Now that they have "coming up" stuff on there I can say I agree. It looks cluttered and tacky having the premium thing underneath it.
I also agree that I don't really think the "recent premium content" banner at the top adds anything.
One thing I've always liked about this site, above other gaming websites, is how much they try not to clutter the front page. It's always been concise in a way I appreciate because most gaming websites cram as much info on the front page as possible (this really isn't only gaming websites, though- it's a problem with website design I guess due to how the internet tends to work for people). Maybe there's a better way of doing what they are going for- the idea makes sense- but this currently isn't it.
As Jeff explained earlier in this thread, though, it was a rush job and they should figure it out in time.
Just wanted to give my thoughts on it now that I can see the full picture of what they're going for.