No matter how busy my schedule is, I always make a little time each week to play a PlayStation 2 game. The disc that’s currently in my son’s video game console is Crash Bandicoot, Twinsanity. According to the load screen, I’ve only completely 27% of the game. No, that’s not a lot, but I don’t have a lot of time to spare – since these days (compared to when I was a few years younger) I actually do require a full night’s rest. I’ve often though that it would be pretty sweet to be a professional video gamer, but this news article tells a different story: “Professional video gamer says it’s not all fun.”

According to the story, “The self-taught player [Tom Taylor, aka Tsquared], who has been playing competitively since aged 14 and turned pro at 16, dropped out of school to concentrate on building a career in gaming. Taylor, 19, now earns $120,000 to $150,000 a year between prize money reaped playing ‘Halo 2’ and, an online site he founded last year to teach people gaming skills–and he is about to almost double the hourly tutoring rate he charges.”

Holy cow! $120,000 to $150,000 a year at age 19?! And this is bad how?? “But he says he has had to be disciplined to succeed, sometimes playing games for up to 12 hours a day ahead of competitions and sticking to an exercise regime and good diet to keep a mental and physical edge.” Tsquared told Reuters, “A lot of people think playing video games isn’t a lot of work. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for vacation. In five years I’ve never had any personal downtime for myself.”

I would happily exercise and eat healthier for that salary, even at age 37. Play games up to 12 hours a day? Ohhhh, the torture…. And as far as personal downtime, how much does anyone have of that these days? If you have a job, a mortgage, a spouse, and/or child(ren), you probably can’t remember the last time you actually had a moment where there wasn’t something that needed to be done or washed or cooked or fixed or cleaned… 

Become a professional video gamer? Where do I sign up?  đź™‚