If you have never heard of Shirley Curry then you are definitely doing yourself a disservice, even if you’re not a Skyrim fan as I personally subscribed a while ago just to listen to her calm, homely demeanor. This gaming-granny is probably the most loved 82-year-old YouTuber on the internet due to her utter passion for playing Skyrim, but Shirley’s recent comment on a YouTube video regarding The Elder Scrolls VI release window, truly broke the gaming communities heart by saying “Well, I guess that puts the nail in my coffin, literally!!! When Skyrim 6 comes out I’ll be 88!! So I probably won’t get to play it, so I’m going to quit dreaming for it!!!”.
Reddit user phantom-scribbler decided to take matters into their own hands and get the ball rolling in a plea for Shirley Curry to become immortalized in The Elder Scrolls VI as a follower. Naturally, a lot of people were on board with this concept given how liked and respected “Grandma Shirley” is in the Skyrim community. This then led to a change.org campaign which currently has 1740 signatures and raising every second. The petition reads:
“Shirley Curry is an 82-year-old grandmother who runs her own channel on YouTube (with the help of her grandson). Shirley plays The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as another first-person RPG’s in a way that, is often received as fresh and gentle as well as entertaining and thoughtful…”
“…Sadly, the next Elder Scrolls game won’t be released until Shirley is 88 years old, which means that unfortunately, she may not get to play it. As Bethesda has demonstrated with another fan named Erik West, they are willing to include dedicated fans of their series into their games.”
Phantom-scribbler made another post on Reddit to ask the gaming community for their guidance in helping to make a grandma Shirley themed follower mod for Skyrim as they didn’t want to wait any longer due to the length of time it could take Bethesda.
“A lot of you said we should go ahead and mod her into the game right now. I asked Ms. Curry (Grandma Shirley) and she is enthusiastically on board” said Phantom-scribbler ” She has given permission not only to base it on her but to use audio clips from her videos so it’s actually her voice. She’s also agreed to record any specific dialogue the modder might need.”
Thankfully, Phantom-scribbler has found a modder willing to take the task on and they’re asking the community for help and support in choosing dialogue and sounds. I do hope this comes together and if you feel that you could help with this, please head over to the subreddit which has been made in support of this worthy cause.