Like Em Straight
Like Em Straight was reviewed on 20 Sep 2011 by GayDemon
|Site Score: 75 out of 100||Videos:||14 / 20||Tour Claims:||4 / 5||Find out more about ratings, read the score criteria.|
|Pictures:||3 / 5||Uniqueness:||15 / 20|
|Content Amount:||16 / 20||Usability||4 / 5|
|Updates:||11 / 15||Value:||8 / 10|
494 videos in stream and download formats, best vids are Quicktimes shown at 640 x 480 @ about 4 Mbps, mid-range WMV files at 1.45 mbps @ 512 x 384, mobile vids in MP4 and 3GP (856 kbps @ 352 x 288), and three qualities of streaming, quality varies from average to below average, all videos are downloadable as full scenes, no DRM used.
494 galleries of screen caps at 720 x 480 in size, slideshows available, no downloadable zip files offered.
Three bonus sites, with varied feeds, more exclusive content and more straight guy action.
Photo section has no photos.
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- Trial: $14.95 (3 days, recurring at $29.95 monthly)
- Monthly: $29.95 (recurring at $25.95 every 30 days)
- Quarterly: $69.95 (90 days, non recurring)
It's all about seducing straight guys here at Like 'em Straight. The man behind the site, Brendon Marley, is driven to filming straight guys having gay sex, on video. Some do it willingly, others are coerced, some are tricked by a sexy lady, others just get too horny to say no. After 15 years online, the site has been re-vamped and the design improved, it is now even easier to use and navigate, bigger and simpler. But still at the heart are the straight guys from the US and Europe, the military men and the amateurs who strip down and play up in exclusive videos and galleries. Membership comes with access to three bonus sites.
The Like 'em Straight member home page has been tidied up since our last visit last year, and now starts you off with 20 sample shots of the most recent videos. It then leads you off to 25 pages of updates, making it really easy to find the 494 episodes. Updates happen at the rate of one new scene per week, and you can see from the upload dates that this schedule is right on target. Atop the page you will also find a neat menu with all necessary links, a site-wide search box and a content count; and beneath the update pics you find lists of what's tops and who's hottest. It's a well set out, non-confusing members' home page that sets you up well for the easy navigation to come.
Thanks to the recent site improvements, even the videos from back in 2003 are available with the same viewing choices as the ones posted last week. The videos are offered in both downloadable and streaming versions, with the streaming in three sizes. The older movies pixelate when enlarged to full screen and the quality is not brilliant, but the newer the movie the better the visual quality. Downloads come in WMV 1.451 Mbps @ 512 x 348 and Quicktime, plus versions suitable for handheld devices. Now you can also download 3Gp and MP4 files. Generally speaking the movies here are average porn quality, attention stays on the straight guy and the camera stays mainly static. All are quite watchable, full scenes and DRM-free.
Images are accessed from the same page as the videos, so everything for each episode is in one place. Click the tab and you find thumbnail galleries opening in the same page with individual images opening up and coming with slideshow options. Images are shown at 720 x 480, and are medium quality screen caps from the videos, and there are no zip file downloads of full sets.
You have a nice mix of guys appearing at Like 'em Straight, and all have that natural, sometimes shy, amateur look and feel. Whether they are all straight or not is up to you to decide, but judging by the reactions, I'd say they were. You also need to listen to the chats and interviews before the action starts. These nervous conversations really help convince you that these are ordinary amateur guys preparing to do something they're not quite comfortable with. They sometimes simply jack off for us, other times Brendon gets involved and gives a helping hand. Other times they go all the way with suck and fuck scenes, and from time to time you have the trickery scenes where the action might be bisexual but where the lady tends to back out, leaving the guys to get on with it.
In addition to the Like 'em Straight videos, members get access to Brendon's Basement, a collection of both gay and straight third party feeds, access to Gay Yo where there are thousands of tube style gay clips, and the third bonus site, Brendon's Cock Lab, which is all about straight guys in the doctor's office jerking off and using toys. This site updates once a month with a new and exclusive 'experiment.'
I didn't see Like 'em Straight in its older days, but any issues then have gone now. The site is easy to navigate and use, and the performers seem like real horny amateurs. The older movies are lower in quality as you might expect, and some numbers don't add up: the site announces 422 movies, and I counted 494. You've got a wide selection of average straight guys willingly or reluctantly stroking their cocks or doing gay stuff on camera, and you get to hear them interviewed before the fun starts. The bottom line - Like 'em Straight is staying on target with its weekly updates, and on niche with its promised content.
Things we liked:
- Exclusive content with real straight guys
- Downloadable videos (no DRM)
- Regular weekly updates
- Site is searchable
Things we didn't like:
- Older videos are below average quality
- Non-specified download limited