I think it's become a lot clearer that users don't use the site in the way that staff think they do, which to me is weird. I'd have expected that they had analytics for that stuff.
I agree 100%. Things I come to GB for:
- Quick looks of games to find out if I'd want to buy and play them
- Reviews of games (which is obviously coming to an end)
- New release list of games coming out (This list is the most accurate I can find online thanks to the community)
- E3 coverage (games + commentary)
- GOTY (Videos and articles)
- Shows (Deadly sims, etc - not all though, some I'm not interested in)
- Participate in discussions on the forums.
Every single one of those things above is now harder to find, consume, and enjoy with the redesign. Add to that poor design implementation (jittery animations of the main menu for example) and it's no fun to come here anymore. They leaned into the Netflix style of site, but that's not what GB is all about. They need show pages, not just go to the last show (which sometimes doesn't even go there). Carousels on those pages go backwards. They've hidden all the info that people want to know (who posted it, what games are connected to it). It makes me so angry that this is what Giant Bomb, both the fans and editors, have received. They deserve better.
The wiki, podcast, videos, etc should all blend seamlessly together. I should be able to come to the homepage, see what new content has been posted (not just videos, but in the wiki, releases, and forums) and go from piece to piece effortlessly. Here is a scenario I want to be able to do:
I land on the homepage and check out all the new content posted (both editorial and community). I see there's a new Beastcast, so I click it. There's a spot where there's links to the wiki pages for games they talked about in the episode. I see one of the games I'm interested and go to its wiki page. There I read about it and also see there's a quick look. I go to that and watch the quick look of the game. I go back to the game page and notice that it's also on someone's top 10 list for past GOTY. I read their list and see another game I'd like more info on and go to that wiki page. There I see they've started a series playing it so I go to the series page and start at the first episode. After a couple of episodes, I head to the forums to talk about it.
Imagine trying to do that right now with the current site. You just can't, and the parts you can, are clunky. Giant Bomb is sitting on a treasure trove of data, games, and a loving community. It should be embraced and showcased.