Thank you for your feedback @Psyrus. I appreciate you taking the time of answering on my post.
Agree. The backgrounds are a bit misleading to me since they do not follow thru to the actual post. So I felt a stronger and unique image was maybe the right way to go. Something that is then later presented on the actual post page. I do feel the need of a strong "poster image" for a post. Since they can be used as a good communication tool when sharing a post on social networks or on chat apps.
I also noticed that they are prefixing all of their updates to different things. Like "Announcement", "Release" and "Event" to name a few. So I went with some filter buttons so you could potentially filter thru all the posts. This to me adds better exploration value to a website.
Yes, the simplistic and clean touch is something of a personal preference of mine. I was trying not to end up to close to the "bootstrappy" style. But since I use very similar buttons as they have in their styles and the 3 icons layout, might be getting too close. The layout is based on their 12 column layout model with 30px gaps and container margins. Maybe this is something that I need to look closer at. Maybe moving away from that layout could help reduce the "bootstrappy" style. Food for thought.
I'm trying to understand the "gaming" feel you are mentioning. Could you elaborate on that? (What makes a website have more of a "gaming" feel to it?)