24 September, 2008

Blog editor

I've searched for a good blog editor, something that integrates with the browser and post content from a webpage directly to my Blogspot blog.
So here's what I'm using right now:
ScribeFire - Fire Up Your Blogging!
ScribeFire,an extension of Firefox ®, enables users to easily drag and drop formatted text from the Web into their blog(s), post entries, take notes, and optimize their ad inventory, directly through the Firefox browser.
Well, let's see how it works, I'll post some feedback on this soon.

Morning music - The Fountain OST

Hey! Mornin' everyone! Just another day at work, writing on a game concept and doing some research...all this while enjoying (again) an excellent soundtrack: Clint Mansell - The Fountain.
For anyone who hasn't listened this yet, you can play the whole album for free on Deezer.
In other words I'm still pissed off by having the RROD on my Xbox 360 and no warranty left. I'm making all sort of plans in order to buy myself a brand new Xbox soon enough. There are more than 5 must play titles on the 360 that I didn't even tried to play so far. Need Xbox! Now!
Click here to listen to Clint Mansell - The Fountain

23 September, 2008

Online game shops

Since finding games at good prices in Romania is an extreme sport, I've decided a long time ago to start buying games from online stores from abroad. A very good idea! Most of my games collection is composed from online ordered titles. This year I've ordered games from all sorts of online stores (checked shipping rates, packaging, delays, security, etc.) and it seems that these are the best I've tried so far:

- a Canada based store and an e-Bay Power Seller, excellent prices, good bargain bin deals and low cost shipping. The packaging is very good so your ordered games are safe on the trip. The store has a large variety of games for all the major consoles (no games for PC platform though) and since the PS3 is multisystem (PAL and NTSC) by default, you can buy any NTSC game you find for your European console.
Store link

- an UK based store with low cost shipping, just 2.25 Euros per item. Sometimes you can find better deals here instead of Videogames Plus. If your console was bought from Europe, you can freely buy Xbox 360 and Wii games from here, they will match the console's PAL standard protection. Free shipping for UK deliveries.

- also an UK based store with tons of deals and available titles. Good shipping rates for the entire Europe, updated website and good pre-order prices. Free shipping for the lucky UK residents. :)
Store link

Be sure I'll give a big shout in case I found another reliable games store.



Hi ppl, just a quick update with some major things that happened in the last year:
  • I quit my job at Gameloft and joined Vivendi Games Mobile as Lead Game Designer;
  • got a PS3 and a DS from my friends and co-workers as a birthday present, finally bought an LCD during the last year's holidays so I can enjoy some HD gaming;
  • started and finished developing my next project after Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles and that's: 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand for mobile platforms;
  • finally sorted out alot of personal affairs;
  • just came back from the most chillin' vacation in the past years, Thassos Island in Greece, where we had a great time with our friends Alex and Dana.
  • didn't had time to play as much as I wanted but I've enjoyed some of last year's good titles like Bioshock, Assassin's Creed and this year's GTA IV or MGS IV;
  • went on a trip to Belgium during the last year's holidays, visited Amsterdam and had a bussines trip in Paris in February.
  • I've been in the U.K. some weeks ago for a job interview, unfortunately I wasn't the lucky one this time so... end of story. Maybe I'll post some more impressions regarding my short trip to UK or the job interview... Anyway, visited a few places this year, maybe more to come.
Not easy days at work lately.  I'll let you know when the time is right.
Be back soon!