I've just started coming back on NG following a short hiatus and I wasn't expecting a redesign at all. I've had an account here for at least 3 years, but I've been coming on even longer than that, and the site has always looked the same, so I am kind of sad to see the old layout go :((
Nostalgia aside, there are some really practical reasons that I miss the old site. First of all, it was easier to navigate the game portal. Even with the 'browse categories' feature, there isn't as much simplicity as there used to be. Not really a big deal, but maybe you guys would consider putting the categories in the browse feature right on the main page of the game portal, so that instead of "hot games", "new games", "cool games this month". etc (which seems kind of redundant). you could have "hot games" + the categories. Idk just an idea. Putting too much emphasis on newer games is a mistake; half the fun of this site is in rediscovering old games that were made and a lot of games that I play most often are from back in teh day.
Besides that, the only thing that I would suggest is bringing back those trophies! I really miss the daily/weekly trophies and the crew's pick; to see it replaced by a generic star system is sad. Is this gamershood or any of the 2934239 sites that use that rating system? The trophy thing helped to set this site apart.
Overall everything looks cool but....Idk. It's sort of like if southerners suddenly started reading. It's different.