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, June 11, 2007

Grandma finishing up Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters in hospital

Don't panic; it's nothing serious. She had a breathing treatment (she uses a nebulizer for asthmatic bronchitis) on Saturday morning that didn't agree with her, so to speak, in that she was having difficulty breathing and a sharp pain in the middle of her chest that prevented her from moving; even standing too long made her feel dizzy. I took her up to the emergency room to see if there was anything they could give her to counteract the breathing treatment, and they decided to keep her for a few days until they could get her heart rate down and check for clotting. They're going to do lots of tests, apparently.

Needless to say, she wasn't too happy when she found out.

She just wants to come home.

At first she honestly didn't want her DS or her PSP with her in the hospital. She doesn't intend to stay for very long, and if someone takes a paperback or a magazine out of her little mini-closet while she's sleeping it's no big deal; whereas if someone takes or damages one of her handhelds, it'd be like losing a friend.

Also, as we've mentioned in the past, we're not exactly rich, either. Grandma's DS Lite and her PSP were given to her by Nintendo and Sony, respectfully. She's really careful about where she takes them.

But in the end, she decided the copies of Women's Day and Luxury Vacations Magazine (a little joke on my part) that Mom and I got her just weren't cutting it. She wasn't riveted to the television last night for The Soprano's finale like I was; the hospital doesn't have cable. She wasn't watching our beloved Cleveland Cavaliers led by fellow Cleveland Magazine 'Most Interesting Person in Cleveland' award recipient LeBron James get trounced by the Spurs, either.

She was silently cursing the controls of Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters and wishing she had something to write on.

She wants to give a complete review.

In the meantime, however, I've checked out your game suggestions in the last thread and I'd like to buy her one as sort of a 'welcome home' surprise when she gets back to doing her thing in a couple days. (She couldn't yet get the Hospital's crappy WiFi to work with the PSP, so I hope it will be a surprise, anyway.)

Here's what you suggested:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Mario Party for the Wii
Tomb Raider Anniversary*
Odin Sphere
Portable Ops
Dead Rising**
Rainbow Six Vegas
Pogo Island
Planet Puzzle Leauge

* I think Grandma would kick my ass if I got her another Tomb Raider game.
** She's already played Dead Rising to death.

So of the rest, which do you think I should go with for her? I'm not really leaning on any one game yet; I know from her Google Search History that she's curious about Odin Sphere. She's talked about Mario Party. She's looked into Ninja Gaiden Sigma trailers and I know she's heard nothing but good things about Planet Puzzle League. Hell, they are all decent choices, but I can only really get one.

So help me out here, which one do I get?

Thanks for your help everybody!

Game on.

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