Giant Bomb site redesign and old PC games

Well, the long-teased site update is finally here. I'm really actually liking it, and I haven't ran into many bugs or glitches yet. Here are some quick, bullet-point impressions.

  • The profile background seems interesting on paper, but it really could use a little work. It would be nice if the profile page could adjust according to the resolution of my monitor, because otherwise the page stays the same and the image stretches out of the boundaries of the page.
  • Image uploading is a lot more seamless and easy. I also like the ability to drag and drop images into various galleries (which is easier than going to each individual image).
  • The profile page reminds me a lot of GameSpot now. I do like how most of the stuff is on the sidebar and how all of the feed updates are in one easy place.
  • The menus at the top are a lot smoother and it's easier to get where you want to go.
  • Syncing Twitter is a cool option, but who knows how much I'm going to use it.
  • The main page is a lot cooler looking now; I like how it shows your friends blogs there, now. One thing that I don't like, however, is how it doesn't show the "most popular" or "highest points" of the day anymore.
  • I'm not liking the new dark gray on black on the wiki pages (the yellow on black was better).
  • The "latest updates" on wiki pages isn't really that accurate (it doesn't really show right after I make a new wiki edit or something).

Well, that's about all I can think of right now. I really am liking the redesign; it isn't too big of a change where I would hate it, but it isn't too little where I think of it as the same thing.

So, I finally got around to downloading ScummVM for Mac OS X and got several games. I played through Beneath a Steel Sky, and loved it. I did dislike how there were minor items that were obtained through some complicated process that I never would have guessed, and then these seemingly unimportant items are needed to get past specific areas much later in the game. Despite that, I really enjoyed the storyline (although it did end rather abruptly). With rumors brewing of a new sequel in the works, I'm definitely interested.

I also sold about eight of my old DS games and picked up three new games. Burnout Paradise, which I've been meaning to buy for quite some time, I finally got for the new, reduced price of $20. I quickly grabbed the free DLC, and jumped into Paradise City (I rented the game previously, and had progressed a little in the game). What amazes me is the vast scale of the game. There is literally always something to do on every road; a road rule to break, a time to beat, an event to finish. Most of the cars handle really well, and I can see why it was one of the best games last year.

I also bought two new DS games: The World Ends With You and Elite Beat Agents, both of which I've been meaning to buy for a while. I got The World Ends With You for $30 and Elite Beat Agents for slightly under $10. The gameplay in The World Ends With You has a really steep learning curve, but after catching on, I've begun to love it. The story is also interesting, and the soundtrack is growing on me. Elite Beat Agents is also awesome, and most of the hilarious situations have made me smile.
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Posted by StarFoxA

Well, the long-teased site update is finally here. I'm really actually liking it, and I haven't ran into many bugs or glitches yet. Here are some quick, bullet-point impressions.

  • The profile background seems interesting on paper, but it really could use a little work. It would be nice if the profile page could adjust according to the resolution of my monitor, because otherwise the page stays the same and the image stretches out of the boundaries of the page.
  • Image uploading is a lot more seamless and easy. I also like the ability to drag and drop images into various galleries (which is easier than going to each individual image).
  • The profile page reminds me a lot of GameSpot now. I do like how most of the stuff is on the sidebar and how all of the feed updates are in one easy place.
  • The menus at the top are a lot smoother and it's easier to get where you want to go.
  • Syncing Twitter is a cool option, but who knows how much I'm going to use it.
  • The main page is a lot cooler looking now; I like how it shows your friends blogs there, now. One thing that I don't like, however, is how it doesn't show the "most popular" or "highest points" of the day anymore.
  • I'm not liking the new dark gray on black on the wiki pages (the yellow on black was better).
  • The "latest updates" on wiki pages isn't really that accurate (it doesn't really show right after I make a new wiki edit or something).

Well, that's about all I can think of right now. I really am liking the redesign; it isn't too big of a change where I would hate it, but it isn't too little where I think of it as the same thing.

So, I finally got around to downloading ScummVM for Mac OS X and got several games. I played through Beneath a Steel Sky, and loved it. I did dislike how there were minor items that were obtained through some complicated process that I never would have guessed, and then these seemingly unimportant items are needed to get past specific areas much later in the game. Despite that, I really enjoyed the storyline (although it did end rather abruptly). With rumors brewing of a new sequel in the works, I'm definitely interested.

I also sold about eight of my old DS games and picked up three new games. Burnout Paradise, which I've been meaning to buy for quite some time, I finally got for the new, reduced price of $20. I quickly grabbed the free DLC, and jumped into Paradise City (I rented the game previously, and had progressed a little in the game). What amazes me is the vast scale of the game. There is literally always something to do on every road; a road rule to break, a time to beat, an event to finish. Most of the cars handle really well, and I can see why it was one of the best games last year.

I also bought two new DS games: The World Ends With You and Elite Beat Agents, both of which I've been meaning to buy for a while. I got The World Ends With You for $30 and Elite Beat Agents for slightly under $10. The gameplay in The World Ends With You has a really steep learning curve, but after catching on, I've begun to love it. The story is also interesting, and the soundtrack is growing on me. Elite Beat Agents is also awesome, and most of the hilarious situations have made me smile.
Posted by JJWeatherman

I like the site too! : )


just wanted to post as it seemed kinda lonely in here.
Posted by snide

Thanks for the comments. Always nice to read a bulleted, direct criticism.


For the record, and I hope peeps can spread the word on this... I do intend to bring the top 10 lists back onto the front door along with the top scores/pages need help module. I just didn't have time to really make that section as awesome as it should be and didn't feel comfortable putting up the mess of a nav tree that existed there before. I'll try and get it back in next week.
Posted by StarFoxA

That's great news, snide. I used that tool quite a lot.

Posted by optimusprime223

playing the world ends with you at mo, is a really cool rpg, didnt think much of it at first but i am hooked now!

Posted by MKHavoc

My only problem with the redesign is that I can't seem to get my banner to work the way I want it to.  I really enjoyed Burnout Paradise.  I've also rented Elite Beat Agents before and I thought it was a lot of fun though it can get a bit difficult. 

Posted by StarFoxA

Tell me about it. The only song I can actually do actually well is Walkie Talkie Man.

Edited by Linkyshinks
You will get used to the controls of TWEWY soon enough. EBA is OK, but Quendan powns.

Man, that banner has been the cause of a lot of frustration for many, including myself today. I think static dimensions would have been better given the fact it's hardly a background anyway. it's not like it's tiling across the whole screen.

I'm cool with it now though :)
Posted by Binman88

$10 for EBA was a very good deal, you'll love that game. After playing hours and hours finishing hard rock mode, staring at my DS, I started seeing those beat markers appearing in my vision - so make sure you take plenty of breaks to rest your eyes!

Posted by Time_Lord

I dont like how they have removed the pages that need help section

Posted by StarFoxA
Linkyshinks said:
"
You will get used to the controls of TWEWY soon enough. EBA is OK, but Quendan powns.

Man, that banner has been the cause of a lot of frustration for many, including myself today. I think static dimensions would have been better given the fact it's hardly a background anyway. it's not like it's tiling across the whole screen.

I'm cool with it now though :)
"
I think mine is pretty good for now; the image I have up ALMOST fits, and I don't feel like putting a tremendous amount of effort into it.
Posted by retroNutZ

Is ScummVM generally better then DosBox for old games on Mac? I tried a port of DosBox for Mac and got past the C: issue but had trouble getting games to show up within a specified path.

Posted by StarFoxA
retroNutZ said:
"Is ScummVM generally better then DosBox for old games on Mac? I tried a port of DosBox for Mac and got past the C: issue but had trouble getting games to show up within a specified path.
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ScummVM is primarily for games with the Scumm engine (e.g. Monkey Island games, Sierra games, etc.), and in that it excels.