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Yes, I REALLY just asked that question on an internet advice forum. I’ll take it all with a grain of salt, but seriously, I have a hard time finding single women who enjoy gaming like I do. I’m not trying to be overly picky, and only want to meet women who enjoy games (boardgames, videogames, cards, sports, croquet, whatever). Obviously, I’m looking for more than that in a woman, but having the same love of games is certainly a good start, right? Although I know lots of nice gaming women (I’ve been to PAX twice, I know they’re not rare) they are seem to be married or taken. Seriously, I’ve searched. 😛
Anyhow, the reason I bring up dating sites is because I think they are a great way to meet new people outside of my normal group of friends. I’ve certainly made a couple of good friends through said sites, but there is a definite lack of women who even pretend to be interested when I tell them I have a regular boardgaming night. Maybe it’s because Delaware is a small state? If I lived in a big city (like Philly), it would be easier to meet single women, but it’s not an option right now.
So, anyhow, feel free to throw out some recommendations. Maybe daing sites aren’t the way to go, I don’t know. Don’t take this post the wrong way: I’m certainly not desperate, or searching for “the one”. But it would be increase the odds.
I think you are seriously limiting your options. Making games who you are, instead of a thing you do is the wrong way to go about it. It’s like being sports guy. You don’t need to center your whole life around it, and doing so makes it weird. No person wants to talk about games all the time, just like no person wants to talk about sports all the time.
I’d try to find a girl that you have a compatible personality with, that accepts that you play board games and the like, and hope you find one that wants to play them as well, rather than limiting yourself to people who only have the exact same interests as you.
I’ll second what Jebus said. Basing a relationship mainly on having the exact same hobbies isn’t as awesome as you’d think it is. I wouldn’t really recommend a dating website over actually going out and doing things. I’ve never used a dating site personally, but I’ve heard the quality of responses on dating websites is lacking, and I am pretty sure it’s not where all the gamer girls hang out.
You can always try to introduce someone to gaming. Many women have never had an opportunity to try gaming. I would guess that a lot of women who do game actually were introduced to gaming through their male friends or boyfriends (which is probably why they all seem to be taken). Don’t give up on the relationship if it turns out the woman you are dating/are interested in dating doesn’t like to play though. I would hope you dated her because you have other things in common as well
Websites work great, in my experience. I think they’re just as good as any other dating outlet you might utilize. The quality of responses depends entirely upon whom you reach out to, just as it would at a bar or any other social setting. And there is a technique to it that can exponentially increase your chances of finding somebody. You have to put effort into it, though. You generally want to spend way more than just five minutes on your profile. The D&D thread on internet dating has a fantastic first post with guidelines on how to be succesful on OKCupid and other sites. I utilized that post heavily when I made my profile and it has helped me a ton.