If you’re the sort of person who watches people playing video games, there are a few that I’m sure you’ve already heard of: FrankieonPCin1080p, WoodenPotatoes, Seananners and the like. If you’re not the sort of person who watches gamers, then I hope you watch at least a few of the next one I mention. Or read this as a human interest piece.
Let’s talk about Shirley Curry.
I’ve lately become enamoured with Shirley Curry, aka the Gaming Granny, who has been posting in-game videos Skyrim. And Ark. And Mad Max. She’s also an avid quilter, as far as I can tell, but let me tell you what’s awesome about her gaming videos.
- She narrates the whole thing at a pace that is leisurely and not edited to just show highlights.
- She asks her viewers for help when she’s stuck.
- She sasses the NPCs, other players, and storyline advancing dialogue.
- She is, like, the best indicator of out-of-the-box usability of a game.
And she LOVES every single thing she receives and learns all throughout her play sessions which basically makes me smile non-stop.
Number four is by far the most useful of this list. Being able to easily identify issues in the usability of your software, regardless of whether or not it’s a game, is extremely helpful. From a human standpoint, however, what she does is so comfortingly genuine that you can’t help but watch.
In case you weren’t sold on watching these videos yet, let me tell you this: watching her play is like watching your inner-monologue play out. It’s you, but free from anger and frustration at a game that doesn’t behave like you want because you’ve played a thousand hours worth of them.
Watch her and know her and love her, my friends!