I have a problem and it’s a big one. You see, there are a million stupid people in the world every day and I haven’t got the time to write about all of them so I have to limit myself to the really stupid. Take Blake Peebles, a 16 year old in Raleigh. As a straight A student he’s certainly not the stupid person I’m writing about. No, that honour goes to his parents who decided to let him drop out of school so he can focus more on playing Guitar Hero.
“I wanna rock n roll all night and party every day.
I wanna rock n roll all night and party every day.”
Yep, you heard me. His parents have let him leave school so he can concentrate more on playing a video game. Apparently he’s quite good at it. So good that he’s won a total of $1,000 in vouchers since he left school in September last year. Very profitable eh? Yeah, not so good after all if that’s the net results of almost a year.
At least they haven’t cut his education entirely. Blake gets home tutored now and is apparently maintaining A grades. But the fact remains that his parents gave in to him because (to quote his mother, Hunter) “we couldn’t take him complaining about it being a waste of time anymore.” For God’s sake, you just don’t do that with kids or they’ll walk all over you. Hell, it’s not like he’s a wizard on a real guitar (the image in this post being the only time he’s touched a real guitar) and could become a world famous rock star. This is just a video game, and given the lifespan of games the series should be finished within ten years. Then what’s he going to do? No more competitions to win stuff. He’ll just be a mid twenties guy still living with his parents (can’t afford your own place on free meal vouchers) with no job (would you hire a high school drop out who can wind his parents round his little finger) and no hope.
Have the parents prepared him for that?