Train2Game News GamerDating

After seven years in beta GamerDating.com, the world’s first dating site dedicated to gamers formally launches, the first dating site to allow single gamers to match one another with twinned dating and gaming profiles of PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo games.

The site has recently with its uptick in popularity seen two marriages, one divorce and one recent engagement.

“We’ve taken our time to make sure the service was the best available,” said GD’s Founder James Palmer.

“Without any marketing and publicity, 360,000 single gamers have already signed up – and another 20,000 are joining every month. We’re clocking more than 90,000 messages a week are being sent between our beta users” The elegant product design and ability to add and search games within users profiles being the main reasons the founders think the site is a hit. “We’re happily saying to gamers now, get off Tinder, the real gamers are here guys”.

GamerDating is a place for single passionate adults dedicated to gaming who are looking for real relationships, offering gamers an unrivalled level of specificity, functionality and product value. The core principle of the company is authenticity, allowing gamers to join only with their first names, and a mandatory profile picture along with their favourite games, something impossible to find in-game within the obscure world of gamer tags. The site does this through their unique MDR (Match dating rating) system, which for the gaming savvy is akin to multiplayer video games MMR (Matchmaking rating) systems like League of Legends.

“Up until now, “gamer dating” websites and mainstream sites have offered a large database of people who had mentioned somewhere in their profiles that they didn’t mind video games or possibly enjoyed a mobile game, together with the usual profile field suspects,” said Palmer. “The likelihood of being matched with someone who passionately loved games was low. These sorts of white label services are borderline offensive and are shining examples of the incorrect stereotypes of gamers from people building bad products to take advantage.”

“We’re offering gamers several unique features designed specifically to help find the gamer of their dreams. We’ve expanded on your standard dating profile so you can conduct honed searches to find others who love the same games, consoles and even habits. They might live around the corner – or the other side of the world. But they’re able to find fellow gamers with similar interests arrange a date and play games together.”

Seven years ago the founders used their passion for gaming – along with their own dating highs and lows – to set up the beta version of the site. While they quietly polished the service, tens of thousands of gamers were providing invaluable feedback.

“What I remember most about the sites that were around when we first started looking was how gross they made me feel as a girl gamer,” said Melissa Walther, Community Director at GamerDating.

“On one hand you pay to game with a girl who would moan sexually in chat since 2016 I think we rebranded those to Thott’s – others slapped their logo on some tank tops and had girls in underwear talk about how women want men to buy them things. Why would I join these sites?

Serious gamers just aren’t served by existing products, and there are hundreds of millions of them – The best piece of feedback we had this year was in our email though, and quote, I joined because I: “hate Match and wanted to get off”. What else do you need to say?”

So obsessed with authenticity in the wake of recent fake profile and hacking scandal’s at Facebook is the GamerDating team, the service rewards others for finding fake profiles and spammers with premium time on the website.

“We had one lovely story recently, it’s so typical of why we love the gaming community” Palmer added “A guy joined the site, and noted that – uniquely – we have a reward system for our users when finding bad actors, and that’s true, we award people with premium time on the site for finding spammers and fake profiles. Wouldn’t you know it the guy spent hours just running around the site finding these fakes for us! We gave him a day per spammer or fake profile found, I think he must have ended up with at least 2 months, but that’s the spirit of the gaming community, we didn’t ask him to do this, but he saw the mission, gamers need to feel support and authenticity and when they do, they give back”.

What GamerDating.com is offering:

– a free basic account allowing gamers to join, search, add games, matchmake, message, read messages from premium members and be matched on GamerDating

– a paid subscription allowing members unlimited communication, a Twitter-like feed to share their story and the ability to read messages from all members including free members, who can, in turn, read messages from them and respond

– members are charged $35 for two months, or $70 for four months … this compares well to the industry’s standard fees of $30 – $60 a month on sites like Match, including a game offering an excellent value by comparison

– members’ details are protected by GamerDating’s strict privacy policy … they will not be sold for marketing by other third-party companies

– the first dating service to pioneer bundling video games and gaming gift cards with subscriptions, offering both tangible and intangible benefits from subscription

Uniquely in the past, each member of the GamerDating team struggled with compromising their love of games in the hope of holding onto relationships with non-gaming partners who didn’t understand their passion.

“When I started dating, it became apparent the girls I was seeing had no interest in games. In fact, some of them outright hated them,” said Alexander Brown, GamerDating Chief of Operations and Co-Founder.

“I accepted this as ‘normal’. I was told games were childish – that they were anti-social and caused bad habits. When I was in those sorts of relationships, I had to give up gaming. I changed as a person. I tried to be the happy-go-lucky guy that I am, but I slowly stopped being me. Being gaslighted into selling my gaming rig was the turning point.”

“GamerDating is about finding people who love games, who identify with the lifestyle of gaming. But crucially it’s about accepting yourself and being proud about who you are, who for many people means as a gamer.

This is absolutely necessary to be happy in any partnership” said Brown “Whether you’re a gamer or not.”

To sign up or find out more visit GamerDating.com

Train2Game News Girls who game study PSTEM

Girls who play video games are three times more likely to choose physical science, technology, engineering or maths (PSTEM) degrees compared to their non-gaming counterparts, according to new research from the University of Surrey.

The study, funded by the British Academy and published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, found that 13-14 year old girls classed as ‘heavy gamers’ – those playing over nine hours a week – were three times more likely to pursue a PSTEM degree compared to girls who were non-gamers.

It also found that 100 per cent of girls in the study who were already in PSTEM degrees were identified as gamers. However, the same could not be said for boys where a similar amount of gamers existed regardless of degree type, leading to thoughts that boys experience far less pressure to conform to the video gamer stereotype if they were studying a PSTEM degree.

The research was led by Dr Anesa Hosein, Lecturer in Higher Education and Programme Director of PhD in Higher Education at Surrey, and a Physics graduate with a self-confessed ‘Geek Girl’ gamer past. Dr Hosein believes identifying and targeting certain female groups early may be a way to encourage more to study it at degree level and beyond.

Dr Hosein said: “Despite the pioneering work of people like Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Surrey’s own Daphne Jackson, the first female Physics professor, there are still too few female PSTEM role models for young women.

“However, our research shows that those who study PTSEM subjects at degree level are more likely to be gamers, so we need to encourage the girl gamers of today to become the engineering and physics students and pioneers of tomorrow.

“It therefore makes sense, in the short-term, that educators seeking to encourage more take up of PSTEM subjects should target girl gamers, as they already may have a natural interest in these subjects. We need to get better at identifying cues early to recognise which girls may be more interested in taking up PSTEM degrees.”

Dr Hosein recommends that educators use the results from her study to increase girls’ participation in PSTEM subjects in a number of ways. ‘Geek Girls’ who have a pre-disposition towards gaming should be identified early by teachers or parents and encouraged to explore PSTEM degree pathways, for example through attending gaming expert talks. School educators could also start including gaming in PSTEM degrees to increase engagement of girl gamers. It is also important for girls who do not fit a geek video gaming stereotype to meet and see more alternative PSTEM female role models during their school education.

The study is entitled “Girls’ Video Gaming Behaviour and Undergraduate Degree Selection: A Secondary Data Analysis Approach”. Read more about the University of Surrey’s Department of Higher Education.

Train2Game News British women game a month a year


Modern British women spend A MONTH of every year playing video games, according to new research.

Researchers from Guinness World Records 2017 (Gamer’s Edition) have revealed the true extent of women’s growing love of gaming.

The study showed the average female spends up to 12 hours a week glued to either a mobile phone screen (8 hours) or a games console (four hours).

Interestingly more than four in ten female gamers said they find it therapeutic and over a quarter said they get a genuine buzz when they successfully complete a level or score sought after points or rewards.

The typical British female has over five gaming apps downloaded to her mobile device and claims she dedicates 15 percent of everyday to playing games and puzzles.

According to the research of 1,500 women, eight in ten prefer to game own their own but 18 percent regularly play with their other half, with 44 percent saying gaming together has brought them closer in their relationship.

However, there is fierce rivalry between couples with over two thirds (68 percent) of females claiming they are far superior than their partner when it comes to gaming.

Phoenix Perry, Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London said: “As someone who works in computing and video game development, these figures do not come as a surprise to me.

“I regularly work with female gamers who will often describe the therapeutic effect of playing and the buzz of succeeding in a game. And of course, it goes without saying that I very much enjoy the experience myself.

“I am a passionate advocate for women in gaming and the tech industry in general, and my work constantly looks for opportunities to bring people together to raise awareness of our collective interconnectivity.

“Studies like this show that the appeal of gaming is anything but exclusive to men, and that can only be a good thing.”

More than two thirds (67 percent) of the 1,000 girls polled said their favourite type of game was a puzzle or pattern game and the most popular place to play was when in bed (54 percent).

Candy Crush emerged as the top game played by the nation’s girl gamers, followed by Angry Birds and Temple Run.

Just over a third (34 percent) said their go-to place to game was on a bus or train and more than one in ten (11 percent) even get tapping away on their smartphone while in work.

However, 23 percent claim their boss has caught them engrossed in an online game once or twice, but a sneaky 77 percent said they play discreetly so that colleagues think they are working.

Interestingly, 28 percent of the females polled think they are a calmer individual since they started gaming and a quarter reckon they have better reflexes.

Nearly a third (31 percent) felt gaming was the best way to get some ‘me time’.

But more than one in ten (11 percent) female gamers said their kids are constantly nagging them to get off their phone and to stop playing games.

TOP 20 MOST POPULAR GAMES (VOTED BY WOMEN)

1. Candy crush

2. Angry birds

3. Temple run

4. Fruit Ninja

5. Words with friends

6. Cut the rope

7. Subway surfers

8. Flappy Bird

9. Despicable Me: Minion Rush

10.Clash of Clans

11.QuizUp

12.Doodle jump

13.Draw me

14.Crossy Road

15.Lara Croft GO

16.Clash Royale

17.Fifa mobile

18.Fallout shelter

19.Real Racing

20.Kingdom Rush 

Train2Game Designer Student Jon’s Video Diary

Part 1 of Train2Game Games Designer student Jon’s video diary
It’s been a dream of his to get a career in the games industry, ever since he was visited by a Careers Advisor at school who asked him what he wants to do with his life and he said all he wants to do his make computer games.
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