Yet another reason to never visit that site.
I haven't visited Kotaku in years. I really don't like their content.
I don't know what the previous design was like, but the current one is functionally awful.
Edit: Ok, it's not as terrible as I first thought, but I still kind of like to have pages for reference.
I used to just check Joystiq and Kotaku every now and then to get updates on random gaming news. Now I don't have to go to Kotaku at all because it's fucking unusable. So it's actually worked out pretty well for me.
ETA: My only guess as to their reasoning is that they don't mind pissing off occasional visitors that just want to scroll quickly through articles (you know, like every other blog on the Internet), and instead think that will be more than made up for by dedicated users being forced to click more often to view articles. Now if a user wants to go through the all the articles, it's the equivalent of forcing them to click and load each and every article in order to view them all in the standard view, instead of allowing them to be more selective in what they click on as they scan through.
I'm a regular Kotaku user, multiple times a day. And, sadly, the new layout just isn't pleasing. I know I'm being a whiner when I say this, but I don't want to click on the right side to side scroll tiny little news articles, whereas before it was one single page, easy browsing with big info boxes.
I really don't like it and not because I hate change or anything. I think other websites have shown recently how to do a redesign and do it well. Engadget, Joystiq both did great redesigns. The problem with Gawker Media's overhaul is that it emphasizes form over function. They didn't pay attention to the way users access their news stories. The best part of going to any Gawker-owned site like Kotaku or Gizmodo was that everything was straightforward, scannable, and most importantly the site was light weight. Loading up these sites now turns my computer's fan on, it's slow, it's messy, the scroll of the side frame (ON THE RIGHT FOR SOME REASON- MOVE IT TO THE LEFT!) doesn't work properly. There's a way to turn it back to "classic" mode but it's a half-step towards putting things back. I'd love to know what I guy like Dave Snider thinks about all this.
I'm sure it looks good on an iPad- I mean they really just aped the design of Twitter for iPad and did it on a browser. But on an ordinary computer it feels like unnecessary restrictions so I admire their handiwork.
I hate it. I unbookmarked the site, but whatever, I'll just use Joystiq for the same sort of stuff. What really bums me out is that it's all Gawker sites. I like reading Deadspin but it's a pain in the ass now.
Oh well, at least (like supermike6 says above) there's the "Top Story" view, which is sort of like the old site. I'm not looking forward to trying to browse the site at work, where I'm stuck on cheap ass 10 year old PC.
As a web developer "upgrades for the sake of upgrades" always ubset me.
" As a web developer "upgrades for the sake of upgrades" always ubset me.I caught this article a few hours ago and I'll recommend it as well. A bit on the technical side though.
If you view any of the Gawker sites with JS disabled, you see a blank slate with no content, which means your browser loads the page, and then JS goes and gets all the content. That's unnecessary. When you click an article, instead of loading a new page, you stay in the current page and JS goes and finds the article. That's also unnecessary.
I forget if I already commented on the design itself. I think I had a post and decided not to publish it, but yeah, it's kinda awful. I use a laptop, so I have a smaller resolution. The anchored bars at the top and bottom make the pages feel cramped, and the sidebar with the list of stories sucks because half of its vertical space is taken up by an advertisement.
Oh, and when you go to the front of some of the sites, like Kotaku, they show just one article. But instead of displaying the entire article, you still have to click "read more" to get the entire story. What?
Plus I like knowing what my broser is doing and I just don't understand why some sites seem so intent on running scripts from 10+ different sources. It boggles the mind when you pay attention to it.
It's atrocious and unwieldy! But hey, as of this writing, if you type into the address bar (or URL, whatevs) "ca.kotaku.com", you will get the old design back! When clicking an article, remember to just enter in ".ca" before "kotaku" and remove the "#" and "!" symbol from the address; I say this because the design reverts to the new design. I hope this works for anyone that reads this! It does for me.
It's amazing how refreshing the old design is.
(I'm only reiterating what Driadon said and adding in an additional tip; hopefully this doesn't come off as me not having read any posts.)
Don't like it at all. The best thing about Kotaku was it was 80% drivel but it was like convenient bathroom reading. You could just scroll through and maybe spot something interesting. Now I have to work for it. And to be honest, the content there usually isn't worth the extra 2 seconds.
I hated it for about 10 seconds, then I actually used it and thought, "This is kind of efficient actually," then it felt just as familiar as the old format. So I got over it in about a minute.
How much you like the new layout is pretty much directly tied to how well you deal with change. It works just as well as it did before, and now there's even a lot less scrolling involved.
Nearly stopped using that site because of how bad it is. Classic is passable but is still very slow on my computer. I hope they aren't gonna be stubborn bastards about it and not change it because I haven't heard from any commenter on that site who likes the new look.
I usually don't care when a site changes, I can roll with the punches pretty well but I really hate these new updates to Kotaku, Giz, and everyone else on Gawker. What I will say is, I been wanting to go to their sites less and less and this helps a lot. So Thank you Gawker for helping me kick the addiction. Shacknews and Joystiq for me.