On March 22, 2010, IGN put out an article about a new site that is launching March 23rd that I am sure they thought was a cute little way to promote girls who game. In my humble opinion, though, I think the site is a bunch of bulls**t and encourages the way of thinking that serious gamers (who just happen to be female) have fought against for years! Pay to game with an “attractive” girl. How demeaning is that to any girl who is a gamer?
And I quote:
You want to create a dating site for people with a passion for games? Okay, fine, go for it. But don’t promote a site that feeds into the myth that female gamers are an exotic breed that exist somewhere in Never Never Land. And seriously! What the hell do they know about gamers? Guys, you are going to pay for about 6-10 minutes of game time with a chic thinking that you are going to get some quality smoochy talk, but if you actually knew about female gamers, you would realize that they are gamers period. If they are looking to play Halo with someone, they want to play Halo. Not talk about their favorite foods or what their idea of a perfect date would be.
So, what this is saying to me is that in order to be a “gaming star” and a female writer and contributor to this site, you have to be deemed “hot” and a tease…basically a slut. Of course, they added a third category of “gaming skill” but let’s be real here. How much of that is actually going to matter? Think my opinion is a bit harsh?
How about now?
As you can tell, this site really rubs me the wrong way because their message to the gaming community is one that has plagued the female gamer since gaming began.
It really upsets me because many people have commented in the past on various sites in regards to “girl gamers” that girls are gamers and that the “segregation” and “issues” about being a female gamer do not exist. Here is a site that proves that the “wrong” mentality about female gamers not only exists, but is still going strong.
Yes, guys, go visit a site that is paying girls to game who probably will pretend to game because they are in need of cash or who are actual gamers demeaning themselves by taking on the role of an escort. Brilliant.
But if you decide you want to actually date someone or just find a friend who is a girl that games, there are much “cheaper” ways (like free) and better ways to do this. If you are reading this article, well, congratulations! You’ve found it.
Now this has been based off of IGN’s review of the site. We are always open to hearing the other side of the argument, which is why GirlGamer has set up an interview with GameCrush to get their take and explanation for what the site is and why they chose to do as they did.
Will it be good enough to appease us? Well, we’ll just have to see…..
GG-Joylia, GameCrush, Girl Gamers, IGN, IMHO