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.)

Grading Papers with Pokemon

Any Pokefans who are also teachers should take a look at this awesome new item from this Geekosystem article.

You can now buy the most easily useable, easily understandable, and frequently applicable meme from the Pokémon universe on a stamp, specifically for marking students’ work. If you wanted a quick and easy way to identify with your students — both the young’uns who play Pokémon and the old’uns who enjoy the meme (and also play Pokémon) — you could spend twelve bucks on this Pokémon stamp and let your students know that they did well on their work and you are also hip to their jive.

Thank Etsy user Jocelyn, who lists herself as a “martial arts actress,” for your chance to evolve your grading practices.

POKEMON CREEPY BLACK

Ever heard of Pokemon Creepy Black? A ROM hack of Pokemon Red intended to turn the whimsical action RPG into a horror game, it’s being made by a group working at Project Creepy Black with help from more volunteers entranced by the original creepypasta (Google it or read it in the Creepypasta forums here. (A similar story concerns a creeped-out version of Pokemon silver watchable here)

Here’s the story from TinyCartridge.com.

Inspired by the (most likely fictional) tale we posted a week ago about the “super creepy Pokémon hack”, a group of ROM hackers are trying to create a patch that will mimic the mechanics of the haunted bootleg.

The team is making the patch for Pokémon FireRed and not just Red, so you won’t be able to play this on an old school Game Boy, as in the original story. From what I can tell, the group wants to make two versions — one that stays true to what was described in the “super creepy Pokémon hack” post, and another that’s inspired by the story but incorporates some creative additions.

If you know anything about scripting or programming, feel free to lend a hand! Hopefully, this project will actually see completion (unlike 95 percent of most other homebrew projects), so people can burn the patched game to flashcarts and leave them lying around flea markets/thrift stores/garage sales/etc for kids to discover.

Now, even we creepypasta fans have to admit that there are a number of people who prefer their Pokemon more traditional and so this note on our collection of action figures and collectibles applies to them (though we’d like to combine our Poke-pals with the Resident Evil figures, maybe, and see what ensues. But for now, take a look at this collection of very un-scary Pokemon items!

POKEMON PLUSH TOYS

POKEMON SINGLE PACKS

POKEMON DELUXE FIGURES

POKEMON FIGURE MULTI-PACKS

POKEMON WITH ATTACK AND BATTLE BASES

MISCELLANEOUS POKEMON TOYS

Pokemon: HeartGold and SoulSilver Coming Spring 2010

News from the Sync Blog at Sympatico.ca…


Pokemon HeartGold Version and Pokemon SoulSilver Version will bring players back to the picturesque Johto region, first introduced in the Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver role-playing games released for the Game Boy Color exactly 10 years ago in Japan (followed by North America and Europe in 2000 and 2001, respectively).

Little details were released, but it appears Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver will be updated versions of the decade-old Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver adventures, but with improved graphics and audio, new touchscreen features to take advantage of the Nintendo DS/DSi hardware and “a host of surprises,” promises Nintendo.

Fans of Pokemon can also expect dozens of previously released characters to make its return for a new generation of players to catch, train and battle.

With more than 193 million units sold since it debuted 13 years ago, Pokemon is one of the most successful video game franchises in history. Pokemon Platinum Version, which launched in March, has already sold more than 5.66 million copies worldwide.

And while you’re waiting for these brand new games, check out the Pokemon merch we’ve got over at our online store. We’ve got plush toys and mini-figures, plus full size deluxe and battle packs! Not to mention cartridges and randomly-selected figure options. You can take a look by clicking the logo below!