Throwdown: Guitar Hero vs. High School

Guitar_hero_lThe gaming blog Kotaku has pointed to a ridiculous, TRUE story about a high school kid (pictured — not!) whose parents were so sick of his ragging about not having ample free time to focus on Guitar Hero that they’re letting him not attend high school anymore. The dude thinks he can make a career of playing the highly addictive game "professionally." From now on, he’ll be home-schooled, presumably in hard-hitting academic subjects such as Faster Fingers, Long-Term Ocular Degeneration, and Becoming A Bigger Moron.

Fine, that’s a little harsh. I’m just jealous! I wish I’d thought of this in my day. I could’ve won tons of cash at the hypothetical How Many Apples Can Your Yoshi Eat? competitions in my head. What about you: What’s the mindless pop-culture career of your dreams? The pixelated sky’s the limit. Apparently.

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  • Tate

    You know, I enjoy the GH series as much as the next guy, but once upon a time kids learned to play an actual guitar in hopes of doing THAT professionally.

  • hall monitor

    This story made http://detentionslip.org! Check it out for tons of crazy headlines like this from our schools.

  • Snarf

    I love Guitar Hero. I also really, really, really suck at it, but whatever, I still have a blast.

  • Sabrina

    Personally I’d like to drop out of work in order to fulfill my dream of learning the lyrics to every Billboard charting song ever. I’m sure my boss would be cool with that…

  • Winona

    Perhaps I could become a professional Beatles trivia junkie. Oh wait, I kinda already am (except I’m not getting paid).

  • Tate

    Activision’s “River Raid”, “Boxing”, or “Pitfall” on Atari 2600. I would have been a millionaire by the time I was 12 if I could have done that professionally.

  • Tate

    Activision’s “River Raid”, “Boxing”, or “Pitfall” on Atari 2600. I would have been a millionaire by the time I was 12 if I could have done that professionally.

  • Tate

    That and educating the masses on classic heavy metal…

  • Anonymous

    Where is children’s services in that state – I don’t care! I used to work at a store that sold beanie babies during the crazy and there was a mother who homeschooled her kids just so she had three extra bodies in line when the new ones came out.

  • EP Sato

    I’d like to be a paid Popwatch blogger. The job doesn’t seem too hard, the cubicles are nicer than what we’ve got here, and I’d get the pleasure of talking to Annie B and Mike S as a colleague instead of as a “reader”. As Adam B Vary’s shown, the job includes lots of free swag, and as Whitney Pastorek has demonstrated, you can get tickets to see pretty much every mega concert on the planet.
    To me, that’s a dream job.

  • Stephanie

    my dream job consists of two things: going to cooking shows and getting paid to eat the food they make. I get to be on TV AND eat (hopefully) delicious food. screw it. I just want to be a permanent judge on iron chef.

  • Dixie

    People have said that I should go on game shows with my vast store of useless pop-culture trivia. If VH1 ever does another “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy” I am so there.

  • Nee Nee

    I think that I should quit my job and tour America, competing in every pop culture trivia competition I can, leading to the ultimate: World Series of Pop Culture. THAT’S my calling in life!

  • LK

    I want your job. I keep sending my resume but I guess it’s not good enough. I went to Penn State! Just like another EW.com columnist/blogger.

  • Ozzie Al Thor

    LK has it right. I’d like to be a smartass on the internet and get paid for it. Right now I seem to be doing it for free…

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