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Date A Gamer Begets Shag A Gamer...And We Cringe

Oh crap.

I'll go with how it started. The UK's Date A Gamer website didn't necessarily annoy me; in fact, it seemed like a good way to get like-minded people together. Really, how different is it when compared to Christian Mingle or something like that?

But now, as reported by Eurogamer, the original idea has transformed into something vastly more objectionable. Yep, it's a new off-shoot site called Shag A Gamer, which presents itself as the "UK's #1 Adult Site For Gamers And Geeks." It claims to "fill the gap left for horny geeks who aren't necessarily looking for dating or a long-term relationship, but who are interested in scouting for sex online and meeting up for no-strings nookie."

Date A Gamer boss Tom Thurlow said members of the Date A Gamer site really weren't using it for creating new relationships; they were basically just trolling for sex. So this got him thinking and bam, the new "evolved" site. Said Thurlow:

"...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.

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."

He admitted that the idea "will raise more than a few eyebrows" but he's hoping adults will act like adults and the site will "even become self-regulating." Yeah, well, we're not big fans of this guy signing people up without them even knowing (he admitted to using a site called Global Personals), and one thing more-

Gamers have long since suffered from various stereotypes that essentially accuse those who play video games of being immature, of being incapable of sustaining normal, mature, adult relationships. Furthermore, we're accused of being affected by the violence and over-sexualized content we find in games. So now we're just giving in to that and giving the mainstreamers more ammunition? Yay.

Well, if you'd like to join, go right ahead. Membership has swelled to 260,000 members since Shag A Gamer opened for business. How grand.

Tags: date a gamer, shag a gamer, shagagamer.com, shag a gamer site

7/16/2012 8:15:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

BikerSaint
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 9:33:41 PM
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Yeah, as soon as I saw this earlier, I thought that the Lamestream Media will have themselves another field day against gaming & gamers with this site.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 10:03:11 PM

A Sarah Palin word? Really?

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ZettaiSeigi
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 9:40:07 PM
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Tsk tsk tsk. Lame. Now those who have nothing good to say about games and gamers would have more ammunition on their arsenal.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 10:06:14 PM
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So many things wrong with that, first off you shouldn't say "shag," sounds stupid.

I'm not a big fan of gamer stereotypes and have my own anecdotal evidence that they can be wildly inaccurate but I don't think I want to even see the majority of the females signed up to that site. That whole deal just devalues sex in general.

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wackazoa
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 9:48:38 AM

Devalues sex ? Explain the value of sex.....







*this should be good.

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dmiitrie
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 10:13:56 PM
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I don't see the big deal. This is hardly the first website that's sprung up where people can try to find hookups. Besides, now the people who were looking for this on Date-a-Gamer can go to Shag-a-Gamer and leave the original site for those who actually want what its meant for. Which is vastly less objectionable than having the Date-a-Gamer site become known as a place where everyone is trolling for nothing but sex.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 10:56:50 PM

I dunno man, I don't think we should just drop ALL pretense in life.

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kraygen
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 10:59:11 PM
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It's true that people will probably latch on this as another way to point and say gamers are immature and what not, but you can also easily point out the thousands of other sites like this that have nothing to do with gamers.

Truth is, our society is immature and there are a lot of people looking for immature relationships. Someone just finally decided to start marketing it to specific "genre's" of people.

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Nerull
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 5:11:34 AM

Very true.
Not to mention that all those groups that attempt to further stigmatize gaming are going to do so for as long as they have too much time on their hands, regardless of evidence.

Just like every other moral crusade.

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br0d1n
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 9:27:38 AM
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I know that a lot of sites like this exist, but to me it sounds like an easy way to find yourself waking up in a bathtub of ice sans a few organs.

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wackazoa
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 9:47:01 AM
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So how much is this gonna cost ??? I mean if you go by stereotypes then geeks and gamers are ugly, clumsy, not good at social interactions......


So how much is this gonna cost. And will I get in trouble if I refer to my "joystick" ?

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leatherface
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 11:23:57 AM
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sign me up! i wanna be the God of Whore

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