Welcome to the semi-new looking GameCritics.com! For years, our inability to grasp Cascading Style Sheets has always made us the pretty-ugly girl of video game sites. It's nice to finally see the old girl take off those thick rims glasses, let her hair down, and get all dolled up so she can attend the party of modern web design. Let us know what you think, but be gentle since she's still a bit shy and insecure.

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.
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Wesley J
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Wesley J
5 years 8 months ago

Just wanted to say that I like the new face lift to the site, keep up the good work Chi. At first I thought it was my browser, cause the text was smaller. lol But then I realized lol Good Job
Thanks Wes

coyls3
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coyls3
5 years 8 months ago

ever though about using DISQUS?

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 8 months ago
[quote=ZippyDSMlee]Forgot to say would be nice if you revamped the comments system here, get rid of the capcha for registered users, or at least build a database of sane users so they don;t have to be forced to use it. Editing comments would be nice too.[/quote] If we use our forums as a measuring stick, even accounts and email verification hasn’t prevented a steady influx of spammers. Recaptcha is still the most effective deterrent of spammers I’m afraid. That said, we didn’t intend to create a database of users for comments with this current generation of the site. Perhaps its… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 8 months ago

[quote=Li-Ion]Why is there no love for Eurogamer or Edge in the “best game review sites”? I find their reviews very informative and way better than anything IGN or Gametrailers ever puts up. And metacritic? come on…[/quote] The “best” list is really meant to be a generic list of popular gaming sites so don’t read too much into it, but I can include Eurogamer and Edge there.

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 8 months ago

[quote=Anonymous]The biggest difference for me is the excessive amount of garish advertising that is like a strobe light to the face. But you are still my fav game site, flashing or not :p[/quote] Sorry about that. I haven’t seen these ads because depending on where you are located in the world, you will get different ads served to you. I’ll try opt out of these campaigns.

Li-Ion
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Li-Ion
5 years 8 months ago

I like the facelift, thumbs up.

I would also like to see easier commenting for registered users or a “sanity-database” and editing possibilities.

Why is there no love for Eurogamer or Edge in the “best game review sites”? I find their reviews very informative and way better than anything IGN or Gametrailers ever puts up. And metacritic? come on…

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Anonymous
5 years 8 months ago

The biggest difference for me is the excessive amount of garish advertising that is like a strobe light to the face. But you are still my fav game site, flashing or not :p

ZippyDSMlee
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5 years 8 months ago

Forgot to say would be nice if you revamped the comments system here, get rid of the capcha for registered users, or at least build a database of sane users so they don;t have to be forced to use it.

Editing comments would be nice too.

ZippyDSMlee
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5 years 8 months ago

Looking good.

coyls3
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coyls3
5 years 9 months ago

when I posted that, the headers looked different. the bottom nav bar looked like it used too, and the cell with the logo in it really stood out.

It might have just been my browser or something, but it looks good now.

Good job!

frogofdeath
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frogofdeath
5 years 9 months ago

Right after I posted my first comment, the page look was uniform throughout the different sections. Not sure what was up with that. The page looks good guys. Keep up the good work.

frogofdeath
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frogofdeath
5 years 9 months ago

[quote=coyls3]On the main page, the cell containing the logo really sticks out. I think you should add the header from the forums to the main page instead.[/quote]
I too am seeing the main page this way. The GameCritics.com home still looks similar to the older version when it comes to the header.

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 9 months ago

[quote=coyls3]On the main page, the cell containing the logo really sticks out. I think you should add the header from the forums to the main page instead.[/quote] Hey coyls, I’m not quite sure what you mean. The header in the homepage and forums is identical. Can you elaborate? We also increased the size of the logo. Does that change anything?

coyls3
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coyls3
5 years 9 months ago

On the main page, the cell containing the logo really sticks out. I think you should add the header from the forums to the main page instead.

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