Tinder vs. OtakuBooty, or the geek-vs.-regular-dude Internet dating experiment

Us geeks are to successful, normal dating what the complete works of Dostoyevsky are to the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy — as in, we aren’t. Well, at least that seems to be the common (though unfortunate) misconception. So what if we’re generally marginalized and decried as weirdos for amassing bizarre amounts of strange memorabilia and/or knowledge relating to the outer fringes of pop culture?! We, too deserve to be loved! We, too deserve the awkward finesse and lovably clumsy dance that is the modern courtship ritual.

Source: maxlevel.org

Source: maxlevel.org

The question is, are we better off searching within our own circles for companionship, or venturing outwards? For a fresh perspective, I tried the latter first, via the notorious smartphone-based, location-sensitive dating app Tinder… with not too much luck.

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I mean, it’s Tinder, so I wasn’t exactly expecting sonnets and horse-drawn carriages. But, still. Really?

After this abysmal failure, I still needed answers to the questions that had been gnawing at me as I tossed and turned in my bed alone at night, Batman and Zatanna #169 staring at me from my bedside table. Would there ever be hope for a lonely nerd such as I? And if so, is it possible that I would find that not within the realm of “normal” guys with prototypical “dude” hobbies involving competitive sports and domestic beer, but within the empire of geekdom itself?

Thus I embarked on my quest to determine whether or not geeks could use their upper hand concerning the powers of the internet to woo me in a more effective way than their average Tinder-bro counterpart.

Admit it. You've never used the eggplant emoji to text about eggplants. (Source: complex.com)

Admit it. You’ve never used the eggplant emoji to text about eggplants. (Source: complex.com)

I started putting together my profile (as a straight, twentysomething female) on the dating website OtakuBooty, a self-proclaimed purveyor of “geek dating and social networking for awesome people”. After choosing a mature and thoughtful moniker referencing Transformers, trap music and the number “420”, I was asked to fill out answers to relevant questions like, “What are some anime/manga/gaming-related interests you have?” This was going good so far, I thought, and the flame of my hope for geeky love started to ever-so-slightly flicker anew.

I dutifully paid the $5.12 CAD in order to partake in the lush social ecosystem of OtakuBooty for a month, and waited patiently with goji berry smoothie in hand for the replies to roll on in.

…and I was waiting for awhile. After two weeks, I had gotten only one response. But unlike the telltale buzz that my phone emitted every time I got a Tinder notification, it didn’t fill me with a nameless dread.

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This OtakuBooty flirter, disarmingly usernamed after a character on How I Met Your Mother, seemed pretty alright. I mean, he was decently attractive in his photos, and sent me a rather innocent message as an opener. Definitely more respectful than the abominably outright propositions for sex (and not much else) I’d received through Tinder. The downside is that Mr. HIMYM was located all the way across the pond in France, which is definitely a strike against niche dating sites and highlights the convenience of being on a form of dating media that is based on location and is widely used.

I mean, it’s not like OtakuBooty dude and I were ever really going to meet in real life. But did we have to? My experience on one geek dating website had already been exponentially less unpleasant than my wade through the swamp of a regular dating app. I decided I had enough experiential data to turn my initial geek-vs.-regular dude Internet dating hypothesis into theory — geeks totally win. At the end of the day, I’d rather an oddball or slightly more demure first move — perhaps peppered with obscure Sherlock references, maybe from someone with anthropomorphic puppets in his profile picture — than some lame coital request from another shirtless-gym-selfie knuckle-dragger.

What do you think? Are the generalizations and stereotypes too harsh? Tell me all about your experiences in the comments!

Source: indulgy.com

Source: indulgy.com

(Psst! For more geek dating resources, check out PCWorld’s reviews of various geek dating sites.)

PRESIDENT OBAMA to Appear on MYTHBUSTERS!

No, your eyes do not deceive you! The Mythbusters have made it to the White House! The story comes from E! Online and makes some great news for Mythbusters fans and Democrats alike! Read on…

Sweeps, shmeeps. Mythbusters is creating its own must-see TV come December, when its very special guest star will be none other than President Barack Obama.

We know he’s the commander in geek, but what prompted the leader of the free world to stop by a basic cable show?

As part of an effort to highlight science education (it sure ain’t to get more air time), the commander-in-chief will appear on a Dec. 8 question to ask hosts/mad scientists Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage to test the myth that the Greek scientist Archimedes inspired a generations of little boys with magnifying glasses by using the sun’s reflection on mirrors to set fire to invading Roman fleets back in 214 B.C.

“I can announce today that I taped a special guest appearance for their show, although I didn’t get to blow anything up,” Obama said. “I was a little frustrated about that.”

Incidentally, while Obama’s appearance is intended to boost science education, it’s no doubt a blow to history buffs everywhere. The show first busted this so-called death ray myth back in 2004. Challenged by fans to retest their findings, they busted it again in 2006 with help from MIT students.

 

Um, third time’s a charm?

Conjurations 2010: A Montreal Gaming Convention

In the Montreal area and looking for an awesome way to geek-out with other gamers, LARPers or just some fellow genre-fans? Then you’ll be pleased to know that Montreal is once again going to be home to an event known as Conjurations.

Conjurations spans the weekend of May 15th to 16th, 2010 and takes place at the Church of St. John The Evangelist, corner of President Kennedy and Kimberley (137 President Kennedy Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 3P6, Place des Arts Metro). The hours are as follows:

Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM

You can expect RPGs, Miniature boardgames, LARPs, CCGs, wargames and more! The admission is $10 for the whole day, $5 if you’re running one game and FREE if you run two or more games. Learn more by visiting Conjurations online at GGConventions.com.

And look out, creators! From the Conjurations website, we have this information:

We are looking for people to run games (board games, DMs, GMs, CCGs, etc.). If you have the urge to show off your favorite game, to run that cool scenario that you’ve been conjuring up, or to meet new people who have the same hobbies as you, then this is your chance! E-mail us right now at conventions@gamers-guild.net. Tell us what you want to run. Multiple events are welcome. Don’t be shy; amaze us with your imagination.

Hope to see you there!