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Watch the Grandma Gamer and I fail to save our children from drinking bleach

Grandma Gamer Shirley Curry was at PAX West this year, so we decided to meet up and test out our parenting skills on Think of the Children, a game about frantically keeping your wayward babies alive. As you can find out in the video, we didn’t do so well.

If you’re unfamiliar with Shirley Curry, she’s the 81-year-old Skyrim YouTuber who has over 240 thousand subscribers. I wrote about her last year, touching on the good and bad of becoming a YouTube celebrity at 81. She was kind enough to let me steal her away at PAX West so that I could force her learn to play something other than Skyrim, and I think she did alright—better than me certainly.

Check out the rest of our coverage of PAX West 2017 here.

Steven Messner

With over 7 years of experience with in-depth feature reporting, Steven's mission is to chronicle the fascinating ways that games intersect our lives. Whether it's colossal in-game wars in an MMO, or long-haul truckers who turn to games to protect them from the loneliness of the open road, Steven tries to unearth PC gaming's greatest untold stories. His love of PC gaming started extremely early. Without money to spend, he spent an entire day watching the progress bar on a 25mb download of the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 demo that he then played for at least a hundred hours. It was a good demo.