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RRS 12-09-2013 08:24 AM

MobyGames redesign (is dead; long live MobyGames revived!)
As of December 2013 the situation stabilized and the site layout was reverted to the old one we all know by heart.


At first I got worried that the website got hacked. The reality was more shocking: MobyGames got a face lifting. That was hinted years ago...

Some people moaned about the need of a complete redesign, while I'd be happy with only the most needed fixes and updates.

So far the changes I see are regarding layout/visuals. I don't see suggested fixes/features implemented. Some previous features are removed?buggy? I'd say the whole thing looks untested (supposedly the feedback they got on the back-end approvers-only forum was ignored?) and not ready for public launch. For example you could have separate "have lists", now they're gone/merged?

And the whole front-end fits the trend "we're designing all websites for tablets now" :suspicious:

Smiling Spectre 12-09-2013 12:07 PM


Also, it's utterly slow now. Especially with screenshots.

And it not accepts my password anymore. :(

RRS 12-09-2013 12:36 PM

I'm usually the last one to accept redesign of websites, but if the confusion of new layout was outweighed by benefits - such as updated browsing/search (I often asked for year range) - I could get along with it. The problem is I don't see the improvement. And it's not that I didn't suggest certain features or solutions, I didn't sit idle.

BranjoHello 12-09-2013 01:15 PM

The old look was better.

Scatty 12-09-2013 01:16 PM

UGH. I don't like the look of it. That's my first impression.
Well, I don't like how it looks at all, the old design was looking much better (and warmer / more welcoming) imo. Now it looks like Gamefaqs or similar sites, or online game magazine website. That's my following impression. Gimme please the old Mobygames back :whops:

Panthro 12-09-2013 09:27 PM

Their website was hardly impressive before, but this feels like a step backwards.

The whole design seems rather amateurish and basic. It's altogether disappointing.

saibot216 13-09-2013 04:51 AM

Saw the topic title and raised an eyebrow.
Wow, it's really... weird. I do not think that I like this, but it's change so it might take some time getting used to. I dunno. Seems very trimmed down in a bad way.

The Fifth Horseman 13-09-2013 06:59 AM


RRS 13-09-2013 10:17 AM

Not only you do:

I'd swallow the pill of unwelcoming layout if only... major features weren't broken: private messaging (inbox inaccessible), your work-in-progress entries (inaccessible), have-lists (all merged into one). Obviously someone who did the redesign doesn't actually use the website, because all bugs can be found within minutes by one person.

Japo 14-09-2013 05:19 PM

It's slow indeed

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