Old site vs. New Site

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Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28096 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Poll: Old site vs. New Site (718 votes)

Old site 80%
New Site 21%

Let's get those initial impressions in, people!

Which one do you prefer at the moment?

#501 Edited by N-REAL (2436 posts) -

I'm done here. Things that made GS unique for me over the years are now pretty much dead. Feels like a totally different site.

And besides....there were only a few people who I was following and they´re gone.

#502 Posted by InEMplease (6335 posts) -

@konvikt_17 said:

things i miss the most, are the ways to tell that we have read a thread, and wehter or not it has new posts or not. and the option to go to the first unread post in a thread.

This. This all the way.

Other than that I'm A-Ok with the new...whatevers.

#503 Posted by OmitName (721 posts) -

its fun to engage something new. honestly though, i never really paid much attention to the general aesthetic lay out of the old forums. any links to or pictures of the outdated version? perhaps comparing the two might stave some of the bellyaching once they can notice the benefits in a side by side.

#504 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

@23Jarek23 said:

Just realized that clicking on your comment from your feed doesn't take you to the comment anymore, just to the thread. Another good feature, gone.

Yes that really sucks ass.

#505 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (16151 posts) -

Right now? I prefer the old site. I wouldn't mind this new one if it wasn't so glacially slow. It's the only site that feels like I went back to the days of 56k modems. Even Chrome chokes on it.

#506 Posted by aaronmullan (33406 posts) -

I'll take either or. That said I voted for the new site.

#507 Posted by GrayF0X786 (3852 posts) -

the old one.

#508 Edited by SNIPER4321 (10143 posts) -

Old Site by far

This forums used to be exciting like dark atmosphere.

Now it feels like i'm visiting someone slowly dying of cancer. Gurgling like a frog with a cold on there death bed.

#509 Edited by Macutchi (4095 posts) -

@Jebus213 said:

@Guppy507 said:

@cya said:

Why everyone keeps putting up Flash content???

you know HTML5 is better.

Gamespot if you are worried that someone steals the video cause html5 has less security, well we got youtube for that,

Not every browser supports HTML5. Every browser supports Flash.

You mean to tell me Chrome, FireFox, IE, Opera, and Safari don't support HTML5? This isn't 2009....

Did I miss any browsers that the majority use?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

That's the dumbest excuse to use in the year 2013.

true. only legacy browsers like ie8 and previous don't natively support html5 but there are polyfills to work around this.

cya - security wise flash stinks. that's one of the reasons it's being phased out. if you're talking about the ability to protect video content, drm is likely to be introduced in html5.1 (which sucks btw).

guppy - not every browser supports flash - safari on the iphone / ipad for instance

back on topic, the new site is pretty laughable. they've stripped away everything that encouraged the community to grow like it did, all the incentives to return and contribute. i'm amazed how a company of this size can, in one fell swoop, ruin everything they've built up over the past decade or so

#510 Posted by lensflare15 (6181 posts) -

I still vastly prefer the old one, but the new layout has kind of grown on me, as well as the new posting system. I still miss Unions a lot though, as well as certain boards that don't seem to be here anymore.

#511 Edited by LJS9502_basic (151092 posts) -

@lensflare15 said:

I still vastly prefer the old one, but the new layout has kind of grown on me, as well as the new posting system. I still miss Unions a lot though, as well as certain boards that don't seem to be here anymore.

Legacy is hard to find....and because of that....no traffic. Fix that GS.

#512 Posted by PsychoLemons (2101 posts) -

Old for sure. It could be me but is the new site is more laggy than the old?

#513 Edited by brankozab (5 posts) -

@PsychoLemons: It took me 2 minutes just to open the homepage, and don't let me start talking about getting to this forum. (pain in the ass)

#514 Posted by GOGOGOGURT (4470 posts) -

I Iike the old site better for now, but just because I was used to it. I'm sure they can improve the new one, it's not bad.

Bunch of self-entitled judgmental whiny posters here.

#515 Edited by tenaka2 (17040 posts) -

The new site is very broken.

#516 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

Old one by far. I don't see myself visiting this site half as often as I used to. I might just quit visiting altogether.

#517 Edited by mAArdman (1612 posts) -

this new site is a fantastic and welcome challenge

#518 Edited by Ninja-Hippo (23433 posts) -

The layout is neither here nor there; even if you preferred the old one, you'll get used to the new one before you know it. The only thing that's driving me away is the dial-up speed that the site seems to operate at and the 50/50 chance of getting a 500 Internal service error with every page click.

It's making the site unusable and they've been up and running for a while now, especially with the beta. In this day and age it's really not acceptable to launch something this broken.

#519 Edited by korj (15 posts) -

Epic Fail! What is that? 5-minute adoption of Wordpress? Let me unsee it!

For many years I was using Gamespot as the source of information about games because it was presented nicely, everything was interconnected, every page was packed with information. Now what? Cellphone-style one-of-millions standard design, scroll-scroll-scroll trash-packed uninformative pages, no distinction between platforms - why the hell do I need your year-old XBOX reviews if I'm interested in PC port?!

Idiots.

#520 Posted by DevilMightCry (3495 posts) -

Old one was bad. But the look, and going on about how you communicate with other users, whether quoting, or reading posts/threads was much better and easier on eyes than this shit. I think I may call it quits tbh.

#521 Posted by Shottayouth13- (6803 posts) -

Glad to see that usernames aren't a jumbled mess again.

#522 Posted by Jyakotu (158 posts) -

I haven't been on GameSpot in awhile, so I was quite surprised to see it had a new look. It'll take some getting used to and I'll have to relearn a few things, but honestly, it doesn't bother me. We learn to adapt and get used to it eventually.

#523 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

@Shottayouth13- said:

Glad to see that usernames aren't a jumbled mess again.

Yeah, they fixed it today it looks like as well as separating avatars, nicks and post count from the post itself.

#524 Edited by Jebus213 (8889 posts) -

Oh wow, it's beginning to look like a forum again.

#525 Posted by Derek3143 (78 posts) -

Going to raise this again, because I HATE HATE HATE this feature with the new site, and the only way I can imagine they'll change this is if people email them complaining:

The old Gamespot website provided average user scores for each version of a game. The new website doesn't seem to have any option to see this - you get one average for all user scores for a given game.

So if, for example, 500 users give a great PS3 game a 9.2, and then the creators of the game come out with a crappy PSP version, which gets 500 users giving it a 7.2, you know what you're going to see? 1000 users with an 8.2 average score.

This renders user reviews for cross-platform games pretty useless if there's any quality difference between the versions. This sucks ass if you rely on user scores at all, which I do.

I mean, why, why why? Do they do this for their own reviews (i.e. one score for all versions of a game)? I'll answer that - no they do not, because it's stupid. Different versions can vary HUGELY in quality.

#526 Edited by VintAge68 (408 posts) -

@N-REAL: Perhaps it was GS's intention to thin out the subscribers list? Perhaps we are only the survivors of the first wave in a mega site renewal game?

#527 Posted by LJS9502_basic (151092 posts) -

@InEMplease said:

@konvikt_17 said:

things i miss the most, are the ways to tell that we have read a thread, and wehter or not it has new posts or not. and the option to go to the first unread post in a thread.

This. This all the way.

Other than that I'm A-Ok with the new...whatevers.

This does bother me. Overall though I don't get all the whining in this thread. Old site is gone. Deal with it. This isn't the worst I've seen. And hopefully they will get around to fixing what needs fixing. At least they fixed user names....

#528 Posted by JML897 (33125 posts) -

Why is it still sooooooo sloooooooooww

#529 Edited by AlisterFlint (4 posts) -

such a crappy website. navigation is almost non-existent, many useful features are either gone, or now so hard to find; and no beta pre-release whatsoever.. they're just sending more people to alternative gamers communities. tough tomatoes.

and it seems profiles have been seriously messed up with. avatar's gone, and looks like levels have been reset. and if not, the fact that it's so hard to find out if it has been, shows how sh***y is the new navigation.

#530 Edited by GnugnaGnagna (2 posts) -

Just finding what you are looking for is a PAIN! Just try reading an article, comment on it and then find it again the next day. It's because of the new layout: there is no list of recent activity on the site, just a timeline of the news.

#531 Posted by ail_taco (120 posts) -

This new one makes me a sad Taco

#532 Posted by chrisrooR (9027 posts) -

Really disliking it.

#533 Edited by LJS9502_basic (151092 posts) -

@chrisrooR said:

Really disliking it.

Wish they'd fix the glitch that doesn't take you to the last post read.....

#534 Posted by lilasianwonder (5964 posts) -

I miss the level titles.

#535 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1750 posts) -

pre-old

#536 Posted by Revixe06 (1021 posts) -

The new site is nice, it reminds me of Giant Bomb, but I still prefer the classic version.

#537 Edited by ail_taco (120 posts) -
@korj said:

Epic Fail! What is that? 5-minute adoption of Wordpress? Let me unsee it!

For many years I was using Gamespot as the source of information about games because it was presented nicely, everything was interconnected, every page was packed with information. Now what? Cellphone-style one-of-millions standard design, scroll-scroll-scroll trash-packed uninformative pages, no distinction between platforms - why the hell do I need your year-old XBOX reviews if I'm interested in PC port?!

Idiots.

The worst part about it, they only have "originally released" when looking up games by date. Instead of atleast adding the console version releas as well.

#538 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28096 posts) -

@LZ71 said:

I'm kinda pissed I have to redo all my sig and avy stuff, and that there's no 50 posts/page anymore. Other than that I can't see myself really caring enough about the change to feel a certain way about it.

I see you kept your sig. Good man.

#539 Edited by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

They need to fix the bug that only shows the second to last page of a thread. This thread has 11 pages only shows 10 on the topic title page. :blink:

#540 Edited by michael_1234576 (8620 posts) -

now that some stuff has been sorted I don't mind the new site that much, wish it was faster though..

#541 Edited by TrooperManaic (3735 posts) -

The only thing I miss was account levels.

#542 Posted by brodelin (553 posts) -

I like the layout, especially when browsing from my smartphone. But the site runs way too slow so I vote for the old.

#543 Posted by AcidTango (587 posts) -

So far the new one sucks compared to the old site

1- When you go into a topic back in the old site, it would let you know when someone posted a new comment in that topic while the new one doesn't even do that

2- Quoting is all messed up for me

3- I hate how they merged the legacy game forum with the general game discussion

4- Can't do spell check or at least I think you can't because it doesn't seem that have it

5- No smiley faces

6- I don't like the new account settings

7- And finally if you use to go to the old Gamespot on your smartphone like I did, it always worked well. But with the new one it's horrible. The site is way too closed up unlike the old one that fit well on the phones. Searching for things on the new site on a smartphone is a hassle now. And for some odd reason I keep getting kicked out from the site on my phone. At first I thought my phone was messed up but no only Gamespot does that. No other website on the iphone kicks me out and the old Gamespot never did that as well. It could be a bug they can fix but still it's bad

I have no problems with change but it seems that Gamespot really downgraded everything. I really hope they fix everything as soon as possible. The only thing that I like about the new site is that searching for games is much cleaner unlike the old one that was a cluttered mess but that's all about it. The old site overall was much better.

#544 Posted by KFHEWUI (7606 posts) -

Seems Gamespot's designers took a page out of youtube's book on how to design a site.

This new layout is awful, and all honestly, this design should not have never seen the light of day. Instead of making the site easier to navigate, it is a complete pain in the a$$ to do so. Now instead of going to my profile and seeing my friends' blogs and feed now I have to go under the feed tab then select friends' feed even the feed is limited so sometimes the fastest way to check this is by going to each user's profile and going to their blogs. This design makes zero sense. Why make it harder to navigate a site? An update should UPDATE not downgrade the site.

I wish that was the biggest issue, but no a lot of things were removed for no reason. For example now there is no way to preview or spell check a blog before posting it. Yeah, because previewing and spell check are outdated mechanics that no one uses any more. *rolls eyes* Even more annoying is that there is no way to delete blogs (not sure about posts). Why were these removed in the first place? It was also removed from posting comments or on the forums.

I have been around this site for a long time, and I have stuck through to it through some serious problems like bonk!, but this is the last straw for me. I am leaving the site soon which I hate to do since I have made friends on this site that I hate to leave them.

How this design was accepted is beyond me? Any designer or site manager should have enough common sense to see that this design is a mess and never should have been given the thumbs up.

#545 Posted by artphotodude (2 posts) -

Did the XBONE team design this for you? Seriously, abandoning HTML5 video for Flash? Javascript - up the bunghole, hub-based headlines requiring the user to navigate twice as much (or 'hover' twice as long) to see what is new? Feels like you went from being a gaming NEWS center to a single gamer bedroom-based site.

TOO BAD. Your editorials and talent staff are top notch, but this is just way too much trouble to use. Cancel my profile. Will not be back for the foreseeable future.

#546 Posted by Jack-Burton (2303 posts) -

Old beats new for Ol' Jack

#547 Edited by Tqricardinho (341 posts) -

65% old site, 35% new site.

#548 Edited by churdo (169 posts) -

I would like if we had an option to rollback the layout. Still messy to navegate, before was so clean and easy.

#549 Edited by SolidSnake35 (58109 posts) -

I like some things. It's better than I expected... but many features are missing and the small sigs suck.