New Armchair Arcade Banner Graphic

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New Armchair Arcade Banner Graphic

This is just a quick Photoshop mod of the existing banner... Was trying to think of a way to redesign it.

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Mark Vergeer
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Nice!

Nice!

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Matt Barton
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Changing Banners

I like Mat's idea about having rotating slogans or what-not on the mainpage. I know facebook does this bit really well. It wouldn't be too hard, methinks, to rig up a randomizer that would yank a line out of textfile and display it (tasefully) somewhere below the banner.

As for the black area, I must confess my ignorance. On the one hand, having lots of black around the title does seem to draw the eye towards Armchair Arcade. It's sort of the "light in the darkness," to be cheezy about it. On the other hand, I really like Mat's idea to put a line of text under it. Geez, it's times like this I wish I knew more about aesthetics. :-(

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
I learned a little in the

I learned a little in the graphic design courses, it's just the 3D Modeling/Texturing I can't do for the life of me. ;)

It's true we're not just retro, but a large amount of our appeal is the retro audience.

If you wanted to be really crazy, we could make it so the user could click on the buttons on the joystick graphic to access different areas of the site, but that goes against our KISS aesthetic.

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Matt Barton
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Banner idea

Wow, that was fast, Mat. And you keep claiming you didn't learn anything in those graphical design courses! :-P

However, what we may need to discuss here is whether we want the new site to be focused on retrogaming. Although AA was originally about retrogaming, I keep sensing (at least from Bill), that we really want to be about retro AND modern gaming. How does everyone else feel? As for my part, I think one of AA's biggest strengths is our extensive knowledge of classic gaming. How many do you know that still know what LOAD"*",8,1 means? Clearly, this kind of knowledge of geek history is what makes us so appealing to a certain audience (25-40ish guys who grew up with this stuff). These folks love reading about TRS-80's and what-not. I know I do!!

However, I also think catering purely to this group might limit us. If everyone else is talking about the Nintendo DS or Xbox 360, are we doing ourselves any favors by turning up our nose and sticking to articles about the the Vic-20? I know I'd rather we extend into modern stuff, if for no other reason than that we have INCREDIBLE sense of perspective we can bring to bear on these "revolutions." We're not nostalgic guys who think that everything that came out after 1990 is worthless junk not worth our attention--a stereotype we've always managed to avoid successfully.

On the other hand, sites about "gaming" in general are a dime a dozen, and we might get lost among them. There aren't that many sites about retrogaming (yet), though the numbers are increasing rapidly. I think the best policy would be to strike a careful balance, so that we always remind readers that we do both.

Please, guys, let's hear your thoughts.

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Bill Loguidice
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AA & Videogames AND Computers & Classic AND Modern AND Future!

I think it's been proven time and again, either with classic AA or other classic Websites that you MUST mix in at least some modern with the classic (and things naturally trend that way anyway!), otherwise things can get a bit boring "just" reminiscing as it were. I think we must ALWAYS focus on classic videogames and computers, but freely integrate talk of modern stuff. The very fact that most of us were around during the pre-NES days and still actively use stuff from the 70's through today, gives us unique perspectives - unique knowledge - that would be "criminal" not to exploit. I've tried to integrate it on the current AA and I wish to continue to do so on the new AA. For instance, I have a half-written review article covering MLB '05 and '06 on the PSP, with the idea being to not only review both of those, but talk about some classic baseball games and how they did things while I'm at it as well. I mean, how much fun would that be to read? (to me, lots ;-) ) Ignoring modern gaming and JUST focusing on classic gaming alienates many people. Also, WE all play modern stuff. Why deny that? At the same time, it would be silly to put too much focus on modern stuff. Why? Simply because there are COUNTLESS Websites and print magazines and TV shows and Webcasts that do just that. Why compete with them? The key is for us to identify our strengths and work to that. Again, for me, it's our PERSPECTIVE. We are uniquely qualified to comment on things from the birth of our industry to the modern day and beyond. Few can say that. That's the whole reason for my book. I think that's the whole reason for AA. We can write prolificly (sic? - damned stream of consicousness!).

So I see us NOT "blogging" about every new release or writing about much new stuff, but why not discuss something like Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion if we were so moved? Passion about something often leads to something quite readable. Also, as mentioned elsewhere, while most of this is about videogames, sadly people tend to remove computers from that equation. That's why I think it's key to remind people that yeah we do and are experts in both. I know I'd hate to limit my own focus to just videogames in the strictest sense.

Bottom line, we need to assert our authorative and opinionated points of view to really get people interested. Intellectually and interest-wise we're not limited by any stretch of the imagination, so why limit AA itself as the platform for it? We pull that off, we exceed even the greatness that the original - admittedly half-baked - AA achieved. We've learned so much, now is the time to take advantage of all that wisdom. We'll make many more mistakes, probably have some more fights, but I know we all have the same desires and ultimate goals. We are now equipped to do a better job at it than ever.
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Matt Barton
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Classic and Modern -- Icons?

Wow, that really gets me to thinking, Bill. First off, great post--I was nodding along and thinking how great it is that we're finally back in tune. Here's a thought--Mark is our iconographer. Perhaps it's time to put his skills to the test. What I'm seeing is a row of small platform-specific icons (about the size of the small controllers on the left menu) underneath the AA logo up top. These icons would represent all of the different platforms and other topics we hold dear. Here's the cool part--they would actually WORK. We simply link each of them to the proper tag (drupal style), so that with a click, a user could see all the content we have here relevant to each icon. Cool, eh?

I know that Mark already has some icons like this, but he might want to redesign them (tweak them a bit) for that "2.0" feel. Thoughts?

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Mark Vergeer
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Icons

Those icons could probably do with some redesigning.
A more photographic approach?
A more pixellated isometric approach?

Let me doodle some...

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Bill Loguidice
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Icons Response and RSS Feed Question

I think that's a great idea, Matt. I know Mark is very much into icon linking and he was particularly dissapointed that that feature broke on the current AA in regards to news items. I LOVE cross-linking and categories, so I'm for every possible way we can exploit that feature. If we use categories correctly, I think that alone would set up apart.

Quick question, Matt. Is there any way to re-use the same link that we currently use on the old site to output RSS feeds to the world in our Neo site? I ask that only because when we do switch over, obviously all existing feeds (pointers) will be stopped. I'm only aware of specifically my getting us on: http://www.retroroundup.com/ , so if not, it shouldn't be a big deal to send the guy an e-mail and have him switch us over. The others should catch on soon enough.

Like I said in the other posts from this morning, I'll think about things like links, advertising, store and promotions when we start to plan things out more closely. I think we have a very good idea of what works and what doesn't, though I'm leaning towards going virgin on this new site. Nevertheless, we don't want to sever any useful pre-existing relationships.
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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
You know, it might not be a

You know, it might not be a bad idea to have several different slogans then program something that randomly picks a slogan each time you load up the site. It's a bit gimmicky, however...

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