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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 5:07PM Kinau said

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@SgtBaker

Sure.
Excluding the big sites (tentonhammer.com, mmorpg.com), theres Lorehound.com (WoW and general MMOGs) and glimpsedog.com (includes general gaming as well).
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 11:30PM (Unverified) said

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this
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:43PM Solp said

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@Brianna Royce

Well as a reader I'm more worried about being able to read what you're writing. Just saying.

This is ugly, and the main reason I stopped visiting Joystiq.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 10:39PM JuDaZ said

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@Brianna Royce

If your are now a subdomain to "show our relationship to Joystiq in a more public way", why isn't Joystic doing the same?. Is Massively on Joystic address? It dosn't sound like a sister site.
BTW, why isn't Joystic on the bottom links?

What iI really dislike, why is a green square next to the page tab (don't know the english name). Joystic may have squares on his name, Massively have Circles, and a really cool logo.

I like the try to innovate the site. The loggin system really need it. But sometimes people don't like changes. Don't want them.
Is really hard to read and write this with a ultra-white-flashing background that fill 3/4 of my screen.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:10PM The Other Chris said

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Ugh. Can't say I'm happy to hear this, as I'm not a fan of either the Joystiq or Big Download layout. Seems like a change for the sake of change, but I'll wait and see how it actually turns out. ;)

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:24PM ShawnSchuster said

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I think the main thing to take away from this is it's a good thing for the site as a whole. We're not losing the Massively.com url. We're not being rescued by our big brother Joystiq because we're in trouble.

Think of it this way: if you've ever had a problem with our crappy comment system, this will be a good thing for you because that's all being fixed. This new system is mostly being done for technical reason to allow better growth on the backend. We'd go into more detail, but it'd probably be really boring. The flashy new layout design is the biggest part you'll see, but far from the biggest part that's improved on the site as a whole.

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 5:09PM Kinau said

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Oh FFS, STOP sugar-coating the news and only giving it a mostly one-sided angle, preferring to ingore the counter-points other readers have brought up.

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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 5:20PM ShawnSchuster said

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I'm... uh, giving the angle that's behind the scenes and from someone who has seen the redesign and how it will ultimately benefit the readers. Have you seen it yet?
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 5:48PM Colin said

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Oh please? Valid counterpoints? I've yet to see one.

- I don't want a white background!
It most likely won't be bright white, Brianna says so later in the comments.

- The comment system is already easy.
Oh, well, you must be new or really really lucky.

- Massively will lose it's brand identity!
This one bugs me the most. A) No it won't. www.massively.com still works (and that's a damn better deal then WoW.com got when they moved) and also, B) do you own AOL? No? So why do you give a damn what kind of site traffic or brand ID they will or won't lose?

Sorry to hijack defend, Shawn, but I gotta vent. I was ready to tear my hair out at the people shouting "sell-outs!" during the WoW Insider move.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 7:58PM GaaaaaH said

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"So why do you give a damn what kind of site traffic or brand ID they will or won't lose?"

Because we wuv it soo much!
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:49PM Solp said

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@ShawnSchuster

No, we're seeing what we're seeing now. It won't drastically change unless people bitch/moan/stop visiting. That's how it is with the internet these days. No-one cares what you've got going on behind the scenes, all we care about is what's before our eyes.

Sorry if that's harsh, but I like to be able to read my news.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:25PM MrGutts said

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Bout damn time!

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:25PM Lateris said

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Are you trying to integrate us into the console MMO side? Will there be forums? Will there be donuts?

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:28PM Brianna Royce said

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1) Not any more than we do now, to my knowledge
2) If I answer this question, Shawn will send ninjas after me
3) GOD I HOPE SO
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 6:39PM Lateris said

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Whattt? Noooooooo donuts?? Well then, it is time to send out a bounty on you in Eve Online!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr- ok my roleplay moment is done lol.
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Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:35PM The Other Chris said

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Rather than say "I don't like them" and leave it at that, let me explain what I dislike specifically. The white background is rather annoying, whereas Massively is light but not too bright. The colors used on Massively work together rather well, where Joystiq is just white, everywhere (it seems much more amateur-ish). You have a nice, easy to access menu on the right, and overall the menu on the right is much 'cleaner' than what is typically up on Joystiq (I think this is due to the few colors actually used on Massively vs the blank Joystiq).

I've not used their comment section, but I like how Massively alternates colors every other post, as well as has the easy to see dotted line separating the replies from comments. I tell the system to remember me and all I have to do is type in a box and hit 'Add Comment'. As simple of a comment system as I can think of.

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:45PM archipelagos said

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I'm scared! Someone hold me!

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:50PM Dumac said

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Joystiq's layout is odd and the color scheme us uncomfortable, i hope massively doesn't adopt that look... Also subdomains are lame but oh well. If i can make hearts in the comments it'll be worth it.

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 4:55PM myr said

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Well, I know the comment system has needed some work, although since you removed the reply button on existing replies it's been relatively bug free and easy to use.

I'll withhold judgement until it actually happens, I suppose. Historically, however, changes like this usually haven't been good for websites :x

Posted: Nov 22nd 2010 5:15PM Colin said

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Guys! It's right in the title!

Don't panic.

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