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You’re Such a Boob…I Mean, Noob

March 24, 2010

My thanks to Lola who brought this news of a new thing called GameCrush.com to my attention. This website, which launched yesterday, supposedly offers a social service where gamer boys can pay to have girls play video games and chat/webcam with them. The girls in turn get paid to be the “PlayDates” in Xbox 360 titles like Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3, etc. and PC-based casual games.

My first thought: you have got to be kidding me. Stupefied, I went the site to learn more, but it was down when I got there, due to “incredible user response” (oh dear…). However, a quick search online yielded the information I was looking for. GameCrush, along with its shameless business model, is for real. They even have plans to add Playstation 3, Wii, and World of Warcraft to its services.

Jeez, where do I start? A feeling of repugnance towards the idea was my first reaction as a girl gamer. I mean, for the love of God, can’t we just play our video games anymore without having them turn into hormone-ravaged arenas of sleaze? I mean, we gamer chicks already have enough trouble with being taken seriously, thanks!

But okay, I’ll admit the whole premise of this is somewhat amusing. When I’m not groaning or rolling my eyes at the idea, I actually find myself stifling a giggle. First of all, their website’s tagline is “Be a Player.” O RLY? Not to mention their entire enterprise is a goldmine of comedic fodder, and I can see it now: jokes about the size of a guy’s GamerScore or needing “special” help reloading your weapons. I dunno…to me, all this really sounds like is a great way to screw up your death-kill ratio.

Well, I guess this was bound to happen eventually; it was only a matter of time before someone somewhere was going to start this up. And hey, it’s a free market, so whatever floats your boat. But I still think if you really want to talk to girls, the best thing to do is put down that controller or keyboard and go out to talk to an actual one.

10 comments

  1. This sounds like captive chat roulette to me. I think we all know what goes on there.


  2. i’m gonna pick up a wireless headset ASAP!


    • LOL, all joking aside though, you just know there will be people willing to shell out for this.


  3. This is kind of like a form of prostitution. While sex is not being exchanged for money, sexual attention is. So along with all of that come issues like the objectification, or at least the exploitation of women (or more likely, young girls).

    In defense of those who find the general concept of having a “date” with a gamer girl appealing, though, I should point out that what they’re looking for is actually what you and your husband made happen in real life 😛


    • Oh, if you’re a girl getting in on this to make a quick buck, it’s totally a form of whoring yourself out, no question about it.

      Interesting about your second point though. While I can see where you’re coming from, I actually think it’s a little different — when we met on an online game, we weren’t looking for a relationship. We were just two people enjoying a common interesting, in this case WoW, and a friendship just blossomed into something more. This service, on the other hand, turns it into a dating service of sorts. People will sign up and log in with the specific intent to meet someone, and imo somewhat cheapens the experience of every couple who met “naturally” in an online game.


      • Yah, what I meant was that you and your husband found something special. And that I think that a lot of these people who might use such a service probably have this dream that they might find maybe just a glimpse of what you and your husband have, although they are going through illegitimate (and lame) ways to reach it.


      • Ah, I see. I have nothing against those people who truly want to meet someone online and fall in love, though I’d agree that this thing would be a pretty lame and futile way of going about it. Considering how its services sound more “chat hotline”-ish rather than like a dating service like eHarmony.

        There are so many ways to meet people these days, but it’s always nice when a relationship happens out of nowhere, when you least expect it 😀


  4. Sometimes hearing the soft beautiful sound of a woman’s voice, can be heavenly. A lonely guy wants to play a game with soneone he can enjoy and talk to as a man. I see nothing wrong with that. I feel for people that have nobody. To not be loved is hard on people. The exploitation is not good, but with something negitive in one person’s eyes, can be the best time in another person’s life. I would hate to be alone and not loved. I feel for the people that use it and hope they only use it for those hardtimes. It still doesn’t replace real human contact.


    • I feel for those folks who are truly lonely, even more so because sites like this just exploit their loneliness by charging them unreasonable amounts of money for the contact they so desire. I have my doubts, however, that the majority of the people who will use this site are truly lonely. Screenshots of the website remind me the commercials I see for phone sex hotlines and escort services, girls get get to set their profile mood to “flirty” or “dirty” and have the option to set up video chat…looks like this service is trying to cater to gamers who want a little spice to go with their shooters.


  5. hey thanks for the ping! 😀



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