Meet YouTube's 79-Year-Old Grandma Gamer
At this moment in time it would seem that Shirley is the only older gamer on YouTube public about her identity. Shirley however insist she isn't a one off and that there are many more older gamers playing. "Older YouTubers should use their own pictures and put their age in their profile," she argues. "Then everybody would know there are lots of older people and it wouldn't be such a big deal." In her opinion, a refusal to hide and pretend older gamers don't exist is essential to fixing the online culture.
As we are always looking for an intergenerational angle in our stories, we love Shirley's idea to get younger players to by inviting older family members to game with them, even if it requires a little patience.