As you may have noticed, we are now live with the new Web site. We know this may be a big change for some people who prefer the old site, so please let me take a moment to go over some things and hopefully help you to adjust or see how much has changed but also how the developers have tried their best to give you the control to see the site the way you are accustomed to.
If you want a quick overview of the navigation of the new site, I've also provided some images below with descriptions of what each section does.
That's right, the default view of the site is not set in stone. As shown in one of the images below, you can click one button and change the site to look the same as the old site or even to make it even more text-focused from before. Currently these options are stored in a browser cookie, so clearing your cookies may result in you needing to switch your view back to what you like afterwards (as well as reset them when viewing from a new device). Future plans are to try and have this saved to your profile, though.
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING
The developers are continuing to work on the site in order to make it the place where you can feel like you are getting what you want out of it. From improving on new features to giving you new ways to control what you see, the developers continue to work to improve N4G so it is a tool that truly allows you to get the news you want and that is important to you. So, please don't think that this is the end, it's the opposite.
USER CONTENT IS N4G CONTENT
Moving forward, user blogs and reviews will no longer be relegated to just a side bar, but will be placed among the same stream of news that people submit from other sites. User content will gain heat like the other content and will truly give a voice to our users who want to talk about the latest video game news or just share their review of the latest video game releases.
NO MORE BUBBLES; 10 COMMENTS FOR ALL
As promised, there are no more bubbles. Everyone can currently comment up to ten (10) times per submission. If you are interested in seeing this increased, please let the developers know via the feedback form to the right! You can still report on a user's comment using the drop-down arrow in the upper right of their comment.
THERE IS A DARK MODE
It's a little hidden, but you can click the 'Help & Info' area in the footer bar and you will see an option to 'Turn DarkMode On'.
SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN USE THE NEW SITE
In the upper right of the site you will find the usual tools, just looking a little different. Use the magnifying glass to search N4G for any tag, including a specific site tag. The circular avatar when clicked gives you access to your profile and the account options you've always had. The chat bubble icon when clicked will allow you to visit one of N4G's sister sites--if you don't have an account, one should be auto-created for you when you click through this way as opposed to visiting it directly.
Below the N4G logo and above the header news feed you can change what news you see. The latest link shows you the latest items approved in chronological order (newest to oldest) with the option to view items of various heat levels. The trending link will give you a look at the recent news that is gaining attention quickly. The hottest link will allow you to view the hottest news ordered by now, today, week, month, year, or all time. The pending link will take you to the submissions that are waiting to be reviewed by the community and possibly approved (the number next to it showing how many submissions are in pending currently).
The main news header returns in the same manner you are used to on the old site. There are now four pages of hottest news, which you can navigate using the arrow icons on the sides of the header area. You can also change to view the different hottest news by now (new to about six hours old), the hottest in the last day, and in the last week. In addition, if you don't like the news header, you can choose to hide it entirely by clicking the minimize icon in the upper right of the header (and re-expand it later).
To the right of the main content on the home page of N4G are these two icons. Clicking the top icon will allow you to customize your view of the site, which defaults to the grid view. But, your options include being able to switch to a list view, mimicking the look of the old N4G site. In addition, you can choose minilist which shrinks images even further and focuses more on text or go with the supergrid option that ups your grid view with an extra column of news over the default 3 columns. The bottom icon will allow you to switch the news shown in the content body to either trending news (heat-based) or the latest news (newest to oldest). These settings are saved in a cookie in your browser, so you will need to reset your preferences when clearing them or using a different device at this time.
The most important part of the new site is the feedback button to the right of the site. This new N4G site is only the start and the owners rely on your ideas and thoughts to tell them what you want. Whether it's a problem you have on your mobile phone, a new feature you think would be great, or just letting them know what you do or don't like. This site exists solely to serve your desires to get gaming news, and telling the owners what you want is the best way to ensure that they are listening and understanding what it is you, our users, want.