300,000 YouTube Fans
Mori isn’t new to the gaming world, and has played some 200 titles since she took up the hobby some 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.
“I discovered that there was this fascinating thing that existed in the world,” she said.
She has played most of the gaming world’s smash hits including “Super Mario Brothers”, “Dragon Quest”, “Final Fantasy” and “Call of Duty”, and admits to sometimes staying up until 2am when she is sucked into a session.
Her favorite games include action-adventure series “Grand Theft Auto” and popular fantasy role-playing game “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”.
“You can do whatever you want to” in a game, she said, describing them as a “motivation in life.”
Mori usually plays alone at home, 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 and millions of views with content featuring her gaming but also showing her daily life.
“It’s fun being watched by a lot of people, rather than playing alone,” she said of her “Gamer Grandma” channel.
Among her videos is one showing her blowing out candles on a cake to celebrate her 90th birthday with her family. Another features her “unboxing” a brand-new PlayStation console.
At 90, Mori is fighting fit, but she says some state-of-the-art games require agile hand motions that can prove challenging.
“It’s getting hard. It really is,” she said, describing exercises she does with her fingers and hands every day to keep herself game-ready.