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I checked out a few months ago, was fairly underwhelmed. I decided to take a look again for this thread, and really poke and prod around the site.

Tentacl has some SERIOUS issues.

Let's focus on the UI, because everyone talks about the content, not so much how you get to it.

You have to click and acknowledge every time you want gold granted, rather than it being granted automatically. Because, you know, it's really important to know that gold was granted because this user hearted that post or this user failed that post, one by one by one by one by one by one by one...

Before you get there, though, you have to post in the forums. Organization of the forums is pretty much non-existent. They're not just "not in categories", they're not even in any particular order. You pick out one that looks right out of the big heap, helpfully guided by a catchy name, no description, an icon more relevant to the catchy name than the actual subject material, and a big, space-hogging thumbnail of the background used in that forum. Because that TOTALLY helps you figure out what the forum is about.

Once you're in the forum, the tumblr-esque layout proves why tumblr's success is in spite of its UI, not because of it -- rather than giving you a list of topic titles and letting you pick which ones you're interested in, Tentacl makes a nice big stream of the first posts of each of those threads, which are sorted by popularity rather than recent activity. It loads all pictures in the first posts, too, so... y'know. Don't look at the NSFW forum if you're just curious; the NSFW content is up-front and center from click 1.

Search is 'dumb': it searches everything with no options to limit the scope, and then dumps everything into one big list. Like, seriously, it loads an entire list of results of everything relevant inside one popup bubble. If what you're looking for isn't at the top, too bad, because the bubble drops down past the bottom of the screen and it's anchored to the part of the layout that never scrolls down.

Equipping is just a nightmare. This site combines shops and dress-up into one, which I'm sure looked great on paper. You know... new content shows up first for free advertising, and you can dress-up using items you don't have then buy them after. The problem is when it first loads: It loads up every item one by one, with a second or two for each. For every item in the store. Because they had to have their Flash-y effects, which is obviously more important than letting the user quickly add and remove items. There's also no "you don't have enough coins for this" notice until the moment that you try to check out. And it's trying to charge me for socks I don't have equipped. At some point, I guess they dropped into my Shopping Bag, and never left. Huh?

I'm trying to focus on the UI here, but I would like to take a moment to say 'realism' does not equal better art. rofl I guess no one stopped to think that "hey, with giant avatars, problems with the art will be extra obvious!" But I digress.

The only significant improvements I've seen since I checked a few months ago, in terms of UI? They brought in a "planned" feature that was incorporated into the UI before it actually functioned: A "flair" system, which rewards your activity around the site by rating you as "Nasty", "Social", "Creative", "Wealthy" or "Stylish". And then giving out achievements for it, kinda. You get a different icon thing on your profile for it. You don't get to pick which one is displayed, and this doesn't appear to serve any greater purpose. Yay?

Getting away from the UI again -- this feature kind of screams "adult site in name only" to me. Seriously? You shouldn't need a little meter to tell you what kind of person you are. The categories only reinforce the immaturity -- where's the "generous", "informative", or... idk, "inspiring"?

Unravel is no better. More than that, it's such a dumb game. Can you figure out what my favorite color, Pokémon, and sex position is? If you do, I'll reward you with a photo of my hands! emotion_awesome You win when you realize you should stop playing, because this self-absorbed bullshit is sending out information that should only matter to real friends and family, and yours are over on Facebook. (Hopefully you figure it out fast, because you can only change your information by swapping it out for other information. No "remove stage" option. And you have to cycle through randomly selected questions to find one that you're comfortable with answering, it doesn't just let you pick one...)


Long story short, it's Gaia's economy meets Facebook's oversharing, packaged in a poor adaptation of Tumblr's already lackluster format, with a whole bunch of unnecessary Flash-y effects that, at this early stage of development, only interfere with the user experience.

The only good thing I can say about the site is that the Gold Shop hairstyles aren't restricted in palette the way Gaia's are. And even that has a "but..." attached to it, because some of the hairs really aren't in enough colors, and the ones that have the best coloring jobs literally only come in one color.

And honestly, I probably wouldn't even have noticed if I didn't hate the shade of purple that Gaia's Gold Shop hairs have been stuck with for years now.

This.... This is the most perfect post about Tentacl ever made crying
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I signed up when it opened. It was fun at first like any other new thing. Then it got bored and you would need to buy gold and those gems with real money if you wanted some cool items just like on gaia. So yeaa I stopped going there.


Getting gems is nearly impossible so yeah you pretty much have to buy then with real money. The gold however, is so simple to get. Most of the time I just Unravel four or five people and chat away, the next I thing I know I'm up like 800 gold in a very short time.
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I don't get how people can say the avatars are well done when the few I've seen have serious anatomy issues (like derp monster obviously has one boob full of cancer or something) or layering issues and even look bad in their ads.


Derp monster was focusing more on dem fawn legs, but yeah, it's a pretty widespread problem. I think the problem here is that when they were adapting the vest for more buxom bases, they only bothered redrawing the outer form.

Let me show you what I mean. If you cover up that far boob, it looks fine. But it also looks like... B-cup? Maybe C-cup if we're feeling generous. But then you uncover the boob, and it looks like a wonky optical illusion, because the outer form suggests a big, DD-ish rack but the rest of the vest doesn't conform to that shape.

Yeah. It's very lazy work. But it's not surprising with how the quality of items are here. It kind of reminds me of a much worse version of the Pop T-shirts in Gambino Outfitters where the boobs are clearly mismatched.


Not to mention did you notice that all the other body types are just stretched or compressed versions of the middle one? They didn't re-draw anything, they just stretched them out or compressed them so the anatomy is wierd.

And I'm sorry but their body types that are supposed to be fat or chubby are just "Slightly less skinny with monstrous porn star boobs that will eat you."

And the feet. Those wonky a** feet:
WTF.

I think Reapersun is a fantastic artist, I really do (As much as I think her odd obsession with drawing porn is disgusting and I hate that she's decided all of her favourite male characters HAVE to be gay.) but Tentacl is far from her best work. It looks rushed, sloppy, and maybe it was trying to be sloppy to capture that "edgy" look but to me the entire site is just an unprofessional joke.

I feel mean saying that I hope the site fails...but all of the money from Gaia is going there instead of towards helping Gaia. Since I love Gaia, not tentacl, I'd rather the money come here. That means either Tentacl has to go or it has to make itself financially self sufficient.
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I like it because having an NSFW area will draw away some of those people from Gaia, which is a more friendly site, and over to tentacl, which is whatever the hell that is.

I mean, even the name... I don't even want to have it show up in my search engine. It just sounds awful.
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I just logged in a few days ago for the first time since the week it opened and now I keep getting all these emails. burning_eyes I don't like the avatars there and navigating the site is annoying. From what I've seen, the content doesn't appeal much to me either. I'd rather just go on tumblr.
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Tentacl sucks
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*Shrugs* I quite enjoy the site to be honest. I login everyday now and spend a bit more time there then here. Everyone is pretty civil with each other. Sure there are some improvements that need to be made but its still in beta for crying out loud. As it progresses things will change and get worked out. I understand if you don't like it but why the need to come on here and bash it? Don't like? Don't login to it. Pretty simple.

Its annoying as well seeing everyone still hung up on the porn/NSFW section of the site. It's in its own little area and if you don't want to see it just stay out of that forum. The other forums are quite nice if you poke around enough.
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I was on tentacl for maybe ten minutes before I got bored with it. I haven't bothered to go back to it.
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*Shrugs* I quite enjoy the site to be honest. I login everyday now and spend a bit more time there then here. Everyone is pretty civil with each other. Sure there are some improvements that need to be made but its still in beta for crying out loud. As it progresses things will change and get worked out. I understand if you don't like it but why the need to come on here and bash it? Don't like? Don't login to it. Pretty simple.

Its annoying as well seeing everyone still hung up on the porn/NSFW section of the site. It's in its own little area and if you don't want to see it just stay out of that forum. The other forums are quite nice if you poke around enough.


Exactly.

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