19 Sep 2008 00:01
Australian ‘geeks’ welcome Atomic website relaunch
The online home for many of Australia’s self-described geeks at atomicmpc.com.au has been relaunched to some glowing user feedback – and some grumbles too.
The relaunch has inspired thousands of forum responses and pages of comments from ‘Atomicans’, the PC hardware and gaming fanatics that make up the site’s community. The comment was largely positive, but Atomicans who preferred the old site were unafraid to speak their minds also.
One member was moved to write: “Don’t listen to ’em Atomic... It was never going to be easy to make the transition from such a ‘traditional’ layout and design but I think you’ve done an outstanding job!”
New look aside, editor David Hollingworth said: “The big new changes are that the site is now capable of displaying cool things like image galleries, proper group tests, and far more detailed review scoring across the board. We’ve even introduced reader reviews to the site, so if you have an opinion, sharing it is now easier than ever.”
The forums, where the Atomic community meets, have also been overhauled. To celebrate the revamp, Hollingworth invited banned members to rejoin under a one-off amnesty. He told them: “Just play nice, okay?”
Atomic also produces a monthly magazine and PC gaming exhibition Atomic Live. And as changes to the website have been echoed in the most recent edition of the magazine, “the Atomic family is now more tightly integrated than ever,” said Hollingworth.