This grandma will kill you with kindness in Call of Duty

This grandma will kill you with kindness in Call of Duty

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Michelle Statham settles into her gaming setup at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and starts a digital gunbattle with a Baby Yoda doll. She loses, but then laughs.

Statham usually plays 'Call of Duty: Warzone' with friends online while fans and other gaming community members watch along.

But there's a crucial difference: Statham plays under her online alias, TacticalGramma.

At 56, Statham is one of the oldest female video game streamers. Her highlights have gone viral on the short-form video app TikTok, where she has gained more than 300,000 followers

Statham's stream is not markedly different from many others, and she thanks people who donate and answers questions about her stream.

AARP found that 44 percent of Americans over the age of 50 play at least once a month.

Statham's stream is particularly wholesome and embraces positivity and good vibes. She said she has a connection with her followers and friends who stream with her.

Sherrie Drepaul, whose stream name is Snooty Wizard, streams with Statham often. She says Statham makes gaming fun.

Statham's streaming has made the experience less competitive and more fun for women and older people, and has made the space more inclusive for them.

Statham started streaming video games when she developed arthritis in her thumbs and couldn't comfortably operate a controller for a standard video game console anymore.

Statham has been streaming for a year and a half and says she enjoys entertaining the community as well as playing the game.

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