Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
1. The site has a large collection of mostly unknown amateur performers. There are a few porn stars and pro-am types but most are true amateurs. Most are conventionally attractive but there is the occasional unconventional or homely performer. They mostly look like real people.
2. A wide variety of niche content - they have good creampie, BBW and hairy videos as well as a decent selection of black, Hispanic and other ethnic performers though white is still by far the most prevalent.
3. Fast download speeds - I could get 4.5 MBPS.
4. A variety of download options - most videos can be downloaded in Super high quality, high quality, medium and low. You can also decide if you want to download complete scenes or scenes broken into pieces.
5. There is streaming content available that is different from the downloadable content.
1. Video quality is poor. DVD quality is apparently the highest quality video available - 4:3 aspect ratio and fairy fuzzy resolution. There isn't a single HD video on the site, as far as I can tell. I find that astonishing for a porn site in 2014.
2. Site navigation is confusing and difficult. Scenes are sorted into categories such as amateur, vintage, hall of fame, before they were porn stars, and more. Some scenes show up under multiple categories, some don't. Within each of these sections you can filter by various key words. It can be really hard to tell if you've found all the scenes in a particular niche you're looking for.
Scenes are mostly well tagged but some tags are wrong or misleading - several creampie scenes, for instance, don't actually feature a cumshot at all.
You cannot filter scenes by performer.
3. There is a download limit listed as 12GB. If you go over there's a 24 hour penalty period. You have to email customer support and account don't unlock automatically.
I love amateur porn - it's probably my favorite genre. I'm also a big fan of creampies. Consequently I was really excited to join HGV. Unfortunately in my time as a member I have been deeply disappointed by their poorly implemented and draconian download limit coupled with their incredibly terrible customer service.
Here is the relevant section from their terms:
"A user has the right to download 12 gigs within a 24hr period. If the user exceeds that limit they are blocked for 24hrs or alternatively they can contact support and request that the hold be lifted at our discretion."
This download limit is a problem for three big reasons.
Firstly: it's incorrect. I've had my account locked after downloading 11.7 GB. That's 300 MB less than 12GB!
Secondly: accounts don't unlock after 24 hours. You have to email their support team through the form on the website - in other words, you have to open a ticket. There is no way to track the ticket and they don't give you a way to email support directly. And let me tell you: their customer support is just awful. They are slow, unresponsive and they don't answer questions. Because their ticket system doesn't work properly and there's no direct email address given you can't have a conversation with support about any problems you're having. When they email you they say to reply to their email - but that bounces and goes no where.
Finally: because their support team is slow and unhelpful accounts remain locked for far longer than they should be.
When I realized there was a download limit I because very careful with what I downloaded. I checked my downloads constantly to be sure I wasn't going over 12 GB. Despite this, I've now had my account locked 4 times, most recently two nights ago when I made the mistake of downloading 11.7 GB. What's incredibly frustrating is that my account is still locked now, 41 hours later! Due to their negligence my account has been locked for periods of 30, 31, 30 and currently 41 hours. That's a total of 36 hours that's I can't access the site beyond their penalty period. Practically though that's several days of access - there's only certain times of day that anyone can use a website due to work, family, etc and if your account is locked when it shouldn't be it could easily prevent you from using the site for several days.
Ultimately I cannot recommend this site. It's too bad.
The good: There is some really enjoyable content that's unique to the site. If you like amateur porn you'll probably like it!
The bad: The technical quality of the videos and the site navigation are both frustratingly outdated. The real deal breaker though is the incorrectly implemented download limit which seems designed to steal access time from paid users.
The bizarre: They have a clause in their terms that says you agree to delete any content that you've downloaded from their site when you cancel, and that you also agree to provide them with proof that you've done so. That's weird.
I've been a member at many different sites over the years (various Kink sites, chicasplace, wifeysworld, videosz, swingerville, brainpass, etc). This site has the worst customer service and the worst download limit of any of them.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
- Site offers 194 scenes (updates once a week)
- 166 models with very unique authentic looks and styles
- Recent scenes are available as 1280x720p MP4
- All scenes offered as stream and download at very fast speeds
- Detailed model (including video interviews) and scene information available
- Production quality is very high, lightning, cutting and camera work seem very professional
- Offers a 3-day-trial-membership without limitations
- Site navigation is very easy, you can browse by model, tag, rating, views, date etc.
- Allows multiple downloads and (with limitations - see cons) download managers
- You have to login twice and answer a CAPTCHA
- No actual search-field
- You can use download-managers, but can't browse the site during your download, as only one program can be logged in
- Interviews are streaming only, there's no option to download these
- There are a few scenes that only exist to advertise products (Spunk Lube, Fleshjack, ...)
- Some scenes didn't work as the files were corrupt, support was non-existant
Alternadudes is definitely a unique site featuring several kinds of alternative styled models like surfers, rockers, emos, punks, goths, skaters, guys with tattoos and piercings. Their styling doesn't seem fake, most models are very authentic. Model age is ranged from 18 to early 30s and some scenes offer a quite unusual model mix. The amount of solos is - especially for older scenes - quite high with alot more duo scenes appearing recently.
The site runs actually on a WordPress blog as CMS, a thing I've never seen before, but it actually works out pretty well, the only thing I'm missing is an actual search-field. You can search by model, tag or date and you can sort both - models and scenes - by number of views, ratings, date and name. You can leave comments on model and scene pages and you can rate them or add them to your favorites for later browsing. Model pages give alot of information and I actually think those information is honest, a thing I rarely see, because dicks are smaller and models might be older than what other sites tell you they are. There are model interviews for nearly every model on the site.
All videos are available as stream or download in different sizes up to 1280x720p HD MP4. Every scene is available as medium-quality WMV. Streaming and downloading is very fast, you can download multiple scenes at once and download links do not expire. You are limited to streaming one scene at once, though. Download managers are supported, but you can't browse the site during your download, because you can only have one session logged in, so you are logged out of the site in your browser while you use your download manager. Model interviews are streaming-only, you can't download them.
Production quality seems to be very professional, lightning and camera work are very good, some scenes get sent-in by amateur models shot at their home, quality depends on the model's setup. There could be a bit more story line, most scenes start right away, it's sad, because there's a wide range of sets they use to shoot videos and it would be very easy to create a story out of those.
Extras are a monthly desktop wallpaper calendar and behind-the-scenes action. I didn't like the wallpapers, but the behind-the-scenes were fun and interesting to watch.
Photos are often vid caps, you can tell the site's focus is videos. They are available for download as ZIP or as slideshow.
Overall the site is very unique and offers you exclusive content, you'll see nowhere else. Videos are very enjoyable, but 4 updates a month is not enough to pay $29,95 / month.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
+ Unique site with guys you very rarely see in gay porn
+ Super-fast download speeds (though see cons for the flip side of this!)
+ Content is dated, with an decent update every week
+ Billing by CCBill
+ No regional billing as far as I can see
+ HD (1280x720) available
+ MP4 and WMV files plus in-browser streaming
+ Good quality, clear, well-filmed videos
+ Good amount of archive material
- I suppose to maintain high download speeds, you can only download one movie at a time - download managers and manual multiple downloads won't work
- You need to enter a "captcha"-type security code every time you log in
- Support is non-existant - sent two e-mails via their feedback form which were ignored
- Feedback is allowed on the videos but doesn't seem to be responded to
- Duo scenes marry very different "types", one of which you may dislike
- Site could be organised better - search functions are poor
- Can't download interviews with models
- Photos are sometimes just vidcaps
- Can't see the size of file before you download it - a pain, as HD files are big (1GB-plus)
- HD is MP4 only, no HD WMV option
- Rather too many solo scenes for me - some models are solo-only
Alternadudes leapt out at me as a site to try when I found it on TBP, because I love certain types of "alternative" looking men, and you so often don't find them on gay websites - and certainly not on more professional ones.
I love men with long hair, and Alternadudes has lots of them - probably at least a third of the models have long hair, which is great for me!
Their definition of "alternative" is fairly wide, which I like although I suppose purists might quibble with some of them - still, with alternative-looking men in such short supply in gay porn I'd say it's best to be grateful it exists at all!
They tend to focus on rockers, punks, emos, goths, skaters and tattooed or pierced guys. Most guys are white, but there's a fair amount of Hispanic guys too and a few black guys. They tend to be younger, about 18 - 24, but some guys are up to early 30s. I'd prefer some slightly older guys, but there's a good choice here. They have a fair few guys from outside the USA including some uncut guys which is unusual for a US site and goes well with the theme.
Technical wise the site is pretty impressive. I found downloads blisteringly fast - on average at least 2 - 3 times faster than I average on other sites. This is probably due to the fact that you cannot do multiple downloads, manually or with a download manager - kind of a shame but it does mean super-fast downloads. The way they enforce it can be irritating though - you can browse back from the download page to the last page of scenes/models you were on, but it won't then let you go to any other page until your download is finished.
They offer MP4 files in HD (1280x720 @ 8000k) and regular (720x480 @ 2000k), and WMV files though these are 720x480 only. I downloaded all three of one video to compare and was impressed with the quality of the smaller files, and as the HD ones are big (often up to 1GB in size) I stuck with those. I found the MP4 to be subjectively slightly sharper. In-browser streaming is also available (flash-based) at 640x360 and I found it acceptable though not super-fast.
I was initially minded to score this site in the 90s as I was impressed with the video quality, concept of site and fast download speeds.
However a few little niggles made me decide to downgrade it somewhat. I used their support form to e-mail a suggestion but I was ignored despite including my e-mail - same as when I couldn't access the site for a few hours and e-mailed their support address. On a related note, they let you comment on scenes/models and you can rate them good/bad but they don't ever seem to reply to the comments, which is a shame. Their blog doesn't get updated often either.
I appreciated the fast downloading, but I didn't like the way it restricts you from browsing the rest of the site whilst downloading - it took away some of the advantage for me as I want to be able to at least preview other videos whilst I wait for the downloads. There has to be a better way they could do this.
I was also disappointed to find a lot more solo scenes than I expected, though some of these do involve the cameraman getting a BJ which is nice! Sometimes I felt the videos could use a little more imagination - there's rarely any "theme" to them, just straightforward sex in a studio - which may appeal to some but I sometimes like a story/fantasy which they rarely do - and the odd time they did try it, it seemed a bit half-hearted to me. The "XXXtras" they mention are basically desktop wallpapers/calenders which are nicely designed but not really a big bonus, and some "behind the scenes" videos which are - I did enjoy those.
Finally, the variety of "altnernatives", whilst welcome, does mean that some of the duo scenes involved a model I loved but with a model who did absolutely nothing for me. The really out-there emo twinks with make-up, piercings and dyed hair do nothing for me, and they often were teamed with guys I did like. Conversely, some of the guys who just have a few tats or long hair might not be "alternative" enough for some people.
Other minor low points were a "captcha"-type security code to log in every time, poor searching (there's no proper search function as such, and the use of niche cloud tags didn't really make up for it), and the fact you can't download models interviews to keep - a real shame as I love them and find them sexy, and this is the only site I've seen that doesn't allow downloads of them.
Overall this is a site with a great concept well-executed with good choice of files and fast downloads, but the single-download-only restrictions, poor support and feedback and poor search function holds it back a little.
I'll probably rejoin in future, but the one update a week won't be enough to keep a regular member.
Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
+ Lots of Amateur porn with daily updates
+ Over 750 scenes for download and growing
+ All the old vhs titles are being added
+ Good full access trial for only 4.95
+ Active Forum for requests
- Full Membership is 39.95, too high for some
- WMV files for download only
- Gallery images rather inferior in quality
- Homepage for guests could be re-designed to show
update preview scene stills or trailers
I was excited when Homegrown finally re-designed
it's site to include downloads. They have a sort
of reality series called Housewives Unleashed that
is very entertaining. If you like amateur porn
from normal everyday girls and couples, this might
be a good option for you. Try the trial first though.
Was a member approx. 6 months prior to this review.
*There is countless videos available to view
*The site is very niche friendly and has lots of content to brouse
*Their content stays on the site. You never lose archived material
*Some of the video quality is not premium quality
*The site can be tricky to navigate and can be frustrating at times.
*You have to be computer savvy to get videos to actually download. Their streaming video is put in place to discourage novice viewers from downloading video content.
I've been a fan of this site for years. If you have a niche in mind, they have a video for you. There are simple remedies to getting your videos onto your hard drive. Despite some quality issues, the videos in general are quite decent.
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