GameCrush: Want to Play Halo with a REAL GIRL? Pay Up.

Launching today, GameCrush.com must think it’s sewn up the market for desperately lonely gaming geeks. Of course, how big a market that is is yet to be seen. Just imagine the marketing brainstorming session that could have taken place over a few dozen beers:

Entrepreneur #1: Man, I wish there were more hot girls playing on Xbox live.
Entrepreneur #2: I would totally pay to play Halo with a hot girl.
Entrepreneur #1: Would you? How much?
Entrepreneur #2: I dunno, $8 for 10 minutes?

At least, I’m assuming that’s kind of how it went.

Touting itself as the first social site for gamers, GameCrush connects “Players” (men) with “PlayDates” (women). IGN got a preview of how the site works, so here’s the rundown if you’re a paying customer: (1) Browse girls’ profiles (there are about 1200 at launch), view photos, and maybe chat for free; (2) Purchase credits – $8.25 for 500; (3) Send a girl an invite; and if she accepts (4) Play a game with her, complete with video chat (unless the game is Xbox live, since it’s not integrated – you’ll just have to find her gamertag). Ten minutes later, you’re $8 poorer but hopefully you’ve gotten something out of it?

Apparently they’re modeling their pricing after the idea of buying a girl a drink in a bar – after all, they say, you’re really just paying her for the opportunity to chat her up, right? So why not skip the bar altogether and do the same thing while playing Halo or Battleship?

The girls, meanwhile, are getting paid 60% of what they bring in, which in theory could be something like $20/hour to play games and chat with guys. And if you’re thinking this sounds kind of like an adult hotline… the girls can set their profiles to “flirty” or “dirty” and so whereas I’m sure that there are plenty of girls who just think it’s cool to get paid for playing games, well… nearly a dollar a minute is kind of pricey for the chance to play Halo with a girl’s voice on the line without the, uh, flirtiness.

The IGN reviewer says it seems like a sound business model, noting that “I have no doubt there are many gamers out there who would be willing to pay a little cash to play and flirt with hot girls.” Really? I can’t be the only one that finds this vaguely creepy. It might be slightly less creepy on a business model that’s ad-based rather than paying – but come on, considering how long you can sit in front of your Xbox playing Halo, are you really going to drop $50 for an hour of having a cute voice in your ear? And do you really want her talking dirty while you’re shooting people in the head?

So. Who’s planning on signing up for this? If someone tries it out, please let us know how it goes. And if you’re a gamer girl – would you play with guys for cash?

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16 Responses to GameCrush: Want to Play Halo with a REAL GIRL? Pay Up.

  1. First of all there's no need for a girl to pay a guy to do this, if you've ever been on xbl you see it happen every single time a female is present.

    And of course people will pay. Being on xbl for hours a day means you aren't out forming real relationships, and to be honest it would be nice to have a female voice in my ear instead of some douche talking about how awesome he is. The market doesn't have to be huge for this to be lucrative, but in this case the market is fairly sizable.

  2. First of all there’s no need for a girl to pay a guy to do this, if you’ve ever been on xbl you see it happen every single time a female is present.

    And of course people will pay. Being on xbl for hours a day means you aren’t out forming real relationships, and to be honest it would be nice to have a female voice in my ear instead of some douche talking about how awesome he is. The market doesn’t have to be huge for this to be lucrative, but in this case the market is fairly sizable.

  3. I should get my wife signed up for this. Make a little money, laugh at hard up gamers, where's the downside?

    In all honesty the bar analogy doesn't work. You buy a girl a drink to try and hook up with her – obviously you're not hooking up with an xbox girl.

    I'd punch a guy if he tried to hit on my wife (repeatedly) at a bar, but for $20 she can feel free to make some cash while I make dinner. ;-)

  4. I should get my wife signed up for this. Make a little money, laugh at hard up gamers, where’s the downside?

    In all honesty the bar analogy doesn’t work. You buy a girl a drink to try and hook up with her – obviously you’re not hooking up with an xbox girl.

    I’d punch a guy if he tried to hit on my wife (repeatedly) at a bar, but for $20 she can feel free to make some cash while I make dinner. ;-)

  5. Goodness knows that game communities couldn't be better designed to be welcoming to female gamers. Instead of fixing community issues, just pay for the demographic you're lacking in your game to play! Even better, you can make your EXISTING customers pay for the benefit! Pardon the digression.

    This is the same as hiring a "virtual escort" for the evening, I guess. I just don't enjoy the undertone that women don't play games unless they're paid, especially if they're beautiful/attractive (or at least sound like they are). I hope a service like this doesn't lead anyone to that conclusion.

  6. Goodness knows that game communities couldn’t be better designed to be welcoming to female gamers. Instead of fixing community issues, just pay for the demographic you’re lacking in your game to play! Even better, you can make your EXISTING customers pay for the benefit! Pardon the digression.

    This is the same as hiring a “virtual escort” for the evening, I guess. I just don’t enjoy the undertone that women don’t play games unless they’re paid, especially if they’re beautiful/attractive (or at least sound like they are). I hope a service like this doesn’t lead anyone to that conclusion.

  7. I'll try to sound the least rude I can, but this is the most pathetic service I've ever seen. If some gamers feel like loosers before women and resort to this, means they are actually loosers. I couldn't stand being with a guy who is THAT scared of women.

  8. As a huge gamer with a vagina I see no problem with this. Seriously, everyone is posting about how this objectifies women but if anyone has actually played a game of Halo or GTF that even SOUNDS like a chick they get all the abuse you can possible imagine. I can't tell you the number of times I have been called out with words that they don't even teach you in grade school. And if you go on WOW or Second Life, well, who's fooling who – if your a chick its all about sex and not your gaming skills. SO PEOPLES – get a clue, GameCrush is about consenting adults meeting online to chat it up a little and maybe play a little naughty game or two. If you don't like it go back to downloading all the porn and smut from all the millions of other sites that have no problem making money selling sex.

  9. As a huge gamer with a vagina I see no problem with this. Seriously, everyone is posting about how this objectifies women but if anyone has actually played a game of Halo or GTF that even SOUNDS like a chick they get all the abuse you can possible imagine. I can’t tell you the number of times I have been called out with words that they don’t even teach you in grade school. And if you go on WOW or Second Life, well, who’s fooling who – if your a chick its all about sex and not your gaming skills. SO PEOPLES – get a clue, GameCrush is about consenting adults meeting online to chat it up a little and maybe play a little naughty game or two. If you don’t like it go back to downloading all the porn and smut from all the millions of other sites that have no problem making money selling sex.

  10. If you don't want to deal with the trolls, add enough normal people to your friend's list to be able to play as much Halo as you want with a full team. Trolls don't just target women, they go after everyone.

    This service is not a fun, flirty internet dating site. It's very obviously a phone sex line with a gamer twist. In the IGN AU article he mentioned talking to a girl who kept talking about her boyfriend. You can bet the girls that are there just to have fun and game for a little cash are going to be pushed down pretty darn quick for the ones willing to whisper dirty things into the mic.

    And really, there's nothing wrong with that. If that's what guys want to pay for, all the power to them. I just have a problem with the way they're marketing it. If you seriously JUST want to play a video game with a girl, you can do that in a wide variety of places for free. If you want to get a date, there are plenty of dating sites where you'll get more for your buck. This site is for sexy talk. Period.

    PS: Paul – that cracked me up! Lol! I would love to know if you and your wife actually messed with people on it.

  11. If you don’t want to deal with the trolls, add enough normal people to your friend’s list to be able to play as much Halo as you want with a full team. Trolls don’t just target women, they go after everyone.

    This service is not a fun, flirty internet dating site. It’s very obviously a phone sex line with a gamer twist. In the IGN AU article he mentioned talking to a girl who kept talking about her boyfriend. You can bet the girls that are there just to have fun and game for a little cash are going to be pushed down pretty darn quick for the ones willing to whisper dirty things into the mic.

    And really, there’s nothing wrong with that. If that’s what guys want to pay for, all the power to them. I just have a problem with the way they’re marketing it. If you seriously JUST want to play a video game with a girl, you can do that in a wide variety of places for free. If you want to get a date, there are plenty of dating sites where you’ll get more for your buck. This site is for sexy talk. Period.

    PS: Paul – that cracked me up! Lol! I would love to know if you and your wife actually messed with people on it.

  12. I’ll try to sound the least rude I can, but this is the most pathetic service I’ve ever seen. If some gamers feel like loosers before women and resort to this, means they are actually loosers. I couldn’t stand being with a guy who is THAT scared of women.

  13. This is awesome. I would totally do this. In fact, I might actually do this. This would be a great way to introduce girls to the industry, and make money. Every time I play, no one believes I'm a girl until I put the headset on. Guys always assume that girls aren't into hardcore gaming and think it's a fake account.

    This is going to be epic

  14. This is awesome. I would totally do this. In fact, I might actually do this. This would be a great way to introduce girls to the industry, and make money. Every time I play, no one believes I’m a girl until I put the headset on. Guys always assume that girls aren’t into hardcore gaming and think it’s a fake account.

    This is going to be epic