89-Year-Old Grandma Says Video Games Keep Her Mind Sharp

This is Hamako Mori. At 89, she’s not new to video games. She has been playing them for nearly four decades.

In an interview with GameSpark, the Tokyo native says the first console she played was the Cassette Vision, which was released in 1981. After that, she was into the Famicom and played The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Quest. She continued gaming through the years that followed.

For the past few years, Mori has been uploading clips to YouTube. Previously, Mori had watched other Let’s Plays and decided to start uploading her own clips.

“The graphics for the recent games are truly amazing,” she said. “I think it’s truly wonderful to have lived this long.”

“As you get older, I recommend single-player games over multiplayer,” she said. “Inevitably, if you’re on the battlefield with younger players, you’ll slow them down... But, I think as the number of elderly players increases, there will be dedicated servers where that won’t be a concern.”

The gaming granny is looking forward to the next Grand Theft Auto and Elder Scrolls.

“If you play video games, you don’t get dementia,” she told GameSpark, adding that her biggest piece of advice is to start playing video games when you’re young.

“If you are into fashion or playing sports, there comes a time when you cannot continue those hobbies.” The same isn’t true for games, Mori believes. “Even as you get older, it’s wonderful to keep gaming.”


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    It's articles like this that make me wonder where I'll be in another 40 years in terms of gaming. I was one of those kids lucky enough to be born when video games were just starting to reach mainstream prominence (NES/Atari era) and have been an avid gamer since.

    These days though my time is more limited in terms of both having time available and being mentally awake enough to enjoy them but I'm still playing them frequently. I don't foresee that changing for a very long time but sometimes I wonder if I'm just playing them because I don't know anything else more than because I'm enjoying them.

      These days though my time is more limited in terms of both having time available and being mentally awake enough to enjoy them but I'm still playing them frequently. I don't foresee that changing for a very long time but sometimes I wonder if I'm just playing them because I don't know anything else more than because I'm enjoying them.

      Happened to me last night. I had a list of stuff I was interested in, installed and waiting, ready for me to just click in and invest 1-2hrs that I had free, but I wasn't excited or enthusiastic about firing any of them up. None of them were going to scratch the itch that I had, I was just feeling so drained and numb.

      It's been a stressful few weeks with the cat being in a critical condition and me spending most of last week sick, and all of the related pressures on time, health, finances, and more.

      I went to bed early instead, and it was the best decision ever. I just really, really, really needed the sleep. So much. I'm looking forward to getting home and paring down my PS4's hard drive space used by trimming and/or deleting all the 15min-default 1.25GB video captures that I never got around to editing.

        Im finding the same rings true for me with solo games. I just cant motivate to play them anymore.

        Multiplayer games are different for me however; theres a group of 7 or 8 of us who jump on just about every night playing all sorts of games, which im always looking forward to. We game, talk crap, have fun. But when no one else is on i procrastinate about doing anything.

        On the other hand there are a small handful of games that rope me in. Currently its Links Awakening. I've been putting off Spiderman and Detroit which im keen on playing, but end up working on some 3D prints, and airbrushing.

    I'm 40 and have been gaming as long as I can remember. I'm totally hyped for the PS5. I thought when I hit 30 that I was getting too old and my interest would start waning. It's yet to happen. Fun is fun whether you're 10 or 100. Bring on another 40 years of gaming!

    See, I want this to be me in the future. Just bummin' around the house all day, playing games. New games! Old games! Retirement home LAN parties! Next-next-next-next-next-next-gen VR!

    Unfortunately, I can all too easily estimate that on literally the exact day that I retire, the climate-change-driven apocalypse will finally shut out all the lights and game servers with it, and it'll be just like that episode of the Twilight Zone, Time Enough At Last.

      I agree I don't think people know how much power servers use.
      This global warming nonsense will be the death of gaming in the future

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