A Gamestop Manager’s Tribute To The Best Big Brother Ever

A Gamestop Manager’s Tribute To The Best Big Brother Ever

Sometimes, it’s the little acts of heroism that make the biggest impression. Blogger Kristen Wolfe has written a humbly triumphant tribute to one such everyday hero, a young man who stood up for his little brother’s right to enjoy “girly” video games.

Wolfe, who works as a shift manager at a Gamestop, witnessed a strapping young man helping his younger brother shop for a game. They looked through a few different titles, with the younger one intent on finding a game with a female main character, as well as a purple controller, which he said was his favorite of all the colours. The two eventually settled on Mirror’s Edge.

However, the boys’ father came into the shop and clearly didn’t approve of the choice, pushing the younger son to get something “manly” like Dead Island, despite his younger son’s protestations.

That’s when big brother stepped in. He said to his Dad “It’s my money, it’s my gift to him, if it’s what he wants I’m getting it for him, and if your going to hit anyone for it, it’s going to be me.” Dad just gives his oldest son a strong stern stare down, and then leaves the store. Little brother is crying quietly, I walk over and ruffle his hair (yes this happened all in front of me.) I say “I’m a girl, and I like the colour 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.” I smile, he smiles back (my heart melts!) Big brother then leans down, kisses little brother on the head, and says “Don’t worry dude.” They check out and leave, and all I can think is how awesome big brother is, how sweet little brother is, and how Dad ought to be ashamed for trying to make his son any other way.

Aw! That is about the best story I read this week. We should all be so lucky as to have an older brother like that.

Dear Customer who stuck up for his little brother, [Sweet up ‘n Down]


  • Dad sounds like a jerk. Probably one of those sub-humans who would disown their children if it turns out they’re homosexual.

    • I’m going to make a broad sweeping generalisation about someone’s enitre personality based upon an isolated incident.

      Because I have a giant brain.

    • it’s easy for us to say these things because we live in a much more liberal world populated with pop-cultural icons that are comfortable with expressing their feminine side. but remember that the generation above us were absolutely bombarded with social pressures that we did not face.

      You probably don’t realize it but we have a lot of social pressures heaped on our heads that are unique to our generation. And I guanantee that when you grow up and have kids and the world changes drastically compared to the values that you grew up with, you;ll end up transferring your own social pressures onto your kids and you’ll do it because you’re trying to protect your kids.

      Don’t be so judgemental. That father grew up in a generation that was convinced that playing with dolls made you gay and thus shunned by society and outcast. Would you want your son to be shunned and outcast from society? Probably not.

      That’s the problem with the internet, it’s ful of kids who are super parents that haven’t even got their own kids yet.

      • ….erm. There is no excuse for disowning your own child because of thier sexuality. Don’t try using the generation gap as an argument piece either. Being upset that your child likes girly games is very different to disowning them.

      • Thats making the assumption there aren’t parents who DON’T treat their children like that. How do you explain them?

        Secondly, being from a different generation does not excuse the unenlightened. And I reserve the right to judge morons as morons.

        This namby pamby “I was just following society’s orders” bull, is a dumb argument when the enlightenment about this sort of thing has already happened.

  • Eh, not sure what’s girly about Mirror’s Edge. One of the most pure fun, iconic (if a little flawed) games of 2008. The dad’s a d-bag for the ages.

    • i concur, first of all, nothing wrong with purple… purple is actually quite a nice colour… Mirror’s Edge rocks, hell Portal has a female protagonist as well, would be considered girly and make me gay? if so, ooohh boi do i have some explanation to do for my wife

  • Great to hear the older brother stepping in. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to narrow minded and arrogant fathers – I would know. Awesome. Well done.

  • Aw man, I’m choking up here. *sniff* Big brother is a hero – that would have taken some courage. Thanks for sharing, Kotaku!

  • This is a great story. The dad’s douchosity is exceeded only by the awesomeness of that big brother. The thing that really warms the heart is the love that big brother shows for his sibling, even with a parent who is summed up by the big brother suggesting someone may be hit for their choice in colour and games. Restores my faith in the ability for decent human beings to spring from non-ideal circumstances.

  • All I can think of after reading this is that great little video of a young girl in a toy store complaining about how all the “girl” toys are pink and all the “boy” toys are blue.

  • What’s wrong with purple? It’s the main colour of the 3rd Street Saints, one of my most badass guitars is purple, Mace Windu’s lightsaber is purple and let us not forget The Joker.

    Idiot dad is an idiot and awesome big brother is awesome!

  • My 13 year old son recently got into those new My Little Pony cartoons. That’s cool! I just don’t want him talking about it in public… LOL! He even changed his gamer tag to “Fluttershy”…

    Anyway, the drive home from the Gamestop must’ve been frosty!…

  • The story was already debunked as pure bullshittery by NeoGAF and others hours before it was even posted on Kotaku USA. I look forward to the day when Allure gives Gawker the finger and OZtaku strike out on their own as Serrels and team hardly need their competent articles about video games and local content sullied by passing off what’s hot on Reddit as investigative journalism and game cakes from the yahoos staffing the main site.

    • When I was reading through this, I kept thinking the saccharine level was just seeping through the floorboards. Im sorry but I did smell a rat. It’s why I never posted. Sorry but it was just too ‘perfect’ and too ‘disney’. The angry father, the tough older brother, the younger effeminate 10 year old being loved by the brother and the effeminate shopkeeper? Yeah sorry… no. Don’t buy it.

    • Outside the opening paragraph claiming ‘you thought I didn’t really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you’ only to have said scenario detached shopkeep directly interact with the two brothers such as ruffling the kid’s hair and giving Oscar-worthy words of encouragement to ‘the little guy’?

      Not having permanent brain damage is one way which makes me think the story is made up. That and I read on the internet it was fake so it must be true.

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