It’s been a stigma I’ve carried for quite some time now; that of the lonely loser playing video games in the dark of his parents’ basement. Never mind the fact that video games have become a much more socially acceptable pastime, or the fact that the medium is finally beginning to earn a little respect in the entertainment industry. Oh no, I play video games so I must be a socially inept mouth-breather.
In truth, the only way we can really move past this sort of stereotype is to show people it’s not true. I’ve convinced many people that their prejudices are unfounded simply by talking to them for a bit. Most of them understand fairly quickly that I’m akin to someone who loves to read or watch movies, except instead of turning pages I’m turning mythical foliage into potions and rather than getting teary-eyed when I hear “You had me at ‘Hello,’” I get a little misty towards the end of, say, Heavy Rain.
GameCrush seeks to destroy all of that.
Yes indeed folks, according to IGN, gamers now have a website where they can pay real money for one-on-one game sessions with an actual girl. I’ll give you all a moment to lament the loss of our carefully and painstakingly established credibility.
There’s way too much wrongness to dissect here, so I’ll just leave it up to you to peruse the article in question. I will say that I’m pretty put-off by this whole thing. Especially the fact that IGN seems to condone it. But maybe I’m just being an alarmist. I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later, right?
For now though, I plan to hold on to the hope that this is just a really, really terrible April Fools joke.