boy doesn’t dream of getting paid to play computer games?
is a reality for Urangan High School student Ryan Simpson.
14-year-old has a part-time job as a computer games reviewer and can’t believe
he gets paid to do something he loves.
Ryan is an
outstanding games player, with a world ranking of 4382 out of millions.
employed by an American-based testing company to write one or two reviews a
week on new and unreviewed games.
doing it for a few months and still can’t believe I get paid to play games and
write about them,” Ryan said.
“I was put
in contact with the testing company by a guy who saw how fast I could complete
the games. I thought it was too good to be true.
looked at my ranking in the world and gave me the job.”
That was in
February. Now Ryan spends about eight hours a day playing games, rating them
and writing reviews of about 500 words each.
use my job as an excuse when mum tells me to stop playing games,” he said.
“But it is
having a positive effect on my school work. It has helped me with my grammar
and spelling because it has given me a reason to improve my English skills. In
fact I think English is fun.”
English teacher, Katrina Corcoran, said jobs which required literacy skills
were a great incentive for students.
see a purpose for his learning,” she said.
wonderful student and a great example to other young students who might find
literacy a challenge.
admit there are quite a few teenagers out there who would love to have a career
playing computer games.
“Ryan is an
amazing young man who has followed his dream. Who knows where this could lead