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Dark Thunder

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This site features handsome ebony well-muscled studs and lots of hard gay action.

Primary Niche: Gay Porn

past review An archived review which has since been replaced by a newer review.

not bad

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Dark Thunder Review by Vanessa Dark Thunder

Review by Vanessa

Released Oct 14, '09 , Written Oct 7, '09

Dark Thunder is a hardcore site that brings together 2 separate niches into one bangin' site. These are dark Ebony movies featuring gay men having sex. So not only do you get those monster chocolate peni, but you get them having sex with each other. $24.95 per month gives access to the current archive of 149 models in 65 videos and 110 image galleries, and new content appears to be added every 3-5 days.

The Pros

  Hardcore & Solo Content of Gay Ebony Men Having Sex.

There are more than 149 well-built men masturbating and having sex. The content includes both pictures and videos separate, with videos running around 15-20 minutes in length.

  Live Cam Shows Offered.

Member's also gain access to the Men Live section of the site that offers archived and live cam shows featuring models from some of the other company sites. Live cam shows appear to take place on Sundays and Wednesdays and go up to at least an hour or more in length.

  WMV/Flash Streams Available.

All videos can be viewed online in Flash or WMV format. 5 different quality options are also offered with bitrates up to 1500k.

Other Good Stuff:

  • Quality can be okay. There are no options in terms of quality when it comes to the downloads, but bitrates go up to 4600k (638 x 478), the picture quality of which looks okay overall.

The Cons

  Videos Are DRM Protected.

Probably the most annoying aspect of Dark Thunder is the DRM protection on the videos. A user name and password is needed before you can play a video and the license will expire the minute you cancel your membership. Nothing is yours here to keep and no zip file downloads are available for the image sets.

  Image Size is Small.

Image sizing has been stuck at roughly 600x900 pixels since the beginning. At this point high-res images should be up over 1500p.

  No Date Stamps on Content or Clear Update Schedule.

It would appear as though new updates are being added often enough, but lack of date stamps on the content in the member's area leaves room for question.

Minor Negatives:

  • Video quality could still be better. Compression artifacts are noticeable and they definitely do not look good stretched any larger than the actual picture size. Older videos only stream around 760k and are shaky at best.

Bottom Line

Ebony gay sex site with so-so quality content and no downloads.

Overall this site wasn't as successful for me as the other company sites I've seen. There just wasn't as much personality to the site or the content itself. The types of scenes range from solo masturbation to sex with other men but room for improvement in terms of quality is just one minor issue. The even bigger issue is the DRM protection on the videos. I suppose there aren't very many all Ebony gay sex sites out there, so if that's what you like then Dark Thunder is worth a look, but it's not the most memorable site for sure.

Site Details

About the Content: 
DRM protected solo and hardcore pics/videos of gay black men masturbating and having sex with other men.

Download Managers: 
Yes, should work.
Channel Max: 8
Able to pause/resume.
Test Software: IDM

Download Speed: 
Download Mgr: 1.1MB/sec.
Browser: 200KB/sec.
(139MB video, 20Mbps cable internet)

Exclusive Info: 
Advertised: 100% exclusive.
My Opinion: Unsure. I don't recall seeing this content anywhere else.

File Sizes (HQ): 
JPG = ~60KB
WMV = ~200MB
(average size, HQ)

HD Video: 
No HD quality videos.

Live Cams: 
2 free live shows weekly by various models of the site.

Logging In: 
Only user/pw required.
Saved after closing browser.
Videos require pw re-entry.

Model Appearance: 
Almost all Ebony models.
A few Latin and White co-stars.
Mostly amateur to semi-pro looking.
Body types mostly fit and muscular.

Model Info: 
149 models total.
Ages 18-38.
From all over.

Other Content: 
Bonus Club Auto Shop content.
Access to Models Live for live shows.

Other Details: 
Condoms used.
Some music in videos I watched.
User ratings.

Pic Details: 
Professional level photography.
Little to no airbrushing.
Good lighting, bright colors.
Good mix of indoor/outdoor.

Pic Dimensions (HQ): 
All = 600 x 900
Most images in portrait.

Streaming Player: 
Medium flash/WMV player.
Can't jump ahead immediately.
5-10 second buffer.
Smooth playback.
Okay quality.
Couple different quality options.

Updates in Last 7 Days: 
1 image gallery.
1 video.
1 new model

Re-Review Status
Review Completed

New review has been completed on Aug 28, 2014 and will be released in less than a week.
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