Poke set up a challenge on behalf of French Connection for budding romeos to seduce a young lady via the service thereby winning some FC gift vouchers. It was only a matter of time.
Via your webcam, Chat Roulette (which was invented by a 17 year-old Russian schoolboy) pairs you with a random videochat partner. If you don’t like the look of them (and judging by our experience you probably won’t) click ‘next’ and move on to someone else. And, of course, they can do the same to you, making the whole thing pretty brutal for the old self-esteem. Inevitably, the freakish and the pornographic dominate, with exhibitionism and masturbation literally in your face.
But it can also be rather sweet with offers to sing you a song or play a transcontinental game of Connect 4. By turns, disturbing and hilarious and guaranteed to make anyone over 25 feel very old indeed.