App Turns Online Dating Into Mobile Matchmaking Game

Joann Pan
App Turns Online Dating Into Mobile Matchmaking Game
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1. OkCupid

Online dating can be disheartening and feel shallow when users have to skim pages of profiles to find someone compatible at a glance. If you're over the massive catalog of faces, lengthy questionnaires at sign-up and mathematical algorithms, a change of pace is in order.

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The Game 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 Game's "Head Matchmaker" and founder David Semerad tells Mashable.

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"In general, I think the chemistry between two people is much more complicated than a mathematical algorithm," Semerad says. "People should decide on their own whether there is chemistry between them."

To start, you'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 you'll be charged 10 points. For each question you answer in return, you'll receive 10 points back. In the end, the points don't really matter, it's all about using the app when you have free time to meet more people (and hopefully your true love).

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Users don't need to worry about asking awkward questions because the app does that for you. On our trial run, it asked someone: "If there was a big hairy spider crawling across the wall, would you protect me?" These types of questions let the other person's sense of humor or lack of funny shine.

If it doesn'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.

"I thought there must be a less stressful way of dating," Semerad says.

The Game eliminates three things most online daters complain about using traditional matchmaking websites -- the long sign-up process, the possibility of excessive profile browsing and limiting algorithms used to suggest matches.

"We use really simple algorithms to pick matches," Semerad says.

The Game simply uses each individual's location, age and profile picture drawn from their Facebook account. The integration also allows The Game to filter out your Facebook friends -- to avoid potentially mortifying online encounters.

When we asked The Game's founder what first-time players should do, he said: "When you have spare time, open up the app, and interact and see if there's something. If not, try it with someone else."

The Game is available for iOS and Android users.

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1. OkCupid

OkCupid is the fastest-growing online dating platform. It's easy to see why — OkCupid is free, simple and incredibly saturated. The app integrates the site's math-based magic, which suggests compatible mates. On the mobile app, users will still have to build a profile and answer at least 25 questions. But the more questions you answer the better. OkCupid's "Locals" feature on the mobile app lets singles utilize their free time to scout who's nearby for coffee or a drink. Say you have two hours before dinner with friends, you can also send out a "Broadcast" to singles nearby — "I'm free for coffee downtown." Then just wait for responses. When the app is on, users will also benefit from live notifications if there are any good matches passing them by. Price: Free iOS and Android app

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This story originally published on Mashable here.