Journal #8485

Posted 4 years ago2014-12-18 01:41:40 UTC
AJ AJGlorious Overlord
So Invert-x is properly back, which means an obligatory journal entry to advertise that fact.

Invert-x, if you don't know, is a joint project between Penguinboy and myself in the form of a op-ed website for games and gaming concepts. We write articles about games and concepts we're interested in.

Until recently, we concentrated purely on the gaming world with our 'duelling article' layout (in which we posted an article each on the same topic, which would display on the same page, side by side). Since the redesign, we are expanding the types of articles we post and also expanding into films.

This redesign was a very, very long time coming. It necessitated the move to a new platform (we built the theme from scratch on Wordpress - nothing was salvaged from the previous version, aside from article content) and also introduced a complete overhaul for the Invert-x brand.

We're still working through some kinks and bugs (Wordpress can be mind-boggling at times), but we're pretty pleased at what we've got going so far. Pebs and I have a pile of new content in planning that we're itching to get going.

We're not gaming or film journalists and we never will be: we just write about things we find interesting.

Check out Invert-x.

13 Comments

Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 01:54:39 UTC Comment #36110
I still vote invert-x articles could be reposted in the news, or at the very least you could advertise them in der?
It would be better than what we have in the news now, which is notihing since 2013 ;)
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 03:08:40 UTC Comment #36109
You're not abandoning the dueling articles format completely, are you? I liked that, me. Having the parallel perspectives nicely accentuated the key points of each side.

Otherwise, lookin' good!
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 03:19:42 UTC Comment #36107
Nah, the double articles will still be featured pretty often.

@CapT: The site is unrelated to TWHL, so we're not going to post i-x news/journals/forums/whatever spam here. Go to the site if you want to read it, there's even a little button for it underneath the onliners box :)
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 03:41:03 UTC Comment #36111
You could have posted the modding article one at least =P

I like the dueling article structure too, jessie :)
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 04:02:11 UTC Comment #36101
Duelling articles is definitely staying, we're just doing more on top of those. Pebs and I don't always see eye-to-eye on topic choices, so having different article types means we can easily branch out.
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 20:00:01 UTC Comment #36113
The new site look is definitely best suited for the dual-article approach. I saw the last article about James Cameron's Terminator 2( which I totally agree was the best film he produced), and the text spanning the whole screen seems a bit tiresome.

There's this modern web style current I don't know to put in words, but your site totally adopts it. In some ways, it's clean and very nice. But for a guy like me that grew and learn about the internet in a time when forums where still heavily used(2007-2010 when the web 1.0 to 2.0 transition kinda was at its end), it seems overly simplified. Don't mean to be a hypocrite, I adopted this theme style on my blog too. Just my feeling that we're having too many websites that are too picturesque but lack that interactive feeling. They feel too...simple. Like having some limited information on the last page of a weekly magazine.
The accent put on the "now" is too damn high. In the past sites used to have more of an archival approach, now it's hard to go through older articles.

This is just some rambling that got out of control and might not be related to your site :)).
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 21:58:29 UTC Comment #36102
Thanks for the comments, The_(c)Striker. I am going to tweak the single author articles slightly so they're not quite as wide.

I do understand your thoughts for the most part. My design aesthetic is heavily skewed towards minimalism and clarity, because I think that makes a far bigger impact than the overuse of effects and components ever could. I'm a fan of it because it allows the content to really shine, and it's what you want your audience to concentrate on.

I think this kind of design came through as the audience grew. To people like us, a forum is a completely normal aspect of life on the internet, but to a layperson, it's an extra layer of abstraction that doesn't have a clear parallel in the real world. Skeuomorphism is a kind of design 'no-no' at the moment, but it's actually a very sound concept that successful designs tend to embrace: it's not about making a literal representation of a real-world object in a digital context, but instead about conveying a digital concept with a grounding in real-world concepts and conventions.

And yeah, everything Cameron has done since T2 has sucked. Well, that's a little harsh, but certainly nothing as perfect as T2.
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-18 23:23:28 UTC Comment #36112
Mister Plinkett would disagree. Check out his review of Titanic Ant if u haven't already :P

(Trying to post a link but my horrible phone is not cooperaring)
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-22 08:49:28 UTC Comment #36105
You guys write really well. You'll now be my alternative to XKCD's What If to read on my other monitor whilst rendering :)

Also, it has taken me since TWHL3 first appeared until now to finally notice that 'Affiliates' is mis-spelled on the sidebar.
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-22 23:41:11 UTC Comment #36103
D'awww, you're a darling. <3

And yes. Yes it is. Old images too for those websites. Will get Pebs to amend that at some point. >_<
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-23 09:13:23 UTC Comment #36108
How dare you point out flaws in this perfect website! That's it, I'm taking you off the Affliates list, Archie!
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-24 00:43:24 UTC Comment #36106
You son of a monkey's uncle!
Commented 4 years ago2014-12-24 01:00:05 UTC Comment #36104
Shh, otherwise he'll bring back retro TWHL...

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