Normally, I leave the news to Mena but when she mentioned there was a dating game specifically for role-players and gamers…well, how could I resist? I snooped around a little and this is what I found:
First, it turns out GamerDating.com isn’t exactly new. In fact, the London-based Gamer Dating Ltd. has created a social networking and gaming hybrid where gamers from 36 different countries came together to meet, blog and game together. Not bad for their first beta.
What Mena was referring to was actually a newly announced partnership between DatingGamer.com and California-based Gamania Digital Entertainment, the US subsidiary of a leading pan-Asian game developer and publisher, to deliver what they are calling a revolutionary experience for gamers everywhere. The upcoming Dating MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) will offer gamers an all around social gaming experience where they can not only meet others sharing their gaming passions (or be matched to them using Lucent Heart’s matchmaking system) and play together but also develop other aspects of their relationship.
“Never before has a MMORPG made the move to work so closely with a social network, ” said DatingGamer.com creator Jim Palmer. “We Honestly have no idea why this is the first time someone is doing this. We all use and enjoy massive social networking sites, so when it comes to dating, we believe that it should be easy to share you most time consuming interests, in our case, gaming.”
I thought so. I, however, am quite content with Lunch (@JStackhouseTB) and am really not interested in a dating or a matchmaking service no matter how intriguing it sounds. So I signed Mena up. -smirks-
If you would like to give this social experiment game a whirl you’ll want to act fast. GamerDating.com is sponsoring Lucent Heart’s upcoming “Get Lucky!” beta which offers players one last sneak peak at Lucent Heart over the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, complete with fashionable green attire to ward off uninvited pinches. To “Get Lucky!” role-players and gamers can simply head over to GamerDating.com and sign up for a free profile. All GamerDating.com members will get a free beta key to participate in the St. Patty’s festivities which begin March 17, 2011. Members can also jump to link for up-to-date information on other give-away events.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to offer players a seamless transition to further legitimize the relationships they bring to Lucent Heart,” adds David Wong, COO of Gamania. “Lucent Heart offers a low-pressure outlet for couples to go on fun, light-hearted dates together and GamerDating.com offers an essential portal for them to continue interacting which includes profiles, email, blogs – things that players can’t easily and safely exchange within the game.”
Well? What are you waiting for? Go!