" @Slaker117: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.
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. "
" @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.
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.
" 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. "
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.
" @sammo21 said: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." 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. "
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.
" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.