Site Lets Nerds Pay Girls to Game (Wink, Wink)

GameCrush connects lonely males to gaming females
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2010 5:17 PM CDT
A selection of possible "Playdates" is shown on the Gamecrush homepage.   (Gamecrush)

(Newser) – A site where users pay to play video games against young female opponents is open for business, Mashable reports. Though GameCrush has been in a public beta stage since March, the site formally launched today. Players—generally, men—pay 60 cents a minute to play games on Xbox Live or an arcade game service against a "PlayDate" of their choice. But they also need to pony up for tips.

And that tipping system hints at another side of GameCrush—players tip points to their Playdates, who redeem them for cash. How exactly a Playdate earns her tips is left open to the players, who are assured by GameCrush that their interactions are not monitored. There's even a special area of the site called "The Edge" that's billed as an everything-goes chatroom. "Add it all up," writes Ryan Tate for Gawker, "and GameCrush looks like a cleverly veiled sex talk parlor."

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