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GameCrush gives PlayDate a whole new meaning

A new site called GameCrush offers gamers the ability to select a gaming companion -- starting at about $6.60 for 10 minutes.

GameCrush has created a new way to enjoy a date without having to leave your comfort zone. Part 900 service, part party line, GameCrush offers gamers the ability to select a gaming companion — starting at about $6.60 for 10 minutes.

GameCrush basically works like this: a gamer (GameCrush calls these Players) sorts through GameCrush's selection of PlayDates (as the available companions are called), chooses what type of encounter he or she wants, and then selects a game to play via GameCrush's servers or XBox Live. (GameCrush embraces a variety of lifestyles, meaning that persons of both genders can be PlayDates and Players, and can select either gender for gaming companionship.) Available games range from casual Web-based games to many popular XBox 360 titles, including Halo 3 and Modern Warfare 2. The Player then enters his or her credit card number, and *presto* a date who is happy to spend the evening in cyberworld. No need to worry that the person on the other end of the text chat is not quite what they say — PC casual games on GameCrush include video chat. For playing XBox Live games, the GameCrush date is hosted via XBLA.

PlayDates can make up to $30 per hour, which isn't a bad wage for work that involves playing video games; however, text and video chatting is involved, so it's not like you can work in your sweatpants. For the client, 60 credits for a dollar with average games running 400 credits and lasting eight to ten minutes might seem pretty steep, especially when you figure that many of the games are already available in multi-player mode.

Even so, the beta version became unavailable due to high interest within a couple days of going live. This basically indicates that GameCrush did such a great job advertising that gamers can make up to $30 an hour, that the potential PlayDates crashed their servers. Of course, it could also be that so many people were interested in checking it out that they rushed the beta version with credit cards gleaming, ready to pay over $60 an hour for a bit of gamer companionship. What recession?

Surely GameCrush will be out of beta soon and can then move forward with the plan to also make PlayDates available in World of Warcraft. Perhaps we can convince Blizzard to make special little bunny costumes for the PlayDates to wear while they work. A word to the wise: If you want to try out GameCrush for World of Warcraft, don't just look at the PlayDates' personal photos. You might also want to consider if a potential date plays a Troll. I'm just saying... stay away from the Voodoo.

About Nicole Nash

Nicole Bremer Nash is Director of Content and Social Media for HuTerra, where she uses SEO and social media to promote charitable organizations in their community-building and fundraising efforts. She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts, and conduct...

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