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Welcome friends to a special let’s player highlight edition of Another Castle!

I know that I usually focus on video game characters during Another Castle, but I think this woman should be just as celebrated as any character for what she brings to the gaming world. Meet Shirley Curry, or Grandma Shirley, as she calls herself, a 79-year-old grandmother from Virginia with a Let’s Play channel with nearly 115,000 subscribers.

juliet starling

In the last several years, there have been more zombie-slayer games than we know what to do with. Especially since a lot of them seem to have the same idea behind them: the world is ending, you have no idea how or why this is happening, but you just need to survive. You use your limited skills and probably a big gun to force your way through hordes of the undead until you can find some sort of sanctuary.

faithconnors

Faith Connors of Mirror’s Edge fame has won praise all over gaming culture for her non-sexualized design and her realistic body type. And we love that. We love when female character are designed to be more accessible and relatable to all audiences, not just desired by some and scorned by others. But obviously, there’s much more to her than that.

samus aran

We’ve all had our “Samus Moment.” You know the one: the moment where we can’t help but blurt out, “Samus is a girl?!”

I had mine when I played Super Smash Bros: Melee with my brothers, and one of us activated Samus’s smash attack, and she came back without her suit, bearing her long, blond ponytail and all.

You might’ve had yours while actually playing Metroid as a kid, or a friend could have spilled the beans. What did you feel? Confusion? Shock? Joy?

This week, Another Castle explores Samus Aran, the original “Anything you can do I can do better, and I can do it in four-inch heels.”