Kingdom Hearts II

Today, I sold my Kingdom Hearts II video game for the Playstation 2. My trend recently is to get a video game, play it, beat it, and then sell it. I looked into trading in, but you usually get so much more for the games when you sell them on Amazon. This one was an accomplishment.  I tried to get 100% completion, but missed by only 4%.  I heard that the ending was different if you achieved 100%, but I didn’t get to see that version if there was one. There were a couple activities in the game that I was just not willing to spend hours on: defeating Sephiroth and some of the mini games. I know when to call it quits and 96% was my limit. I even took some screen shots with my camera.

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The game was quite good.  I hope they have a 3rd one.  I have read on GameSpot that one is in talks. Other than some boss fights that are a little ridiculous and some major button mashing in certain fights, I really enjoyed it.  If you want to keep it simple and play through the story sequence and not do any extra stuff you can get away with just that; however, if you want to submerge yourself into Kingdom Hearts – minigames, gummi upgrades, and Jiminy challenges – you can do that too. It all depends on how many hours you want to play the game.

Web Page Security – New Version

Some of you know me as a friend and code poet. Some know me as the crazy guy trying to get donations for his dad to get him a Wii. Some just know me as “that guy who wrote the web page security module for ASP.NET“. Others don’t know me at all; how did you end up here by the way?

Well, I am finally setting out to write the next version of the web page security module. I have quite a list of features requested by its many users. The fact is, I’ve been wanting to write the new version for nearly 2 years now. I have an idea that will make this thing so much more usable that I’m beginning to doubt its efficiency. So, before I begin putting too much effort into it, I will be running some tests, like a responsible programmer.

I suspect the new method I have in mind will be a bit more CPU-intensive. The problem is, I have no idea how much more CPU I can expect the algorithm to use. I’ll see how my tests go, beginning tonight. If the metrics show an acceptable increase in CPU (I’ll have to decide what is acceptable), I will begin coding the new version this week.

Stay tuned.

My Dad Needs a Wii

My dad and I have a lot of memories involving late nights up playing games.

There was the time I got home at around 2:00 AM from working at my inventory job in college, only to find him playing Hexen with a friend of his via modem connection. He wasn’t doing too well that night, so I stepped in to take over. His opponent had just turned him into a chicken, so I ran to a spot I knew where I could pick-up flight via some wings. After I flew away from my poultry pursuer and scored several immediate kills, I typed in, “I bet you didn’t know chickens could fly, sucka”! My dad couldn’t stop laughing.

Other times we were up far too late playing the original Mario Kart. Work and class was usually a struggle the next morning, but it was always worth it. We eventually knew all the tracks of all the releases of Mario Kart that came out over the years.

Now, my dad has visited me and my wife a couple of times to play the latest Mario Kart Wii. He really likes that game, and who can blame him! It’s an awesome game for an awesome console. He has mentioned numerous times how badly he wants to get a Wii.

Unfortunately, he cannot see spending all that money for a gaming console. I really want to help him with this plight, so I came up with the idea to create a new website for just that purpose. MyDadNeedsAWii.com is now up and running, and accepting donations. Since it’s Father’s Day, my wife and I donated the first $20, in addition to the domain name and website design/programming. I hope he likes it!

Better still, I hope it raises enough money to get him a new Wii bundle! It would be truly awesome to play some Mario Kart Wii online with him whenever we could.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad; and all the other deserving dads out there!