March 25, 2010

GameCrush to Set Video Game Enthusiast Relations Back 20 Years

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Written by: Rob Rich
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home-pageIt’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.

[Via: IGN]


  1. Phyllis

    It’s difficult enough as a female gamer to be accepted within the gaming community and “gamers” like the ladies on that website don’t do anything to combat the stereotypes about the attention whores. Then you have those girls who feel like they have something to prove and try to talk trash and “act like the guys” but the vast majority of girls don’t fit in either.

    As an adult w/ a full time job, I play to have fun. I do enjoy earning a trophy or an achievement, and I can be competitive w/ my friends, but I don’t think I’m the best ever. I’m ok – some games I’m better at than others but I would never say I’m “elite” – I only have a few hours a week, and there are tons of guys who are just like me. I don’t want to represent “the female gamer” any more than the average guy wants to represent the ‘average guy” gamer”

    Female gamers are varied in their gaming tastes as much as guys are. I like Mass Effect – I just prefer to play as a female Shepard because I can relate to her better. At the end of the day though I like the game for the same reasons that my male counter parts do.

    As far as IGN goes – well I would say I’m surprised but they have a “babes” section so…yeah. Obviously the majority of their marketing is toward men (I would say the vesti crowd most specifically) so if they think that’s a quick way to make a buck, I can’t say I begrudge them. I wish it wasn’t the case, but I don’t have much of a say in the matter.

    Dev houses are to blame too – they keep marketing pony games to little girls and making the heroines in the vast majority of the games nothing but vapid eye candy. I’m not saying that heroines can’t be attractive but a few more “average” looking ones would be nice. For every Alyx Vance there’s 100 Lara Croft wannabes.

    Anyway Rob – as far as your original point goes, sports games have gone a long way to kind of making gaming a bit more socially acceptable. If they can keep integrating video games with other types of media I think it’s only a short matter of time before it’s as acceptable as being a book junkie or a movie nut.

    And finally – I like to read, watch tv, movies, sports and play video games. People shouldn’t be so quick to label – one day I might be a gamer and the next I’m a bookworm.

  2. Exactly! Something like this is an insult to any legitimate gamer. Then again, it’s crap like this that makes me hesitant to call myself such, as now it conjures up images of Spike TV and The Tester. Oh god, The Tester…

  3. I have nothing else to add that hasn’t already been said, other than…

    … wat.

  4. Xanderkun

    Wow.. just wow. Consider the fact that I’m typing I’m completely fucking speechless. I’ll begrudge them. I’ll begrudge the hell out of them! This kow-towing sends signals to many other development teams that they won’t sell a game if they don’t have a epic tits to go with it! This is beyond frustrating, I’m fucking flabbergasted.


  5. And this is exactly why I’m hoping this is a terrible attempt at an April Fools joke. Albeit about a week early… :|

  6. Sage Knox

    I feel like we have a rip-off opportunity here. Anybody feeling GameCrush! GameFrag! GameDestroy!? Huh? Amirite?

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