Community News Update: Friday 10/18

Friday's community news is jam packed with our popular pick, a special Facebook fan, and more info about this weekend's giveaway!

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The new site has been on its legs for a little over a week and so far things have been fairly smooth sailing. Of course, there have been a few hiccups along the way but for the most part everything seems to be getting back to normal. Remember, if you find yourself experiencing any technical difficulties, bugs, or just a feature that you miss having around; be sure to share on our Bug Report and Feedback forum.

GameSpot Popular Pick

This week, Sony detailed the cost of the PS4 in Brazil, shockingly enough the next-gen console will be going for $3,999 Brazilian Real due to import fees and taxes. Additionally, games will cost around $179 Brazilian Real. Full Story.

Skylanders: Swap Force is a solid action adventure game complete with a wide variety of lush, colorful environments, an extensive array of enemies to slay, and fun characters to interact with. This is a ridiculous, Saturday-morning-cartoon world, with goblins, trolls, frost giants, mechanical golems, bats, goo-based monsters, and startled sheep being hurled at you as you fight through the single-player campaign. Full Review.

Community Feature: Facebook Fan Sahara

This week's community spotlight shines on our Facebook fan Sahara A. from Brooklyn, NY. She was one of our winners from the Injustice: Gods Among Us contest that we ran. She took the time to share with us this nifty little video of her unboxing her giant box of goodies that we sent (we gave her some extra perks for it being her birthday).

World of WarCraft Trivial Pursuit Winners

On Monday, we posted a giveaway of World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit Editions on our Facebook page. Here are the winners:

Atish C., Bryan S., Carolina D, and. Teh C.

A Wild Contest Appears!

We are having another Groupees giveaway! Keep an eye on our twitter feed this weekend for a chance to win of 20 codes. More info about Groupees.

Also, we posted a random giveaway today on Twitter. These will be happening at different times, so keep an lookout. Follow us on Twitter to make sure you don't miss our awesome random giveaways!

Community Final Thought

This week, Ohaifrancy will be taking it easy for the most part but rumor has it that she's busten' out her dancing shoes to give a second look at Just Dance 2014. While DigitalDame is back to her spell slinging and will likely be taking part in yet another Pro-Tour Qualifier. And as always; make sure that you're following us on Twitter, that you Like us on Facebook, and that you've subscribed to us on Youtube.

Have a good weekend, Community OUT!

Discussion

20 comments
snova9308
snova9308

is it only me? or has the site gone completely insane in several ways?

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

Whoever put that noisy advertisement on the main page that you can't turn off or turn the volume off on needs to be fired.  Talk about pissing off your community and driving them away!  That is so annoying that I usually just leave the page as soon as it starts.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Breaking news as always.....how about something we all wanna hear "GS reverts to the old system !" or atleast fix this so its easier to use...things a nightmare atm (Whoever thought this was a great design....what were you drinking ?).
Couldnt help but laugh at the first part...smooth sailing my ass :P, given the very noticable decrease in comments i think you better start fixing this place or "Community OUT!" as you put it

John Evans
John Evans

Give us Brits back our GameSpot UK forum.

GameSpot
GameSpot

Can you be more specific? Share where?

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Dear @DigitalDame, I tried posting my feedback and bug reports to in the forums but no one replies. It feels like the site is extremely empty after the new version. Is there any reason?

Tanel Lepp
Tanel Lepp

Guys why the hell cant I share your news stories WITH SCREENSHOTS like we could before? After the NEW update of webpage its not possible. Its making me not want to publish anymore gamespot news.. and I dont think im the only one here..

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Another gaming week has gone by and the community is doing great. Who I do talk to about the GameSpot Gameplay podcast, there hasn't been any new episodes and I'm very concerned.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@snova9308 These things happen when the site gets 100% new code. In time things will go back to normal. 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Aphyosemion They might not be the best of choices, sure. I'll see about finding a fix so that at least the sound doesn't auto play. (TLDNR It's been added to the list of things that need to be fixed.)

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Paul2004 It says "fairly smooth sailing." We understand that there are issues and we're working on fixing them. But as this is not the first time the site has gone through a redesign and considering the task things could have been MUCH worse. 

lukasr1
lukasr1

@Gamer_4_Fun Because this new web version/layout sucks to be honest. I'm having a hard time finding anything and its buggy as shit to.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@g1rldraco7 No need to be concerned.Kevin V said that he's working on some things related to the podcast and it's coming back soon.

"Kevin VanOrd ‏@fiddlecub

15h

People continue to ask, and I will continue to tweet: GameSpot GamePlay is not going away--we're just getting reorganized."


Paul2004
Paul2004

@DigitalDame @Paul2004 Fair enough but its still a pretty bad design....im looking at the new releases for xbox360 (Guess what i see...Halo 3, Deus Ex and Sims 3). Its got way to many problems compared to the old design, which was simple and easy to use plus i could see what games were coming out soon without any problems. This is just a confusing mess IMO
I can understand you guys wanting to upgrade and improve the site but it looks like you went overboard. It looks flashy but its ineffective and still buggy (Little dungeon crawler game gets boring after afew trys). Unless you have some magic fix that makes it alot easier to use i think its only gonna get worse, ppl wont use a site they cant understand

ahpuck
ahpuck

@lukasr1 @Gamer_4_Fun That's my main complain as well, finding anything is a pain the neck. I'll give them a few weeks to correct it. I always wonder tho', why can't they make sure everything is running as it should before going live? It makes little sense to release and unfinished product, you're only angering your fan base.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Aphyosemion As someone who tends to listen to Rock/Metal at high volumes, I'm inclined to agree. 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Paul2004 Well the power of suggestion is one that should not be underestimated. We're open to ideas and insight from the community, this site is after all for you guys. ;) 

Paul2004
Paul2004

@DigitalDame @Paul2004 17 years....time flys huh. I guess all we can do is sit back and see what happens, right now im not even sure the new design can be fixed (Just too confusing) but time will tell.
Gotta say i feel sorry for you staff tho, gonna take alot of work to patch this and im not the only member that prefers the old.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Paul2004 Well of course the old site worked better, it was 17 years old. The new site is still very much a baby. It's gonna need a lot of love, care, patience  and understanding to get to where it needs to be.

We're not saying that it's perfect (cause that'd be dumb) but we're saying is give it a chance. When you see something (like what you mentioned) say something, and we'll add it to the list of things that need fixing.