by PaleFire on 05/10/10 at 11:53 am
Gamers have been frequently stereotyped as having poor social skills. Consider, for example, Felicia Day’s Web series The Guild that relates the stories of a group of dysfunctional World of Warcrafters who are good at looting and farming, but not at interacting with one another or maintaining a relationship. But help is on the way for our anti-social geeks. With the assistance of Game Crush they, too, can get a life by finding a PlayDate!
Weird? Not really. After all, finding a chick who actually likes to game (AND is good at it) is every boy’s wet dream. And Game Crush promises to make that happen. Through its recently redesigned Web site, gamers can select the platform they want to use, the level of interaction (designated as “zones”) they want to experience, and the gender of their future partner with whom they want to kick ass. Offering private PlayDate game sessions for as little as $.55 per minute, the site challenges the player to take his game to the next level, “Enter a private, video-enabled game session and you can find a PlayDate to play practically ANY multiplayer console game out there.” Private game sessions start at $.60 per minute with discounts for buying more credits at one time.
The description of available “zones” (which apparently has replaced “moods” with suggestive names such as “flirty” and “dirty”) seems to be an attempt to give a more official appearance to the site that looks and feels like the cross between MySpace and the personals: “Zones help both Players and PlayDates define the game experience they are looking for. They don’t mean the actual game being played, just the vibe of the game.”
Judging by the profile pictures posted on the site, there may be something more than gaming that takes place in these “private” sessions. Young women who bare their legs, necks, bras, tattoos, and piercings appear as the possible PlayDates available through the site. And if you open and account, you can even chat with them!
Sure, there are guys few and far between displayed among the profiles… but their scarcity is a strong indicator of who the primary clientele is. When browsing these delicious pictures, however, one wonders whether there could be this many gamer chicks who are good at (and even interested in) kicking virtual butts. Knowing the extent to which people like to role play online, one also wonders if it is actually them who are the drivers behind the joystick… or another dude riding the fantasy train. Even if these are genuine profiles, the remains the possibility that the site could becoming a gold mine for predators who uses it for purposes other than gaming.