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, July 15, 2005

Grandma Versus The Bargain Bin

Grandma goes through withdrawal when she's away from that used game barrel-o-classics section, man. Oh, the time-honored cliche "you know when I was a kid, we got one thing for Christmas- a winter coat! You spoiled little bastards..." is repeated often by the old girl. So now, if it's under twenty bucks and she wants it, she spits in the face of traditional hardiness and senior budgeting habits and buys:Medal of Honor: Frontline, and Medal of Honor: Rising Sun! I guess talking about her childhood makes her want to re-live World War II, only in the form of a physically adept middle aged man. Who am I to question that? The only thing to figure out now is which one of us is German, which one of us is Japanese, and which one of us will inevitably say: "...you know Grandpa trained with an M1 Garand back in the day..." to which the other will respond: "....shut up." I'll let you guess who says what.

Thank you bargain bin! Thank you.

--Update: Welcome Slashdot Readers!

When one's Grandma is posted on the world's greatest tech site, one hopes it's not because you posted her name and address somewhere under the headline "Cruel And Heartless Old Despot Swears Allegiance to Luddite Followers; Declares Sid Meier 'An Admirable Nemesis'"
Luckily that isn't the case here.

If it's your first time here, you should check out The First Post
Video 1 [WMV; 01:51; 6mb]

Video 2 [WMV; 0:45; 1.41mb]

Video 3 [WMV; 01:43; 4.54mb]

More updates on the way...--


  • At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If she hasn't played this she should start with Frontline. I didn't like Rising Sun to much.

    Oh, and get her Conker if she hasn't played it yet.

  • At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just got introduced to your blog about your Grandma.
    She rocks, I love her, I am a female gamer and most people just don't get why.


  • At 8:46 PM, Blogger Ozark said…

    Ever thought about getting Grandma online playing Socom2. Love to see here effing and cursing at the lag and bad hit detection, plus she could vent on the head set.

    Also, How about a Grandma game review section?

    Love the blog. Keep up the excellent work.

  • At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Has your grandma ever tackled Ninja Gaiden for X-Box, if she got frustrated by Prince of Persia, man Ninja Gaiden will cause brain hemmorages.

  • At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    haha your granny goes off. tell her i tip my hat to her, and hope im still gaming when im her age! :D

  • At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    your post was at 4:20 pm /. wuz here

  • At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You have the BEST grandma ever. That is all.

    By the way, this got posted on Ars Technica. Expect your traffic to skyrocket.

  • At 6:47 AM, Blogger onu said…

    I don't know if your grandmother is the first senior to play games of the hardcore variety, but I do know she's the first gamer to ever sucker someone else into writing her gaming 'blog for her. I want to be just like her when I grow up. Except maybe the gender... That can stay... Assuming it continues to work out for me for the next couple decades.

  • At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh god, ninja gaiden, if she is having trouble with prince of persia dont let her near that game!

  • At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sphinx and the cursed mummy is FUN and will give OGHC a break from the spires and turrets of the hapless half-nekkid self-skewring time-warpin prince o persia

  • At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Screw Slashdot, the greatest tech site is Digg.com!! Digg had Old Grandma Hardcore two weeks ago. Slashdot is old gen. Digg is the new gen. Drop /.

  • At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love the site, and your Grandmother. Respect the elderly indeed. They'll dance on your grave.

    As an aside, since you've been slashdotted, you might do well to make torrents of the videos or something...your .edu may not appreciate the load. Just a thought, which you've probably got covered. I'd just hate for anyone to not be able to catch those wmvs. :P

  • At 1:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hands down.

    Most bad-ass grandma ever.


  • At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    any chance of getting the videos in a more, er, open and standard format? .wmv doesn't like much other than windows.

    .ogm and .avi using divx codec or the like would be cool

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