GameCrush

Mar. 31st, 2010 02:46 pm
sareini: jack and ianto with the plants... naked :) (torchwood)
Over the past couple of weeks I've seen a few mentions of a new and upcoming thing in the online gaming world, and discussed it with a number of friends. This "new thing" is a site called GameCrush, and it purports to act as a kind of facilitator for gamers to get "play dates" with girl gamers for a nominal fee.

Now I admit it, when I first heard about it I was dubious, what with the time of year (April Fool's Day, one of my favourite 'holidays', is now only one day away) and the fact that whenever I went to look the site was always down. And while I'm still reserving my ultimate judgement until I see an up and running version of the site, I'm more willing to accept that people hammering the site because of the publicity it's been getting has melted its servers for the time being, and that it could very well be on the level.

My problems with the site, however, go beyond that - the main one being that it's pretty clearly going to be one of the many 'adult' webcam websites out there, only this one has the particular spin of being staffed by girl gamers. Why do I think this? Well, several reasons, but mainly because I've done that job and know the signs.

I should make a point here, before I go any further - I have no problem whatsoever with adult webservices, be they phone, cam or otherwise. Hell, I'd still be working the lines myself if my job wasn't now that of full-time carer - it was fun, paid well for the work that was put in (although you needed to put in long hours to make the wages always touted on the recruitment hours) and I enjoyed that I always had to think on my feet. If that's the job that people want to do, then I wish them good luck and that they enjoy themselves. That, however, is one of my problems - from looking at comments I've seen on the web, a lot of girls are getting interested in working for this service without actually realising what the job could entail.

For me, it was pretty clear. The simple fact that they were offering webcam services was the first thing that pinged my radar, followed by the options of setting your chat mood to "flirty" or "dirty" and the fact that the site is 2257 compliant - that's the US law that requires all websites with adult or potentially adult content to have full records of all their models' ages, birthdates and everything else that proves that everything's above board. But most of the comments from girls I saw seemed to be more concerned with how their gaming skills were going to be evaluated - unless I'm very very wrong (and I'm always willing for that to be the case), that's not going to be at the forefront of the minds of most of the guys who will be paying for these services. I've seen their comments too, and believe me, gaming skills aren't what they're thinking of here. So I'm bothered that a lot of the girls who want to join this site are going to get something of a shock when the reality hits them.

That, and the backlash. As I said, I've seen guys' comments on this as well, and they're the kind of things that make me want to never admit my gender online again. I'm not easily shocked or offended, and I'm not pulling a raging feminist thing here (or at least I hope not), but when I'm gaming I don't see why my gender matters so much to people. My regular friends in my gaming circle call me a "saucy British tart", but that's because I'm British while most of them are American, and they know that I worked on phone sex lines for a while and find it deeply amusing. Which is as it should be, all in all. I don't get special treatment for being a girl, and I don't expect it. So this sort of thing bothers me, because it feels to me like we (females) are being encouraged to exploit the fact that we're girl gamers and therefore a rare and fascinating breed.

tl;dr - I'm not sure that sex and online gaming should necessarily mix (except maybe in circumstances with friends or in a far more anonymous setting, which is a whole other thing). Of course, if I'm wrong and things go well, and GameCrush expands to PC games and doesn't require webcams, then I'll not only change my tune but I might well sign up (listen for me talking sexy over your zombie-slaughtering antics). But right now, I'm happy watching warily from where I am.

Catch-up

Jun. 8th, 2007 08:21 pm
sareini: default (Good Omens - Armageddon)
I haven't posted for a while. I know, it's terrible.

So, what's been happening?

- after a slight problem involving my email not getting the worksheets being sent to me, I got my schedules for this week and next for work. My first job is on Sunday. Then I've got another on Monday (goodbye sleep!) and one on Wednesday. I'm at least glad that I don't have to work next weekend, as there's a double-XP weekend going on CoX that I don't want to miss (and I'm already having to miss a roleplay event happening this Sunday night).

- I've started my planning for Blogathon '07.

- [livejournal.com profile] learnedrobb is coming down to see us tomorrow and staying overnight, so Jelli can sit on him and Mac can run away whenever he moves (Mac is slightly scared of big people)

- I'm writing porn for [livejournal.com profile] amara_m/[livejournal.com profile] phantisma's Inappropriate Content ficathon. You may all start trembling now.

I think that's all the salient points...
sareini: default (Spike - cup of tea)
...well, kind-of porn... it didn't want to go into the explicit stuff, not without me writing a whole lot more than I did, but it's still porn of a sort...

Inspired by the Word of the DAy on Amara's journal, where she asked for comment porn and the like...

Cut for softcore stuff... )
sareini: default (Number 72)
Nick has two new obsessions in his life: Family Guy and eBay.

Do they have an Internet Auction-buyers Anonymous, or am I just going to have to club him over the head and tie him up somewhere away from net access for a few days?

Also, I just read that the Red Ranger from the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is allegedly doing gay porn. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to "Go go Power Rangers!"... (He isn't, to make it clear; it's a lookalike, but still funny to think of)

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