Thank you all for the kind words! You are all seriously the best. I hope to stop by on the couch from time to time when I can. If all goes well Drew and I will be doing Extra Life together on the 26th.
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If you don't like the new premium play button you can use this stylebot extension to change them back to the more normal ones. http://stylebot.me/styles/6890
Personally I think its kind of awesome cause doves are exploding and it is really really dumb. Weirdly enough for me I like the really quick way for me to find the premium content. I think we are trying to find a good balance for all users. We clearly don't want to ram premium down everyone's throat but we also want to make it much more obvious to people that we are really creating a ton of content. For those of you who visit every day you know what is on the site and need little of this, but for others even already paying members I think it helps to show that you are getting something out of your support for us. Again.. we'll keep trying to strike the right balance on all of this. There are many users who don't really understand just how much premium content we do and why they should upgrade so the new upgrade page video and the new notifications are our small attempt to get a bit more exposure. We really really appreciate all of the support we get from everyone. It will continue to allow us to do more dumb things.
Nice coat of paint but having the following lead to upgrade page.... it's sleazy and confusing.
Either add something that clarifies that "Hang out, chat and watch PAX!" is for premium members only or update it display something like "Upgrade to Premium"
This has been fixed. Apologies.
For those having trouble getting the video to load we will be working on fixing the preload of that video next week. We'll also probably work on adding some more dumb to the page.
The coming up section is not going away. We are simply going to always list the latest few subscriber items underneath it. With everyone at Pax they just have not listed the next upcoming item since schedules are kind of crazy right now.
This is kind of just a first small push to get people to know that there is subscriber content. Obviously most of you who have been visiting forever know what GB is all about and we certainly don't want to get to heavy handed with the sign up now thing, but we want people to know that we are serious about the subscription thing. Having Dan and Jason on the team has really given everyone some breathing room to continue producing premium and non-premium content on a regular basis and that makes me excited about GB right now. We'll work on striking the right balance of getting the message out there and keeping the clubhouse feel that I think GB has always had.
If you need a direct link to the video you can use this: http://v.giantbomb.com/2014/08/28/gb_sizzlereel_20140827_4000.mp4
Yeah this definitely needs an update. It is injecting the names outides of the text area instead of inside the text area and causing all sorts of weird padding issues. It is on our list of things to fix after E3.
@jensonb: curious, but what tv do you have? Also do you still want to be able to see the chat (and do you actually see it) or are you suggesting only having the video player? Browsers on tvs are pretty difficult to develop on to say the least. Not saying its not possbile but for this go around we really needed to concentrate on getting the core experience working on default browsers. I'd love to get this stuff running on the consoles and even tvs but again there just aren;t any built in web developer tools for these machines so its a lot of hit and miss trial and error type development to get things working.
@rotnac: Yeah cookie preferences are definitely on the road map. The hotkeys need to get a total overhaul. Position is wrong and the actual keys picked are not great. In regards to the polls, I really want the polls to be a thing that can be seen all the time. Forcing a split on all users with the chat pane seems to be a little too much so we need to build in preferences to account for all of that. Feedback heard on this for sure though. It has been suggested a ton. The notifications on the fullscreen player.... not entirely sure. The player itself uses the html5 fullscreen option and it usually only allows one thing to take over. We would have to make changes to the core player to account for this and considering this is used on 4 different sites it might not be feasible. Great idea just unsure about it.
@hardindr: There is a power saving feature in Safari. Basically it forces flash plugins to need to be focused in order for them to play. While we workout the workaround for this you can do:
Safari Preferences -> Advanced -> Uncheck "Stop plug-ins to save power"
If this does not help then oh hmm damn it. We'll need to look into it some more.
For those wondering, I don't think we will be able to post an archive of these streams :/ We just did not have the man power to archive and cut this thing up. Rorie was pretty much going solo and even having Ian split his time in the control room and couch for the second stream just didn't make it possible. You can still watch the streams on Twitch or use a site like savedeo to grab the HD flv files. That all being said we had an incredible time. Let's all remember the duder house in happier times before the great fire and human zoo fiasco.
If any of you are interested in the duder skins for the Sims you can still grab them here: http://cl.ly/292f0R2I3J0R
I almost lost my mind around 5am so super super thanks for all of you who tuned into the streams. Rorie, Danny, Ian and I all really appreciated the support. That was FUN!