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I would like an up top link straight to the general news section. Its the main area I visit and if have go looking for it in the spare 5 minutes I have in the day, I'm less likely to do it. That means less pageviews for you.

Main two thoughts: This site doesn't have enough content to make me want to go through all your tabs or feel it entirely necessary. I still mainly go through your main page to see if anything new comes out. Improving that is easily the best way to get me to view more, but letting me know what's new. The new site design doesn't help with that, which I find annoying.

The other thought is as it stands they look like tabs, and I'm used to me selecting a tab, and knowing where I am because of that. Your color choices, with a big bright yellow inbetween 2 colors that barely contrast with the dark grey below it, make me think that I'm constantly on the movies tab, which disorients me.

The rest is standard "now I need to learn where they moved everything" angst. Like moving the forums button way to the left so muscle memory makes me want to click my profile/mail.

albino boo:
I would like an up top link straight to the general news section. Its the main area I visit and if have go looking for it in the spare 5 minutes I have in the day, I'm less likely to do it. That means less pageviews for you.

As always, you can use the news only stream there on the front page. You're probably going to love the everything page, as that's a one stop shop for all the sites content in one easy to view location much like the news page you were so use to.

I'm liking the new redesign, especially for the new customization options, But, like Xeorn said, the top bar has a few constrast issues (mostly in the video games and tabletop sections), a lighter shade of blue and purple will probably fix that. That said, I like the channels, especially if it means you'll bring more content to the site.

Edit: I just noticed the background color changes when I move to a different channel, which is cool.

Also:

ThyNameIsMud:

As always, you can use the news only stream there on the front page. You're probably going to love the everything page, as that's a one stop shop for all the sites content in one easy to view location much like the news page you were so use to.

I noticed how the weeping angel moves when I scroll away from it, neat!

I like it. Is it just me or does the website load faster?

Strange and new, it must be burned!

Actually, it's not bad. I like the ease of checking text sizes and fonts. It's kind of weird that you're keeping the old forum layout when there are new tabs, though; are you planning to break down gaming (and merge relevant threads from off-topic) into Science, Video Games, TTRPG, etc.?

ThyNameIsMud:

albino boo:
I would like an up top link straight to the general news section. Its the main area I visit and if have go looking for it in the spare 5 minutes I have in the day, I'm less likely to do it. That means less pageviews for you.

As always, you can use the news only stream there on the front page. You're probably going to love the everything page, as that's a one stop shop for all the sites content in one easy to view location much like the news page you were so use to.

Sub menus are not very helpful when you trying to view on a tablet in a commuter train in the rush hour. The old design was easier for me to use in those circumstances.

WHAT IS THIS NEW THING!?! IT MAKES ME AFRAID AND WANT TO VOTE CONSERVATIVE!

*Shakes fist*

Thank you for completely screwing up the best looking and easiest to navigate layout this site has ever had.

It now takes several more clicks to get anywhere, and the brightly coloured buttons at the top of the forums are very distracting. Most importantly, you can't mouse over the categories to see the latest content appear on the front page like you used to be able to.

Also some of these categories are arbitrary at best, why is Loading Ready Run under "Movies and TV"?

Holy crap, I think I'm in love... Seriously, I really, *really* like what you guys have done!

Great idea, makes it a lot easier to navigate the site, especially putting the videos into proper categories.
The table top section in particular is a blessing, I've been wondering why I haven't seen more Shut Up & Sit Down videos.

Awesome work, guys :)

I've seen my fair share of changes to this site's layout, and throughout all of it I've only ever navigated the site via the latest news feed and latest forum posts feed. So, yay, pretty colours I guess.

An update to this site that isn't an eye sore and not only doesn't make the functionality objectively worse, but actually seems to improve it?

Is it April fools again? Have I suddenly shot forward in time?

I really like the customization options. That said, the lack of a link at the top that sends me to the news feed directly is not a good design decision so far as I'm concerned. We all know The Escapist does more than videogames and the like... which is why the news feed was the thing I used the most. I just want to see what's happening. I don't want to scroll through individual pages devoted to the different areas directly. I also find the layout of the "Everything" selection to be horrendous. But, I'm never disappointed to see things changed, only when the changes hurt my ability to navigate the site.

While I like the idea of ordering stuff into nice little categories, the new "look" doesn't gel with me. I liked the dark blue inactive /light blue active menu design better.

If I might make a suggestion? Add a news tab, i like to be up to date on everything Geek happening not just for one subject.

Will this mean we also get more content in the non-gaming categories? Or is it just a lay-out change?

Seems very useful for those who don't frequent the site on a daily basis, although just slightly less so for the constant reloaders. Then again, I imagine that's not really a bad thing. Looks fine to me, and can make quickly accessing some older articles a bit easier (probably).

Either way, hope it works :D

No particular complaints - pretty colours - but am I insane in thinking that it's odd how much MovieBob is going to dominate the new Movies/TV section? I don't have anything against that, or him personally,* but I feel like the section would be improved by adding new voices in the future. Again, I'm perfectly content with it the way it is.

*Although he is from Boston, which means there's a decent chance he's a Bruins fan, and I hate the Bruins. So I guess I'd have problem there. Other than that...
(kidding, kidding...)

So according to the new colour coding system, this editorial is "Comics and Cosplay", while Dr. Strangelove's similar thread in the Off-Topic forum is "Video Games".

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.849231-New-Channels-on-The-Escapist

Categories and labels are all very well and good, but only when they make sense, so what makes this count as "Comics and Cosplay" while the other thread is "Video Games"?

Admittedly I am neither interested in comics nor cosplay, so I could very well be missing something here... but was I supposed to be dressed up in some sort of costume while reading this editorial?

I'm going to be honest here:

I don't like this new layout

Why?

Because when I want a complete list of the latest news... now I have to check five seperate pages. The same for videos. I find that an inconvenience.

Plus, its no longer readily apparent where certain things will appear.

Will The Big Picture with MovieBob fall under comics when he talks about "Comics. Are. Weird" or will that still go under movies? That kind of distinction... there shouldn't be one - and yet I can see it making sense going either way

Jamash:
So according to the new colour coding system, this editorial is "Comics and Cosplay", while Dr. Straneglove's similar thread in the Off-Topic forum is "Video Games".

The display for this announcement is an anomaly in our new system, I'll admit. We didn't anticipate into which channel site-wide announcements would go. This article is in all of the channels, but the display has a hierarchy which means Comics and Cosplay is what's shown. 99.9999% of what we publish will not have this problem, thank the maker.

Hmmm not bad. I don't like the choice of yellow for the Movies & TV tab, the white text doesn't show very well, a darker yellow more like gold or orange would work better. The gray gradient on the drop down sub menus should be a little longer too, again the white texts blends too much, makes these things hard to read & I'm not entirely sure everyone knows that there is a 'general" drop down menu under the Escapist logo... maybe make that a little more prominent. Those are just a few nit picks from a graphic designer. Overall I do like it though.

Well this should work well for all those people who said "What does this have to do with videogames?" in the forum topic on every single article that wasn't about video games.

RSS for each channel plz. Also, does anyone know why Feedly doesn't like the Escapist?

I don't get how Yahtzee's column is in comics and cosplay not videogames??? Other than that it's ok i guess.

ok, anyone know how I can get an up to date list of ALL videos that have been released recently, like you used to be able to just by selecting one option on the front page?

Alfador_VII:
ok, anyone know how I can get an up to date list of ALL videos that have been released recently, like you used to be able to just by selecting one option on the front page?

webkilla:
I'm going to be honest here:

Because when I want a complete list of the latest news... now I have to check five seperate pages. The same for videos. I find that an inconvenience.

The escapist logo at the top is basically the everything tab, It is almost functionally identical to the old site design. So much so that I did not even notice the new redesign till after I saw this article.

Alfador_VII:
ok, anyone know how I can get an up to date list of ALL videos that have been released recently, like you used to be able to just by selecting one option on the front page?

You can still get to it in one click from the front page. Hover over The Escapist logo and click on Videos in the dropdown menu. Voila.

Darth Sea Bass:
I don't get how Yahtzee's column is in comics and cosplay not videogames??? Other than that it's ok i guess.

The channels are not mutually exclusive, so when Yahtzee mentions a TV show or a comic book character (like he does with Spider-Man in this week's column) Extra Punctuation will show up in those channels in addition to video games.

Is there any chance at all to re-implement the contextual mouse-over of different stories/articles/reviews/etc depending on what 'channel' you place your cursor over at the homepage?

I used that to skip any content I wasn't interested in and worked well. Now I have to open new tabs to access a channel and then pick out stories/articles/reviews/etc that I may have already read at a previous juncture instead of simply 'mousing over' and checking what is new, then opening all the interesting stories into new tabs.

I just find the old system better to be honest, but I may no longer have to do that with the splitting up of content based on subject material. We shall see, I supose.

I'll happily check this out when I get home from work and don't have to use the company's IE. Right now none of the text is lining up with the graphics on the front page and the news feed on the left of the homepage won't load at all. Kind of makes work surfing impossible, which makes me sad.

While this seems to be a bit obtuse for me to navigate, it still works and doesn't use flash player primarily so I guess I'm okay with it.

However, it looks like ass on 1280x1024 monitors. the top menu items are on different rows and the color bars above them don't match up anymore.

Matthi205:
While this seems to be a bit obtuse for me to navigate, it still works and doesn't use flash player primarily so I guess I'm okay with it.

However, it looks like ass on 1280x1024 monitors. the top menu items are on different rows and the color bars above them don't match up anymore.

Hey Matthi,

Try zooming in to 100% on your browser. Does that help? If not, can you let us know some details about what browser you are using and we'll track down the display bug. Thanks!

 

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