When the new site first rolled out, it had a lot of technical issues that are sure to come with a launch of any new service, product or what have you. It wasn't necessarily those things that ever bothered me, because, as I said, this is to be expected. However, there are some decisions in its design that I simply don't understand. I'm totally on board on having a minimalist/simple style, dropping unnecessary colors and patterns and focusing on a clean interface. But that alone is not enough to call it "clean". I won't go into detail, but I feel like the top of the site if very chopped up into different sections that doesn't blend well together, even if they are on the same "color" spectrum (black, gray white). Add in a banner that scales differently based on your screen size, and that sometimes look great, and sometimes looks horrible, and you've got yourself a very dense and cluttered top section. There are also some stuff that bothers me in terms of how the old , returning and new features are handled. Both from a interaction design perspective and regarding the overall accessibility of them. Again, I won't go into details on how to make it better here, but if @Adam or anyone else could point me in a direction of an official forum or other places to provide feedback, I'd be happy to share my views on the subject, and then you can tell me whether I have some good points or how stupid my solutions are.
THAT SAID, I still think this new site has great potential for becoming a thousand times better than the last one from a user's point of view. And I'm certain that the site was designed for the staff and tech-crew to have a more structured and manageable way to do their jobs. So I'm not neglecting the fact that even if it isn't what EVERYONE on the site will love, that it will still do a great service to lots of people who constantly provide us with entertainment.
Now that little Negative-Nancy over here has finished with his criticism, I'll give a little update on what I've been doing lately!
I've been getting back into making different music stuff, testing out different genres and going back to producing in Ableton Live. My 5+year old MacBook Pro has started giving up on me, and I recently bought a desktop Windows PC for the more heavy lifting as Unity5, music production and games. I have not yet finished any of the new stuff I'm working on, but hey, at least I'm having fun. Which is something I almost haven't had with music the last 4 years.
I've also started my journey into more accessible MOBAs, Smite is my jam. I play a bit of League of Legends with my big brother from time to time, but it just doesn't keep me interested. I started playing a week ago, and if anyone else has some time for getting together for some blood in their mouthes and sand up their butts, I'm all for it!
I also caved in and bought Dragon Ball Xenoverse after much hesitation, but holy hell I'm having a blast with it. I wouldn't have bought it at full price, as it isn't a fantastic game by any means, but it's still a shitload of fun. I bought it because of the Bandai Namco sale on Xbox Live, and it was worth the price it was on sale for. And to quote Ross O'Donovan "This is fucking DeviantArt the Game". All the hilarious and terribly designed characters you interact with in the hub world is a fucking gem. A dirt-splattered, badly named, my-OC-do-not-steal fest of a gem.
Damn that was a long post..
Now, how are you guys finding the new site, and what have you been playing or doing this summer? I feel like I've been so absent that I hardly know what most of you lovelies have been up to these past months. Whoops..