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OrlandoPat
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Hey everyone, I'm looking for a little feedback. I'm trying to re-design our website(s) to make them easier to navigate and understand.

If you have a couple moments, and wouldn't mind helping a fellow game designer out, could you take a look at http://www.siegestones.com and let me know what you think?

The old look is at http://www.liveoakgames.com/IceLake.htm.

My goal with the new one was to make it brighter, simpler, and easier to navigate.

I'd appreciate any feedback. I'm planning on re-working the rest of the sites to conform to that new look, and I'd love to hear your criticisms before I do that...

Thanks!

- Pat

RookieDesign
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That is very good. If I may some few things.

I would try to contain the main page within one screen. I'm in 1024x780. The prize and your logo is down.

Avoid scrolling if possible. The break news is bothering me a bit. Yes new games are cool, but the motion and blur making me dizzy.

I would try to have the return to the main page on the top/left corner. It would be a nice place to move your LiveOak games logo.

Have the contact us in your top menu also.

The other pages look very good.

Suggestion: If you intend to have traffic discussion/comment/blog swtich to some CMS like Drupal or Joomla. You can have some terrific looking site only using PHP which is usually provided with you Web Hosting service. You can have people registering and exchange ideas provide a newsletter to keep people informed. Having regular traffic and link, will place you better on search engine like google and yahoo.

Good luck

Zzzzz
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Ok how much input do you really want? And please understand this is my opinion only. So take it with a grain of salt....

First off *OUCH* that effect on the "Breaking News! New Games Available For Download" is killing me eyes!

Honestly I think you are taking a step back with the new layout. The older style was more fluid from website area to website area. And the colors worked well together in the old site. The new colors you are picking are a bit to *conflicting* for my taste. I would figure out a color scheme that flows together well. If you go to this site

http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/

It will let you point at an image and generates the color palette and values to use for your website colors. Maybe it will help coordinate your color ideas.

Beyond that I would suggest to you to just modify your *old* site with your newer color scheme. Since I think you are losing a nicer layout from the old site by changing to this new one. If nothing else I would ask you to consider why you dont like the current layout? What makes you feel that it needs to be easier to navigate? It seems simple enough to me already! Again this is just my opinion...

Not sure I helped at all, but PM me if you have other questions.

Nando
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I gotta give it a thumbs down.

I'm not a fan of the primary colors, the jittering, the top-menu font, scrolling to see the LiveOak logo, the black borders, the commands of 'Order Now' and 'Order!', nor the duplicated linkage...

Simple and easy to navigate: apple.com

OrlandoPat
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Great points

That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! And if anyone else wants to chime in, please do so!

The switch is coming primarily thanks to user feedback that the "old" look (http://www.liveoakgames.com/IceLake.htm) was
1) "too boring", "too pastel", and not exciting
2) Had a menu structure that was "too complex"
3) "Needlessly integrated all the games together. Focus each site on each individual game."

After much discussion with other people, I kind of decided that these comments were accurate. So I set out to make a very simple (and colorful) template that I could use for each game. To address your points:

1) I agree about the scrolling, but I wanted to keep the logo out of the way. I might be able to move the logo to the top left. I'll look into that. Did you see that clicking the "SiegeStones" takes you back to the SiegeStones home page?
2) You don't like the Breaking News? Bummer! I thought that was cool.
3) Apple is great for a corporate site. I'm trying to go for something more fun for each of the individual games.
4) Great point about "contact us"

Thanks again for the great comments and please feel free to keep 'em coming!

- Pat

larienna
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I took a look at your home site at this address ( the one in yellow and blue)

http://www.liveoakgames.com/home.htm

It is really acceptable. I don't see any problem, fit perfectly in a firefox 800x600 windows.

OrlandoPat
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Thanks

Thanks. I'm planning on leaving the primary web site alone (News, free games, online games, etc.), but changing the individual game sites (www.siegestones.com, www.liveoakgames.com/IceLake.htm, www.liveoakgames.com/calaboose) so that they are more focussed on those games. SiegeStones was my first conversion, and I'm trying to decide if that's the way to go for the other two games as well.

- Pat

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