Personally I'm skeptical, I like scrolling through the news stories and only looking at a few of them. This new layout seems like it will feature less variety, though the stories that it does post could be nicer to look at.
EDIT: Ah, i've just noticed that the sidebar is scrollable, though I would still have liked brief descriptions to make me care about the stories.
Since I am using Kotaku to get a quick overview of news I gotta say: the new design is horrible.
I don‘t visit Kotaku for stories and I‘m wondering how many of their users think the same way and just find that new layout terrible. Browsing headlines in a small box on the right just doesnt feel right.
I dislike it so much that i'm tempted to un-bookmark Kotaku from my browser. The new design looks terrible and makes it harder to scan through the multitude of topics that they most on a daily basis - to anyone who doesn't sit on their frontpage constantly it's going to be a complete pain to look through multiple headlines as the blogroll presentation style has been shrunk to a stupid size and left cramped at the side of the page. The ability to use the arrow keys to flick through articles is nice, except half of those articles are shit and I don't want to see them, ever.
I was sceptical, until I saw the unmoving list of other stories on the right-hand side, exactly where you need it to be. It took some getting used to, but I actually like it. The old one was kinda generic, not dissimilar to Giant Bomb before they reworked everything into a less blog-like format (*cough* and like tested still is *cough*)
It's actually one of the worst websites I've ever seen.
I mean ok compared to those crappy myspace things it's not that bad but it's bad. Very bad. Seems purely to encourage clicks to get more Ad money. Can't see what the next story is about anymore without clicking it to find out.
It's still just as misogynistic, lazy, sensational, un-game related, and incorrect as ever before.
That being said, looking at the layout you can tell all of those things simply by how it's designed. The right side scroll was made specifically so that Stephen Totilo can create half-assed Gene Shalit puns and post pictures of cats or boobs. When you create a gaming news site and the first page you hit has nothing substantial regarding gaming news, you've failed.
I used Kotaku to scroll through headlines and then maybe read an article if it caught my eye. This new design seems much worse for that. Lucky they have the "blog view", but I still think changing the default was stupid. And I don't know about anyone else, but if anything, it seems to take longer to load now.
Also, scrolling feel jittery to anyone else?
" Since I am using Kotaku to get a quick overview of news I gotta say: the new design is horrible. I don‘t visit Kotaku for stories and I‘m wondering how many of their users think the same way and just find that new layout terrible. Browsing headlines in a small box on the right just doesnt feel right. "Yep.
I'm really not a big fan of Kotaku, I hate most of their articles and the way they're written.. but I still occasionally check them for news, they sometimes get stories that other gaming sites don't, or at least get them faster.
And I'm not one to complain about designs, I usually love it when sites redesign themselves and I've done some work in web design and marketing in the past, so I can apprectiate things that others may miss.. But this is truely a horrible design, I'm not sure what it's supposed to benefit at all. I noticed io9 switched to this design a few days ago and since then I haven't been back. It just makes news stories very difficult to skim through, it's difficult to see them over to the right, you don't get much information about what they're actually about.. and it just generally isn't very pleasing.
Horrible, horrible site.
Edit: The classic version is at least usable, but I'll likely just avoid it altogether now.
I can't even seem to load Kotaku's page. Maybe the redesign's getting too much traffic today.
EDIT: Okay I loaded the page, owch. I was just sitting there hoping for a main page of some sort to load, but no you gotta go pick an article and stuff. That's not as good for casual browsing I think.
Whatever, the only times I visited Kotaku is when other people link an interesting story or something. It just seems like a pointless redesign. I appreciate the effort to be a little more hi-tech as a blog, but I dunno, just doesn't work for me.
I didn't want to be so cynical to suggest they've made the design really bad on purpose, just so that they can get more hits from people looking at it to see how bad it actually is and then later bring out a new and improved redesigned Kotaku that everybody loves because it's a hundred times better than this.
But yeah, that's about the only explanation.
"Takes way too long to load up now. Plus for me it doesn't load up properly the first time so I have to refresh the page to get the proper layout. "
In fairness, I think they're just getting increased traffic because of all the complaints.. which again, was probably their intention.