Monday, August 31, 2009

Charge Shot!!! 2.0

Picture 2Oh, hi there. I didn’t see you come in. You have to stop doing that.

You might notice something a little… different about the ol’ blog today, yes? Maybe it lost weight, or got a new haircut, or maybe it is ushering in a new epoch of Charge Shot!!!, bitches.

Where we were once a dude-infested nerd-factory, deigning to write about video games and only video games, we are now expanding our outlook to include the other forms of media that you, the erstwhile reader, consume every day. Games still have a place here, near and dear to our hearts, and we hope not to lose those of you who we have attracted in the last nine months or so – we’ll still do features and interviews and reviews about games, our daily roundup of gaming news will continue, and our podcast will stay exclusively game-related.

Among those game posts will be other things, though – stuff about television and movies, music and books, gadgets and technology. To deliver these, we’ve brought on a whole slew of new writers who we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do. Because of all these new faces, we’ll be posting twice most weekdays, three times if you count our gaming news link round-up. You guys, that’s almost twice the Charge Shot!!! you got before. It seems like a good deal to me.

You’ll also notice our brand-new layout, which we all think is head-and-shoulders above the old one. The new color scheme is light, very readable and more inviting. The navigation bar at the top (and bottom) of the site brings important things like our podcast and RSS feed to your immediate attention, while freeing up enough space that we have completely eliminated one sidebar. As a result, the content can breathe a little better, and we managed to make more space for advertisements while keeping them unobtrusive and tasteful. Cha-ching!

So, lots of changes, but hopefully nothing changed for the worse or changed for the sake of change. Please, if you have any suggestions, criticism, praise or witty asides, shoot us an email at editors@charge-shot.com, or simply leave a few words in the comments section. This has been a fun project for us over the last few months, and I think we’ve done some solid work in trying to entertain you. Hopefully it’s all uphill from here.