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.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Ask Grandma Hardcore

Alright- what's on your mind? Come on, you can tell us. What do you want to know?

Open forum!


  • At 8:02 PM, Blogger Mark W. Hale said…

    Grandma! Glad to hear you're feeling better!

    I've been playing games since the Atari when I was very wee, but my favorite era of gamestuff is the SNES. What are some of your favorite SNES games? If you love Chrono Trigger I'm going to send you a big wet kiss.

  • At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What is the answer to life?

  • At 9:00 PM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    "ChronoTrigger was a great game, in fact I'd have to say most of the stuff put out by Square on the SNES would make up my 'favorites,' although I really got into StarFox...Aero the Acrobat... I think there was a Contra on the SNES I really liked, but that could have been Genesis- Look, I've played A LOT of SNES games, it's hard now to look back and decide which ones were the BEST."

    "The fuck should I know? [laughs]"

    Kerry, I'd like to present you with- the answer: "Matter is energy; in the Universe there are many energy fields which we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source which act upon a person's soul. However, this soul does not exist *ab inito*, as orthodox Christianity teaches; it has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is rarely achieved owing to man's unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia."

    10 Points to whoever gets the reference.

  • At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey grammy, what is it like knowing you have a cult following on the net; a majority of which are about your grandkids age? has your life changed majorly from OGHC's existence or are you pretty much the same as it was *before* the insanity?

    oh, and this is an odd request but...in some of your videos a certain sombrero makes an appearance--where'd you get it?--could you please wear it once in a video? For that is one hell of a sombrero.

  • At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ctrlaltdelete -
    I thought that would be an amusing question.

    What was that about hats again?


  • At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Grandma!

    Are you going to buy a Nintendo Revolution? What do you think of the new controllers?


  • At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought the answer to life was 42? ;)

    Grandma and CtrlAltDelete, what kind of music do you listen to regularly? Non-game music that is?

  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No, that's the answer to life, the universe, AND everything. ;)

  • At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I stand corrected. :)

    Then maybe it's just 39?

  • At 10:00 PM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    "I don't really think it IS a CULT following. It hasn't really changed me, I'm still who I always have been. ...I think it's funny to tell the truth. I think you'd be disappointed if you met me in real life. [laughs] I got the sombraro from Chi Chi's at my birthday party years ago. They wanted to give me that cheap straw one they usually get, but that one was hanging on the wall, and my son Mark bought it from the restaurant! Sure I'll wear the damn sombraro, I don't care!"

    Kerry- People aren't wearing enough of them :)

    "Definitely I'm going to buy a Revolution, but I won't know about the controller until I actually try it. You never know until you try."

    "Tim says I listen to weird music. [laughs] All I can say is my thunderstorm cd doesn't sound like a storm on Tim's surround sound he has me playing it on- it sounds like someone playing the drums!"

    I listen to pretty much EVERYTHING, as you can tell from the music in the videos. Punk, Rock, Classic Rock, Ska, Rap, R&B, Alternative, College, Big Band, Soft, Cultural, classical, JAZZ, EVERYTHING!"

    42 is not the answer you were looking for? :)

  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger adam. said…

    hey tim, thanks for the transcripts! and like i said, i have some questions...

    sadly, i must confess that i am just getting into Xenosage (Ep1) so i'm curious to know how grandma has like them so far? I assume shes mastered both already. If not the second that assuredly the first has fallen victim to her endless crusade to conquer all. So yah, how does she feel the story within the games is? Maybe even in comparison to some of the other ultimate rpgs that have touched all of our lives (FF7, 10? Xenogears? others elduing my mind atm?)?? Does she find that the games are too heavy into plot and fmv as opposed to gameplay? Any thoughts are appreciated.


  • At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Grandma & Time,

    My question for grandma, Did you ever own a Master System? I don't recall anyone ever asking this and I was curious as I never had a Nintendo as a kid I was always Sega.

  • At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ok grandma, I would love to hear your take, katamari damacy, good? or bad? or in the middle? I freakin' love it, if you've never played it believe me it's fun, and it's short as hell so it won't get in the way of your other projects, but, unlocking everything does take a hell of alot of work...oh well, fun game, and for $20!?! Yeah, get it.

  • At 11:54 PM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    "YES. I played both Xenosagas for the PS2. After I was done with the first, I put the memory card away with the game on the rumor that one coul dkeep some of their abilities built up in the first at the beginning of the second. I waited TOO LONG for the second to finally come out. I loved both games, but there were way too many cutscenes, and they were too long. Story is very important for a game, but when it is completely linear in Xenosaga, how no matter what you do, the outcome is usually the same, in the same order- it can take away from the gameplay. Really Xenosaga was like playing an anime movie. It was still great though. In Final Fantasy VII, my favorite, the outcome was linear, but you could ...deviate from the order somewhat, so you could defeat Ruby Weapon if you wanted, but you didn't need to. You could breed Chocobos, but you didn't need to, you know?"

    "Yes! I remember the light gun on the damn thing never worked! I started on Arcade games, then an Atari- then after Tim was born I had a Socrates for Tim that we played on, a Sega Master System, an NES, an SNES, a Genesis, a 32x to go with it, then we built up to the newer systems like the Saturn, and later all the good ones we have now."

    "Katamari Damacy is a great game! Tim introduced me to it, and we finally went out an bought it this year. After you get the all the presents and the Moon to Eternal Mode, it still makes a good multiplayer! I hated some of the constellation challenges, though- the fucking COW VENDING MACHINE, etc.,... I still love the game."

    Okay everybody! I'm going to sleep. West Coast and International readers, go ahead and post your questions and I'll ask Grandma tomorrow. Good night!

  • At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What? You mean this isn't a cult?! *eyes sacrificial lamb behind him, OGHC painted over it in blood* ...Well, shit.

    Anyway, what does Grandma think about Alternate Reality Games (I Love Bees, for example)? Has she played any before?

  • At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How would you feel about The Indigo Prophecy? I've just started it and I'm loving it. But the whole "track and field" thing might not be too good for the old RSI.

  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger Master Yoshi said…

    Hey Granny, you ever played RAD (Robot Alchemic Drive) for Playstation? I thought it was one of the most original control schemes I've ever come across in a game. I want them to make a sequel because the game could have been improved in some...like the horrendous voice acting. I suggest trying it out if you haven't already.

  • At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There is a sequel to RAD in Japan that's based on an anime series Tetsujin (Iron Man) 28. It's a newer engine, and it's overall better. I doubt it will come here so you'll have to import it.

  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    "Don't kill the lamb! Not until Halloween! [laughs] I love bees! That was that Bungie thing, right? Ummm, then I think so. Explain what you mean by alternate reality."

    Needless to say, she's intrigued. I'm devoting a post to her reaction later today for you as a fuller answer. :)

    master yoshi (and anonymous)
    -"Not yet! Is it more like a MechAssault game or a XenoGears game? Or neither.... Tell me more, I might pick it up!"

  • At 6:51 AM, Blogger Master Yoshi said…

    RAD is nothing like either of those games. Except that it has to do with humanoid robots in battle. You control a human who holds a controller much like the playstation 2's controller. You can run around the city and you have this nifty anti-gravity device that lets you fly on top of buildings and the like. When humungous humanoid alien robot lifeforms called Volgara land on earth and attack your city, your own humungous humanoid robot is the only weapon that's effective against them. You control your robot from your characters' perspective. You can do this from a building, the ground, your robots shoulder...or anywhere you can fly to. The R buttons control the forward and backward movements of your robot's right leg side, the L buttons the left. The analog sticks control the left and right arms. You can punch, uppercut and hook...you can level entire buildings! There's 3 robots to choose from, each with it's own special abilities, including some missiles and lasers. Upgrades can be purchased as well. Some even transform into giant vehicles! There's even 2 player death matches! Watch out your human doesn't get trampled though. There's about 50 levels to keep you busy. It's a buyer for sure. I rented it 3 times before I actually bought it myself!

  • At 7:16 AM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    master yoshi-
    "YES! I have heard of that! That description was exactly what I needed- no, I haven't played it yet; but I like the concept a lot."

    Thanks Master! I hope we can pick this one up soon, it DOES sound interesting. Shit, if Grandma doesn't, I certainly will.

  • At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can you please get your grandma to play an MMORPG, say Warcraft? I'd love to have her in my guild on Teamspeak.

  • At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Grandma, have you played F.E.A.R. ? well, do you play on the PC as well? cause if you do, you have to try FEAR, please play it.

  • At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Go gran'

    I think you've got a quarter of the gaming world lookning up to you!

  • At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Which is your favourite console?

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