16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero

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Post16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Clarkman » Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:45 am

16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
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Regular readers know that I love video games as much as the next guy. In fact, my right ankle is still sore from drumming my way through a marathon Rock Band session last night (who knew calibrating the TV would make such a difference!?), and I'm always looking for the latest titles to pop into my Xbox.

But how much gaming is too much? For North Carolina native Blake Peebles, there's no such thing. Guitar Hero is his title of choice. "I usually play till I can't anymore," he says, in this profile from the News & Observer.

In fact, young Mr. Peebles is dropping out of high school... in order to focus on Guitar Hero full time. Peebles hopes to join the small but growing crew of players looking to make gaming a job. Citing his victories in Guitar Hero tournaments, which include "gift certificates, gaming equipment, and chicken sandwiches," Peebles thinks he has the chops to play competitively and earn actual money in the process. As the story notes, top gamers on the competitive circuit can earn up to $80,000 a year (though $25,000 is more common). Peebles, of course, can count his 52 Chick-fil-A combo meals toward that total.

I was at first inclined to disparage the decision by his parents to let Peebles drop out of school, but it seems a little less ridiculous when you delve into the facts. Peebles hahdn't been doing well in school and wasn't liked, and even now he isn't gaming full time. He has a tutor that provides a private education, and his parents say he's doing well with the more focused instruction and that their son now even does his homework without complaint. (Presumably he can hit the axe sooner after he's finished his studies.)

However, I worry that Peebles, who's just 16, may have a tough road ahead trying to break into competitive gaming. The costs of traveling to tournaments alone can totally outstrip earnings, and the amount of training can be grueling. Sponsorships are often a pipe dream. And then there's the issue of games going out of date and being replaced by something new. Traditional athletes never have to worry about, say, distance running being upgraded with a new version, but many games can go out of style, fast. In the end, there's just not much cash there: One gamer, quoted at the end of the linked article, says that in eight years his total earnings are about $25,000 total, and that's including a national championship in Halo 2.


Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/101746

What do we think of this? The height of parental irresponsibility?

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by TheTurnipKing » Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:53 am

Not even close. I mean, they got him a tutor.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Zerudaaaaa! » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:09 am

Good on him.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Daniel » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:11 am

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Rax » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:44 am

What happens when theres no more Guitar Hero tournaments in a year or two? Or if theres someone whos better then him and he dosent start winning all round him?

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by TheTurnipKing » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:16 am

Raxicori wrote:What happens when theres no more Guitar Hero tournaments in a year or two? Or if theres someone whos better then him and he dosent start winning all round him?

He gets a white collar job like many of the rest of us?

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Rax » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:04 am

TheTurnipKing wrote:
Raxicori wrote:What happens when theres no more Guitar Hero tournaments in a year or two? Or if theres someone whos better then him and he dosent start winning all round him?

He gets a white collar job like many of the rest of us?


Yeah but having spent little to no time around other people will he be able to function in a normal job?

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Red Devil » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:16 am

Raxicori wrote:
TheTurnipKing wrote:
Raxicori wrote:What happens when theres no more Guitar Hero tournaments in a year or two? Or if theres someone whos better then him and he dosent start winning all round him?

He gets a white collar job like many of the rest of us?


Yeah but having spent little to no time around other people will he be able to function in a normal job?


It's not like he's going to become socially retarded from playing videogames. Loads of people play in tournaments all the time. At least he's still receiving an education which is a good thing.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Shadow » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:40 am

If he wasn't doing well at school then I see no problem with this, in fact, if his parents are paying for private tuition then this is actually more responsible than leaving him to fail at high school.

And I'm pretty sure that his parents have moved him out of school so he can be taught at home, not so he can play Guitar Hero.

And Raxicori, why would he not be able to function with other people? He was in mainstream school up until 16!

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Rax » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:29 am

Yeah but in the article it says he wasnt well liked, surely the solution isnt pulling him out of school and home schooling him with his only contact with people his own age coming at gaming tournaments? Such little contact with his peer group will hurt him in the long run. If he does well fair play to him but I cant see how this can be a good idea.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Super-Quicksand » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:50 am

This is ridiculous. He should go to school like everyone else. Videogames are good, but there's way more to life.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by RandomHero » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:12 am

There are a lot of people in the world who are home schooled, I don't see how this is going to be any different to any of those except the fact that the kid is ridiculously good at guitar hero.

Just to clear up, I don't really like the idea of home schooling because it doesn't help socially most of the time, but this story is just stupid to make it sound like he is dropping out of school to play guitar hero.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Shadow » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:28 am

RandomHero wrote:Just to clear up, I don't really like the idea of home schooling because it doesn't help socially most of the time, but this story is just stupid to make it sound like he is dropping out of school to play guitar hero.


Exactly, he's been pulled out of school, by his parents, because he's not doing very well, (who I assume are wealthy if they're paying for home schooling), but he wants to play Guitar Hero for a living, which there's nothing wrong with. He's still getting an education which is probably better than what he was getting at school.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by Balloon Sod » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:11 am

Super-Quicksand wrote:This is ridiculous. He should go to school like everyone else. Videogames are good, but there's way more to life.


He wasn't liked at school. He's being home-schooled.

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PostRe: 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
by randomguy » Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:17 am

"Not doing well at school" is an understatement. Choosing a career like that would suggest he suffered brain damage at some point in his life, or he's a Celtic fan. Probably both.

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