Gaming can be a very solitary activity, but with the ever-expanding popularity of multiplayer options on games across platforms and genres, there’s never been a better time for gamers to connect. Enter social networking, and a plethora of sites dedicated to providing gamers the opportunity to meet and share. Here are the top 10 social networking sites for gamers.
KoinUp is dedicated to sharing pictures and machanima from virtual worlds like Second Life, IMVU, World of Warcraft, and more. In essence, you’re showing off your alternate self. KoinUp.com
The Digg of gaming, Glinkster allows users to share and rate links all about games and the culture of gaming. Glinkster has categories for Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PS3, PSP, DS, and others. Glinkster.com
At Raptr you can create an extensive gaming profile and make friends. When your friends are online, you can see when they’re playing via a buddy list. Chat in-game on instant messenger services like AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Xfire, Gtalk, ICQ, Facebook, and Xbox Friends. Raptr.com
The lifeblood of GameFriends is user-generated guides, reviews, pictures, videos, and more. Users, of which there are over 150,000, can earn money via AdSense on their profile and their content. There’s also free guild hosting and an ask-and-answer questions section. GameFriends.com
Blogs, news, reviews, and videos sit firmly at the center of GamerVision, although they also have a beta Swap and Sell service where users can trade games and platforms. Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, PSP, DS, and more are covered on the site. GamerVision.com
Share stories and showcase your achievements as you connect with other gamers on GamerDNA. Engage in conversations, share pictures and videos, and look up the latest game news and information. GamerDNA.com
UGame is for all gamers on all platforms. Share blogs, photos, and achievements and create groups, teams, and guilds. Discuss and review games with like-minded individuals, too. UGame.net
Over 100,000 users are meeting other gamers on GamerNook every day. You can also compete in online leagues, build your profile and game collection, discuss games, and more. GamerNook.com
Let Playfire track what you and your friends are up to in your gaming endeavours. This social network is reportedly designed for gamers by gamers, and supports a number of platforms including Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, XFire, World of Warcraft, and more. Playfire.com
Pwned’s unique and powerful matching system will find you a perfect opponent or teammate based on a number of factors like your playing style. You can create a profile and interact with other gamers, and its recommendations system will help you find new games you’re sure to love. Pwned.com
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