#51 Edited by tourgen (4229 posts) -

It won't even load with javascript disabled.  A news blog page should not require scripting to display.  HTML Failure.  Someone needs to be fired.

#52 Posted by skrutop (3615 posts) -

It's pretty cool and seems like it'd be good for an iPad.  I use an RSS reader, so I'm not too concerned about usability.

#53 Posted by damswedon (3168 posts) -
@niamahai: Never been a fan of Joystiq's layout but compared to the new Gawker one it is brilliant.
#54 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

Looks like crap. I don't even know how to navigate it now.

#55 Posted by ___pocalypse (561 posts) -

Maybe I'm a weirdo, but I like it more than the old clusterfuck of a page. That being said, I don't really read Kotaku all that often so it's not really a big deal.

#56 Posted by Zabant (1223 posts) -
@Sweep:  The worst part is you can tell the editors also hate it but must keep hush as not to bring the wrath of the gawker overlords.
 
Bashcraft even replied to my post where i said removing the hot pink and lime green colour scheme made it sterile and he agrees.
#57 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

They need to higher a new web designer. The only reason I go to Kotaku is to scan a bunch of articles for interesting news. If I can't do that, bye-bye Kotaku.

#58 Posted by gakon (1940 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:
" @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. "
They didn't design it poorly to generate traffic.  They designed it in such a way that it requires more clicks to see stories, meaning more ad views, meaning more ad revenue.
#59 Posted by Cazamalos (982 posts) -

hate it 
i use kotaku mostly to read the headlines and in this new layout it's impossible to do that  unless you go to  http://kotaku.com/classic
also the amount of space that advertising takes now is crazy  
 
oh hai google reader!

#60 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -
@damswedon said:
" @niamahai: Never been a fan of Joystiq's layout but compared to the new Gawker one it is brilliant. "
The only reason I used Kotaku over Joystiq was because it was easier to scroll through. I get the feeling that a lot of people were like that. Since Gawker fucked that up, I wouldn't be surprised if Joystiq starts getting more hits. I know I'm moving.
#61 Posted by Sammo21 (3020 posts) -
@Skogen:  i09 has some decent articles sometimes, but some of the bloggers are pretty useless.  I remember one of the more prominent/frequent bloggers described a monster as a "space Cthulhu" and I went replied that what she said was basically the same as calling a Honda a automobile car she still didn't understand.
#62 Edited by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -
@Sweep said:

" 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 agree 100%.  I hate it so much I'm probably going to stop visiting the site on even a semi-regular basis.  I liked being able to scroll though the whole front page and decide what I was interested in with a glance.  It was faster before and easier to briefly check out a blurb.  Now it takes forever to load and is too much work find what I am looking for.  If Giant Bomb ever pulled something like this I would drop it in a second.   
 
Fortunately there is Kotaku "Classic."  The downside is though when you click the Kotaku graphic at the top it takes you to the crappy Kotaku instead of "classic", so I'll need to hit "back" when done with an article and "refresh" to keep the pages current as opposed to just the "home" at the top.  Too much work (yeah I am that lazy)!   I'll probably be visiting Joystiq more than Kotaku now. 
 
EDIT: Ah, there is a "blog view" button on the silver bar at the top so that's what I'll be using all the time.  Crisis averted.  Still, the change is horrid.
#63 Edited by lord_canti (1487 posts) -
#64 Posted by ajamafalous (11591 posts) -
@tourgen said:
" It won't even load with javascript disabled.  A news blog page should not require scripting to display.  HTML Failure.  Someone needs to be fired. "
#65 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -
@Skogen said:
" @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.  "
I have to say it's been the exact same thing for me. I saw It, thought to myself it's been a good run, and removed it from my bookmarks. 
#66 Posted by SomeJerk (2967 posts) -

It loads like five to ten times slower on my various computers and browsers, so forgetting that place ever existed, and it scrolls so slow it's like I'm browsing it on my Nokia E61 phone from 2005. Which I have tried.
 
Graded F for Failure.

#67 Posted by Deusx (1879 posts) -

You guys realized that you can change the sories from the little box to a more "blog view" of the site right?? I am a web designer and I think that the new layout is great. Kotaku wants people to read their articles and that is what they are aiming for. An easier way to show their content. Thumbs up for Kotaku I say.

#68 Posted by DarkShaper (1296 posts) -

I prefer the old layout but I don't have any problems with the new one.

#70 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -
@Deusx said:
" You guys realized that you can change the sories from the little box to a more "blog view" of the site right?? I am a web designer and I think that the new layout is great. Kotaku wants people to read their articles and that is what they are aiming for. An easier way to show their content. Thumbs up for Kotaku I say. "
Don't know about you, but the scrolling in blog view is horrible for me. Also, as a reader, this is not what I want from Kotaku. If they are trying to reinvent themselves, fine, but I won't be going there anymore. If they can't be a place for headlines, I have other options.
#71 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4969 posts) -

It's TERRIBLE!  What were they THINKING?

#72 Posted by xMP44x (2189 posts) -

Considering the site isn't loading for me, my opinion is clear. However, it does look nicer than the old design. It does not concern me however, because I did not use Kotaku and likely still will not. If news is big enough to interest me in a game, I'll get it on Twitter because someone has inevitably retweeted it.

#73 Posted by teh_pwnzorer (1482 posts) -
@Metzo_Paino: Haha.  Web -1.0.  I'm never coming back to that site again.
#74 Edited by Godot (206 posts) -

The right-hand side bar seems to be perpetually loading for me in both Firefox and Chrome (even with Javascript enabled). Also the blog view will only display the first page. Guess I won't be going to Kotaku anymore.
 
EDIT: Hah, the rhs bar finally loaded. And then the flash ad kicked in, meaning I can only read three or three headlines at a time. Terrific. I'm all for websites trying to get revenue for ads but not at a cost to functionality.

#75 Edited by fox01313 (5032 posts) -

Might be good format if everyone was on an iPad or something like that, for normal PCs it's rubbish covered in dust from the bottom of a cheetos bag. 
 
Edit: even finding that the blog view is excessively broken, can't seem to get past page1 so guessing until it's fixed I'll not look at kotaku for any 2ndary source for gaming news as well as gizmodo.

#76 Posted by Rrang (76 posts) -

Absolutely horrid. When I go to Kotaku, I just want to quickly breeze through any headlines to see whats going on... its 10 times worse with this new format.

#77 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

This is a good question to ask the people here. 

#78 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
" This is a good question to ask the people here.  "
Yet people here clearly have opinions on it.
#79 Posted by h0lgr (892 posts) -

I can't get the freaking thing to freaking load properly. 
So F that S.

#80 Posted by TheHBK (5407 posts) -

The old design wasn't spectacular but this new one just looks terrible.  It doesn't even look new.  It looks so amateur.  I mean really?

#81 Posted by Rrang (76 posts) -

Just read about this: if you do www.kotaku.com/classic - its alot better

#82 Posted by SquadBroken (280 posts) -

It's fucking awful.

#83 Posted by Blackout62 (1303 posts) -

The new design is different and scary!

#84 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Oh wow I'm never using Kotaku again.

#85 Posted by Sargus (705 posts) -

I didn't like it at first, but now that I've spent a little time messing around with it, I think it could grow on me.

#86 Posted by LiquidPrince (15606 posts) -

Meh.

#87 Posted by Nasar7 (2500 posts) -

It's pretty bad. Will be using classic version instead.

#88 Posted by Metal_Mills (2948 posts) -

In the words of Tourettes guy: It looks like...A PIECE OF SHIT.

#89 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@Slaker117 said:
" @ryanwho said:
" This is a good question to ask the people here.  "
Yet people here clearly have opinions on it. "
Those fools will talk about anything, though.
#90 Posted by Gre (154 posts) -

Seems a little gimmicky.  I understand the thinking behind it, but it breaks the user's expectation of how a web page should work.  I'm not sure that's a good thing.

#91 Posted by Unchained (1080 posts) -

I hate it. 

#92 Posted by TadThuggish (882 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" Wow, that's pretty awful. Now Kotaku has terrible content and a terrible design. "
It's alright.  They found a shoe that fits.
#93 Posted by Hailinel (22703 posts) -

Well, the drapes finally match the carpet it seems.  Ugh.

#94 Edited by csl316 (7345 posts) -

I usually use the mobile site, so I didn't notice.
 
Now I noticed, and I'm shocked at its awfulness.
 
Edit: Well, you can switch views to something scrollable.  
 
"And at last we have a way to display big, gorgeous images and videos on the front page of our site. "  
So, giant ads?

#95 Posted by Duckchow (47 posts) -

It looks worse than Tub Girl*. 

 
*Disclaimer: don't look up Tub Girl if you don't know what it is.

#96 Posted by Dogma (942 posts) -
@damswedon: I would suggest VG247.com. They have regular updates and focus on news. They also had an design change last week and the result was quite nice.
#97 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

I like it, though it's a bit jarring to see at first, since it's not really set up the way you'd imagine a web page would look.
 
Also, I'm finally coming around to this whole "Kotaku sucks" thing. The commenters are either complete idiots (someone literally posted "Angry Birds is the Hitler of video games" which is the stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard) or dicks whose heads are so far up their asses they can tongue their own balls, and the writers are almost unabashedly biased, especially in anything that's not a review (where it's ok to be biased/critical of something). I only check the site because they post up game news relatively quickly (quicker than Giant Bomb), and Lisa Foiles is a pretty funny writer when she contributes a column here and there.

#98 Posted by Zor (653 posts) -

I think the new design is horrible, i can no longer load the site (unless JavaScript is enabled).  So yeah, i am considering un-bookmakring the site until they change it (which may never happen) to something that can load without the use of Java. 

#99 Posted by Rhaknar (5940 posts) -

its terrible, but then again kotaku has been going downhill for a long time now, so this isnt surprising

#100 Posted by bonbolapti (1590 posts) -

boring!   nuff said