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 08-18-2008, 09:08 PM         #1
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Aug 18 - 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero
 

 
Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:29PM EDT



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 hadn'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 And then there's the issue of games going out of date and being replaced by something new.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.

What do you think, parents? Did Peebles' folks do the right thing in letting their son drop out of school?



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92 comments for "Aug 18 - 16-year-old drops out of school to play Guitar Hero"

 08-18-2008, 09:20 PM         #2
iThink  OP
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"gift certificates, gaming equipment, and chicken sandwiches,"
I died right here.
 08-18-2008, 09:21 PM         #3
SignalSoldier  OP
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there will always be people like him to make my Mickey D's Sweet Tea.
 08-18-2008, 09:31 PM         #4
twist805  OP
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f*ckin white kids
go to school, get a good education, and play guitar hero when your done wit your homework
 9 years ago '05        #5
b_eazy 61 heat pts61
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if he's content wit $25000/ yr then let the lame do him

On some real talk though, there's no way I'd ever let my son pull some sh*t like this, he need some btter guidance.
 9 years ago '05        #6
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 twist805 said:
f*ckin white kids
go to school, get a good education, and play guitar hero when your done wit your homework
when did the article state this kid was white? step your way of thinking up man....even if the dude is white who gives a fu*k.....your statement should read "fu*king humans"

humans do stupid sh*t no matter what the color of their skin....your ignorant and will continue to fail at life by thinking the way you do
 9 years ago '07        #7
eggosiazon 
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guitar hero is a hell of a game...
 08-18-2008, 09:53 PM         #8
twist805  OP
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 whywoogy said:
when did the article state this kid was white? step your way of thinking up man....even if the dude is white who gives a fu*k.....your statement should read "fu*king humans"

humans do stupid sh*t no matter what the color of their skin....your ignorant and will continue to fail at life by thinking the way you do
you can easily tell by his last name, and yes alot of humans are f*cked, but since they are talkin bout this kid and itz easy as hell to tell he is white then imma say "f*ckin white kids", and just cuz i made that statement doesnt mean imma fail at life please
 08-18-2008, 09:54 PM         #9
gotocollege  OP
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 twist805 said:
f*ckin white kids
go to school, get a good education, and play guitar hero when your done wit your homework
white kids? i think you just mean kids, im pretty sure black and latino kids drop out more often
 08-18-2008, 09:57 PM         #10
iThink  OP
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 b_eazy said:
if he's content wit $25000/ yr then let the lame do him

On some real talk though, there's no way I'd ever let my son pull some sh*t like this, he need some btter guidance.
It said $25,000 in EIGHT years

Dude is setting himself up for total, epic, life failure.
 08-18-2008, 09:58 PM         #11
qstr8  OP
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I ain't gonna blast da lil dude even tho he needs to take his a.ss back to school. I can't talk, I dropped outa college for beatin da sh*t out n*ggas in Madden. Just quit goin to school. I was superb though while it lasted. I beat n*ggas dat was winning Madden tournaments that were in Baltimore and various places. Dis n*gga need to learn from me... now I got a mothafu*kin uniform n da mothafu*kin military.
 9 years ago '04        #12
enetblazin4eva 4 heat pts
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This thread made me think about South Park.

Heroin Hero
Chicken san-wich -Goobacks
 9 years ago '05        #13
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 twist805 said:
you can easily tell by his last name, and yes alot of humans are f*cked, but since they are talkin bout this kid and itz easy as hell to tell he is white then imma say "f*ckin white kids", and just cuz i made that statement doesnt mean imma fail at life please
so im guessing Ann Peebles and Mario Van Peebles are white?

you keep on making ignorant statements and are not proving anything but your closed mind....again yes step up they way you think or you will continue to fail at life
 9 years ago '05        #14
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 twist805 said:
you can easily tell by his last name, and yes alot of humans are f*cked, but since they are talkin bout this kid and itz easy as hell to tell he is white then imma say "f*ckin white kids", and just cuz i made that statement doesnt mean imma fail at life please
Melvin Van Peebles anyone?

And you are ignorant.
 9 years ago '05        #15
Dat 1 Dude 
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dude tripping.. but it said he got a tutor, so as long as he get his ged, then i guess.. my child wouldn't pull no sh*t like tho..
 9 years ago '05        #16
carden2 15 heat pts15
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 SignalSoldier said:
there will always be people like him to make my Mickey D's Sweet Tea.
exactly. sh*t i got 1 semester left of college then i start grad school in spring. and i think this the competition of our generation when getting jobs is a fu*ken joke. these baby ma fu*kers cry about everything. everything seems unfair and too hard and ma fu*ker just give in. i can't wait to take the best paying job with ease cus ma fu*kers like this dude are bi*ch a.ss babies.
 9 years ago '05        #17
whywoogy 
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 KingCapo said:
Melvin Van Peebles anyone?

And you are ignorant.




marios dad....yes this dude is ignorant
 9 years ago '06        #18
beantown 74 heat pts74
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 twist805 said:
f*ckin white kids
go to school, get a good education, and play guitar hero when your done wit your homework
did u just say something that stupid?? Like there's not black kids that drop out?
 08-18-2008, 10:21 PM         #19
twist805  OP
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maybe i am ignorant i dont give a f*ck, just cuz my judgement on one thing was far from the best doesnt mean imma fail at life, please im pretty well educated but i like to talk sh*t from time to time sooo
 08-18-2008, 10:31 PM         #20
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 gotocollege said:
white kids? i think you just mean kids, im pretty sure black and latino kids drop out more often
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