Good Bye G A M E S P O T......

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Posted by jacquelineferre (84 posts) -

The site that I used to love is dead now all that is left is a chaotic battle between random text boxes and pictures placed at even more random places.

The site is slower than ever...

The search system is horrible...

All the Unions are gone...

The game's news are harder to see hidden in a small collumn on the left supressed by all those redundant content...

I lost my tracked games. I don't have a customised experience anymore. I don't receive the news about the about the games that I have interest...

Stacks are a lousy idea, The game's list worked much better...

I can't even watch the anymore...

Changes are welcome but only if it is for the better. The new GS is prettier but worse in every other aspect this is a perfect example of how a poor design can completely ruined the user experience where the functionality was completely forgotten and only the appearance was taken into account...

Fire you web designer he is an incompetent.

#1 Posted by Randolph (10500 posts) -

Functionality was forgotten? If that were the case, no one would have ever known how you felt on this redesign because you wouldn't have been able to broadcast your blog in this forum. (which isn't really the right forum for this) I want to make a post about Killer Instinct. I can do a quick search within the message editor for videos on the site of the game, I can use a # to quickly bring up a hyper link to the games page, and I can use @ to call out a certain user who I want to see the thread in case they got on hours after it was made and miss it.

It would seem to me functionality was kept at the forefront. But to each their own.

For what it's worth I agree about the stacks though, they are just AWFUL.

#2 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (18408 posts) -

To me the biggest problem is the removal of the game database: need to find a list of SNES or GameCube games? Well tough t*tty, gamespot won't help anymore. "If it's old, it's DEAD"

I guess that's what happens when your management doesn't really give a shit about videogames and just deals with them for a living.

#3 Edited by MirkoS77 (7331 posts) -

I'm, unfortunately, seeing this redesign to be a large step in the wrong direction. It's just not as enjoyable/as efficient /as user-friendly a site to use as it used to be. I'm mostly at IGN now even though that place is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. I should be cautious.

Plus I've noticed the boards have really died down. Some users are less, some gone, and there's barely any new topics.

It's honestly kind of depressing.

#4 Posted by monowasp (243 posts) -

Well, I like it. It takes a bit of time to adjust.

#5 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71237 posts) -

i got some issues, only reason i am sticking around is the community, nothing else at this point

#6 Posted by contracts420 (1956 posts) -

I'm not having nearly as many issues as others seem to be having. But I will stay here regardless. I have joined a number of forums over the years but I never found a community that could match or best this one.

#7 Posted by skipper847 (3217 posts) -

I hope some forums come back though.

#8 Posted by Metamania (11996 posts) -

Yeah...

I prefer the older look. But that's just me.

#9 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -

To me the biggest problem is the removal of the game database: need to find a list of SNES or GameCube games? Well tough t*tty, gamespot won't help anymore. "If it's old, it's DEAD"

I guess that's what happens when your management doesn't really give a shit about videogames and just deals with them for a living.

That's good to know. I thought I was just trying something stupid trying to find Xbox titles. Good to know they're just not there anymore.

#10 Posted by Gooeykat (3360 posts) -

@jacquelineferre: Agree, the new site is terrible, but where to go? IGN, Giant Bomb? Just want the old GS site back.

#11 Edited by Gooeykat (3360 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

Plus I've noticed the boards have really died down. Some users are less, some gone, and there's barely any new topics.

It's honestly kind of depressing.

This is an understatement, this place is ghost town compared to what it used to be. The PC forum is absolutely dead.

#12 Edited by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

My goodness. You guys do know that it's been less than a week, right? Site roll-outs take a bit to work out the kinks. I'm sure a lot of the old features will work their way back in and they'll take care of the site gremlins as they can.

Do you guys have some kind of nutritional deficiency that causes you to not grow patience?

I agree on "STACKS" though.

#13 Posted by wiouds (5122 posts) -

I am giving it some times, but unless it improves I am going to leave. it is clearly less streamline than the old one.

#14 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150713 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

I'm, unfortunately, seeing this redesign to be a large step in the wrong direction. It's just not as enjoyable/as efficient /as user-friendly a site to use as it used to be. I'm mostly at IGN now even though that place is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. I should be cautious.

Plus I've noticed the boards have really died down. Some users are less, some gone, and there's barely any new topics.

It's honestly kind of depressing.

Noticed this as well.

#15 Posted by Randolph (10500 posts) -

I liked Gamespot's forums better when they were smaller (2001 - 2004), so a decrease in traffic overall to the forums and a big pick up in my own desire to be around is likely not coincidental.

#16 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150713 posts) -

@Randolph said:

I liked Gamespot's forums better when they were smaller (2001 - 2004), so a decrease in traffic overall to the forums and a big pick up in my own desire to be around is likely not coincidental.

GS forums are practically deserted now though....

#17 Posted by Randolph (10500 posts) -

@Randolph said:

I liked Gamespot's forums better when they were smaller (2001 - 2004), so a decrease in traffic overall to the forums and a big pick up in my own desire to be around is likely not coincidental.

GS forums are practically deserted now though....

I've been here since 2001, they're fine. ;)

Slower than they were recently, yes. Deserted? Nah.

#18 Posted by Jacanuk (4331 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@LJS9502_basic said:

@Randolph said:

I liked Gamespot's forums better when they were smaller (2001 - 2004), so a decrease in traffic overall to the forums and a big pick up in my own desire to be around is likely not coincidental.

GS forums are practically deserted now though....

I've been here since 2001, they're fine. ;)

Slower than they were recently, yes. Deserted? Nah.

Well, compared to before its not like forums are filled with activity.

Gamespot have shot themselves in the foot here and would love to see how much traffic they have lost.

#19 Posted by Randolph (10500 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

Well, compared to before its not like forums are filled with activity.

That's precisely what I said, dude. ;)

Forum activity is definitely down compared to a few weeks/months ago. But I don't think we are at a point where we can call it deserted. My view being influenced by the fact that I've been here much longer than most of you, as far back as when these forums had no avatars, no sigs, and threads didn't even bump when replied to.

#20 Edited by wiouds (5122 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@Jacanuk said:

Well, compared to before its not like forums are filled with activity.

That's precisely what I said, dude. ;)

Forum activity is definitely down compared to a few weeks/months ago. But I don't think we are at a point where we can call it deserted. My view being influenced by the fact that I've been here much longer than most of you, as far back as when these forums had no avatars, no sigs, and threads didn't even bump when replied to.

I find myself not wanting to come here as much because the forms are just not as streamlined as they were before.

#21 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71237 posts) -

My goodness. You guys do know that it's been less than a week, right? Site roll-outs take a bit to work out the kinks. I'm sure a lot of the old features will work their way back in and they'll take care of the site gremlins as they can.

Do you guys have some kind of nutritional deficiency that causes you to not grow patience?

I agree on "STACKS" though.

They still removed all the unions

#22 Edited by Black_Knight_00 (18408 posts) -

@Black_Knight_00 said:

To me the biggest problem is the removal of the game database: need to find a list of SNES or GameCube games? Well tough t*tty, gamespot won't help anymore. "If it's old, it's DEAD"

I guess that's what happens when your management doesn't really give a shit about videogames and just deals with them for a living.

That's good to know. I thought I was just trying something stupid trying to find Xbox titles. Good to know they're just not there anymore.

They're technically there, but you need to search for the exact title if you want to find them, which makes older reviews hard to find and therefore pretty much useless.

Just use Mobygames (also ruined by a recent restyling, but still somehwat usable) or wikipedia.

#23 Posted by Dogswithguns (10737 posts) -

Yeah, I know....

#24 Posted by iampenguin (223 posts) -

Love the new site's look. People who don't like it I think are suborn and must #DealWithIt

#25 Edited by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

I tend to agree with those who say the site just isn't enjoyable. I've haven't been here nearly as much, mostly going to Neogaf now instead for the time being. Don't know how much longer I really plan on being around.

#26 Edited by steve216 (11446 posts) -

I've been lurking around this site since back when you could pay to subscribe to use it, ever since that went away this site has become a snowball of a turd rolling downhill. I put that all aside for the good reviews, I would only use this site to judge a game but now looking back that's gone too.

#28 Posted by capaho (1253 posts) -

As far as the forums are concerned, the content is provided by the users (to the extent allowed by the killjoy moderators), so that shouldn't be any different once they get all the technical glitches worked out of this mess. I was a bit shocked to find how poorly the new site performed when it was first put online, that's rather hard to explain. GS will recover in time, at least as far as the technical glitches go.

#29 Posted by TeldurUK (5 posts) -

Long time lurker who has suddenely decided to actually post stuff.

I think it is easy to over-react to change. For one I'm really impressed with the general cosmetic changes. I visit Gamespot for the video content and the new GS puts that content front and centre. Website development has changed a lot since the original site came online, and their is only so much you can change before you just have to rebuild from scratch.

In regards to bugs and such, yes I too have spotted the old 'dead' link, slow loading pages and so on. The way I approach a newly designed site, especally one such as this with a high amount of traffic, is to compare it to the launch of an MMO. Its going to be broken, no amount of testing and such can prepare you for the onslaught of clicks. Things aren't going to work, some ideas will work better than others, etc...

#30 Posted by Randolph (10500 posts) -

For those leaving I would only say good luck. Once you get used to this community, finding a replacement is nigh impossible. All the communities on the internet have a unique flavor. If you're stuck on this flavor, you won't find it elsewhere. I've tried that before, it doesn't work.

#31 Posted by silversix_ (14283 posts) -

i agree with this, current GS is a clusterf*ck. I don't post on any gaming forums because i don't like their interface (they all look like current GS) but on GS it was simple to find everything and see everything. Now its a mess and its the first time since 05-06 i don't feel like posting here anymore.

#32 Posted by Daword (16 posts) -

Gamespot Sux Now!