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Web Design Critique: Games-Cheap.Net

Games-Cheap.Net. Certainly a name that informs visitors about what the site is about.

This straightforward name is accompanied by a straightforward site, one that wastes little time in showing you its wares; a smart move, given that one does not go to a cheap games retailer for superfluous information. Though the site does have that, unfortunately, but that’s for later.

The main header contains the essentials; Currency Options, Sales, Contact Information, etc. Notably, however, it lacks account control links like Log In or Register, which is strange, given that there’s a “My Wishlist” option in the site. Privacy Policy does state that it uses cookies, like most other sites do, but the fact that it, unlike many other games retailers, don’t have account control is quite strange.

Immediately following that is the catalogue of games available in the site, as well as their prices. They’re all neatly filed based on category, with groups like Action and Role Playing games, and the like. One egregious error in the main page, is the categorization of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, as an MMORPG, given that it’s a narrative focused FPS. The images of the game’s art being links to descriptions of the games themselves. Both of these work well for keeping the main catalogue orderly.

The information about the games themselves are quite helpful, immediately starting off with the game’s price comparisons, before a video, then a description of the game itself. A smart move; providing potential buyers with information on the game they’re looking to buy. However, there are several notable hiccups with the information.

Firstly, the videos used for the games’ respective pages are cinematic trailers. Admittedly, a marketing tool, and is being properly used as such, some of these games aren’t new releases, and have a bevy of videos on YouTube or Twitch showing off the actual games itself. The cinematic trailer for Falllout 76, a game that has yet to come out? Understandable. But when it’s something as old as The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015), or, more egregiously, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Stormblood (2010), it’s rather inexcusable, especially when one considers the accolades both titles received.

The additional information in all of the pages is quite long, but given it’s a good description of the games themselves, it gets a pass. The only negative point to it is that it’s too long, coming across as superfluous at times. To contrast, the pages for Contact Info and Privacy Policy combined amounts to 5 minutes or so of reading.

Additionally, there are also some issues with the text, which really add up given the sheer volume of it. Perhaps it’s a problem of trying to show too much of the goods to the prospective customer. Improper grammar, erroneous use of lowercase and uppercase letters (Project CARS 2, listed as Project cars 2is an example), misuse of punctuation, and the like.

All in all, this cheap games market has the foundations needed for a good site, but it still has several basic issues with its design and structure. Having account management will help with repeat customers, the grammatical issues in the text can be handled easily with the right software, the text can be trimmed to only include so much of the good stuff, and the additional content can easily be remedied with some trips to YouTube.

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