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Every day, in the small town of Rocky Point, Virginia, an 80-year-old widow sits down to enjoy her favorite pastime: Killing zombies and other creatures on her way to confront Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who wants to destroy the world.

Meet Shirley Curry, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of one, and, in her own words: “game addict.” Like other gamers, Shirley narrates her daily adventures and posts them to YouTube. Her daily dispatches from the forests, dungeons, cities, towns, fortresses and villages of Skyrim have earned her more than 140,000 YouTube subscribers.

Shirley joined YouTube in 2011 to watch and comment other gamers’ adventures. Fellow commenters encouraged her to record her own progress. Shirley posted her first video September 18, 2015. That video now has more than 1.1 million views.

“I went to my video page and good grief, there were so many comments,” she told her local newspaper, the Roanoke Times.

Shirley calls her video watchers “my grandkids.” These devoted faux-relatives collect and share her “Shirley-isms.” Reddit users have described her as the “female Bob Ross of gaming” based on her colorful and soothing commentary. Some of our favorite “isms” include:

  • “Now let’s go find and eliminate these happy little campers.”
  • “That’s empty, that’s empty, and that’s MINE!”
  • “Now we just taste the deathbell to find out one of the uses. And, see, here I’m poisoned. That’s okay because I’m just gonna sleep it off on this bedroll here. Oops! would you look at that? There are enemies around so I can’t sleep yet. Well, I think I’m just going to have to find them and show them a lesson…”
  • “Well, it seems we’ve inadvertently assaulted this chicken and angered the entire town. It’s okay, we call this a happy accident.”

In addition to 140,000 YouTube subscribers, Shirley has more than more than 2,500 followers on Twitter, more than 1,500 followers on Instagram, and more than 1,000 on Twitch.


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