Welcome to the New Game Front – Take a Tour

UPDATE [03/01/2012]: The homepage may look a bit wonky on mobile devices currently. We’re working on it.

Dear Game Front readers,
Welcome to the brand new, majestic, beautiful, feature-rich, easier-to-use, soul-crushing and electrifying Game Front.com homepage. Our designers have been hard at work on this beast over the past few months, tinkering and crafting what you see now with elvish efficiency. We’re excited to unveil the new face of Game Front, and this is just the beginning. Read on for an overview of what’s new now, and what’s still to come in 2012.

1. New Feature Section

This is probably what you saw first, and with good reason. It’s massive. We’ve extended the feature unit across the full width of the homepage, increased the number of featurable items and given it a magazine-y look.

 

2. Better Navigation

Check out the header, those main navigational buttons up there labeled Home, Articles and so forth. Notice there are only four buttons, and not 13 (seriously, we had 13 buttons up there before). It’s simpler, more disciplined and straightforward. We hope this makes it easier for you to get around and find our best stuff. Want articles? Go to articles. Want to drill down into a game hub? Go to games.

 

3. Surfacing Community on the Homepage

Our new “Community” module makes it easy to load up the site, and jump right into a conversation.

It works like a “ticker,” surfacing all your latest comments and forum posts.

You can easily see what folks are chatting about, jump right in there and speak your mind.

Disagree with a review? Want to share your wisdom on Skyrim collectibles? This makes it easy, and it also looks cool.

 

4. Quick Links to Top PC Gaming Files

We focus heavily on PC gaming at Game Front, and we have one of the largest and most useful collections of gaming files on the planet. Want to see what mods are hot right now? Scroll down to the “Must Have Files” list. Those are the hottest PC gaming files of the week, organized for quick access. We’ll make sure you have all the best patches, maps and mods right there.

 

5. Top Games Feed

Think of the Top Games Feed like a big marquee on a theater front. Those games listed there represent the top nine games on Game Front’s radar right now, stuff we’re most excited about at present. Each of those game boxes links to what we call a “Game Hub,” a tabbed collection of all news, reviews, walkthroughs and PC gaming files for that particular game, gathered in one spot.

You can also find any of our 9,000+ game hubs by using the search box up at the top of the site–or you can click any of these quick links and get right into a hub we’re paying lots of attention to. For instance, check out our Skyrim hub and browse some of those cheats. We’ve got an insane amount of helpful content in there. Or, head over to our Minecraft hub and peruse some mods.

 

6. Responsive Design
This…now this is cool. Our designers outdid themselves. It’s best if you try this out to see it in action. If you have the site maximized, drag a corner of your browser window to make the site smaller. See how the site modules move around and snap into place, like magic? That’s “responsive design.” Whether you’re reading Game Front at max resolution on a 24? monitor (which it looks awesome on), or even at 800×600 resolution, it’ll always look good.

 

7. That’s all great. What’s coming in the future?
Quite a lot, actually. The new homepage is the very beginning of a much larger Game Front redesign, which will extend to every corner of the site. Article pages will get better. “Game hubs” will get way better. We’re building something called a “File Portal,” which will add a whole dedicated landing page for our gaming files. We’re even building a publishing system that will allow users to become authors on the site, and then submit their own game reviews, features and walkthrough tips.

That’s just a preview of what’s in store this year, and we’ll keep you in the loop as we prepare to roll out new stuff.

Anyway, tell us what you think of the new homepage! We hope you dig it. And if you have ideas for ways we can improve the homepage as we go, shoot them over to feedback@gamefront.com. We’d love to hear your thoughts. This is as much your site as it is ours.

Sincerely,
Mark Burnham
Managing Editor, Game Front.com

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8 Comments on Welcome to the New Game Front – Take a Tour

Mark Burnham

On March 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hey folks,
Just pasting in a few comments that were on this page previously, to keep the thread going. We unfortunately lost (read: deleted forever) a few site comments during today’s launch. Not many, just a handful.

Q: But if you launched this today…how does it have comments from the past?

A: We’ve been rolling out this new homepage to a very small percentage of our users over the past couple weeks, so we could test functionality/engagement, and try to break the site. It was a random beta test, basically. So some of you may have already seen this new homepage. For the vast majority of you, it’s brand new.

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Zach
Submitted on 2012/02/29 at 11:31 am
My favorite gaming website just got better great work Gamefront!

Jim Connelly
Submitted on 2012/02/29 at 9:22 am
Hi Critique,

First of all, thanks for trying to break the site! (I know that sounds sarcastic, but even after weeks of testing, the sad fact is that the small amount of people we have here aren’t going to find the same flaws that the entire universe of users are going to find.)

1. After some debate, we chose not to cycle through each story in the top, so that’s working as intended. You may disagree with our choice, but it’s definitely a feature, not a bug!

2. Site was tested in Chrome, Firefox & IE8 and above. Can’t quite understand this one. We knew responsive design doesn’t work well with IE 8 and it was a bit of a hack to get it to work with IE8 , and decided that the trade-off of beginning to implement a new technology was worth the tradeoff of losing people with old browsers, especially since our audience is very forward-thinking in terms of technology. The percentage of users running I7 & below very small.

3. Please note that currently ONLY the Homepage is using the Responsive Design. And less than 1/2 of 1% of our users are currently running 800×600.

4. We took them into account, but we didn’t yet optimize for them. That comes later.

Mark Burnham
Submitted on 2012/02/28 at 5:38 pm
Thanks Luther and Brandon J. Clark for the kind words!

Critique
Submitted on 2012/02/28 at 3:52 pm
Just wanted to let you guys know. The site isn’t working as intended.

1. The top should cycle through the x amount of tiles that it is supposed to have.
2. the site isn’t loading the new layout with anything other than IE9, IE8, and IE7.
3. The site doesn’t actually render properly with IE7, runs extremely poorly on IE8.
3. The “Responsive Design” isn’t responding on any browser rendering the new design. what’s worse is that with the design, you have no scroll bars. So someone who is actually running 800X600 can see only half of your site. A person can’t even middle click to try to middlescroll around.
4. I really hope you also took into account All the netbooks, tablets (android, ios, playbook os, etc) and any other device I have missed into consideration, otherwise good job on throwing these guys under a bus.

The site looks cool. there are some really nice features, but I think it might be a bit cpu intensive.

Luther
Submitted on 2012/02/27 at 6:55 am
You guys did a fantastic job.

Brandon J. Clark
Submitted on 2012/02/25 at 7:32 pm
Wow! Holy ! Oh my G! Well done web masters, project managers, IT admins and everyone else who made it happen!

Calvin Wong
Submitted on 2012/02/16 at 12:18 pm
We’re live!

Jim Connelly
Submitted on 2012/02/16 at 12:12 pm
Kudos to everybody who worked on this!!

Luther

On March 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Not sure I seen it mentioned up top but you need to sign up at http://en.gravatar.com/ if you want to set up a avatar to display on the home page, It seems we will have to wait a little longer for future updates to take effect on the article pages?

Shikaka

On March 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

So the new asthetic is definitely an improvement and all and kudos for taking the time to tighten up the design. But how on earth are we supposed to access your massively populated files library now?

The only indication that it even still exists that I can see in the new design is the top 10 latest list at the bottom of the homescreen and the files checkbox under search. There doesn’t seem to be any other way to access files. If I browse to gamefront.com/files directly, it appears to be a broken list of editorial articles.

I used to find the old Filefront site to be a massively helpful resource for the latest gaming files. Now it seems like they’re even less than just an afterthought here.

IzayoiKagemaru

On March 2, 2012 at 3:56 am

I think you guys don’t have enough “white” just saying.

Marcelo

On March 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

Why the new style was removed yesterday and put again today?
Last minute fixes? :P

eezstreet

On March 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Good, now pester someone into fixing the damned Network sites :P

Humpty

On March 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Where is the patches section?

Mark Burnham

On March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

@Shikaka @Humpty

Good questions! Fear not, we have not forgotten about file content. On the contrary, we’ll be greatly improving the file browsing experience as part of this multi-phased redesign. This first release is version 1.0 (essentially just the homepage), and we have several updates already blocked out.

One of the updates I’m most excited about is the “File Portal,” and I think you guys will dig it. We’ll be adding an additional button to the main header, labeled “Files.” When you click it, it takes you to an entire landing page/hub dedicated to file browsing. Top files, new mods, file type drill-downs, search, etc. It’s going to rock, and it’ll be light years ahead of any file browsing products that previously existed on FileFront/GameFront.

In the meantime, you have a couple of options for file browsing. If you’re looking for latest patches, search “patch” using the search bar (make sure “Files” is selected). You can also use more precise searches, like “skyrim online,” if you’re looking for that mod.

Or, if you want to find every file for one particular game, go through the game hub. For instance, search “skyrim” in the search bar (make sure “Games” is selected). Click through to the hub, then click the Files tab. Bam, everything you need is right there.

Stay tuned on that, and thanks for the feedback!