Pros and Cons
- mostly good-quality videos
- advanced search engine
- frequent updates
- some nonexclusive content
- download limit
- limited trial
Gay Star Network is a mega-site with the kind of design I prefer. Sometimes a mega-site just gives you a homepage with links to the individual sites, but here the content from all 17 sites is integrated into one interface. Of course you can still filter by sitename if you prefer. There are sections for the videos and the pictures as well as a model index.
GayStarNetwork brings you 4,655 videos (201 were added in the last 30 days alone) with mostly good-quality playback. You can download them in MP4s that can also be streamed in an embedded Flash player and you can skip ahead or back without waiting for it to buffer. When you hover over the video's progress bar, a small screenshot displays that lets you preview the action at 20-second intervals. A small number of flicks come in HD and even Full HD.
You'll also find 207 sets of high-res pics to download in Zip files, but it's been years since they added a new one. All the movies come with vid caps, which is handy, because the photo spreads don't necessarily correspond to the videos.
You'll see lots of muscular hunks and twinks in solo and hardcore action, including bareback and group sex, on Big Cocks And Jocks, Club Turk Melrose, Bareback 101, Bisex 101, Barely Twinks and Studs Over 40. You can also browse by 16 categories, including body types like bears, sex acts like deep throat and by location. All the scenes come from DVDs, so you can browse that way as well. Finally, there are 19 studios as yet another way to check out related footage.
You get lots of great usability features, like being able to save your favorites, an advanced search engine and sorting options based on ratings, number of comments, popularity, date and more. Clearly that means you can rate and comment on the scenes yourself. Every scene has a list of keyword tags and you can add your own if you want. There are links to each of the performers' page in the model index, where you'll find a few stats and each guy's shoots.
I would say that the biggest problem with the content is that these aren't recent productions. I don't think they qualify as retro per se, but a lot of it is from the early to mid-'00s and probably some of it from the '90s. I suppose you could overlook the haircuts and some overzealous manscaping. After all, horny cocksuckers giving blowjobs and bottom boys taking it up the ass will never go out of fashion.
You also get access to other networks, but before you get too excited I should tell you that one of them has tranny content and the other is dedicated to straight porn. There are no gay bonuses. Overall, Gay Star Network is a high-quality site worth your money and it seems to be updating frequently at the moment.