and she loves it.

  • At 5:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If "Sean Baby" is the guy with the green hair, he seemed to me to be about 2 IQ points off being declared officially retarded.

  • At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Velops said…

    I am embarassed to be a male gamer now. -_-

    I was shocked to find the host couldn't be professional enough to actually be a neutral party in the discussion. He went out of his way to defend Sean Baby's sexist opinions. What's worse, both Sean Baby and the host kept cutting off OGHC and the PMS clan leader in mid-sentence to spout their misogynistic comments.

    Ironically, the females had to fight to get a word in edgewise about the treatment of female gamers.

  • At 9:10 AM, Anonymous blackroseowl (Jen) said…

    Tin said: but when it comes to such subjects we need less witty brevity and more sincerity, in my opinion.

    Then again, the fuck do I know?

    You know a fuck of a lot more than the host of that show does, clearly. I still can't believe how rude the host was, especially - I was under the impression that his job was to be letting his guests actually TALK, not cut them off mid-sentence every time they tried to comment. Grandma seemed to get the worst of it too - just because she was older, I guess. That sort of thing makes me so mad.

    The important thing to remember though, is that we're all gamers, yeah? Different tastes in games (RPGs, platformers, action adventure, horror survival, sports, FPSs), different opinions on Sony vs Nintendo vs Microsoft, different levels of ability - but gender is not one of the things that is a major deciding factor in any of these differences.

    GAME ON!

  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger gopher said…

    Oh.. my god. Seanbaby did what he was supposed to do, be a pretentious jackass. But the host? If I ever see that guy on the street, I'm gonna kick him in the nuts.

  • At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Utter bullshit. They clearly tried to get more face time with the "pretty" people. Fuck that. AOTS is crap.

    On the topic of girl gamers. I like the *fluffy* games and I know a few females that love the gore games, and you kick my ass at them. To each their own, I guess.

    - Mr. Fuzzypaws

  • At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I too had high hopes for the piece and therefore ended up feeling mostly annoyed. Attack of the Show isn't exactly high quality programming, I shouldn't have been so surprised.

  • At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Grandma and Tim! Ruthie here from down south of ya at 77 & 71. I turned the show on only to see Grandma. I turned it off when it was over. I WANTED to turn it off shortly after it started. NOTHING good has ever come of G4 and obviously NOTHING ever will. I'm glad you guys tried, I'm sad you wasted your time, for the most part.

    GAME ON!
    -- Ruthie, 49yr old gamer, started with my stupid PONG game!

  • At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    err.. 77 & 70. After a year here ya think I'd get it right :)


  • At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That host and seancocksucker should have their heads, the one between their thighs and between their shoulders, off.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Collin said…

    Seanbaby was what he always seems to be. The host did a crap job of staying neutral. The PMS group leader stepped all over Grandma. Overall, very annoying. Sorry it played out like that. Perhaps to be part of a unbiased show about women and gaming, you guys will need to set it up.

    Personally I see no difference in the desire to game between my son and my daughter, both of whom have had games around them all their lives.

  • At 7:35 PM, Blogger HandOverFist said…

    I'm using your Chris Crawford blog as an example of an opinion essay at my college. I love that blog. haha

  • At 3:36 PM, Blogger Maharet said…

    gramdma's gotta stick her foot up someones ass and get a word in edgewise next time.

  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Archangel said…

    I taped ATOS to see OGHC . That was a let down. Not because of Grandma...She was awsome when they'd let her fucking speak. I was let down because ATOS is assinine.

    Sometimes they have some good junk...but i think most of the time its crap. It was another battle of the sexes bs... and the guys have to put on a show for the teen and 20-ish guys that watch this. Those of us in our early 30's, know a few girls that game... and none of the ones i know like barbie horse andventure. LOL. RPG and FPS seem to be the diet of the girls i know. LOL

    anyway.... tell grandma not to let em get her down. Screw those assclowns. Game on... and maybe someone will give her to oportunity to ACTUALLY answer the decent questions that ATOS asked.

    btw... you all ever get Morrowind or rent Oblivion. (id suggest saving and buying them..... they are LONG. Because they are SO not linear. Im still playin morrowind and i started in March of this year. Think ive explored 1/2 of the world (almost) done most the thieves guild and mages guild quests... and havent hardly touched the main quest.

    Definately get the books for both Morrowind and Oblivion.... very handy if you get stuck or lost. Save often. That next guy you without seeing if he's hostile or not.... might be the guy you need to talk to later for that next quest you'll get .

  • At 4:13 AM, Anonymous Kroco said…

    we love you grandma!!


  • At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Skizelli said…

    First off, your grandma is fucking awesome. As for the topic, girls CAN hold a candle to guys in video games. I've played against PMS many times on Halo 2 and they can slaughter when they want to.

  • At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lol the guy was an asshole grndm count get words in a few times if it was me i would of gotten smrt with him

  • At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Now I found this quite by accident, and usually get a call from Amber when they are doing such things. I think I'll call her now cause I am just in shock. That was the most sexist...bah, that's why G4TV will fail miserably.

    Granny we all love you out there, and here is an official invite to you from the Gamer Chix over at Xbox and I'd love to have you on OUR radio show at Gameshout.com, send me an email if you're interested. At least if you're cut off by us it'll be by other women.


    Game on sisters.

  • At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When I watched the clip above, the first thing that came to my mind was: Did the host have to scream during his intro? It annoyed me right off the bat. And as soon as I heard that ovaries comment by Sean the baby, I just had to stop watching. What a pathetic wannabe-hip show. It reminds me why I don't watch much Tv anymore.

  • At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    kevin perara offends me as a woman gamer.

  • At 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Its a fucking show where they have to be entertaining.

    Sorry that you were expecting this to revolutionize the female posistion in the gaming industry but this wasn't about that.
    The purpose for this was to discuss women vs. men in gaming and if they could game as well.

    Sure they through in some SARCASTIC (please look up sarcastic in the dictionary) humour which you might have been offended by
    but all in all they pretty much came out and admitted that woman can kick just as much ass as men in games.

    So stop complaining about how rude the host was (who was being sarcastic like I said before) and consider the fact that
    "The Loop" is a timed frame of the show where they HAVE to cut off everyone speaking at the end and the host
    probably didn't even get to choose what he said at the end. It is a show where writers tell the hosts what to say.

    So stop being fucking idiots and loosen up.

  • At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They were fucking jurks Sean and the host! They allided against grandma and pms. This discussion is point less. Of course women can be as good, and totaly kick our ass in any video game...

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