Review date: April 2016
Gay Room is a network of thirteen sites with a total of over 1300 exclusive videos exploring a wide range of themes, including point-of-view, casting sessions, massage, sneaky sex, public sex and much more. The men are sexy, the videos are well-filmed, most can be streamed or downloaded in 1080p HD, and there are currently three new updates every week.
But while there's a big variety of fantasies unleashed in Gay Room, a number of the thirteen sites don't update and many drift from their presumed theme. There's also a lack of text descriptions, a poor model index and some upsells in the members' area. Still, the pluses do outweigh the minuses, making the Gay Room network an excellent value -- especially with the BananaGuide Price.
It's a mirror-type tour, so you can browse freely through the scene indexes and check out what Gay Room offers. All the scenes have dates on them so it's obvious which of the thirteen sites are currently being updated. As is the trend these days, you can only watch a few preview clips of your choice (about 5); after that you can still browse around.
While we might forgive exaggerated claims like, "the world's best gay porn site" and "the hottest, newest, most popular porn stars in the world," on each and every individual video page on the tour "1080p MP4 HD" appears as a video option: most videos are now in HD, but older ones are in either MPEG or Windows Media.
Don't take the $1, 1 day trial: it is streaming only and rebills at $40. Also, be aware of the pre-checked trial offer to another site in the right column of the sign up page; it's only $1 for a two day trial, but it will also rebill at $40 if you don't cancel it.
There are a number of ways to search the site with handy-dandy drop down menus at the top of the index pages. You can sort by Most Recent, Most Popular, Most Viewed or by Title. You can narrow the search by time period (this week, this month, this year), by a particular site, or by "Guys." Searches are cumulative, so if you are starting a fresh search you need to undo any previous selections.
Model search needs some attention. In the Scene index, you are often provided with a photo of a cock or ass rather than the faces of the models, which would be much more helpful. In the Scene index drop-down menu for "Guys," sometimes the same name sometimes appeared twice in the list (with separate results). This problem carries over to the "Guys" index, with the same model appearing more than once, a picture of both scene partners, one model's face appearing under the name of his scene partner, or no image at all.
The Men and the Action
There are over a dozen sites within the Gay Room network, though some are small or no longer update. The majority of the sites don't really adhere to a narrow niche and others overlap in theme (ie Thick and Big and Damn That's Big). But, if you take Gay Room as a whole, every fantasy and scenario is covered (especially massages) and there's a nice variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The men are all good looking, fit and often well hung and the sex itself is hot. Not a drop of cum is wasted, with great facials, splooge on butts, and closeups of welcoming holes.
The following sites are being updated, though unpredictably:
Man Royale (225 videos); the crown jewel, so to speak, with a variety of men and scenarios.
Gay Castings (166 videos); amateur guys try out for porn complete with interview, script reading, jerking off - and getting fucked by the faceless casting director.
Thick and Big (56 videos); well-endowed men in hardcore action.
Men POV (57 videos); action scenes filmed from the point-of-view of one of the sex partners.
Gay Creeps (189 videos); some start with one guy secretly seducing his sleeping prey. Others aren't creepy at all.
Massage Bait (157 videos); what starts with a massage ends up with full-on sucky-fucky.
Shower Bait (new in 2016); guys get it on in public showers.
The following sites are no longer updated:
Damn that's Big (197 videos, until February, 2015); more big dicks.
Boys Destroyed (41 videos, until July, 2014); yet more large dicked tops fucking willing bottoms; sometimes black on white.
Out Him (64 videos, until January, 2014); usually completely willing men have sex with each other!
Bathhouse Bait (23 videos, until October, 2013); sex in a bathhouse
Office Cock (33 videos, until March, 2012); sex in the office.
Gay Violations (127 videos, until January, 2012); sex in public places.
One thing missing from Gay Room is text descriptions of the action. It would help to have at least a paragraph or two beyond the descriptive title.
Video quality for the top video options is generally very good to excellent, even with the older videos.
The are an impressive 1335+ videos on the network (though the scene count for two of the network sites has actually dropped since a year ago). Videos have a running time of from 15 to 40 minutes long. Updates are less frequent that a year ago, but still average about three per week.
All videos will stream in-browser at a default size of 960x540 pixels; they can be upsized to full screen and viewed in "standard" or "HD" qualities.
Download options have improved since our last review, with older videos being upgraded to HD.
For videos from June, 2014 to present (20% of the total) MP4s are available in three qualities, the best which is 1920x1080 (up to 8,000 kbps). They are also available in Windows Media, 1280x720, 3,500 kbps.
For the next oldest 20%, both MPEG and Windows Media formats are available; these are 1920x1080, with bitrates from 6,000 to 9,000 kbps.
For most of the rest, either MPEG or Windows Media is usually available to download at 1920x1080 pixels, though there are some that are smaller and others that do not have a download option.
Screens: There is a full mobile version of the site included with your membership.
Image and Other Content
There are digital photosets for all of the videos on the site. These average about 300 pics each and are high-quality, displaying at 960x640 pixels in browser, but you can download zip files of larger (1500x1000) versions. There are often smaller sets (about 120 pics) of screen caps as well. One thing missing from all the image sets is the ability to seamlessly browse from one image to the next or to view them as slideshows. We also noticed that sometimes pictures have been enhanced with extra cum - more than you'll see in the video!
Gay Room claims that it is "the world's best gay porn site." We would not go that far, but it does have a lot of potential. There's a massive amount of well-filmed, frequently updated, exclusive porn starring very sexy guys. The great price for this site should make up for its few minor shortcomings.
30 day: $29.95 $17.95 (rebills @ $17.95) Conditions
1 day: $1.00 (limited trial) (rebills @ $39.95)
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30 day: $29.95 $17.95
(rebills @ $17.95)
1 day: $1.00 (limited trial)
(rebills @ $39.95)
Gay Room is operated by SSC Group and has been online since 2010.