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Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:19AM Tizmah said

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Tan background and I'll be set with it. Wish it didn't look the same as Joystiq though. Lost a lot of uniqueness to this site doing that. Hope you guys decide to change it.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:20AM Space Cobra said

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Another thing, at the top of the page, make the Ray-Gun graphic under SciFi more like a Ray-Gun and less like a Black-n-Decker Power Drill! ;P

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:44AM cic said

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@Space Cobra

Hahaha, totally.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:24AM Kalec said

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I like the new changes, I rly do, but the white background is hard on the eyes ... it's why I never follow Joystiq ...

Because I love massively I'll stay, but I must admit, if I were new to the site, the white background would be a real deal breaker!

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:41AM Carolina said

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Oh please change the white background...

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:47AM tRaFiK said

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Honestly don't like the white background!!!

Can't you put in some CSS magic to give us an option to turn it to dark background. My missus wont appreciate me reading Massively next to her in the bed white such a blinding background..

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:47AM Faith said

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OMG why does Massively.com look like a geocities site from the mid 90's?

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 12:55AM Ghil said

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I'd like to know though, I know you where always a sister site to Joystiq, but you clearly where a separate entity as well; massively.com, by...massively.
Now, you have the same layout, are reduced to a subdomain and most jarring of all: Massively, by joystiq.
You say It happened to wow.com, yes, but they did retain two things: their logo stands alone, and their layout, the very identity of the site, hasn't changed. They got reduced to a subdomain as well, but at least it still feels like a complete site, not like a subsection of Joystiq (which you never really where, at least not that I could see).
I would just like to know if it's a feeling of the management that Massively isn't profiting enough, or that it could benefit from the Joystiq brand? This feels a lot more like a merger, done step by step, than just a redesign...

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 1:12AM gamebynight said

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@Ghil I'd hope they were making enough of a profit. As far as news goes, Massively has been one of the big "goto" places for just about every MMO player I know. For news, it's Massively and Ten Ton Hammer, with Massively covering way more.

Granted, it's no Kotaku or Escapist, but those sites are also spam-heavy. I actually go over most of Massively's posts when Kotaku and Escapist get a skim through.

Massively has been doing a lot to grow and expand. It seems like they're doing fine. I'd bet this is probably just AOL trying to tighten up their brand. The way things are now, it's a lot more apparent that they're saying "hey, this is what we offer," whereas before it was a random smattering of sites that only seemed linked when you scrolled to the very bottom of the page.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 1:07AM gamebynight said

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Just throwing it out there that, even though the colors are off *at this moment*, I'm loving the new layout and how easy it is to comment. That old comment system was archaic. This is smooth as butter :-)

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 1:11AM Gemi said

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I'm ok with the new looks and the better profile system, but the problem for me with this new site is the huge amount of crud at the top of the page before the actual content. That huge banner thing is really unnecessary imo.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 1:28AM SwobyJ said

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It's the white background. I hate it.

It's also too cluttered at the top. Too much to scroll down, really.

And the hearts are silly. Go with stars?

Other than that, it's good.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 2:10AM cowboyhugbees said

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Personally, I'm a fan of the older site. The white-wash of the articles and the background seems a bit overwhelming. My eye likes defined borders. I think the WoW site, for instance, nails it - it's easy to read, and it has character. This layout feels a bit "robotic".

That's just my two cents.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 2:15AM FrostPaw said

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YESSS!!!!

Finally I can log into this site with my OWN password as opposed to having to re-read the automated code I was given when I registered over a year ago.

This change is a good thing, although the sooner we lose the eye blasting white background the better.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 2:53AM Puddles said

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I approve.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 3:06AM Interitus said

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The white background is like a thousand deaths upon my eyes. I had to give up reading the comments because it was physically painful. The white has to go. And the banner/news thing is a bit... huge.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 3:29AM Ariolander said

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I gotta agree. If there is one thing I know about web design pure #FFF white is VERY hard on the eyes especially for those that expect to stare at a computer for a long amount of time.

Likewise I miss all the color and flare the old site had. The different banner iamges for the featured games and etc. Gave the site a lot more personality the content on thr right collumn.

On the same note I am not a fan of the new domain. Its definately not something I could ever see myself typing and I can't help but feel that the site looses some of its identity in this transition.

If I was interested on MMOs on Joystiq I would browse http://www.joystiq.com/tag/mmorpg/ Massivly always felt like its own unique experience where I could read copious amounts of EVE coverage and the latest on MMOs.

Joystiq always seemed like the bland corporate copout whose comment system was filled with in-jokes and whose commenters weren't half as funny as Kotaku.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 3:33AM Hurbster said

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I had to stop using Joystiq as the screen was too bright, yes I do browse the internet in fullscreen funnily enough.

I hope I don't have to stop using this site as well.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 3:35AM pcgneurotic said

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I don't mind the joystiq branding, Massively's writers and the quality of its writing are the most important thing and that isn't changing. And I adore any steps toward fixing the sometimes-flakey comments system.

But!

RETINAL HEAT DEATH ALERT! (pllllleeeasseee, turn the White down!)

Thanks guys, love the rest of it. :)

Posted: Nov 23rd 2010 4:08AM Xpander said

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are we able to change our avatar now?
i see some people have other avatars than this WoW avatar.
i tryed to change it many time..it says update might take up to 5 min..but no..i still have that damn wow icon.

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