My Grandma gamed. I remember seeing her play SNES games like Star Fox and Super Mario World. It wasn’t really something she shared with me. We never played together or anything. I just remember peeking into her room through the open door and seeing her fight Bowser and marveling at how good she was.

I was just a kid. Sure, I had my own Nintendo and one of those old TVs with the knob for channel changing, but it’s not like I was any good or actually beating games. I was so proud to have a grandma who played games. I knew it wasn’t exactly typical, and my grandma was awesome because of it.

She’s gone now though. We lost her to dementia in her mid-50s over five years ago. Sometimes I think about her and wonder what games she’d be playing if she were still alive and well. I wonder if she’d have a PS3 or a 360. At least I know for sure she wouldn’t have a Wii.

I wish I’d asked her how she got into gaming in the first place. Did she play Atari games? Was the SNES something she bought on a whim? I wish I’d gotten to know her better while she was alive. But at least I can hear stories from other people about their relatives who game to try and glean a little insight for myself.


About Amanda

Amanda is a 20-something flailing gamer. While she loves MMORPGs, the company in them often triggers flare-ups of her social anxiety. Her all-time favorite games include Everquest Online Adventures, Eternal Sonata, the Animal Crossing series, Katamari Damacy, and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure. She lives on junk food, and her favorite books are equally trashy. She doesn't believe in putting two spaces after a period, but she does strongly believe in the serial comma. Unfortunately, she has a penchant for starting sentences with "and" and "but;" hopefully you won't hold that, or her excessive use of semicolons, against her.

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