New YoYoGames.com Homepage Design

on June 11, 2011 - 1452 Views

yoyogames homepage june 2011 mock New YoYoGames.com Homepage Design

Having recently employed Paul Cosgrove alongside Lee Turner YoYo Games are currently in the process of redesigning areas of their website to attract more professional developers to their game creation software.

In an attempt to focus on the expanded capabilities of GameMaker itself, user created games are moved away from the homepage to an internal page on the website.  Whether these game will fall under “Showcase” (8 above) or whether this will be reserved for just the very best games is not clear.

Here are some observations, thoughts and hopes on the above screenshot of the future YoYoGames.com homepage that was posted on Twitter earlier today by YoYo Games CEO Sandy Duncan.

1. There’s a darker look (to the homepage at least) and a new logo strapline as “putting you in the game” replaces “where the world comes to play, make and share games”.
2. Hopefully the new site will feature more consistent branding of YoYo Games’ game development software as “GameMaker” rather than the current mix of “Game Maker” and “GameMaker”.  Well, except for “See what Game Maker can do” near the bottom of the screenshot!
3. Greater integration of the YoYo Game Store enabling visitors to purchase software directly from YoYo Games including GameMaker itself and games published to PC and Mac as well as providing links to install iOS and Android games.  The YoYo Game Store is a relatively recent addition to the current site and at the moment is poorly integrated.
4. By moving DRM in-house and away from Softwrap from GameMaker 8.1 onwards registration problems should hopefully decrease and upgraded users will once again have a single contact.  Support will be required for existing GameMaker users, professional developers as well as customers who have purchased apps published by YoYo Games.  Hopefully the process of requesting support will be streamlined as it is currently unnecessarily lengthy.
5. Details about the expanding YoYo Games Ltd and its areas of business both as creator of game development software and publisher of games made using it.
6. Large HTML5 canvas to showcase various areas of the site and promote GameMaker.  No doubt this will be made using the upcoming GameMaker Studio version which will enable GameMaker games to be exported to HTML5 format so that they are playable within the latest web browsers.
7. Greater amount of official introductory material such as tutorials to help beginners get started and intermediate users improve the quality of the games they create.
8. A good way to show off the capabilities of GameMaker on various platforms by providing links to play some of the best quality games on various platforms.  YoYoGames.com currently has a “spotlight” section showcasing recent high quality games on the homepage of the site and the best games on the website appear in a “featured” section which shows by default when you enter the “Play” area of the website.
9. Easy access to the facts about GameMaker’s mobile device and HTML5 support and details of the various GameMaker Studio options available that will enable this.

13 Responses to New YoYoGames.com Homepage Design

  1. Dangerous_Dave says:

    It looks to me like a landing page. Which doesn’t really tell us much about how the actual site is going to function, but it’s a good start.

  2. Theophilus says:

    Looks great, more professional and they ditched the green. Too bad they can’t change the community.

  3. ugriffin says:

    I really dig the new style.

  4. xot says:

    Looks a lot more contemporary and less cluttered. Looking forward to seeing this in action.

  5. gnysek says:

    It looks horrible! Modern webpage shouldn’t look like that :(

  6. ev149 says:

    Somehow they managed to make it even uglier. D:

  7. 0000701333 says:

    I like both the current and this version! But if I had to pick it would definitly be this version. Its nice, cant wait :D

  8. [...] also a very basic GML tutorial (vk = virtual keyboard) and something very similar to this on the new YoYo Games [...]

  9. [...] GameMaker 8.x Uploads Only at New YoYo Games Website June 21st, 2011 by Philip Gamble | Categories: Game Maker 8, YoYoGames A muddled YoYo Games blog post has today provided a few more details about the proposed new website. [...]

  10. Lewis says:

    I like it. I might actually use yoyogames.com when this is done.

  11. Brad says:

    I think it looks pretty bad (no surprise though). Although hopefully the website will actually span my whole browser and not use a little column in the middle.

    Looks alright, but not really up to today’s standards for website designs.

  12. ~Dannyboy~ says:

    Looks pretty good to me, but I wonder where they will put the adds… (?)

  13. I got to preview the beta, and while I appreciate the work they did to reorganize the information on the site, and make it more about Game Maker itself, I really did not like the new design overall. It’s just not very professional.

    I sent them a pretty long email about why the new design isn’t very good, but considering the timeline (I believe) they have for the new site’s launch, I doubt they’ll have time to do anything with most of my suggestions.

    Honestly, it’s really disappointing to me that a company like YYG can’t get a good website together. When I first bought Game Maker (back in version 5) Mark’s website did a better job of instilling confidence of my purchase than this new site does. Especially considering that Game Maker Studio is on the horizon, how can you possibly compare this to sites like Unity or even the ill-fated GarageGames site?

    Ugh, I could go on, but I’ll spare you. I just hope they spend more time on the new site, because this preview / beta was not great.

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