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GameCrush: A step in the wrong direction for Female gamers

25 Mar

Earlier this week ign.com released an article introducing the new website GameCrush.com.

March 22, 2010 – If you’re an avid online gamer chances are you sign onto, say, Xbox Live most nights and jump into a game of Modern Warfare or Gears of War with either your friends or some random players. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say the majority of gamers you encounter are dudes, and probably immature dudes at that. What if you could pay a bit of cash to play Modern Warfare with an attractive girl? Or maybe relax with a casual game of checkers while you video chat with said female? A new social service launching tomorrow, March 23, called GameCrush (www.GameCrush.com) is hoping there are gamers out there willing to pay for the opportunity to play with girls

As an avid online FEMALE gamer I am disgusted with the fact that this website exists. Yes, most of the time when I jump into a game of Modern Warfare 2 or Battlefield the majority of player are men. But the female gamer is not some obscure being that you only encounter in games like UNO or Viva Piñata.

Groups like the Gamerchix and the PMS clan exist and are strong in numbers. One reason why we are hard to find is because quite frankly many of the men we encounter are pigs (some not all). Female gamers tend to stick together away from people who only want to spam us with messages that are nasty and offensive.

As for the site itself, my guess is that the women on there are only trying to pass off as gamers to make a quick buck (no offence). As for the men who go there, you need to get a life. Chances are you can’t get a woman to play with you for free because you are offensive and annoying. Therefore you must pay for a woman to endure you gross innuendoes and requests to see breasts.

To the women out there signing up for this site, think about how far female gamers have come in the past few years. This site is going backwards for women gamers. As for you men who can’t wait to check out the “hotties” you can play with, know this… you are no better than a men who goes out looking for a hooker on a street corner. My opinion of course.

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Posted by on March 25, 2010 in Xbox

 

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16 responses to “GameCrush: A step in the wrong direction for Female gamers

  1. keohane15

    March 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I consider myself to be a pretty avid gamer, I play quite a bit and I have a girlfriend, but even if I didn’t I would never ever pay to play with “an attractive girl.” The whole concept is ridiculous. This is like paying for online porn or a hooker.

    There will be people that are that would be willing to pay for it, but only if they are incredibly desperate. If a guy wants to meet a girl, he should put the controller down and go to a bar or something. XBOX Live is not the place to find a date.

     
  2. Ian

    March 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t know what’s sadder, that shit like this exists, or that I think it’ll actually get some hype.

    I don’t know how I’d feel if I was a girl. I’d imagine I’d think the kind of chicks who do this are just selling themselves out, like you say.

    But at the same time, I’m equally as aggravated for being lumped together with the dudes who will use this site.

    I mean, we have a pretty hurting stereotype to work against. We’re all lumped in with the rude douchebags on XBL who come off even more juvenile than myself.

    And now this is just going to add to a hilarious/awful stereotype of a male gamer as a mouth-breathing dickwad.

    I don’t think it’s doing both the guys paying for it, or chicks who are legit gamers any credit.

     
  3. patricktna

    March 25, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Where do i sign up??? Hey babe, can I borrow some money?? This is recockulous, Nobody should pay anyone to play video games with them. Why should it matter who you are playing with? Wow a girl is playing video games, I must ask her to be my friend. Hey girl gamers rock and they are just like everyone else on XBL or PSN.

    Wait so does this mean I can start a site and have people pay to play with me? (gaming wise)I’m taken by this pleezin person.

     
  4. brent

    March 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Both guys and girls can get involved as playdates, and the idea is to create an entertaining atmosphere where gamers can get together and play. Seriously, try out the service before you bash it. I have seen some amazing professional gamergirls who have registered for the site, who are absolutely going to destroy their competition. -Brent Bucci
    http://www.gamecrush.com

    Stay tuned for more news next week!

     
  5. bowski477

    March 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    “entertaining atmosphere where gamers can get together and play”

    Real gamers already have that. It’s called a friends list or a clan. I’m not saying that there are not some real skilled players that signed up there, I’m sure there are. But don’t sit there and tell me that these guys are just looking for someone to play with and have fun. Like I said, these are the guys that can’t get a response to their “show me your boobs” messages.

    I will never “try your service”. Because that is what it is. A service. Prostitutes provide a service too. You sir are a pimp, who takes a cut of these women’s services, and calls it fun.

     
  6. Brent

    March 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I am not a pimp, and just because a girl ( or guy ) for that matter is interested in playing a video game for money does not make her a prostitute. Clearly you have not read the press release, or visited the actual site. Playdates are free to play whoever they want on the site, and can actually ban users that harass them.

    Stay tuned to your favorite news or radio station to hear our response.

    I ❤ gamers!
    -Brent

     
  7. Glassbrain

    March 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    @brent and others.
    Any organization selling time at $66.60 per hour–which is about what most games cost–is not selling a gaming experience. Their press release also promises, “Players rate their gaming experience, and top-rated PlayDates are rewarded with enhanced site promotion and additional benefits.” Let’s guess–will a bared boob get high ratings, or will highly competitive play, say a woman who kicks ass? The “service” will be flooded with part-time hookers and nice high school girls looking to feel better about themselves by teasing far off, unthreatening men. Here’s a new idea for a Play Date: Bowling.

     
  8. Michelina

    March 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Um, I guess one could just attempt to find a boyfriend or girlfriend in real life. Nah, that sounds too hard. Better stick to virtual dating.

     
  9. Brent

    March 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    You make some valid points on the pricing, and I can tell you that we are working on it. As for the rating system, flirtyness is only one of 5 options. If someone wants to be featured, they’ve got to be an amazing player. We are also looking to add celebrity gamers to have them play for charity. I care deeply about the state of gaming today, and as an avid gamer myself, I personally am going to make sure that the gaming community (people just like you) are involved in the beta refining process.

    Hope my input on this site helped alleviate some concerns.
    Best,
    Brent

     
  10. patricktna

    March 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    dear brent, technically you have not answered anything. I pay $60 for a new game, once a year I pay to play for an entire year for XBL and get to play with anyone that is playing the game that I am playing. Do i care who the person is I’m playing against is? No. Should I? No. So why would anyone, such as myself want to pay to play with a specific person, whether it be male or female. Now I see that maybe paying to play with a pro like T-square or any celeb gamer but paying anything to play with someone who is no one blows my mind.

    Now please stop trying to defend your site,and fix it so we can see what it is you are really charging for. I hope you understand that this can also be used as a cheating method and go against the Code of Conduct. (featured in a previous blog posts.) but im sure people arn’t paying for that part if you know what i mean.

     
  11. bowski477

    March 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I have in fact read the press and attempted to check the site out (but it has crashed). My opinion still stands. The fact that the name of this site is called “gamecrush” and features scantly clad women with headsets on the front page does not make me think innocent pay and play fun.

    Yes, I might pay to play a celebrity. That’s a different story. That is honest money and honest fun. This site is not.

    Your input only feebly attempts to shin a turd. News flash! A polished turd is still a turd.

     
  12. Brent

    March 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Ok, if it’s not your thing, then don’t pay for it. But personally attacking me does nothing to help better the gamer community. Tell you what, I’m going to come back to this site when the site goes live, and I will personally address any valid concerns about improving GameCrush.
    -Brent

     
  13. bowski477

    March 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I’m not trying to attack you personally, I mean you seem like a nice enough guy to take the time to read and comment on a no-name blog.

    But as you are a voice coming from the site itself, I must release my frustrations to you.

    I need you to know how this site looks to me and so many other gamers out there (male and female). What we are seeing is a whole lot different than what you are trying to convey.

     
  14. Enfarine

    March 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

    If this is strictly a place for male gamers to meet female gamers for an “entertaining atmosphere where gamers can get together and play”, then I’m not sure how “flirtiness”, “dirtiness”, and “hotness” should remotely factor into the equation. If you’re truly trying to work the gaming angle, then the only thing that should really matter is gaming skill.

    Your current rating skill not only objectifies and demeans women, but it stereotypes and demeans male gamers as well. I get that there are desperate males out there who have been willing to pay for female contact since the beginning of time, so I understand your desire to capitalize on the desperation factor. My issue lies more with trying to act as if there is no pimp-hooker type vibe going on here. If that isn’t your intention, then you may wish to reconsider how you’re marketing this site.

     
  15. Brent

    March 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Like I said before, both guys and girls can be playdates, and the site is intended as a fun, exciting new way to play your favorite games. Is sexuality an angle? Absolutely, but so is every other major industry. However, it is the community aspects of the site that truly interest me. If that doesn’t interest you or offends you, then either don’t use it, or tell us how to make our service better.
    -Brent

     
  16. David Spira

    March 30, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Brent, I’ve read your press release, looked at your site, viewed your responses on this blog, and it still seems to me that you are looking to market a phone sex hotline with a video game controller.

    I’m a big time capitalist, so I respect your right to create this company. I even think you will make some money if you manage your business properly. That being said, your concern for the “state of gaming” is ringing hollow to me. Among the biggest threats to the growth of gaming are:

    The perception of non-gamers – Non-gamers think we’re all children.

    Censorship – Because they think we’re children.

    Your service will probably receive some hype from the mainstream media, but I bet that it will be used to cast gamers in a negative light… Because if you play video games you *must* be a hormonal, socially inept boy; the obvious audience for your service.

     

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