Today we have two really huge announcements for you!
First, we'd like to invite everyone to try out the beta for the next version of the site, v.13. This will become the default layout of the site soon, but we wanted to give it a good trial run first so we can catch remaining bugs and make any necessary tweaks before pushing it out completely.
You can access the beta here: http://beta.gamefaqs.com/
We created this new version of the site for many reasons. First of all, the use of modern HTML/CSS it lets us do away with the mobile site completely. This version looks correct regardless of screen size, making it perfect for phones, tablets, laptops, computers, etc. It can also responsively respond to size changes on the fly, ensuring it will look correct even when you change the browser window size. The underlying code remains the same, but it is presented in a much cleaner manner.
Other important factors include a more consistent look throughout the site (v.12 had many different looks depending on where you were on the site) and code that is much easier to maintain.
As we have upgraded the HTML, older custom stylesheets won't work with v.13. We also don't plan to support the old HTML for very long as they are two completely different archetypes and we want to focus on everything looking right with the new layout. I can tell you though that some of our custom stylesheet creators are working on updating their old stylesheets already, as well as designing some new ones, so hopefully we'll be able to offer you one that you will like.
Finally, we have a few upgrades to offer with v.13 as well. We've added a pulldown page jumper for longer topic/message lists at the top and the bottom as well as sprucing up the Credits page for gamespaces.
We'd love to hear your feedback on v.13, in particular your first impressions and how it works for you on mobile/tablets (or just a small browser window). Here are the forms:
General Feedback: http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/feedback/index.php?type=35 Errors: http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/feedback/index.php?type=36
The other big announcement is that we are preparing for The Great GameFAQs Character Battle IX! We're currently accepting nominations for characters to participate in the battle. You can use the following form to submit your nominations: http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/nominate_entry
More details for CB9 will be announced in the upcoming weeks. This one's going to be unlike any other, so stay tuned!
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