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Thread: Parents Let Kid Drop Out of High School to Focus on Guitar Hero

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    Blake Peebles, a 16-year-old in Raleigh, N.C., whose parents have let him drop out of school so that he can focus on a professional gaming career via Guitar Hero.

    Blake convinced his folks (that is, "We couldn't take the complaining anymore," said his mom) to let him drop out last September. They hired in-home tutors to continue his education there, at least, but there's no doubt priority number one is Guitar Hero. There's a vaguely defined goal of Blake playing it professionally, either through Major League Gaming or by winning prizes in a national and international competitions. But so far he's only made about $1,000, most of that value realized in meals and other freebies won at local competitions. The other pro gamer the reporter contacted for this story said he's cashed in about $25,000 in his entire career.

    The description of Blake's room, his interests (or lack thereof) , and his folks' decision to let him do this just ... well, the don't make anyone look good. It would be one thing if the guy was a bona fide music or athletic prodigy. However quixotic a career in either field might be for the majority who pursue it, at least there's a long history of it paying off if you are that good enough. But Blake's never touched a real guitar (cue up the get-a-life bait). He didn't seem interested in much of anything in high school (a Christian academy where his parents had enrolled him) and wheedled his way out of going by complaining that it was a waste of time. (That line should sound very familiar to my folks. If only playing Master of the Lamps on the Commodore 64 could have won me some free Chik-Fil-A. I might have had better luck.)

    You gotta read it to believe it, and nearly three weeks after it was first published, it is still one of The News & Observer's top e-mailed stories. Try to keep it civil in the comments, gang, especially if you aren't a parent. I'm not, but I'll admit this blows my mind.

    http://kotaku.com/5037975/parents-le...on-guitar-hero
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    XXXXXX. This is just like the story I heard on the news where the parents were supporting their daughters career as a porn star.
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    Its just like the episode of South Park!!!
    -Computer $1500.00
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    -Monthly electricity bill $245.00
    -Convincing a Socialist that incentive is the mother of motivation,

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    A pornstar can at least make enough money for quite a while.

    But how long will guitar hero remain popular enough that competitions could be a viable way of financing?

    Mind you, if the parents have enough money that they could actually allow their child to live and still only play games, I'd not see all that much wrong with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iuris View Post
    A pornstar can at least make enough money for quite a while.

    But how long will guitar hero remain popular enough that competitions could be a viable way of financing?

    Mind you, if the parents have enough money that they could actually allow their child to live and still only play games, I'd not see all that much wrong with it...

    I don't know. There's something wrong with allowing a person who is not legally allowed to drink or vote because they aren't viewed as responsible enough to make good decisions to drop out of school and put all their eggs in one basket that consists of pretending to play a fake musical instrument. It may limit his future possibilities...
    -Computer $1500.00
    -Monthly internet connection $35.00
    -Monthly electricity bill $245.00
    -Convincing a Socialist that incentive is the mother of motivation,

    Priceless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CUNxTime View Post
    I don't know. There's something wrong with allowing a person who is not legally allowed to drink or vote because they aren't viewed as responsible enough to make good decisions to drop out of school and put all their eggs in one basket that consists of pretending to play a fake musical instrument. It may limit his future possibilities...
    Well gawd, when you put it like that it just sounds silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daewoo View Post
    Well gawd, when you put it like that it just sounds silly.
    He's probably got ADHD, as this is a common symptom; the immediate feedback of the video-game is believed to compensate for the deficiency in neurotransmitters responsible for the problem.
    I'd like to know if he's even been screened for this problem; I don't see it. These disorders commonly go on for years; they can even result from such simple things as dietary disordes, such as a high sugar, starch and caffeine intake, or teenage sleep-deprivation from night-time distractions and lack of proper regimens (which also relates to teenage obesity more than even increased caloric intake or lack of exercise).

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    Quote Originally Posted by daewoo View Post
    Well gawd, when you put it like that it just sounds silly.
    It does, doesn't it?!?
    -Computer $1500.00
    -Monthly internet connection $35.00
    -Monthly electricity bill $245.00
    -Convincing a Socialist that incentive is the mother of motivation,

    Priceless!

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    Simply put; it's wrong to me.

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    I think that this is insane! I don't think that the parent should have given into his complaining! No parent should give into their child, they have more authority over their child, and should use it!
    This just shows what the world is coming to these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Henderson View Post
    He's probably got ADHD, as this is a common symptom; the immediate feedback of the video-game is believed to compensate for the deficiency in neurotransmitters responsible for the problem.
    I'd like to know if he's even been screened for this problem; I don't see it. These disorders commonly go on for years; they can even result from such simple things as dietary disordes, such as a high sugar, starch and caffeine intake, or teenage sleep-deprivation from night-time distractions and lack of proper regimens (which also relates to teenage obesity more than even increased caloric intake or lack of exercise).
    The fact that he likes to play video games and does not want to go to school means that "he's probably got ADHD"? Get real. And sugar, caffeine, and lack of sleep can cause excitability and inability of children to pay attention? Golly gee, who woulda thunk it?

    ADHD is a clinical psychological diagnosis, and as such, is subject to criteria as defined in the DSM-IV. There is not near enough information to make such a diagnosis based on what was in the article.

    He clearly is able to focus his attention on Guitar Hero, a game which requires concentration and mental acuity. This fact alone shoots down about 4 or 5 of the criteria in the DSM-IV.

    Any diagnostician will tell you that before you explore the complicated and unlikely, you should consider the simple and obvious. Perhaps he is a spoiled kid who likes to play video games, does not like to go to school, and has parents who are XXXXXX incapable of making rational decisions with their childs best interest in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakespit View Post
    The fact that he likes to play video games and does not want to go to school mean that "he's probably got ADHD"? Get real. And sugar, caffeine, and lack of sleep can cause excitability and inability of children to pay attention? Golly gee, who woulda thunk it?

    ADHD is a clinical psychological diagnosis, and as such, is subject to criteria as defined in the DSM-IV. There is not near enough infomation to make such a diagnosis based on what was in the article.

    He clearly is able to focus his attention on Guitar Hero, a game which requires concentration and mental acuity. This fact alone shoots down about 4 or 5 of the criteria in the DSM-IV.

    Any diagnostician will tell you that before you explore the complicated and unlikely, you should consider the simple and obvious. Perhaps he is a spoiled kid who likes to play video games, does not like to go to school, and has parents who are XXXXXX incapable of making rational decisions with their childs best interest in mind.
    This is right on the money.

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    in all seriousness, this is just a sad combination of pitiful and comical.there are so many things wrong with this scenario. first off, and i mean this with NO offense to those who are a fan of guitar hero, but...COME ON!what would the greatest guitar 'heros' of our past and present generations have to say about this pathetic video game?there is NO talent being put behind pressing some buttons to keep up with what's going on in the tele box in front of you. sorry, but if all the kids in the world calculated their individual guitar hero playing time, they would see that they could have learned to play the real guitar in that amount of time,which would have been more beneficial. guitar hero=posers
    secondly,what kind of parents a.) let their child drop out of school,REGARDLESS of what they are 'pursuing'?,b.)with their excuse being 'we were tired of the complaining'. Since when do children overpower parents,anyway? Pathetic.

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    LOL are you serious!! this kind of parenting is exactly whats wrong with todays youth. these parents need to be slapped across the face a few times.

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