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HairyArse
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So I am slowly working away on a new version of the site. I have been for months it's just slow progress and I keep losing and regaining motivation.

If anyone would like to see what's very much a work-in-progress, you can can do so here. It looked a lot better until EvilAshChris put up his latest 2 reviews for games I haven't yet uploaded images for.

It's probably only about 30% done but you can get a sense for where I'm taking it.
#1 at 15:47:18 - 19/08/2013
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Pretty sexy. Very "tumblr" (would make a good porn blog actually)

Slows my browser down like a bitch, though.
#2 at 16:11:40 - 19/08/2013
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This looks better, too.

It also degrades into a much nicer more mobile-friendly version too. I'm in two minds about the animating thumbs, they're where the performance takes a hit.
#3 at 16:15:31 - 19/08/2013
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I'm really struggling to come up with a version of the logo that fits, too. So if anyone has any ideas for a new logo...
#4 at 16:18:42 - 19/08/2013
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That looks good too, if a tad sterile/clinical. But still a huge leap in attractiveness from the current site.

Not sure about the usefulness of the "archive" calendar, though. Who really searches for articles by date?
#5 at 16:24:27 - 19/08/2013
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Well that's an existing part of the template I'm tailoring that I'll probably get rid of.

Seeing as I'm too busy and less-inclined to keep up with all the ancillary extras, I'm thinking less is more this time around.
#6 at 16:31:43 - 19/08/2013
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Also, sterile? The background and slideshow changes depending on the game you're reading about!
#7 at 16:32:18 - 19/08/2013
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I like it a lot! No slowdown for me.

Game specific backgrounds is a very nice touch.
#8 at 16:48:42 - 19/08/2013
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HairyArse said:Also, sterile? The background and slideshow changes depending on the game you're reading about!

I guess the clean edges and formal style.

A bit "car owner's lifestyle magazine"-ish

Don't get me wrong I really like it
#9 at 17:04:16 - 19/08/2013
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I do like the clean style, but it's all very Windows 8. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, just reckon you could do with a more unique look...

Also, is that Limbo art in the background?
#10 at 17:55:43 - 19/08/2013
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Limbo placeholder art on the homepage, yeah.
#11 at 18:41:31 - 19/08/2013
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Looks good to me - a lot more professional and 'grown up'. I shall look forward to cluttering it up with my shitty hidden object reviews ;)
#12 at 21:00:29 - 19/08/2013
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Does indeed look smart on iPhone. I'd say the portrait mode works best - landscape reminds me of an XBLA arcade conversion - the border gets me claustrophobic.

Also liking the 'guess the game from the tile' metagame too. Click to reveal - nice!

Once into a review the presentation is very readable - much appreciated.

Only the drop down navigation looks out of place - forgive me as I'm not sure if that is somewhat restricted by the OS, but would be nice to retsin the house-style there too.
#13 at 00:09:59 - 20/08/2013
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Looking good fella!
#14 at 10:14:13 - 20/08/2013
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Like the changes a lot, although I'm not that keen on the scrolling thumbs.
#15 at 10:37:17 - 20/08/2013
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Really like the new article layout - it feels cleaner and classier to me, and I'd also disagree that it looks in any way sterile. Personally I do find the site a bit cluttered these days so I think any amount of simplification has to be a good thing.

I like the way you're going with the front page but I find the animations quite distracting - they probably need to play much less frequently than they do at present.

My only other suggestion would be to try and make use of the forum and comment activity on the site as much as possible - I really like the sections where you've pulled out the latest forum and comment posts on the main page, and it might be good to try and retain this, albeit not necessarily in the same format.

Looking smart though in all, looking forward to seeing more!
#16 at 16:08:35 - 20/08/2013
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Wow, this looks slick!

I very much agree with neko's third paragraph there, but overall looks like a very modern update to the site.
#17 at 14:29:59 - 21/08/2013
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I like it, it's going to look very nice on a smartphone too but...new logo? Seems to jar with the rest of the design a bit.
#18 at 15:53:52 - 21/08/2013
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You're going with a slightly polygon vibe, I like it.
#19 at 19:09:44 - 21/08/2013
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That looks bloody smashing!

Sorry about the reviews, but I had to pump them out before my hols :D
#20 at 19:18:19 - 24/08/2013
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that looks ace, nice and clean!
#21 at 12:22:53 - 27/08/2013
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Great work HA! Love how it's responsive too - perfect for mobile browsing :)
#22 at 17:42:15 - 27/08/2013
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Don't expect me to finish this any time soon. Will get there eventually.
#23 at 10:23:26 - 30/08/2013
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Looks ace!
#24 at 22:25:50 - 02/09/2013
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Has the site been non-existent for a few days or was it just me?
#25 at 10:17:55 - 15/09/2013
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@ New York - Hairy forgot to put a pound in the meter.
#26 at 10:41:48 - 15/09/2013
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The URL renewal was up, but for some reason the auto-renew option didn't work. Meanwhile, I was away in remote Benbecula and didn't have internet access to sort it until my return last night.
#27 at 18:58:29 - 15/09/2013

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