My brother, Blakes uncle, is very close to Blake, but hes always thought we are crazy, Blakes mother, Hunter Peebles, says now. He didnt think we were raising Blake the right way; he thought we were too nice.
The thing is, Blakes story at first seems like its about the meteoric rise of computer gaming, a field that is morphing from disrespected-slacker land to a full-on, cash-yielding sport, just as skateboarding and surfing and snowboarding did before it. A mere 10 years ago, the idea of making a career in gaming was laughable. Now colleges offer game-development majors. Gaming companies are going strong, even as the economy contracts. The term professional gamer isnt an oxymoron but represents a real phenom who could earn as much as an entry-level law-firm associate.
But the tale of Blake Peebles isnt about that. Its about parenting.
September 5, 2008
World Cyber Games National Finals
September 5 to 6, 2008
Performance, Raleigh Wide Open, Raleigh Convention Center
September 19 to 20, 2008
Performance, Rock Hall Benefit
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, North Carolina
December 31, 2008
Performance, First Night Raleigh
6 to 10 p.m., North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences