Welcome to the new GameCritics.com. Note to self: don't launch a website during the holidays. It's hard enough without all the distracting family commitments and joyous celebrating.

Anyway, here's a list of new features (for us anyway) to keep an eye out for:

  • Staff Blogs
  • RSS Feeds
  • Reader comments posted immediately after each review or article
  • Streamlined mobile format version of website for PDAs, cell phones, Internet enabled consoles and portables like the PSP and Wii
  • Convenient links to the latest reviews, blog posts and forum threads featured on right-column of all non-forum pages
  • Reviews have extensive Slashdot/Wikipedia-like categorizations that are featured in the meta-info at the top right of each review or article. Clicking on a linked platform, developer, publisher, genre, etc. will bring up links to other reviews or articles tagged with the same category.
  • All content about a game are bound together by a parent index page. There are many different link options at the bottom of each content page that can either take you to the next/previous page or to view the table of contents for that game.
  • The old Consumer Advice sidebar information is now featured prominently on its own starring Consumer Guide page.
  • vBulletin powered forums have been upgraded to latest version which should have many interface enhancements and improved SPAM blocking
  • The site is using the open-source Drupal platform for its content management and is entirely web-based
Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
Chi Kong Lui

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