By Christopher “Scyle” Hesson
The internet has made itself out to be truly a dominant force to be reckoned with. It has improved the lives of everyone around it, it propelled mankind into the age of information where anything we need to know is at our fingertips. It has revolutionized the medical industry, etc etc. There is one downside though, at least: It has disconnected us from each other. It’s curious how the ability to communicate with just about anyone in the world has made it to where we tend to distance ourselves from one another. Working at the Pixel Playground has been interesting and provides an interesting concept and that concept is “togetherness.” Potentially one of the coolest things I’ve seen in the time span we’ve been open are the younger generations (ages 5~12-13) becoming instant friends. They see other kids have similar interests and suddenly they’re buddies without even knowing their names. In a way, we’re reintroducing what we’ve lost.
Truth be told, I haven’t seen it only one time or with a single child. I’ve seen it happen multiple times and with different children at different ages and ethnicities and genders. The owner’s son, Oscar, is a great example. Oscar is a five year old who suffers from being shy. His voice is mousy, but his sense of adventure is held back by nothing except for that fear. When he comes into the store, both of his parents say they can barely recognize his attitude. He sees kids his age playing things that he likes and suddenly that shy little 5 year old is sitting next to them, playing or helping them out. I’ve seen friends of my own bring their kids in and instantly make friends. At one point we even hosted a small group that just met playing Roblox. I grew up in the time that this started to die off and slowly get replaced with home consoles and online gaming. It’s way too often I see kids with their noses buried in their tablets or absorbed in the TV at home.
Personally, I find it rewarding to offer younger generations the ability to connect with others that have similar interests. The online world can be fickle. Anonymity can create a hazardous environment to play in, but the Pixel Playground will always be warm and welcoming. Everyone who comes in is instantly a friend and everyone will always have someone to play with. For children like Oscar, this store is a haven. It’s familiar and yet inviting. There is no hate or discrimination, there are no outcasts because anyone and everyone are welcome and it’s important we teach children that, even if they are different, they truly aren’t because everyone is.
Thanks for reading! Have a good day and stay GODLIKE!
Christopher “Scyle” is an avid gamer. His passion for gaming is what lead him to actually talk to his previous manager and Pixel Playground owner Brian. He’s also a fan of good food and writing. He’s also a competitive gamer! If he’s not dunking Ryu’s on Street Fighter, you can find him on his Youtube @ScyleOrnitier, his Twitter @iScyle, or his Twitch channel @Scyle_