- Nov 14, 2012
It's 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning when Michelle Statham settles into her gaming setup: three monitors, two PCs, a camera, headphones and a microphone. Colorful lights accent the walls, and a Baby Yoda doll is perched on the shelf behind her.
A few minutes later, she's in the middle of a digital gunbattle — one she loses. "I thought I pulled the trigger first," Statham yelled. "This is fine, chat, because then I can drink my coffee and wake up," she said on a recent stream, referring to the chatroom she interacts with.
Like many other people who stream themselves playing video games, she's settling in for a four- to five-hour session in which she plays with friends online while fans and other gaming community members watch along. Statham usually plays "Call of Duty: Warzone," a popular first-person-shooter game in which she fights with a team in a digital battlefield until only one team remains.
But there's a crucial difference between Statham and most of the people who will watch her play online that is evident in her online alias: TacticalGramma.
At 56, Statham is one of the oldest female video game streamers