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GamersPortal: Giving Gamers Their Own Space

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GamersPortal is finally giving the gamer crowd a proper place to congregate.

Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn, your social media plate is already pretty full. If you consider yourself to be a part of the gamer crowd, hopefully you can make room for one more.

Currently in alpha, GamersPortal (or GP) is a new networking site that caters to both the hardcore and casual gaming audiences. You might already post status updates on other sites about whatever game you're playing, or who you're playing with, but that information might get lost in the myriad other posts you and your friends make on a daily basis.

GP shares some commonalities with the social sites that came before it, as everything operates in and around your profile, or a "portal". While there’s some room for basic information (Name, Location, etc.), GP is gaming-centric, so things like that Favorite Movies list is a Current Games display instead. There's space for all of your various gaming handles (PC, Xbox Live, PSN, etc.), as well as your other social networking links. The Portal also shows off whatever you decide to post, and lets your friends comment on posts, and so on (much like Facebook).

While GP caters to the individual, the clan/team is just as important. You can create a page for your clan, much like you would create a page for a business or group. While I still love using IRC, the days of using the aging tool to find scrims or meet with rival teams is over, now that my team's pertinent information (roster, team info, servers) is available in one place. That page, combined with a fantastic baked-in chat client (that operates very similarly to IRC), makes team communication both easy and efficient.

Some might cringe at the thought of yet another social networking site, but I welcome sites like GP that cater to a very specific audience. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are more general purpose tools (although FB tends to be more privatized), and sites like LinkedIn and GamersPortal connect you with a much more focused user base.

As previously mentioned, GP is currently in alpha, but site access just got way easier, thanks to a special event being thrown by the site. GP will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions about the ongoing Battlefield 3 beta, and what it means for casual and competitive gamers alike. Yours truly will be in attendance during the second session, as will a number of representatives from various Battlefield communities. You can sign up for the event here, which nets you access to GamersPortal while keeping you in the loop regarding tomorrow's discussions and future events/tournaments.

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    clonazepam , October 3, 2011 7:30 PM
    I wonder how many fake female profiles they will create to get the thing off the ground and running, lol
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    zanny , October 3, 2011 8:27 PM
    secolliynnotGamer Girls are Real just because you've never seen one does not mean they are not out there


    His point is not that they do not exist, it is that making fake women on the site will attract horny teenage gamer nerds who want female companionship in more ways than one.

    On topic, Steam is my gaming social network, because guess what: I like to game instead of spend time chatting on facebook. So if I boot up steam and see someone on, I go hey lets play a game and actually PLAY GAMES.
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  • 23 Hide
    clonazepam , October 3, 2011 7:30 PM
    I wonder how many fake female profiles they will create to get the thing off the ground and running, lol
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    proxi , October 3, 2011 7:55 PM
    Thiss ^^^^^^
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    secolliyn , October 3, 2011 8:21 PM
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    clonazepamI wonder how many fake female profiles they will create to get the thing off the ground and running, lol


    Gamer Girls are Real just because you've never seen one does not mean they are not out there
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    inuit , October 3, 2011 8:24 PM
    It looks great so far, i just checked it out. @clonazepam, from what i can tell, the site is less about that, more about gaming. and most profiles i looked at seem pretty damn populated. I don't think fake accounts post up status updates and have game/person albums lol

    Anyway, curious to see where it goes
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    zanny , October 3, 2011 8:27 PM
    secolliynnotGamer Girls are Real just because you've never seen one does not mean they are not out there


    His point is not that they do not exist, it is that making fake women on the site will attract horny teenage gamer nerds who want female companionship in more ways than one.

    On topic, Steam is my gaming social network, because guess what: I like to game instead of spend time chatting on facebook. So if I boot up steam and see someone on, I go hey lets play a game and actually PLAY GAMES.
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    ltdementhial , October 3, 2011 8:43 PM
    i hear of this before...i think it was called..x..something...fire...xfire...i think

    Oh and Gamespy, and Steam community...and more new CoD Elite, Battlelog, Live, PSN...of course this is for more than 1 game or a console its for gamers but there are plenty of forums out there...so it think this of "social network gaming" its ...foolish
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    clonazepam , October 3, 2011 10:02 PM
    secolliynnotGamer Girls are Real just because you've never seen one does not mean they are not out there


    Oh i know... I was huge into EQ and we had plenty of husband/wife teams. Female dwarf rogues with beards ftw!

    I was poking fun but it is something that happens...
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    inuit , October 3, 2011 10:51 PM
    ltdementhiali hear of this before...i think it was called..x..something...fire...xfire...i thinkOh and Gamespy, and Steam community...and more new CoD Elite, Battlelog, Live, PSN...of course this is for more than 1 game or a console its for gamers but there are plenty of forums out there...so it think this of "social network gaming" its ...foolish



    Um xfire's site is pretty terrible and their client is lacking. If you were to actually take a second to look at this, you'll realize xfire or steam are pretty different to this.

    Will it work? who the hell knows, but its lookin good so far

    on a side note, BF3 RULES!!!!
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    willonidas , October 3, 2011 11:35 PM
    Brace ye breeches, thar be land whales a comin' driven by attention wenches.
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    xerroz , October 4, 2011 12:36 AM
    Looks great, I'd probably give it a try
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    9_breaker , October 4, 2011 6:11 AM
    i tried making something like this ( http://www.ravengfx.webs.com/ ) but no one joined so it failed.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 4, 2011 6:13 AM
    clonazepamI wonder how many fake female profiles they will create to get the thing off the ground and running, lol


    LOL, I just went for registration and in the form, the gender by default is female xDDDD
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    vaguedreams , October 4, 2011 7:11 AM
    amk-aka-phantomLOL, I just went for registration and in the form, the gender by default is female xDDDD

    You don't think that might have something to do with f coming before m in the alphabet do you? Or even in slang terms Chicks come before Dudes. I guess you could go with bro's before ho's, or boys before girls, but both seem a bit childish.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 4, 2011 7:33 AM
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    You don't think that might have something to do with f coming before m in the alphabet do you? Or even in slang terms Chicks come before Dudes. I guess you could go with bro's before ho's, or boys before girls, but both seem a bit childish.


    No, I don't think so. I think it has more to do with being politically correct and convincing gamers that there're females on that website :) 
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    aaron88_7 , October 4, 2011 8:27 AM
    secolliynnotGamer Girls are Real just because you've never seen one does not mean they are not out there

    Yea but they look like this
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    deadly4u , October 4, 2011 1:51 PM
    clonazepamI wonder how many fake female profiles they will create to get the thing off the ground and running, lol


    My sister is a gamer girl. She's been to most of my LAN parties. She's mostly a PC gamer :D 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 4, 2011 1:58 PM
    aaron88_7Yea but they look like this


    That's because she's a console gamer. Gross, btw, I wish I could unsee that pic :lol: 
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    9_breaker , October 4, 2011 2:48 PM
    deadly4uMy sister is a gamer girl. She's been to most of my LAN parties. She's mostly a PC gamer


    don't advertise your sister . i think she would be pised if she saw this raaaaaaaaaaw
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    eddieroolz , October 5, 2011 12:07 AM
    To me Xfire is enough.
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    guardianangel42 , October 5, 2011 6:04 AM
    amk-aka-phantomNo, I don't think so. I think it has more to do with being politically correct and convincing gamers that there're females on that website


    +1 for turian air quotes.

    And people said the writing was bad...
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