Gaming Passions has been around a long time
Gaming Passions was established in 2004, so it’s another dating site that I consider a granddaddy in the space. It’s also part of Passions Network, a collection of niche dating sites that cater to various interests and hobbies, which means a lot of members are exposed to it from other sites in the network. It seems like once you create a profile here, you can also explore the full Passions Network if you want to.. Two birds, one stone.
The TL;DR on Gaming Passions
I spent a few weeks on the platform and initially it gave me AOL vibes, but not in a bad way. There were chat rooms and groups, a number of search filters and profile options, and a very “90s” aesthetic.
Some quickie answers you may be curious about before signing up:
How to delete Gaming Passions account:
Go to “my account settings” and then “delete account” under the account management section.
Are there verified profiles on Gaming Passions?
They don’t offer verified profiles on the site.
Are there camming features?
There are camming features on Gaming Passions that users can take advantage of.
Is there a paid plan for Gaming Passions?
Yup, there’s a paid plan that costs $4.95 a month.
Is there a free trial for Gaming Passions?
If you want to try the paid features, it’s $1 for the first 7 days. Not too shabby.
Will my paid membership get canceled when I delete account?
No… you’ll have to contact them separately to make sure you’re not billed once your account is deleted. This information is on the “delete account” page and easy to do.
Are profiles public or private?
There’s an option to make your pictures public (so anyone can see them) or “secret.”
HOWEVER. 🚩If you want your profile hidden from the search engines, you have to have a paid account.
How do groups work on Gaming Passions?
Groups are kind of like a “tag” to identify yourself with when you sign up. So for example, if I added myself to the “Adventure” group, anyone who clicks into the “Adventure” group can see my profile. Think of it as a glorified search filter.
Is there a Gaming Passions app?
Ah, the question of the hour. Negative, ghost rider. If you’re wanting a gamer dating site with a mobile app to match on the go, this is not the site you’re looking for.
The sign up process for Gaming Passions is extensive
This is another sign up flow that takes a few minutes to do it right, so make sure you’ve carved out the time! You can’t skip it either, because there are certain things required to get to the next step.
First up, head over to the Gaming Passions site to start the sign up process with a username, email and password.
Once you’ve entered that information, the next page had additional questions like height, weight, location, sexual orientation, gender, etc. – which was decently inclusive compared to a lot of other dating sites!
Woooo. Almost there. From here, I could add information for everything under the sun.. it felt that way at least. I had to grab 2 screenshots because of how extensive this page was, but it included everything from the usual physical characteristics to things like Love Language (!!) and Myers-Briggs. I’m not sure how many men will know what their MBTI or Love Language is, but I was thrilled to see this on there. (I’m an INFJ in case you were wondering.)
Once you go through the long list of interests and characteristics, you’re taken to a screen like the one below. This has you choose a “membership” – but it’s nothing paid. It gives you the option to have your profile added to the wider range of Passion networks I mentioned earlier. You can decline this, but if you do, you can’t use the chat rooms or upgrade your account. Womp.
The next screen is for entering a title for your profile (think of it as a catchy headline) and a brief description. It’s worth noting the number of disclaimers here, as it seems they take real and safe profiles seriously.
Next up, you can choose a few groups to be added to. These aren’t functional groups that you can chat in, but they help categorize people so you can look at a group and browse profiles. Again, more disclaimers.
We’re in the home stretch! I wasn’t kidding when I said this was a long process. Now you can add profile pics. Your main one needs to just be your face, but you can add different ones for things like chat rooms. Love your gaming avatar? Cool, you can chat with it.
After the sign up process was over, I was dropped onto my personal homepage. This let me look at recent logins (o0o kinda creepy but also kinda excellent!), newest members, the top groups, top video games, any recent announcements from Gaming Passions, search filters, and so on.
Search and match features for Gaming Passions
There are a lot of ways to slice and dice the filters when searching for your player two here. Click the “search” dropdown and choose from…
- Browse members
- Browse locations
- Near Me
- Saved searches (we love a time saving feature!)
When you start browsing for actual members, you can do a quick search by,
- Sexual orientation
- Gender (both sexual orientation and gender are very inclusive)
From there, you have the option to use “Advanced Search” which opens up a whole new can of worms.
This might just have the most search filters I’ve come across on a dating site. There are two categories you can input, but there’s no less than 35 categories to choose from.
I was able to search for hotties by things like drinking habits, smoking habits, if they’re ‘high sensation seekers’, highly sensitive, political views, their profession, income level, social justice views, and so on.
The “social justice” one was especially intriguing because it let me choose what kind of advocate I was looking for like “black lives matter advocate” “climate change believer”, “me too movement advocate”... and on that note, I really appreciated this because I could find matches who are supportive of women’s rights.
I was also able to search by groups/passions. This had everything from strategy, to adventure, to esports and more.
Overall, Gaming Passions makes it easy to find the perfect match. Even when I was being super picky with my filtering, I was able to find gamers and send them a “smooch” or mini-message to kickstart the convo.
Is Gaming Passions free?
Sorry gals, it’s not
free, but you can do a lot with just the free account.
What you can do with a free Gaming Passions account (Basic)
As a free member of Gaming Passions, you get access to a range of features like:
Create a profile:
And a very detailed one, at that.
Audio and webcam chat:
These are free to use, but have a 24 hour waiting period before you can jump in.
The chat rooms are free to use, but you’ll have to choose a profile picture for that specific activity, even if it’s just your main one. This isn’t something I was required to do on other gamer dating sites. Since your main profile pic has to be your face, it’s nice that they allow a different photo – like an avatar – to be used explicitly in the chat room.
You’re able to send and receive messaging – up to 10 messages a day.
The forums are available to use, but they aren’t very active. The posts get a lot of
but there aren’t many replies.
Sending winks, smooches, etc:
Wanna give someone a quick smooch? Have at it! I liked being able to use this feature rather than sending a message to everyone I was interested in.
Access to all sites in the Passions network:
There’s 200+ for you to browse in case you want to cast a wider net. I didn’t take advantage of this as it felt a bit chaotic for me.
One thing I noticed is there’s something called “Passions Points” that you can accumulate. You can earn these by doing various tasks on the site, like joining (super easy), filling out your profile fully, and so on.
There’s a lot that can be done with Passions Points like…
- Sending virtual gifts – with animated gifts costing more Passions Points.
- Doubling how many messages you can send (from 10 to 20).
- Doubling how many favorites and friends you can add (from 100 to 200).
There were also a number of other rewards. The virtual gifts looked pretty fun…
The paid membership for Gaming Passions (Premium)
Outside of the free trial that costs $1 for 7 days, there’s a Premium Gaming Passions tier for $4.95/month, which is one of the lowest priced monthly memberships I’ve come across. 🎉
The Premium tier allows you to do more of the things you can already do with the free account, and ad-free, at that.
Send more messages:
If you’re a super connector and looking to match ASAP, you can send up to 20 messages a day and receive up to 20 a day.
Hallelujah. There are a ton of ads on Gaming Passions, so I loved this for me.
Longer profile description:
Highlight your interests with a 4000 character limit description for your profile.
You can add up to 20 different photos for your profile, as opposed to 10.
Okay, this is a biggie and might be the one feature that’s worth paying $4.95/month for. The paid accounts prevent your profile from being shown in search engines.
I ended up paying for the Premium tier for privacy. It’s so cheap that it’s a no-brainer imo.
What makes Gaming Passions stand apart for gamer dating
There were a couple of things I noticed right off the bat, even while going through the registration process:
Something for everyone:
And I mean EVERYONE. The types of groups you can join and the types of game genres you can add to your profile are super extensive.
They limit your interaction on day 1:
This isn’t something I’ve come across on other gamer dating sites. Gaming Passions limits what you can do on the first day you join. You can’t use the chat room or send mini-messages for 24 hours, hopefully deterring spammers who sign up and want to blast members immediately with messages.
Profile pics for different uses:
Hey, we’re gamers right? With the interwebz moving back towards embracing avatars (like with NFT profile pics) being about to use game avatars for certain areas of the site is freeing.
Of course, having this declared outright doesn’t make it so, but it seems they crack down on sexual ones. You also have to wait 24 hours before using these, just like the chat rooms and mini-messages.
Like I mentioned earlier, you can earn Passions Points. These can be used on virtual gifts, for example, rather than needing to buy credits all the time.
There’s a section for people to submit videos related to gaming. There’s one that has over 16,000 views, so some get decent views.
Pros and cons for my Gaming Passions review
I had to think this through, as there were a lot of features and options I liked compared to other gamer dating sites, but also areas where I feel like Gaming Passions was lacking. Here’s where I landed on what I liked, and didn’t.
What I liked about Gaming Passions
It feels really safe:
There were a number of disclaimers during the registration process and throughout the site that basically says “if you do anything shady or sexual, we’ll delete you.” I wasn’t able to test it because I’m mostly a rule follower and didn’t want to kill my chances of matching with other gamers, so I’m curious how much it’s enforced.
Lots of ways to slice and dice search:
I felt like I could search for anybody, anywhere. The profile info and search filters were second to none and I could drill down to search for my perfect match – right now to MBTI and Love Language compatibility
It’s been around the block for almost two decades:
It’s been established in the space for a long time with active users, so I feel it’s doing something right.
As someone who likes to travel (or has to, for business) knowing I can check out potential dates wherever I go is fantastic.
What I thought was ‘meh’ about Gaming Passions
Privacy, privacy, privacy!
This can be remedied with a paid account, but I don’t appreciate dating sites that let your profile get indexed or searched for by people outside of the platform.
24 hour hold before chatting:
This is both good and bad, but if you’re eager to start trying out the chat rooms or webcams, you can’t do that until the day after you join.
Text heavy and hurts my eyes:
This doesn’t reflect on the matchmaking aspect at all, but as a gal who loves things that are easy to use and aesthetically pleasing (a biggie for me!) this pushed me close to my limit.
Forum isn’t heavily used:
The forum has a lot of different sections and topics, but people didn’t seem to be communicating much. What was bewildering (or promising?) is the posts were getting thousands of views on them, so at least I knew people were seeing them but just lurking. After spending so much time on Discord where people are around constantly, I forgot that old-school forums can be hit or miss.
If you look at the video games books section, for example, it’ll have the “Most Popular Books” from members on the site linked with affiliate links. Given the site is mostly free with a lot of features, I can forgive this.
No magical matching algo:
This wasn’t a gamer dating site that delivered matches to me, I had to search for them myself.
Is Gaming Passions a good gamer dating site?
This Gaming Passions review was one I spent a lot more time on than usual. I really did appreciate the effort the founder(s) put into building out features and trying to keep it mostly free. I’ll be the first to admit that it took a bit to start getting messages, matches, or even people sending me a smooch. BUT. The quality of the guys and gals who connected with me were great. I only ended up going on a handful of dates (along with some… super spicy offline chats) but have no regrets.
If you’re looking for a gamer dating site that feels safe without being inundated with questionable messages right off the bat, Gaming Passions will be great for you! Being able to use the different actions (like “smooch”) takes the pressure off users who aren’t sure how to start a conversation without feeling awkward, so this allows you to initiate it when you receive one.
Overall, it felt like a good (and safe) dating site to add into the mix. If you’re concerned about privacy and dating under the radar though, pony up for the paid account like I did – it’s only $4.95/month and you’ll be able to keep your profile completely private outside of the Gaming Passions site.