You’re Such a Boob…I Mean, NoobMarch 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.