Bang.com. That has to be the domain score of a lifetime, am I right? It’s quick, punchy, straight to the point, and tells you everything you need to know about the site before you ever even visit. Fuck, the people of Bang studios really lucked out with that one. It really makes you wonder if they are able to live up to the high expectations that a name like Bang sets up for a premium pay porno site.
Well, let’s take a look, shall we? From the moment you log into the members’ area, you are immediately assailed with an ad. Alright, not off to a great start, Bang, I’m not gonna lie. You already have my fucking money, and you want more of it? That is fucking bullshit. No, you aren’t getting any more of my money. Nor are your fucking partners. Just bring me to the supposedly great porn that I’m already paying for. Okay, whatever. Just click “bring me to the members’ area” and ignore it, I guess.
Wait! Don’t click into the members’ area quite so fast. In smaller, easy to miss text, you’ll find “don’t show me this again.” Yes. Click there first. Well, I guess that option almost makes up for the fact that you are advertising to me on a fucking pay site. At least you grant me the option to only be advertised to once. Fine, I’ll allow it. I have seen much worse in terms of ads on pay similar pay sites before.
Lots of Shit Going On Here…
Okay, now you can click into the members’ page. The site looks pretty cool. You’ve got some sleek design, your typical black background and red text combo, and a ton of thumbnails broken into a bunch of categories. You’ve got a giant promotion for the main video they are peddling at the moment at the very top of the page. Below, you’ll find “New Bang Originals” along with a list of channels to choose from.
Keep scrolling down and you will find a section titled “Bang Prime,” which I believe is meant to be something similar to Amazon Prime, in that Bang is providing its members with content made by other production studios. This is pretty cool, in my opinion, and a feature that I have yet to see on any other premium site. It’s always great when a site gives you plenty of options to mix things up and explore different content, especially since each studio tends to have their own niche.
Scroll down a little further and there is another enormous promotion. This time it is for Bang’s newest series, Pretty and Raw, subtitled, “Pretty babes get a taste of RAW hardcore sex.” Okay, at least it’s not an ad for another site. But, it is still pretty fucking frustrating because it is huge—we’re talking the full size of a normal web page—and constantly playing clips on a loop, so it slows down the rest of the site a little bit. But, whatever, keep scrolling.
The next section of the home page consists of today’s featured videos, and, below that, you’ll find a “because you watched…” section. I think that is a nice touch, especially since these sites can be massive and often not super easy to navigate at first. So, I always appreciate it when a site can recommend content to me based on my taste, so I don’t have to spend hours sifting through everything that they have on the site.
Lost in a Sea of Cunt
As you may have gathered from reading the last few paragraphs. Bang’s homepage is huge. And it’s not particularly clean or well-organized. Plus, as I mentioned, it’s kind of slowed down due to two giant promotional videos automatically playing at all times. I would like to see Bang clean up their home page a bit—pare it down a little, chill out with the video promotions, and provide more of a clear navigation tool for the site.
It’s not like Bang is a small site. Not by any means. They boast 122,037 videos on the home page (with a counter tracking how many of the grand total you have watched, which is kind of a fun feature). I wish that Bang gave its users a little more in the way of navigating all of these videos. The only options you have in the site’s menu bar are “Videos,” “B! Originals,” “Prime,” “Channels,” “Porn Stars,” and “Live.” Nothing in the way of a comprehensive search or a directory of categories (at least that is easy to find).
Great Original Content
As far as Bang’s original content is concerned, I think it is quite good. It’s well shot, not overly cinematic, and the models are all exceptional. One thing that I can definitely appreciate about Bang’s original content is that the cameramen know how to vary their angles and, furthermore, what to focus on.
Too often in “premium” porn videos I feel like the cameraman is more concerned with shooting the set than the fucking. Or they will linger on one angle for too long (or, conversely, switch angles too frequently). This is not the case with Bang videos, though. The camera works each angle and position for just the right amount of time before switching to something new. This is a tricky balance to strike at times, so, as a connoisseur of pornographic material, I would like to applaud the Bang team for having excellent instincts.
Bang has, in addition to all of its original content, a list of channels for members to choose from. These are broken up based on category, and there are plenty of them. When you click into the “channels” page, it starts to feel similar to a tube site. You have “18 Schoolgirlz,” “18 and Black,” and Latina and Horny” to choose from (just to name a few). This is the part of Bang.com that starts to feel a little better organized and easier to navigate.
On the left side of the screen, in addition to a list of channels, you’ll find tabs for your favorited videos, liked, history, watch later, and your playlists. And I suppose the category filtering is done for you through the separate channels. But, even still, it seems odd that you don’t have anything available in the way of tags.
I never knew how much I appreciated tags until I visited Bang and had to get on (and get off) without them. They just make everything so much easier and better organized. Once you click into the video, sure, there are tags for you to explore from, but it just seems like they should also be accessible on other pages.
A Few Missing Parts…
Another typical porn site feature that is somewhat glaringly missing from Bang.com is the ability to comment on videos. They allow you to “like” or “dislike” videos, of course, but that is where user interfacing kind of begins and ends with Bang. I always appreciate a site (especially a site that I’m paying for) that provides at least a little bit of a sense of community or interactivity in some way. In the post-social media digital world, it just seems unacceptable that, when so many other sites do offer such features, a site would not have these basic functionalities.
To Bang’s credit, however, regarding user interfacing, etc., they do have their own cam site filled with super sexy models ready to please your every desire. As well as a site dedicated to amateurs and homemade content. Sadly, though, these features require extra registrations and upgrades and are not included in the standard Bang Prime membership.
That being said, Bang does have a rather impressive blog and news section that is updated regularly and contains a shit ton of fascinating reads to keep you entertained in between fappings. Their blog includes op-ed pieces on the adult industry and sex trends, news about Bang models and events, and interviews with some of the hottest girls in porn. It is definitely not every day that you come across a porn site that also doubles as a quasi-journalistic outlet.
But, then again, maybe that is something that would only be of such interest to me, being a hired geek of the written word and all. You degenerates, I’m sure, could give a fuck less about a porn sites' journalistic merits, and for good reason, you just came to cum! Well, lucky for you, there’s plenty of reason to cum to Bang.com—hundreds of thousands of videos from a broad range of lesser known (but still great) studios, and plenty of original content as well.
Sure, the site could have been designed a bit better, but, hey, if it gets the job done, I’m a happy fapper. And Bang.com certainly does get the job done. Happy wanking, fuckers!