China Moments

Shanghai, 2003-2006: In early 2003, I quit an IT job to follow my dreams of living abroad. Fortune smiled on me, and I landed my first job in the videogame industry at Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio. China Moments, my first blog, documented my first expatriation experience and my obsession with the craft of videogames.

  • Drums on the Basketball Court

    Drums on the Basketball Court

    As you’re probably aware, basketball is a big thing in Shanghai because of NBA superstar Yao M...

  • At Last… A New Apartment!

    After a long and tedious search, Hélène, 西施 (Xi Shi) and I finally moved in to a new apartment. Need...

  • Pyongyang On My Mind

    It’s happening again. Ever since I’ve been in China, I’ve been meaning to visit Ko...

  • Shanghai: The Bonus Levels

    For a newcomer to Shanghai, the city’s maze-like layout can be quite distressing when compared...

  • The Perils of Coolness

    It’s currently 9 AM Shanghai time, and I’ve been in the office 1 hour. Good thing is, I&...

Farewell, North Korean Style

Many of us on Splinter Cell Double Agent are being phased out of the project. Myself, as producer, I would have stayed until the very bitter end… but since I am joining a new project in October in Montreal, the ...

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Kobe Beef Weekend

Man, what a weekend we just had. Here’s the invation I sent to everyone; let’s just say it turned out to be a very accurate description… Aaaah, the life of a Kobe Beef… You spend your life immobile, eating food ...

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The Cat Goes Beep!

It’s a frantic period of late. Not only do I have to wrap up SCDA X360, but I also have to prepare my vacations and my move out of China at the end of October. I’m officially running out of days of ...

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The Crunch

Here we are. Crunch Time. If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, “crunch time” is that period of a game development project where you’re entering the final stretch and working your ass off to get everything polished and functional. In some ...

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Hot Water Wars

I mentioned in the past that our apartment building has the most retarded hot water system in Shanghai – nay, in China. You see, most apartment buildings, hell, even small apartments are equipped with a small water heater. No fuss, ...

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