Shag A Gamer, Starve a Fever

July 16, 2012 -

Dating sites that cater to gamers are already viably questionable to begin with, but a new site called Shag A Gamer (NSFW) hopes to take that concept to the extreme. The UK-based website is more akin to Adult Friend Finder than it is to Match.com... Shag A Gamer was created by the same company that created Date A Gamer, and is a reaction to the behavior of adult members (over the age of 18) who were looking for casual sex instead of a relationship.

"It got us thinking that, perhaps by providing a platform where geeks and gamers over the age of 18 could arrange to meet up and get it on, we could help people who may feel uneasy in social situations, find someone and get some action," Date A Gamer boss Tom Thurlow tells Eurogamer. "People were using the Date A Gamer site to meet up for sex anyway, but this way they have a space where they can do this more openly in an arena they are comfortable in, in other words, online."

Like other adult hook-up sites, you can browse the site for free (you'll have to sign up for a free membership) but to actually "connect" with other people on the site you'll have to pay £19.95 ($31.20) per month.

Source: The Escapist by way of Andrew Eisen.


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Re: Shag A Gamer, Starve a Fever

I think it's a cool idea, but it is a niche. I wonder if there are a lot of women gamers who are interested in meeting up with other men gamers for casual sex. I'd like to imagine that there is just because it sounds kind of sexy.

 

I also think a reality show about gamers going on blind dates would make interesting tv. G4TV could carry it and use retro gaming style graphics on the screen alongside gaming terms to critique the date. Sorry, kind of random.

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Re: Shag A Gamer, Starve a Fever

G4TV having a second show that's at least loosely related to gaming? Neat idea.

Re: Shag A Gamer, Starve a Fever

Perhaps it was a result of the social resources I had growing up and in adulthood, but I never had any trouble finding a date and later on a wife. I was a very geeky and socially awkward person and still am. No real point to this comment other than these kinds of things baffle me.

Re: Shag A Gamer, Starve a Fever

While it is true that the stereotype of 'gamers' being suffiently awkward as being unable to find dates through traditional means is, well, a stereotype.. it is not entirely unfounded.   It is, of course, not a universal.. but it is common enough to be an issue.

I think one of the patterns is extroverts attracted to gaming tend to do ok in vanilla world, but the introverts who take refuge in games end up with an additional stumbling block they have to work around since they have their inherent introversion plus a stigmatized hobby/identity.  This is of course a rather general statement since individual experiences vary so wildly.

Personally I view sites like this the same way I see any niche interest site, dating within your own community can always be challenging, esp if you are spread fairly thin.. so there tends to be a market for people finding each other who normally would have trouble doing so. This goes double for groups that get flack on more general sites.. I know I get flames for being a gamer on at least one dating site I am active on, and another sex oriented community site, at minimal, includes quite a few 'no gamers, they are immature children' profiles/threads that make it clear who the undesirables are.  So having a place that is both sex/relationship oriented AND your identity is seen as something positive rather then bashed can really help people who are already uncomfortable/insecurity/shy/etc.

Having said that, I question how well such sites actually work.  Niche sites tend to be viking heavy since often getting the right gender mix AND balancing out the flow of messaging can be very challenging when your numbers are small.  While it is possible there actually was enough demand from members in general for a hookup centric site, I am a bit skeptical that they are not just trying to bilk hopeful males.

 
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