#1 Posted by Metzo_Paino (318 posts) -
#2 Edited by Metzo_Paino (318 posts) -

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.

#3 Posted by Wodkaredbubu (30 posts) -

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. 

#4 Posted by Sweep (8869 posts) -

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.

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#5 Posted by badwhodo (248 posts) -

That was the first time I have been to Kotaku in years. I didn't like them before and the redesign doesn't make me like them any more.

#6 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

It's terrible. 
 
But I don't use Kotaku so whatever.

#7 Posted by Zero_ (1973 posts) -

Digg v4.0 meet Kotaku. Kotaku meet Digg v4.0. 
 
Look - it's a nice design, but it's got horrible usability for anyone not on an iPad. The Blogroll or 'Classic' view  http://kotaku.com/classic is good though, but I don't care for the sidebar. I'll still go to the site.

#8 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -

I don't visit Kotaku all that often so I don't remember what the old layout was like.

#9 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5426 posts) -

I don't really like it, but I don't remember liking the older design, either. Kotaku is one of those places I mostly read via RSS, though. 
 
Edit: That's actually true for any game site that isn't Giant Bomb.

#10 Posted by Pezen (1612 posts) -

Looks better than before. Though that's not saying much.

#11 Edited by SMTDante89 (2582 posts) -

Right now I hate it, but like almost any redesign, I'll get over it.
 
Edit:  The "Classic View" certainly helps with getting used to the redesign.

#12 Posted by Mcfart (1626 posts) -

It looks like a blog site made by a high school student. Also, the bar on the right takes longer to load then everything else. Finally, I don't like how the news is sorted.
 
 
But Kotaku always sucked, so this is nothing new.

#13 Posted by Zicdab (388 posts) -

It's awful.  Just terrible.  Take it out back and put it out of its misery.

#14 Posted by WatanabeKazuma (989 posts) -

Wow, that is really bad. I don't want to have to go through multiple pages to browse the stories.

#15 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2390 posts) -

Let me put it this way: it's still not good enough to make me go to Kotaku unless I absolutely need to. 
 
Also, the old one was better.

#16 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

I dislike websites where part of the screen doesn't scroll with the rest.  It feels really disorienting.  That said, I follow Kotaku through an RSS feed, so, whatever.

#17 Posted by Tebbit (4465 posts) -

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*)

#18 Posted by Tebbit (4465 posts) -

Actually last minute change of mind, that sidebar takes fucking forever to scroll down, eff that.

#19 Posted by Zidane_24 (739 posts) -
@Mcfart said:
"But Kotaku always sucked, so this is nothing new. "
#20 Posted by Tebbit (4465 posts) -

Also: 

Man I need to get some sleep 
#21 Posted by BeachThunder (11990 posts) -

Uh =/ Also, why is the default scroll set to the left side? >_>
 
Anyway, they have a classic version, it's not exactly the same, but it's not as...wrong...

#22 Posted by Zidd (1849 posts) -

They made their site layout even worse than it was before. Way to go Gawker!

#23 Posted by Soap (3595 posts) -

I'm not a fan :/ It makes it harder to just get a quick overview of what is happening. 

#24 Posted by J12088 (453 posts) -

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.

#25 Posted by StriderNo9 (1100 posts) -

Can't say I love it so far. But Kotaku as a blog I don't like too much anyway. Really anything from Gawker is a bit meh to me. 

#26 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

It's terrible.

#27 Posted by TadThuggish (907 posts) -

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.

#28 Posted by Halberdierv2 (1870 posts) -

I'd like a third option: ehhh....
#29 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I just want one long page with headings and a little story

#30 Posted by Cyborgmatt (93 posts) -

Who ever designed that needs firing tbh.

#31 Posted by gakon (1952 posts) -

I like that they're using the HTML5 doctype without seemingly using a single new feature from HTML5.

#32 Edited by Cyborgmatt (93 posts) -

I forgot to delete my account there and now you can apparantly no longer do so after this "update".

#33 Edited by Slaker117 (4842 posts) -

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?

#34 Posted by MattyFTM (14393 posts) -

Wow, that's pretty awful. Now Kotaku has terrible content and a terrible design.

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#35 Posted by endaround (2146 posts) -

Nothing like a redesign specifically set up to increase page hits.  And that is what this is all about, Gawker wanting to artificially up its page views.

#36 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -
@Wodkaredbubu said:
" 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.
#37 Posted by FritzDude (2263 posts) -

So this was the aftermath for the Kotaku hack?

#38 Edited by Catarrhal (835 posts) -

I've seen better site design on GeoCities.

#39 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

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.
#40 Posted by Slaker117 (4842 posts) -

Ok, the blog view scrolling just feels bad. I've tried it on the all three major Windows browsers and it's jittery on all of them. I guess I'll try migrating to Joystiq for my video game headlines.

#41 Posted by Slaker117 (4842 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:
"But this is truely a horrible design, I'm not sure what it's supposed to benefit at all."
Page hits.
#42 Posted by damswedon (3194 posts) -

Okay anyone know of a game site that posts just raw news at regular intervals?

#43 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -
@damswedon said:
" Okay anyone know of a game site that posts just raw news at regular intervals? "
Joystiq have more 'raw news' compare to Kotaku.
#44 Edited by MikkaQ (10294 posts) -

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. 

#45 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -
@Slaker117:
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.
#46 Posted by Sammo21 (3297 posts) -

Technically, its a new Gawker layout...not just Kotaku.  Also, until Kotaku becomes a blog worth reading it doesn't effect much.

#47 Posted by Crixaliz (782 posts) -

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.

#48 Edited by Vager (1654 posts) -

I like the design, it's a lot cleaner then before. I thought their old design was horrible. 
Though I rarely visit kotaku outside of Google Reader. 
 
This might solve some people's complaints about the new design: 
http://kotaku.com/classic

#49 Posted by Skogen (430 posts) -
@sammo21 said:
" Technically, its a new Gawker layout...not just Kotaku.  Also, until Kotaku becomes a blog worth reading it doesn't effect much. "
Yeah, their sister site io9 adopted the look a few weeks ago, and well, I haven't been back since. 
#50 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -
@Crixaliz said:
"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.