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Dating Site Urges GAME To Provide 'Dating Zones' For Gamers To Hook Up, Suggests Partnership

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Dating Site Urges GAME To Provide 'Dating Zones' For Gamers To Hook Up, Suggests Partnership

Can Romance Save The Retail Chain?

This is almost certainly a publicity stunt, but a hilarious one nonetheless. Online niche dating site Date A Gamer has reportedly approached struggling retailer GAME with a novel way of increasing revenue: by providing dedicated 'Dating Zones' in stores to allow single gamers to arrange meetings, mingle and potentially find love amidst the pre-owned shelves. Date A Gamer would rent the floor space, thus providing an unexpected source of income.

Under the proposed partnership, the website would set up branded holding areas in each shop where single gamers could mingle and hook up.  The dating sessions, recommended to take place twice a day and run for one hour each, would be free for the 150,000-plus members of the dating website and have the potential to see “millions of pounds” in shared revenue with GAME.

We are always looking for innovative new ways to reach out to single gamers and I expect that this is the same with Game, especially given the company's current financial issues. By setting up 'dating zones' in-store, Game will offer something its online rivals cannot hope to copy and drive thousands of potential new customers through its doors.

Given the choice I reckon many gamers would love the opportunity to socialise in a video game store. - Date A Gamer founder Tom Thurlow

I have... no words. But the idea is sound. Despite being a transparent PR coup, do you think that this initiative could work?

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hurrakan  Mar. 19, 2012 at 15:40

Well I would be desperate enough to try it - but I've never seen a real female gamer anywhere, not to mention a GAME retail outlet.

I don't think they exist. It's just a cruel trick that someone made up.

DivideByZero  Mar. 19, 2012 at 16:05

I have been in GAME many times with my girlfriend and she can kick my a*r*s*e on Soul Calibur... so is therefore a genuine gamer chick.

I used to play Halo 3 online with 4 local people, one of who was my ex... we always gave her the headset to chat to the opposition... it was always so funny... "a girl!!?!?!!!one"

There are plenty of gamer chicks out there, but if you play the ratios I imagine it's 10 blokes to 1 girl (ha, sounds like the setup for a porno).

((DEALSPWN - please un-censor A*R*S*E))

Last edited by DivideByZero, Mar. 19, 2012 at 16:07
hurrakan  Mar. 19, 2012 at 17:51

But dude - anyone can kick your ass on Soul Calibur! ;)

Heh ok, ok - just kidding :)

Anyway I seriously think this dating site is a good idea - because I can't find these fabled girl gamers.

Last edited by hurrakan, Mar. 19, 2012 at 17:53
StolenDiagram  Mar. 19, 2012 at 20:42

Thanks, but I don't need any further reason not to go into their stores.

Why not go the whole hog and paint all the walls a violent shade of pink and start selling sex toys too like Ann Summers.

MattGardner  Mar. 19, 2012 at 22:12

Thanks, but I don't need any further reason not to go into their stores.

Why not go the whole hog and paint all the walls a violent shade of pink and start selling sex toys too like Ann Summers.


At least you wouldn't get parents in there buying COD for their kids. It'd certainly promote the notion of games as an adult pursuit.

...though the "adult" part works on a number of levels.

And it would be hard to concentrate on Mario Kart 7 when surrounded by rubber cocks.

Sales reps would be forced to welcome every customer with a cheeky smile, a flirtatious wink, and "Got GAME?"

DivideByZero  Mar. 19, 2012 at 23:54

But dude - anyone can kick your ass on Soul Calibur! ;)

Actually, that is pretty true. I was good at fighters back in the SF / MK days, but not anymore, whereas all my mates seem to have retained those skills. When any new fighter comes out I usually win hands down for the first few goes, then can't win for s***.


And it would be hard to concentrate on Mario Kart 7 when surrounded by rubber cocks.

Said with an air of authority there... know much on the subject?

As for if it's a good idea or not, really remains to be seen. But I support the idea, even though I wonder if it will be too little too late to save GAME.

hurrakan  Mar. 28, 2012 at 14:49

Adult gaming? I'll just say this:

The only thing that might make me buy a Kinect is some kind of groinal attachment...

hurrakan  Mar. 28, 2012 at 14:51

I was good at fighters back in the SF / MK days, but not anymore, whereas all my mates seem to have retained those skills.


The only fighting game I was ever awesome at was Tekken 3 on the PS1. That game was awesome - fighting games have failed to evolve in any meaningful way (not that I played many since, just the odd Soul Calibur).

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