Hamako Mori is known as the ‘Gamer Grandma’
Sunday, 7th June 2020, 9:56 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th June 2020, 9:57 pmHamako Mori is officially the world’s oldest gaming YouTuber (Photo: Guinness World Records)
Hamako Mori has her name in the Guinness World Record books for being the world’s oldest gaming YouTuber.
The 90-year-old Japanese pensioner spends three or more hours every day pursuing her passion for gaming and shares her virtual adventures on a YouTube channel for her fans to enjoy.
Games a ‘motivation in life’
Mori describes games as a “motivation in life” because “you can do whatever you want to”.
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The ‘Gamer Grandma’ isn’t new to the gaming world and has played some 200 titles since taking up the hobby four decades ago. Her first console was a Cassette Vision, which she bought in 1981 after being intrigued by her children’s obsession with gaming.
“She always gets into the games,” her only grandchild, 43-year-old Keisuke Nagao, told AFP. “I think she is slightly different. Ordinary old people are not so enthusiastic about video games as she is.”
Mori usually plays alone at her home in Tokyo, but launched a YouTube channel in 2014 to connect with other gamers. She posts new videos filmed by her grandson three or four times a month and has attracted 300,000 subscribers.
“It’s fun being watched by a lot of people, rather than playing alone,” she said of her Gamer Grandma channel.
Age doesn’t matter
While Mori retains her passion for gaming, the agile hand movements required by new games can prove challenging and she does exercises with her fingers and hands every day to keep herself game-ready.
However, she remains determined to continue gaming: “I won’t put it down just because it’s difficult … It’s better than doing nothing! I want to play well no matter how old I am.”