GameSkinny Updates 5/21 - Home Improvement

What newfangled things are we up to on GameSkinny this week? Find out here!

In a bid to stay away from over the top food analogies that only make me hungry, this week we're going to stick to the facts sans chicken.

Testing New Home Page Layout

We'll start with the most obvious change - our home page! While the only section that is actually gone is the "Choose Your News" widget (more on that soon), all the other content you've come to know and love browsing is arranged a bit differently. It's still there, we have just made a few tweaks to it.

We're testing a few things because more readers than ever are checking out the home page each day (awesome!) and we want to make it easier for them to see what's new and interesting every time they visit. The last layout, while visually stimulating, made it hard to tell when things were published. This one is aimed entirely at the opposite effect, and we're watching to see how it goes.

Note that this is a stop on the ride to our final design destination, not where we all disembark the train.

New & Improved Article Sidebar

It looks the same, but we're focusing on new content instead of popular content. Theory goes that by putting the most popular content there we are just reinforcing its popularity instead of giving new stuff a chance to shine.

Don't worry though, popular writers! Your stuff will still be featured right on the homepage in the right hand sidebar.

Housekeeping in Events

We removed the deluge of game tournaments from Events because it was overwhelming things like Game Releases, Conventions, and Kickstarters. You can absolutely still add tournaments to our Events, we just require that a living, breathing keyboard-operating being is the one to add it.

Other Changes (Ones You Probably Won't Notice)

We cleaned up some duplicate page titles and deleted some blank pages in the Lobby.  Nothing major!

Questions, comments, suggestions?

As always, share them!

Published May. 21st 2014
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  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Thanks for all the input everyone! We'll be sharing all your comments with the rest of the team today.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    I agree with what everyone else has said. This is a great update. So needed, much awesome, would play again. 10/10
  • Clay
    Featured Contributor
    +/u/dogetipbot 100 doge
  • Miranda Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    I love the new home page, oh my gosh!
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    I like it. Way more streamlined from a design perspective! I don't feel overwhelmed by the massive amount of content types to take in.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    I really feel the new content column is long over-due. It was one of the things I was worried about when the old section was removed to allow for more featured posts. I was just a fledgling ostrich with my head in the ground back then though.
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    I literally just asked Brian about the home page! I love it!!

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