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The world’s coolest Grandma?

Published: May 2020

What age do you think is appropriate for someone to start playing video games? Is there an age to stop? Not according to this woman!

Lady virtually gaming

The Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest gaming Youtuber has been awarded to Hamako Mori of Japan. Known as the ‘Gaming Grandma’, on account of her being 90 years old, Mori’s interest in gaming started around 39 years ago.

Watching some children playing popular games of the time, she thought it looked like so much fun that it wasn’t fair if only children played it. “I thought life would be more fun if I knew how to play it. So I started playing, at first while no one was watching,” she says.

Mori’s first gaming console was a Cassette Vision, and now she plays her PlayStation 4, sharing videos for her YouTube subscribers – of which she has more than 150,000.

She explains that it did take her some time to get into more modern games, though.

“I didn’t touch it until recently because it’s difficult to play. But recent action games are visually spectacular, and they often use actors for characters. So I’m really obsessed with it now.”

Mori says currently her favourite game is Grand Theft Auto 5.

“It’s like watching a film. I like it the best because it has age restrictions, so children can’t play it,” she explains.

Mori credits her gaming hobby with keeping her feeling young. “After living for this long, I feel more than ever that playing games for this long was the right choice. I am truly enjoying my life – it’s rosy,” she concludes.

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