When you come to the homepage, as a newbie would do, there's no easy way to reach the forum. There is a forum link on the left, which is the first thing a sensible person will click when looking for a forum, but that doesn't work (ioi confirmed this).
The top menu is the only real way to get around the site. Unfortunatly again, most casuals or newbies would not ever even scroll their mouse over that area, so would never see the submenus, and probably just leave the site. Heck, it puzzled me for a bit at first.
And the top menu forum link, which mot people looking for a forum will click, doesn't work either. It only brings up the submenu, then requiring you to slide your mouse down to reach, again, far too tricky for most casuals.
I have a hard time describing why. but it's just terrible. The top level forum links need to be fixed, and frankly the whole top menu system should be junked imo. Standard fixed links should be placed instead imo.
Also, one should be able to easily scan the whole forum index rather than having to choose to go to a subforum from the start because no link that says "forum" actually works. Kind of a real basic flaw.
I notice this site should be a LOT more popular than it is imo. It's alwas about 90 registered users and 600 browsers. For the most popular site that deals in game sales it should be exploded far beyond that popularity. I believe the difficult menu system and non working links are why. If one is a regular and willing to put up with a lot of crap, the forums can be navigated. However, a lot of work is necessary to do it, and casuals will leave this site faster than you can blink. I dont think it's an accident most of the posters are the same core group.