Even after testing for several days, we didn’t need to plug this in for charging.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless's Amazing 300-Hour Battery Life
The Roccat Kone XP looks like something from the future, or at least a vision of it as depicted in any number of cyberpunk-inspired cityscapes.
Roccat Kone XP Gaming Mouse is RGB Heaven
We sit down with Zenimax Online Studios to discuss The Elder Scrolls Online’s latest year-long adventure, adding a competitive card game to the MMO, and more…
The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Interview
Post by trog @ 08:00pm 07/05/08 | 61 Comments
Following several months of on-and-off development, we're proud to unveil the new version of the AusGamers website!

While the older style has served us faithfully for many years, it was long overdue for a refit, so we've taken the time to give it a flash new look as well as sneaking a bunch of neat new features:
  • Improved interaction - we've made it a lot easier for new people to get involved in the AusGamers community.
  • Improved search - a new and improved search system for our extensive files archive is the first of several search improvements.
  • Improved performance - we've completely overhauled the codebase and have moved to much, much faster hardware.
  • More games content - we've expanded our already-massive games database to include more information, more screenshots, and more videos.
  • More contributors - we're getting more people on board to help grow our editorial coverage to keep you informed. Interested? Let us know.
  • New competitions - a brand new competition system will be giving you more opportunities to win some awesome prizes - starting today.
  • More information - new modules on the front page show you what is popular on AusGamers, right across the board.
  • Updated forums - we're expanding on our popular gaming forums with a variety of other topics.

As part of the goings-on, we're also running a survey to find out more about AusGamers visitors and the Australian gamer in general. While we're sure that everyone would be falling over themselves to fill it out anyway, to sweeten the deal we're also running a competition for anyone that enters.

All you have to do is fill out the survey, pop over the competition page, answer just one more question - and then if your answer is awesome enough, you could win an Xbox 360 console, courtesy of.. well, us. The two runner-up entries will each receive a Nintendo DS as well.

As always with any new release there are a few bugs; we're aware of most of them but if you find any please feel free to let us know. We're also interested in feedback, so hit up the comments and tell us what you think.

We've still got a lot of other improvements and updates planned for the immediate future, but for now we'd like to take the time to thank everyone that continues to visit AusGamers regularly and contributes to the awesome gaming ecosystem that we have here. We have a bunch of good stuff coming so stay tuned!



ausgamers





Latest Comments
trog
Posted 08:05pm 07/5/08
Known issues (I will populate this as people report):

- RSS doesn't work
- screenshots link in menu doesn't work
- some links go to the wrong spot
- some reviews still have old content or broken screenshots
Phooks
Posted 08:05pm 07/5/08
The new goings-on will also includes trog's star trek script.

rolo_tomasi
Posted 08:05pm 07/5/08
sxc
YoungNastyMan
Posted 08:17pm 07/5/08
Account Options -> Site options I cant increase my topics per page
natslovR
Posted 08:19pm 07/5/08
gmail thought the competition entry email was spam.

site looks very swish.
natslovR
Posted 08:23pm 07/5/08
it has me in an endless loop i can't get out of

this page: http://www.ausgamers.com/competitions/index.php/AusGamers-Survey-Competition/Enter

says "It would appear that you have not yet completed the survey.
Please click here to complete the survey."

I click there and it says on an otherwise empty page: Thank you for taking the survey

I click on competitions up the top, it now doesn't say that i haven't completed the survey, but when I "click here to enter" it takes me back to that original link complaining about me not having done the survey.

trog
Posted 08:30pm 07/5/08
natslovR - hmm, we had a bug like that but I thought we'd squashed it. You've done the survey though yeh?
Kamma
Posted 08:37pm 07/5/08
Looks great! :D
Mitch
Posted 08:39pm 07/5/08
good job, very nice :D
Reverend Evil
Posted 08:40pm 07/5/08
Still can't see online users. Dunno if it's just me or something that's been turned off.
Fnukle
Posted 08:54pm 07/5/08
Holy hell guys looks sexy pie
Well done

Edit: Holy f*** its quick too.
Like quick as a Brand new Black BMW X5 with hot new bigger rims with no chips or marks. THATS F*****G QUICK!!

last edited by Fnukle at 20:54:24 07/May/08
Kamma
Posted 08:51pm 07/5/08
Are we allowed to enter the competition more than once?
trog
Posted 08:53pm 07/5/08
Negative, sorry :) If you screw up your entry or want to edit it or something you can contact us and I'll change it for you.

Note that we're taking the competition seriously - if you come up with a good suggestion chances are you'll not only win, but we'll build it too!
Lynx
Posted 08:54pm 07/5/08
Now we know why you were so keen on the forum themes discussion.
Needs more torrents for the larger files (1GB+), ie Cinematic Mod v7.0.

S***e, I forgot to enter
koopz
Posted 09:02pm 07/5/08
I like the green/gold.

I'll prolly just read everything here on Qgl forum instead though
koopz
Posted 09:21pm 07/5/08
Hey Trog - quick question about the survey:


2. What sections of the AusGamers site do you use the most?


under the news section, are we supposed to choose 1 because we see it here on the forum anyway? or does it only count if we go to the AG site?


22. What is your employment status?


this only allows one choice..

24. What other gaming websites do you use, either regularly or occasionally?


go to town with the options here. you prolly should add OCAUs gaming forum as an option. Agg deserves some credit. Come to think of it, so does TOG


last edited by koopz at 21:21:32 07/May/08
trog
Posted 09:14pm 07/5/08
this only allows one choice..
I guess pick the "most" suitable
under the news section, are we supposed to choose 1 because we see it here on the forum anyway? or does it only count if we go to the AG site?
I'd say it counts if you read it on the forum as well
reso
Posted 09:17pm 07/5/08
I gotta be honest, I preferred AusGamers 1.96b
Strange Rash
Posted 09:18pm 07/5/08
i like the 'undefined' in the top left corner
natslovR
Posted 09:19pm 07/5/08
yes i have done the survey. i just did it again in IE and it was ok i could submit my epic entry.

i feel dirty for having to use IE though
silvameth
Posted 09:48pm 07/5/08
I get the same problem as natslovR

"it has me in an endless loop i can't get out of

this page: http://www.ausgamers.com/competitions/index.php/AusGamers-Survey-Competition/Enter

says "It would appear that you have not yet completed the survey.
Please click here to complete the survey."

I click there and it says on an otherwise empty page: Thank you for taking the survey

I click on competitions up the top, it now doesn't say that i haven't completed the survey, but when I "click here to enter" it takes me back to that original link complaining about me not having done the survey."
silvameth
Posted 09:51pm 07/5/08
Fixed it!

Changed my Ausgamers account email address to the same as the one I submitted at the end of the survey, my gmail account.
infi
Posted 09:56pm 07/5/08
the new topic forums are a nifty idea. this might get me to log into ausgamers.
natslovR
Posted 10:07pm 07/5/08
ahhh.. i had the same problem as silvameth, the email i was giving originally didn't match my AGN email.
silvameth
Posted 10:22pm 07/5/08
BTW what happened to my post count?

I know I didn't have many but I'd like them back :)
Haklin
Posted 11:31pm 07/5/08
great look:)
Boxhead
Posted 11:50pm 07/5/08
Hahaha my long lost account options are back!!!

I can now abuse sigs and avatar privledges once more!!! hahahaha

Sorry! Account creation is currently only available for Australian users.
If you ARE an Australian user and this is an error, please contact us and we'll try and sort it out.
ermm what the f***!! You racist bastards.. Or geographically discriminating tosspots... or something.. Apparantly I can't manage my account because im not currently in Australia..
Jim
Posted 11:52pm 07/5/08
then you must be a TERRORIST
HeardY
Posted 04:00am 08/5/08
haha I was going to same the same thing box
fpot
Posted 04:49am 08/5/08
I can't find the button which allows me to make love to this website.
Term
Posted 04:50am 08/5/08
Like quick as a Brand new Black BMW X5 with hot new bigger rims with no chips or marks. THATS F*****G QUICK!!

Ahh this made me lol hard at 4:30 in the morning, thanks!
Jim
Posted 07:49am 08/5/08
haha
f***les has a habit of doing that
HeardY
Posted 08:26am 08/5/08
fyi

the email confirmation went straight to spam in my gmail a/c - might want to sort that s*** out
dee
Posted 09:11am 08/5/08
Viewing this at work (s***** crappy IE 6) and I'm getting no title bar. No image placeholders and undefined up there.
mongie
Posted 09:39am 08/5/08
So, I'm thinking you should investigate holding on to the page the user was last viewing when they log in.

ie.

I fill in the survey, get e-mail, open e-mail link, it prommpts me to log in, I get sent back to the front page, now can't enter competition.

If you were able to set up so that once I logged in, it went to the "enter competition" page, that would be good.
trog
Posted 09:46am 08/5/08
I get sent back to the front page, now can't enter competition.
why not?
trog
Posted 09:47am 08/5/08
the email confirmation went straight to spam in my gmail a/c - might want to sort that s*** out
Yeh, that's happening a lot, I don't know what we can do about it. The problem is (I think) because some douchebags were sending out AusGamers account spam/phishing emails a while back.

As I was writing the copy for that email I was thinking "this reads exactly like spam/phishing" (even mentioned it to the guys) :(
Molotov
Posted 09:51am 08/5/08
Really nice improvements, Ausgamers!
Well done
darkjedi
Posted 10:24am 08/5/08
Guess Gmail thinks Ausgamers must be spammy - Same problem here (the confirmation email was sent straight to the spam folder)..

Otherwise the new site looks great!
dee
Posted 10:41am 08/5/08
Troggles I noticed in IE6 i'm getting an error: 'WebFXMenu' is undefined.

I assume this is the cause of no top menu...

Oh and 15 POSTS??? AGN posts 2091?
trog
Posted 10:42am 08/5/08
AusForums bar should now be gone
mongie
Posted 11:16am 08/5/08
why not?

Edit for Jim:
I fill in the survey, get e-mail, open e-mail link, it prommpts me to log in, I get sent back to the front page, now can't enter competition.

I get the error: "It would appear that you have not yet completed the survey. Please click here to complete the survey."


last edited by mongie at 11:16:26 08/May/08
Jim
Posted 11:08am 08/5/08
have you tried completing the survey?


sorry, couldn't resist :)
mongie
Posted 11:15am 08/5/08
My outlook filters marked it as junk e-mail also.
trog
Posted 11:18am 08/5/08
I get the error: "It would appear that you have not yet completed the survey. Please click here to complete the survey."
Did you try the things the other guys tried and make your ausgamers account email address same as what you used to do the survey?

edit: obviously you shouldn't need to, but pending us fixing it it seems to be the fastest workaround
mongie
Posted 11:19am 08/5/08
It isnt the same e-mail account... I'm not complaining, I'm advising you of a bug.

I'm not concerned about the competition, I thought you might like to address the issue so other users don't have the same problems.
trog
Posted 11:21am 08/5/08
I'd love to address the issue but I'm still not 100% sure exactly what you've done and what you haven't!

edit: oh you edited your post; you first up had "it isn't the same issue". I think I got it now, ta

last edited by trog at 11:21:43 08/May/08
infi
Posted 12:07pm 08/5/08
so will ausforums.com be integrated with ausgamers? it's a bit awkward.
dee
Posted 12:17pm 08/5/08
Well ive never really looked at any other forums but QGL and sold and QGL seems like the main man, so making ausgamersforum.ausforums.com QGL forum seems alright.
boba
Posted 02:56pm 08/5/08
problems with the forums on ausgamers

any screenshots wider than the thread go out of it instead of having a scrollbar
the ausgamers files/reviews/news/videos/blah/blah dissapears when you go to the main forum or sub forums, but appears again when you go into threads
Nitro
Posted 03:52pm 08/5/08
What kind of traffic does ausgamers get?
Jim
Posted 03:54pm 08/5/08
mostly tcp
lol!

OH GOD IM ON FIRE IN THIS THRED^^%!@#$^&@%#$%^@!
Kaos
Posted 04:04pm 08/5/08
ROFL Jim.

This thread is the only thing keeping me from doing my assessments, WOOT.
Mr Hardware
Posted 04:11pm 08/5/08
i like it. good job trog.
Fnukle
Posted 05:15pm 08/5/08
ROFL Jim you is teh funnies!
groganus
Posted 05:23pm 08/5/08
the new site sure does look swish, however the top half of a page still looks like a giant ad' fest,

i know there is only 1 ad, but all the inhouse ad's for reviews/comps/downloads makes it messy and rather annoying.
what im trying to say is at first glance i thought i was looking at a bunch of ad's basically.

other then that the site is great on the eyes and very easy to navigate.

oh and it loads so quickly, ooohh the quickness.

qmass
Posted 12:30am 09/5/08
You guys need to hire a graphic design person or whoever the f*** is good at dealing with Typography because using that one font for all text really detracts from the nice clean layout you are using now.

Two other things which I think would help streamline content.

Using a mouseover box for website content ads. So you have a single, wider box with mouseover buttons to show different boxes. The boxes across the top with the offsite ad making a bunch of them shorter than the first looks crap IMO.

Other issue is the way images are implemented into news items. Something about it rubs me wrong, that just might be me though... I have no idea what you could do to fix it cause Im not 100% why it seems off but IMO it is :P

But I think its got A LOT of potential, its miles ahead of the previous style.

edit: Just looking at it again, I think its got something to do with the text getting within a couple pixels of the images in some items and possibly the fact that items are so unsplit within each day, they kind of blend weirdly to me... I think you could split them up more than they are now but maintain the major focus on day by day splitting.

Does splitting by day even really matter that much?

last edited by qmass at 00:30:11 09/May/08
Twisted
Posted 08:24am 09/5/08
This is crap. The site works just fine. I object!
Haklin
Posted 06:45pm 10/5/08
Ah jeez i just re-read the t&c of the comp..I reckon mine is slightly over 50 words..forgive me oh trog one.

P.S if it hasn't already been mentioned the piece of text 'more' under 'latest threads' on the right hand side bar links to the files section instead of the forums.
Le Infidel
Posted 08:42pm 10/5/08
Le Infidel
Posted 08:43pm 10/5/08
oh and its been said before but ...

Sorry! Account creation is currently only available for Australian users.
If you ARE an Australian user and this is an error, please contact us and we'll try and sort it out.
Commenting has been locked for this item.
61 Comments
Show