Online dating can be disheartening and feel shallow when users have to skim pages of profiles to find someone compatible at a glance. If youâ€™re over the massive catalog of faces, lengthy questionnaires at sign-up and mathematical algorithms, a change of pace is in order.
The GameÂ is a new dating app that offers singles a very different experience.
At sign-up, the virtual dating app pulls your profile picture, location and age from a simple Facebook integration. There are no questions to fill out. Mathematical percentages telling you how great a romantic partner someone could be, are also gone. Instead, users can decide quickly on their own, the Gameâ€™s â€œHead Matchmakerâ€ and founder David Semerad tellsÂ Mashable.
â€œIn general, I think the chemistry between two people is much more complicated than a mathematical algorithm,â€ Semerad says. â€œPeople should decide on their own whether there is chemistry between them.â€
To start, youâ€™ll be shown three profile pictures, plus appetizer portions of information about each person. The next step is to pick someone to start a game with. For each time you ask a question youâ€™ll be charged 10 points. For each question you answer in return, youâ€™ll receive 10 points back. In the end, the points donâ€™t really matter, itâ€™s all about using the app when you have free time to meet more people (and hopefully your true love).
Users donâ€™t need to worry about asking awkward questions because the app does that for you. On our trial run, it asked someone: â€œIf there was a big hairy spider crawling across the wall, would you protect me?â€ These types of questions let the other personâ€™s sense of humor or lack of funny shine.
If it doesnâ€™t work out, then simply start another game and have a choice of three more people to talk to and meet in person if all goes well. Users will also be able to ask their own questions. The initial questions are designed to break the ice.
â€œI thought there must be a less stressful way of dating,â€ Semerad says.
The Game eliminates three things most online daters complain about using traditional matchmaking websites â€” the long sign-up process, the possibility of excessive profile browsing and limiting algorithms used to suggest matches.
â€œWe use really simple algorithms to pick matches,â€ Semerad says.
The Game simply uses each individualâ€™s location, age and profile picture drawn from their Facebook account. The integration also allows The Game to filter out your Facebook friends â€” to avoid potentially mortifying online encounters.
When we asked The Gameâ€™s founder what first-time players should do, he said: â€œWhen you have spare time, open up the app, and interact and see if thereâ€™s something. If not, try it with someone else.â€