sadly you're in a fatal downward spiral. you redesigned the site... no-one liked it, it's ghastly and horrid looking: people vacated the premises.
now, ads pull in less revenue due to less users (i.e. hits) so you try to counter-act this by plastering even more ads all over the joint. this p**ses even more people off.
on that subject - the short articles that span 10 pages (not an exaggeration, sadly) WTF, seriously.
and a biggie - reviews without integrity. the RE6 debacle was CVG at its best. it was the most amount of comments you got in a long while - and 99% of them were slating you... that should not be ignored.
Rob, with respect - yourself tried to respond in some sort of quell-attempt, which didn't go well at all. you tried to blame the review or the reviwer Rich, a freelancer. trying to scapegoat it, or make an excuse, because the review did not match the score. people knew the game was a stinker, they seen it a long way off - other reviews confirmed it - even your own review confirmed it, with the famous 'not worth full price' line. THEN you slap a respectable 8/10 on the end.
now Rich, the athour of that review has a 13 page thread on another forum slating CVG, amongst other things he says he is embarrased to be associated with the site.
it asks the question - why did the game get a score that it didn't deserve? that goes right back to integrity.....
look at eurogamer. they have integrity. they gave RE6 a 6/10 and had RE6 adverts on the site. that's the kind of honesty you can bring to your reviews when you have that type of integrity and are not dictated by outside forces...
capcom can't say jack s**t as they have the hits, they are in a strong place.
when you buckle to pressure, your integrity suffers - your integrity suffers, your readership suffers - your readership suffers, your advertising revenue suffers... then what are you left with?!
you become a burnt out shell of a once-great site, of a once great mag. a real shame, as this used to be a great site.
i know how i would fix the site, and design is part of the problem, but you know best.
frankly i'd revert back to the old site, call it retro week or something, then grow some balls, if some rep whinged about their review score, boot him in the balls... bring us some honest reviews and great user-friendly articles.
n.b. this is intended for constructive purposes, from a once-happy reader.
turn this place around, bring back the glory days. and ditch the tabloid look and feel, and bring back some attitude.
over and out.
I LIKE ELECTRO, I LIKE RETRO, I LIKE GHETTO: HOUSE & TECHNO!