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A few days ago, more exactly,
past Tuesday, I was roaming the internet as I would have found normal or
typical like every other day I do. I would get home, relax, put my feet up and
inevitably feeding myself on the daily gaming news has become inherent to my
But this time a different kind
of news popped up on the timeline. It was the report on a very special case
that happened not too long ago on a Gamestop store. It was the story of a
little kid with his brother and his dad on the odyssey of obtaining a new
videogame for the young pal.
But the story doesn't flow as
nice as you can possibly imagine. Things got a little out of control within
that little family.
But it's the end of the story
that got me the most. The way it was solved and how people are able to, through
little acts, change the way we perceive them forever.
Because sometimes it's the little actions that count the most.
They're the ones that resonate the most.
So let me tell you the story
of the 2 brothers and his dad that occurred that day on that Gamestop store.
So the little family had gone
to the store with the intentions of getting a new videogame for the younger
brother, as the kid and his older brother were browsing the catalog that
Gamestop had to offer, Kristen Wolfe, the Gamestop's shift manager and a blogger
too, spotted the family inside the store and decided to keep an eye on them if
any questions arised from them in the search for the kid's newest title.
The kid had its objective and
mind focused on one kind of game and one kind of game only. One where it had a
female protagonist. As well as acquiring a purple Xbox 360 controller, which he
said was his favorite color out of them all. (I secretly love purple too)
After a decent enough search
around the store the 2 of them set their eyes on Mirror's Edge.
But shortly after this, the
father stepped in the store to check out how were the 2 boys doing with the
shopping. The father saw the kid had picked Mirror's Edge, a game title with a
woman on the cover. The father disagreed immediately. He clearly didn't approve
of his son's choice. Dad now started pushing the young one to get "something
more manly", the father showed him Dead Island instead of Mirror's Edge. Even
against the little boy's protestations of wanting to buy Mirror's Edge.
That is the moment where the
oldest brother comes in. He told his Dad "It's my money, it's my gift to him, if that's
what he wants I'm getting it for him, and if you're going to hit anyone for it,
it's going to be me."
The father just gives the
big brother a stern stare down, and then proceeds to leave the store at
once. The young brother is crying quietly. This is where Kristen comes in.
She walks over and she ruffles
her hair. All of this happened in front of her.
She says "I'm a girl, and I like the color
blue, and I like shooting games. There's nothing wrong with what you like. Even
if it's different than what people think you should."
She smiles, he smiles back.
She stated her heart almost melt that moment. Then big brother leans down,
kisses the little brother on the head and says:
"Don't worry dude."
This is definitely one of a
kind story that we not always might hear about. Maybe this kind of events
happen around the world 24/7 but we may never know or find a way to know about
it. But this particular case managed to slip and now thousands of gamers know
the story of the little brother and his big brother.
It's these type of little stories
that make you reflect a little on the kind of actions you do in every day life.
I've met hundreds upon hundreds of people all across my life, may it be
relatives or people who I just run over while walking on the street or watching them whil sitting
on the car. We meet and see an incredible amount of people that it's kind of
inevitable to just not run into one of these cases.
I can recall certain events
like this that I have been either fortunately or unfortunately to presence.
Not many people believe in
destiny. I personally believe in it. I believe in the way
history aligns you with other kind of same people in your travels. The
way life puts them in front of you like if they were some kind of test.
"Here they are. There's a problem
about to rise. I've chosen you, are you going to stand up and do something, or
are you simply going to walk away?"
Unfortunately, most of the
cases I've presenced are just not that simple enough to deal with them. The
world, as it may look like and as we perceive it, is a cruel, cold and hard
place at times. I've seen children getting pushed around by their fathers and
clearly demonstrating the father does not love the child at all, like if the
child had the fault of ever ruining the man's life by deciding to simply, live.
Or seeing at school a new kid getting verbally bullied around by other kids. Or
seeing an unhappy couple and the woman being clearly abused by the man.
But, what am I supposed to do
in those cases? What am I capable of, what am I capable of doing even though I
might disturb the other people by getting into things that aren't really my
Well, that's the never ending
question. What are you capable of becoming just to help another person
in need? How far would you go, how much would you change, how would you break
from your daily personality to stand up for one little person who could use
your hand in that moment? Life plants them in your sight, you have the choice
to influence or simply walk away.
But sometimes things aren't
that simple. If you decide to help that one person from whatever trouble they're
upon, they're now your responsibility. You know what I mean?
After influencing in their
lives, and possibly changing it forever, those lives, these people now form
part of the decisions you have taken along the way. They are showing their hand
that needs help, but are you capable of living with and taking care of them the
moment after you offer your help?
Once you help them, you become
attached to that person.
Because life has both put you
in that special situation.
Bound by something stronger
than just an experience. Or a seemingly simple daily situation.
Bound by destiny.
Of course, not all cases of
people you come across are just that simple like I've said before. You could
help them, but there's a limit or a point until you could possibly help them
without invading their lives or breaking any kind of moral law. To want to
influence on an ever decaying relationship might be a good example. How you can
help without getting too much into their own personal lives, how to help
without creating some kind of disturbance.
But the truth is, if we may
choose to help this kind of people, not all outcomes are going to be
necessarily positive. We have the choice of changing their lives. But just as
we may influence positively on them, we can also negatively change their lives
That is why we must consider
if we're capable and ready to help those in need. You need to reflect if you
can positively change their lives, because negatively influencing over a life
isn't just a simple screw up. That one climatic moment in their lives and you
can just come and change them. Forever.
The cases where you might be
able to lend the perfect help for someone aren't the same I could possibly
provide my help for other type of people. We are all different to a point, and
we all solve things in a different way and manner.
All kinds of people for all
kinds of trouble in this world.
If I had been Kristen, I
probably would have taken a stand in that one specific situation. But in a way
without creating any kind of disturbance like upsetting the father over trying
to influence on their lives, which would later lead to a complaint by the
father and negatively affecting me in the way, and without even making a change
in the little boy's life.
You would need to think 2
times before trying to lend a hand and changing a person's life. Because those kinds
of events aren't something we can presence every day on our lives.
Whether it's you or me
actually standing up and doing something about it, or simply walking away.
are only capable of doing what we are capable to do.
It's just the way sometimes life is.
Because we have to understand we can't always help those who are around
No matter how simple or complex the situation might be.
They're different people with different feelings, different emotions and different troubles.
They're not us.
And we can't always say what we want.
I read this story online too a few days ago. It's very touching what the brother did. I wish the father and more people in the world could be more understanding.
Who cares if the boy wants to play mirrors edge! It's an awesome game! Who cares if the boy wants a purple controller! Father needs to grow up.
Thats an amazing blog. Im a father myself and have added a couple of new children by having my girlfriend and her son and daughter move in. Joel (her son) is only 4 but we have a heck of a good time together. I teach him how to annoy his mother, pick his nose without anyone seeing, play marvel vs capcom and help me with his nerf guns when I play BF3. I couldn't imagine treating a kid like that over a video game purchase.
Great blog! That dad needs to realize "to each his own" applies to kids, too!
P.S. Mirror's Edge is an awesome game! Why would he be so hostile towards it?
Wow. That's really a bittersweet story.
I couldn't imagine witnessing a father treat his sons like that, let alone do it myself (even though I'm a girl... eh, beside the point.).
Let's just say that if I were Kirsten, I would've done the same thing.
Great read, by the way. Not a lot of blogs here give me such a complex topic to ponder like you did.
What a awesome story. It was kind of interesting to me.
That was awesome :) what a great thing to do. Now if only my older brother was like that XD He still doesn't know I've been reading his issues of GameInformer~
If this father is like this over games, I can't stand to wonder how he treats his own children over other things. That father is a sad, sad man.
As a father of four what I would do and what I would like to do are very different things. what I would have done is porbaly tried to tell the dad that mirrors edge is not a girly game but what I would like to do is string him up by his ***.
Good post! I also read this story recently, and was so inspired. In the news there can be so much negativity broadcast, but it's always nice to see the good side of humanity. I like that you reflected about it here. You raise a very good point about thinking that you can't always change someone or something that doesn't want to be helped or changed. Very true- as hard as it can be sometimes.
All I can say is cool story bro..... no, I mean REALLY, cool story. This kind of thing, like you aptly describe, is not something that happens every day, but it presents the type of decision that we should be ready to face in life should the occasion arise. We have the power to make a difference in other people's lives just by being in contact with them, and these changes should not be taken lightly or ignored. Thank you for bringing this particular situation to my awareness, it was really touching and thought provoking. Keep up the good blogs bro. :)
Great blog! It was well thought out and makes you think.