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Posted on Monday, August 27 2012 @ 10:53:12 Eastern
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Just when the gaming world had been stale for the last couple of months, Game Revolution comes rocketing through the horizon like a... rocket-fueled flying squirrel to daze us with a new interface. At least that's what I like to believe.
Unfortunately, there are things that are bothersome. First, there's still the inability to edit your comment once it has been posted, and the spam filter which erases the reply option when it tells you that your message is too short, which leads you to posting a comment in the wrong place. Having the ability to edit your comment shortly after posting a la Facebook would have been a welcomed addition.
Then there's the beaten-to-death but functional problem with the background. I don't care or want a dark background because it's aesthetic or cool; my reason can be explained using Maddox's words: “...it's easier on the eyes than staring at a white screen... your monitor is not a piece of paper, no matter how hard you try to make it one. Staring at a white background while you read is like staring at a light bulb... Would you stare at a light bulb for hours at a time?”
Don't get me wrong, I understand the constraints or care you GR might have had for my issues, but I say: Bring the old site back!
There's much to love here. The interface is clean and simple enough. Every button and article space is bigger but has more details and picture size, and together with the four big article images below the header it adds to the appeal of the site, even if the comment counter is not all that precise sometimes. The Vox Populi article is better placed as an always-visible 4th item in the ALL list, and the filter options are well thought-out.
Also, let's not forget the Ribbon. Is it as unnecessary as the one in some MS software? In a word, no. This one is excellent. It does you a favor in putting the newest and most relevant stuff on the spot, which is a way of leading you to the things you might be interested in without even asking, and also the Home button, a nice touch. In contrast to the other ribbon, the headers are not arbitrary.
And what I like the most about that ribbon is Community. It gives people a hub to GR member's words either in the forum, the member reviews section (so unnoticed before), and the Vox Populi article. It exposes the user-created content in a way you are more likely to explore.
Overall, I like this overhaul—it makes the site more lively, a nicer place to be and spend time in, and when the AAA-game overload comes it will help to keep up with all that it brings in a tidier way. I enjoy coming to the site more than before. Thank you, Game Revolution.