World of Warcraft players find love on Web thanks to new dating site aimed at dungeon crawlers; current male-to-female ratio near 6:1.
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Gamers fed up with logging onto normal dating Web sites need no longer worry about having to cater to potential dates' interests such as "long walks on the beach," "candlelit, romantic dinners," and "anything outdoorsy." A new service has launched that caters to people whose turn-ons include "raiding the Blackfathom Deeps for epic gear," "farming the Scarlet Monastery," and "bringing doom to the evil Horde."
World of Datecraft (due to heavy traffic, the site is intermittently offline), an online dating service aimed at the nearly 7 million World of Warcraft players, provides the icebreaker for WOW fans to host their own meet and greets. Members submit profiles with basic info (similar to Match.com) such as age, gender, location, and an optional photo, as well as descriptions of physical appearance, lifestyle, and professional life.
While such a service seems like an answer to many-a-lonely-PC-gamer's dream, men shouldn't expect to become level 60 lotharios overnight. Currently, there are just more than 700 users, approximately 600 of which are males. (Note: It's probably not a good idea to mention your "burning crusade" when trying to lock down a date.)
As for the site's legitimacy, the owners claim that "thousands of people meet on our site daily and go on to date and start relationships. We've also had hundreds of marriages across many borders." However, the owners offer no proof to back up their claims.
A cursory examination of World of Datecraft yielded somewhat unimpressive results. Only six users were online, only one of which was female. Going by the handle "Jjivani," the female member claimed to be a 26-year-old Canadian aerobics enthusiast whose favorite thing is playing World of Warcraft as a member of the horde.
"I am a fulltime, World of Warcraft-aholic and am looking to find a charming lad that has the same interests as me," said Jjivani in her description. "I find that when I date men, they don't usually understand my passion for the game and want me to stop playing which I hate."
While intriguing, Jjivani's post also raises some alarm bells. For one, she claims she only wants to "meet for casual sex." Secondly, she touts the fact she has a Web cam--a ploy typically used by posters shilling for Internet porn sites.
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