Gamecrush.com Goes Down

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Gamecrush.com Goes Down

The flood of users who flocked to Gamecrush.com to play games with willing ladies in exchange for real money ended up crushing only the site, and my hope in humanity.

Gamecrush.com tries to fill a unique niche: you can sign up on the site to pay a lady (or a fella) to play games with you. Supported games are mainstays like Gears of War and Halo over Xbox Live as well as more casual games on the PC like Chess, Checkers or Tic Tac Toe. Many gamers were intrigued enough by the pitch to sign up and try to play with the many PlayDate profiles listed on Gamecrush. Unfortunately, the website didn't anticipate the traffic of thousands of gamers, and the site went down (pun intended). The administrators decided to cease the public beta program until they purchase servers capable of dealing with the traffic.

This is the message currently posted at on Gamecrush.com:

The GameCrush Public Beta is temporarily unavailable due to the incredible user response (more than 10,000 inquiries in five minutes). We are adding new servers to provide players with the best PlayDate experience possible. Games with GameCrush PlayDates start at $6.60 for ten minutes.

The site then asks you to join the mailing to be notified when the service will launch.

A trailer for the service was also released which showcases Gamecrush's text and 2 way video interface. Don't worry, it's fairly safe for work (although what exactly is the featured girl doing at about 28 secs in?).

The trailer is almost too safe... Where's the bear or the gaming grill?

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So the site is like a kind of prostitution... thing?

...

Calumon: Jack what you looking at.
*reads*
...

Nothing can be said in time like these.

This is very very very very very very very very sad.

I can't repeat those words enough, I just can't desribe accurately how sad this is...

Maybe there's a god ...

I don't know whether to be happy that Gamecrush fell apart so quickly, or sad because of how it happened...

Oh my god, how sad and pathetic . . . the ones who actually signed up for it, that is.

BlueTomfoolery:
So the site is like a kind of prostitution... thing?

No, I think it's a front for more of a prostitution thing. For those prices, you should at least get a little voice chat sex.

What was that girl doing with her hand?

I...
I just...

For all the work many gamers do to try and show the world we're normal people like everyone else, this happens.

Just... God damnit...

Ok this world is doomed, everyone come to England and help me build some kind of spaceship. We can form a brand new, more awesome civilization on Saturn.

So I guess Gamecrush

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...couldn't handle the pressure.

It's paying for female friends?

How very very very very very very sad.

Ranooth:
Ok this world is doomed, everyone come to England and help me build some kind of spaceship. We can form a brand new, more awesome civilization on Saturn.

I call shotgun!

Catkid906:
...

Calumon: Jack what you looking at.
*reads*
...

Nothing can be said in time like these.

Oh so true...I never thought people could be so sad...

PopcornAvenger:

Ranooth:
Ok this world is doomed, everyone come to England and help me build some kind of spaceship. We can form a brand new, more awesome civilization on Saturn.

I call shotgun!

Damn yooouuuuu!
I call gunner!
Of course, I will make sure we have giant space cannons.
Just in case we try to take over the galaxy, I mean, we will always need giant space cannons.

OT: Whoever thought this was a good idea was a bit of an idiot, I mean, us Gamers do have pride, you know.

Are this liek phone sex, where you pay the perosn in the otehr end, or liek a dating site, wher eyou pay the site to hook you up with someone else who's also paying?

Eitehr way, it's pretty sad, if it's teh whoore-thing it's just sad that peopel pay for stuff like that, if it's teh other... aren't there tons of free cam services? how is making a pic in pic while gaming a big enough thing to make peopel think it's worth payign for compared ot the free ones.

This is a very sad thing indeed. Now the stereotypes are going to be even more supported. Thanks to all those losers.

AceDiamond:
So I guess Gamecrush

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...couldn't handle the pressure.

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

But yeah, seriously? I'm kind of confused. Is this a game-based dating site, a-la eharmony.com (which, admittedly, I think would be a great idea), or the gaming version of one of those $9.95 a minute hotlines that start advertising on TV after midnight?

Oh god, PLEASE stay down. This is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard of.

RebellionXXI:

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

But yeah, seriously? I'm kind of confused. Is this a game-based dating site, a-la eharmony.com (which, admittedly, I think would be a great idea), or the gaming version of one of those $9.95 a minute hotlines that start advertising on TV after midnight?

The second one, I'm afraid.

this was real? i thought it was just a funny joke.

Natty DL:

PopcornAvenger:

Ranooth:
Ok this world is doomed, everyone come to England and help me build some kind of spaceship. We can form a brand new, more awesome civilization on Saturn.

I call shotgun!

Damn yooouuuuu!
I call gunner!
Of course, I will make sure we have giant space cannons.
Just in case we try to take over the galaxy, I mean, we will always need giant space cannons.

OT: Whoever thought this was a good idea was a bit of an idiot, I mean, us Gamers do have pride, you know.

I call the space hamster cage.

OT: At least few of us, hope Fox news or some random hater doesn't gets wind of this.

So this is a real thing ? I heard about it yesterday and thought it was an early april fools.

Sir Ollie:
What was that girl doing with her hand?

Practising her Wii-mote skills for when they try to move into that turf... or something more sinister.

I honestly would NOT be surprised if 4chan had something to do with this. In fact I'm almost certain.

Am I the only one who would take data from all sites like this and go on a large cull?

Maybe not kill them, but deport them to Antarctica with all the other people that are universally despised (so nothing political or where actual intelligence can be found - that's opinion, not fact - with the exception of the BNP and groups like that), like people who hurt others because it's fun etc.

So is one of the games available on Gamecrush..... Hide the Sausage? Oh Oh, what about Spread the Love... Ok, I'm done now and I'm sorry...

Actually, I don't know if they really hit a solid niche... You see pics of some of the professional female game groups out there and wonder, where can I meet a hot gamer girl? Well maybe this is the answer for them, although seeing as how you are paying per x minutes, I think people will be playing more than checkers while on that video chat...

C'mon Gamecrush stand back up so I can KILL YOU MYSELF!

Kiithid:

Natty DL:

PopcornAvenger:

Ranooth:
Ok this world is doomed, everyone come to England and help me build some kind of spaceship. We can form a brand new, more awesome civilization on Saturn.

I call shotgun!

Damn yooouuuuu!
I call gunner!
Of course, I will make sure we have giant space cannons.
Just in case we try to take over the galaxy, I mean, we will always need giant space cannons.

OT: Whoever thought this was a good idea was a bit of an idiot, I mean, us Gamers do have pride, you know.

I call the space hamster cage.

OT: At least few of us, hope Fox news or some random hater doesn't gets wind of this.

i call cheif engineer.

O.T. its things like this that give us gamers a bad name.

ps. ill bring me own hammers.

Meh I never judge these things like a lot of people seem to be. Some people are just lonely maybe, and if this is the best they can do, for whatever reason then hurray to them I guess. Honestly, it could be worse, like that man who married a pillow case, literally.

Aww, when I saw the title I thought someone had attacked their servers and taken them down. Looks like there were many people who wanted to access this service -_-

Well I'm pretty sure the "incredible user response" is the marketing version for basically saying "many people that clicked our site because of the news". I certainly did the first time it popped up, it sounded so damned retarded I just had to see it myself. Just cause I clicked the link for the site doesn't mean I lost my brain and would ever participate in something like that o.O

I at least hope most of the people who came to the site were perverts hoping for Strip Battleship, and not people genuinely willing to pay money because they heard that there are girls who play games on the internet.

that's not all that surprising or faith-in-humanity-shattering to me. I think many of the people that accessed it would try this out for say, an hour, just on the basis "don't knock it out till you try it". That, or they were demented 4chaners.

I don't know what's more pathetic, paying the $7 for ten minutes with a female "fried," or the irony that for only a little more, you could have a female friend with, erm, benefits.

But regardless, I'm looking forward to the MSM firestorm over this, and the mountains of parodies that will follow. I think sometimes it's better to disregard that nagging little voice that causes you to hate your fellow man in a fit of pessimism vis-a-vis the future of humanity, and to just laugh at the spectacle. It's gratuitous entertainment after all.

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