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Old 01-23-2005, 12:15 AM   #41
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I hate to be the first one that doesn't love the new design, but there are a few things about it that irk me. Ok, it's not a few.. it's just one. The background, I think, should be a light color and not a dark one. something like the background of this page (the very very back background). I tested it in firefox, and with a border around the main content page, probably like the border that is already around the right hand nav but just around the entire page, I think it looks much better. I might be the only person that feels this way, but I just thought I would chime in with a little constructive critisim.

Some positive things would definitely have to be the new content layout. I like the way it looks and reads. The hype-o-meter is also nice, the images are great. Overall the page i just much more readable, good job!
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Nice work, the site looks awsome!!
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:26 AM   #43
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Looks real nice!

I like the descriptions on the news items. Maybe because of the odd strange titles.
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Old 01-23-2005, 02:16 AM   #44
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aha! thanks


By the way, for the curious, at launch AG3 was at Subversion revision #689
Oh, I thought for a short moment that you had made your subversion repository with the site design public.

By the way, I really agree with the chorus of praise here. Great work (although I think it is better to have the menu to the left ).
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Old 01-23-2005, 02:23 AM   #45
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Woah!
Nice change! It took me completely by surprise! Was this the thing that was "blurred" in a coming soon window?
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Woah!
Nice change! It took me completely by surprise! Was this the thing that was "blurred" in a coming soon window?
That was it
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All of those who say that the site had to grow on them or something... deserve a panning.
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The background, I think, should be a light color and not a dark one.
This won't make you like the dark background more, but I can tell you the reason for it. A lot of people loved the dark background of Adventure Gamer(s) 1.0, the really really old design:



When we introduced Adventure Gamers 2.0 a lot of people were going "oh no, you've made it boring now!". And to some extent, they were right.

My goal with the current design was to sort of fuse the previous two ones, and to bring back that dark look... but not make the content area hard to read.

By the way, I'm surprised no one's brought it up the news section yet. It has the biggest changes layout-wise. I'm hoping that people who previously didn't follow the news will want to start now. Apart from the layout changes we're also going to make a bit of a different selection of the news, focusing more on the industry news and less on linking to articles on the web.
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Actually, black on white isn't necessary easier to read. A dark background can be very good for easy reading (try using black background and bright green text for example), but it leaves you with much fewer options in the way of choosing foreground colour, I think.

Oh, and the news area is much improved. It is much more visibile now.
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Yeah, I'm left handed to! AG failed on making it troublesome for the left-handed! I love it!
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I'm just glad the news are noticable now. Finally someone can appreciate the good work of the news updaters. *wink wink, nudge nudge*
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:17 AM   #52
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Very good design indeed! I've always been a fan of the centered box design since I saw a particular version of mixnmojo. (I've lost track)

The news is much more noticable, which is IMO the biggest improvement.

Aaanyway, I'd say the forums could use some work next

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WOAH! I love it! I like the neat squareness of it all, looks very nice.

Does anyone have a screenshot of the old site so I can compare?
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The news is much more noticable, which is IMO the biggest improvement.

Aaanyway, I'd say the forums could use some work next
I agree about the news. And I agree that after you've seen the new site, the forum looks a little stale. All the people who miss the old site can just compare the forum to the new stuff. Will there be changes here? (I can hear people sighing, waving their hands, going, give us time, please, we just gave you an awesome new front page, ARGH!!!) Anyway, good stuff.
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Old 01-23-2005, 08:06 AM   #55
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I think the forum colour scheme could use some work. Currently there are too many different shades of, uh... sand. Most of them don't return in the design of the general site.

Oh, I'm nitpicking here, but I see the width of the site changes every now and then, when visiting different pages.

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I'm not a fan of the right-hand menu either. "Reading right-to-left" just feels wrong. Ah well, I guess I'll get used to it.
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Old 01-23-2005, 10:11 AM   #57
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WOAH! I love it! I like the neat squareness of it all, looks very nice.

Does anyone have a screenshot of the old site so I can compare?
You can see screenshots of all the AG designs here.

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Old 01-23-2005, 10:30 AM   #58
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Congratulations for the new design... LOOKS NEAT!
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Old 01-23-2005, 10:48 AM   #59
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Will there be changes here?
The last time I changed something about the forums I got tarred and feathered by the community. I'll eventually make a new template for the forums that matches the main site, but I will probably get some bodyguards this time around.

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I see the width of the site changes every now and then, when visiting different pages.
That's caused by the site being centered and not every page having a scrollbar inside the browser. That's totally browser related and not due to my design.

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I'm not a fan of the right-hand menu either. "Reading right-to-left" just feels wrong. Ah well, I guess I'll get used to it.
Okay, well, here's my theory: you don't really need to "read" the menu bar because it's there all the time, and you know what options it has. The part of the page that demands most of your attention is the content area, which changes all the time.

I can sort of imagine people not being a huge fan of it though.

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I wasn't thrilled with the changes when I first saw them (a while ago). I have to say they've really grown on me though. Over the past few weeks I have been going back and forth between the new site and the old site a lot and the old site started looking really clunky in comparison.

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Yeah, I agree that most of the site look clearer now. I just feel like the separation between the news and the new features is unclear now, on the main page, which I find to be a bit confusing. But that's really bickering, I'll live with it .
Right sided links are another matter, though, but since it's purely a matter of personal taste, there's nothing much I can say.
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