Shirley Curry, more popularly known as Skyrim Grandma, has announced she'll be taking a step back from streaming for health reasons, which are directly related to the taxing schedule, number-obsessed comments, and the rest.
Curry announced the news via her YouTube channel, where she discussed the aforementioned reasons in greater detail. It all ultimately boils down to a once-fun activity that's become a source of stress along the way, something her age isn't exactly helping with.
All the spotlight and the surge of popularity that followed brought in the sort of viewers that are more interested in the stats game, which in games like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is quite a huge playing field.
Shirley's love for the game, however, was never about making a killing machine or speedrunning the game. It was about roleplaying, which also happens to be in the title of the genre, but many viewers had other ideas and seem to have been a bit pushy about it.
"I know about the HUD. I know about the different mechanics of how to play the game. I don't have to be reminded and told, or taught", she said. "Also I'm tired of trying to explain roleplay to people".
Shirley also found the dark side of the streaming spotlight, the one that has content creators in a merciless loop of playing, recording and looking at the numbers. The number of subscribers didn't match the end result, which ultimately made her once jolly Skyrim playthroughs a source of stress.
Curry will take a few weeks off, after which she will continue to play and post, but most likely in a shorter format. We wish her good luck and the outpouring of support has been wonderful, but she's well aware of what that means in practice.