State of the Nexus, 2011

By Published January 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm
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As if I needed any further inspiration to implement improvements to the site's editorials and programmed features, Obama's State of the Union asked for small business to re-invent themselves. Now, I'm not saying that Gamers Nexus is anywhere near the type of business he was addressing; however, it did get me thinking about the improvements I'm hopeful for this year. We're eager to upgrade to a better server with increased response time, customization, and other perks, along with other, more aesthetic changes. A list of forthcoming updates is below in short format:

 

Layout


  • A new and improved layout, including updated code to hasten load times and maximize efficiency when browsing the site.
  • Optimized graphics to ensure the best quality is delivered in a speedier format; this means, for example, images will only load when you actually scroll down to view them.
  • A potential downloads or 'modders' resource section to prepare GN for its full-blown modding and indie support future.
  • A streamlined forum -> main site experience, including consistency between the sites to create a single, flowing experience.
  • A merged user control panel that takes care of all your user needs from one spot.

 

Technical


  • Improved servers to facilitate even further growth.
  • Adoption of the newly announced CSS3 code.
  • The possibility to host bug-testing and SVN / repositories on the site for modders, as well as downloads sections.

 

Editorial


  • Coverage of as many gaming events as we can get, including (and you will see some of these posted shortly): PAX East 11, ECGC, CGS, indie development meetings, the Global Game Jam, EuroGamer, and possibly even TGS (yes, the one in Tokyo).
  • Video interviews and recordings with our new HD camera setup.
  • Streamlined use between multiple columns or categories on the site.
  • Loads of text and video interviews with developers.
  • Comic strips.

 

That's the shortlist! Hopefully you guys are looking forward to it as much as we are!

Here's to another year of success,

~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Last modified on January 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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