UX Update: Lists

I redid the user lists lists yesterday. Some of things I wanted to address were:

  • All of the lists looked the same.
  • Couldn't always tell what you were getting yourself into.
  • Rating was meaningless.
So here's what I came up with:

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I blew up the titles, added the description and explained the ratings a little better. The thumbs are larger now too because, who doesn't like thumbs?
What do you guys think I should tackle next? Got a page you don't like? Let me know.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Beta Impressions

Yesterday I got a beta key for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 from GameSpot and got in an hour or so of gameplay. I hear they have keys at a lot of different places if you're not a fan of GS. Here are some quick take-aways.

It looks good.

The Battlefield series has always looked good to me. Vast draw distances, solid character and vehicle models, dusty explosions, tracers, rocket trails. You can now destroy more objects around the map including walls and entire buildings. Seeing a building collapse after pummeling it with tank shells and rockets is pretty satisfying.

It sounds good.

You'll recognize most of the sound effects from the first Bad Company game, but the chatter of soldiers screaming out enemy positions or orders is new. In a firefight the screams add to the overwhelming chaos of the battle. The trailers that EA has released do a good job of portraying this.

It feels good.

If you've played any of the previous Battlefield games you'll feel right at home with this one. While I enjoy Modern Warfare 2 as much as the next person, I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next Battlefield game next year.
Did any of you guys get a chance to play it? What do you think?

UX Update: Activity

Since Coonce has been rewriting the activity backend we thought rewriting the frontend would be nice too.

 What Jeff's activity looks like today
 What Jeff's activity looks like today

 What it will look like in the future
 What it will look like in the future

 Here's what a mixed feed will look like
 Here's what a mixed feed will look like
We'll be rolling this out soon. Maybe today maybe Monday.

UX Update: Achievements

We rolled out a quick update to the achievements page of games.  Halo 3 Achievements

 Old Achievements
 Old Achievements

 New Achievements
 New Achievements

The rest of the achievement modules will be getting similar upgrades in the next week so if there's anything missing that you want, now's the time to ask.
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