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Newsworthy: xbox + windows phone

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

If your’re a gamer on Xbox and own a Windows Phone 7 device (and if you don’t have it, get one asap) here’s some really good news for you. 4 good news actually.

#1 – PES 2012 is now available for Windows Phone 7 and it looks in pretty good shape. Go get it soccer fans!

#2 and #3 – every Wednesday (more or less) is Deal of the Week day on Windows Phone, which means that 1 or more games will get a price drop for a week. The good news is you have a choice of two games this time around: Tentacles, and Glow Artisan. As for every Xbox Live game, they have a free trial so there’s no reason for you not to give it a try.

#4- last week’s Deal of the Week is still active, so that makes for 3 WP7 games on SALE! Check out IonBallEX too, and get it before it’s too late ;)


Top 10 Xbox Live games on Windows Phone 7

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

While I’m still amazed by the fact that I can unlock Xbox Live achievements on the go on my phone, a lot of new games have been released in the last year, and it’s about time for me to talk about the ones I love the most. Hopefully this list will be useful to those of you who just picked up a Windows Phone 7 device for the first time, and love its gaming soul. ;)

If you are a gamer on WP7, feel free to let me know your thoughts on this list… ‘nough talking!


  1. Angry Birds
    My personal number 1 for how many hours I spent on it
  2. Bejeweled LIVE
    I always loved this game, and the WP7 porting is pretty good
  3. Fruit Ninja
    Frenetic gameplay, very addictive, nicely implemented
  4. Kinectimals
    Gorgeous graphics, you MUST try this one at least once
  5. Hexic Rush
    Hexic on a phone is almost as good as Bejeweled
  6. Full House Poker
    Online play would make this pretty much perfect if you’re into pocker games
  7. Fable: Coin Golf
    Looking great, challenging, and inspired by one of the best Xbox games ever
  8. Implode
    Original gameplay, pretty fun. Don’t miss it while it’s on sale!
  9. Flowerz
    Very nice game, easy to learn, hard to master
  10. Fight Game: Rivals
    This one’s got many critics and bad reviews – honestly I don’t mind the original gameplay and the nice graphics. Pretty fun


Oh and while I’m at it.. be sure you don’t miss the newly released “Bug Village“, available for free with its 200 GP!


Farewell PHP, all hail C#

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I started getting serious with programming with Visual Basic 5, so ASP (3.0) was the perfect candidate when I decided to do some web development.
Soon ASP exposed some of its limits and for reasons that I couldn’t really tell right now, PHP became my language of choice, instead of Truth is, I’ve been coding 99% percent of my recent web projects in PHP, with MySQL as the backend database.

Well I’m not sure if it’s me doing something sneaky behind the scenes but I’ve been totally unsatisfied with performance and reliability of my websites lately. I even switched several VPS and dedicated servers without actually finding out the root of some pretty serious issues, so now it’s time for me to give up. Or better yet.. evolve! I finally decided to drop PHP in favor of ASP.NET and started rewriting my projects modules one at a time (some actually being windows applications for the several schedules tasks I have in place).

Today I decided to put the first huge batch of modules in production, hence this posts. If you’re using my Xbox Live gamercards, know that they are now powered by some brand new ASP.NET coding. The good news is that they seem to perform much faster so far, and they also render slightly better (this is pretty easy to notice in the ‘Big Sig’ template).

While I’m in this process, I also have plans to move most of my projects to a new domnain called Luvisoft. Why Luvisoft? Well, that’s a very long story that I’ll probably cover in another blog post. :)

So┬áthis is it for now: as 90% of the core functions and modules have been rewritten and never tested in production, I’d be very grateful if you could report any issues or bugs you may find, as well as general impressions or comments about the new gamercards. Thank you!

How does it feel to be MVP?

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

It’s been almost a month since I got the awesome email from Microsoft, which was awarding me as MVP for Xbox – I just wanted to share how I feel and what’s changed since then.

First off.. well, I’m the same old dude lol. And in case you’re wondering I live in the same house, drive the same car, and live with the same awesome person who – surprisingly enough – can still stand me every day.

But I do feel GREAT and yes, I’m pretty proud of myself because of the award.
Xbox and its Community have been my main passion in life for years, if not ages. I did a handful of things, founded and developed a lot of websites, building up communities from the ground up, I’ve spent countless hours developing services for Xbox fans, helping out people as an Xbox Live Ambassador, and moderating the forums as well.
And, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters to me is seeing people’s gratitude. I hope that does sound good: you know this thing about me being Italian.. well I’m not sure if my English it’s up to the task sometimes! :) what I meant to say is that all I need to keep going is a single person who says: “thanks, you did something that’s useful to me”. That makes me feel good, and that’s also the main factor when I have to choose to support or drop a project of mine.

The MVP award has already offered me some new, exciting opportunities, expecially in reagards to networking with other MVPs and Microsoft’s employees. I feel so lucky that I’ve got this chance: so far almost every day has been a surprise and I’m really excited to see what’s to come. It will definitely be a GREAT ride.

And looking back, I know I probably wouldn’t have done all of this if it wasn’t for a few, very special persons. So here’s a personal thanks, whether we worked together, they inspired me, helped me out, or they gave me the opportunity to do new exiting things.. just know that you are responsible for my passion and commitment to the Xbox Community.
So, thanks to my buddy Squidpunch, to THE velvet voice Deaconblade, to Trapper Markelz – co-founder of 360voice, to the allmighty Trixie.. and A LOT more persons who aren’t friend with me anymore.. because I forgot to include them in this post! Sorry, you know that Zaam loves you either way.


Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Yeah yeah everybody knows by now.. right?
If you don’t click here before reading further, and sign up.

Oh you want the details, too?

In brief, the new Xbox 360 dashboard update is almost ready to hit our consoles, and the Xbox team – as usual – wants to test it on a pretty large scale. Yes, they’re looking for your help, and you may get to see the update before anyone else. Looks like a win-win situation to me!

Want even more details? Head on here for the official news:

xbox+windows phone awesomesouce

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Word on the streets (and on official Microsoft’s blogs as well) is that a brand new xbox companion app is almost ready to hit the Windows Phone Marketplace, and – from the look of it – xbox and wp7 lovers are gonna LOVE it.

…an amazing little tool that will let you Find, Learn more about and Control content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your Xbox 360

Not only it will let us browse the Xbox Marketplace for games, movies and music, but it also includes the so-called “controller mode”, in which we will be able to fully navigate the Xbox 360′s menus, control video playback etc..

The price? FREE!

Keep an eye on WP7applist’s RSS feed for new free apps to spot it as soon as it’s available.


Even more gamercards news (and designs)

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Since I just decided that this would also be a devblog for my gamercard service, I guess I might post all udpates I make to them – I noticed a quite big increase in traffic lately, most likely due to:

  • a) the new designs
  • b) the fact that I’m – again – actively developing the service now, so it just works. ;)


The most successful new design seems to be classicnew, but I also got some awesome responses for the ‘Big Signature‘. It comes in a few different colors and it’s inspired partly to‘s look and partly to Microsoft‘s (now patented) Metro UI. I started using it myself in forums I frequent. :) Here’s an example of the Orange Big Signature:

I also did a slightly different gamercard a few days ago, which I’m not promoting on the gamercard generator, but you should feel free to use if you wish: I wanted something that would put focus on the Avatar (the full body) but also include more info from Xbox Live. You can see the result on this blog’s sidebar.

Want one for yourself? Here’s how:

  • - dark text (for light background):
  • - light text (for dark background):


Enjoy and, as always, comments are very welcome!

New XBL Gamercard generator + new designs

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

As I said earlier, I’m at work to improve my XBL Gamercard generation service lately.

One thing I never put much effort on (shame on me!) is the actual “generator“, where you can choose a design and create your own gamercard. Well I’m trying to fix that, and if you want a sneak preview head on to for the first draft.
Feel free to tell your friends & family about it and do provide some feedback, as I’ll be working on it a lot in the near future. :)

While we’re on the subject, don’t miss the 2 new designs I just added: one replicates the new (it would have been ‘new’ if I did it a few months ago actually) look of gamercards on the forums, and for the other one I have to credit Genio del Male, who gave the idea in a tweet.

My Xbox Live Avatar is more like me

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I really mean it. Even more than the pic you see on my blog as – once again – I shaved my head last week, and that instantly reflected on my Xbox alter ego!
Ok, you may now resume your normal day. :)

New gamercard, more designs likely coming

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

People have been using my Xbox Live gamercards ever since I first released them a few years ago, and traffic has grown substantially when MGC decided to close down their services ( :( ).

I’ve been actually debating for a while whether I should move my gamercard generator to its own domain, polish it up a little bit (or better yet, A LOT), add more layouts and styles etc.. I’m still not sure if that will happen but I do like doing gamercards.. a lot! So I’ll definitely try to improve them in the short term.
For a start, enjoy a new gamercard design, specifically designed for forum sigs. It’s quite obviously a tribute to the “new” design, that I honestly like a lot.

Feel free to create your own and let me know what you think in the comments or via email. :)