Archive for December, 2011

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011

     Just wanted to wish all of you a very merry Christmas!  Mrs. Coffee and I, along with our sons, were out of town over the last week, which is the main reason for no posts.
     I have a few posts lined up for the next week already, and posting should return to a more “normal” schedule, but until then I hope you all have a great Christmas!

Hot Coffee in Modern Warfare 3? Yes Please!

December 11, 2011
What good are night vision goggles, if your eyes can’t stay open to use them?
Order of successful night vision goggles usage: drink coffee, then use night vision goggles.

Coffee Beans
     What’s more awesome than drinking coffee and playing video games? Drinking coffee, and finding coffee related items/references in video games while playing!
     I received Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii last month, and as I was playing through the game’s single-player campaign I recorded a lot of footage from the levels.
     I was still early in the campaign, when I ran across something coffee related. What was it? Take a look below.

This is what you survive with.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Modern Warfare 3 is not the first video game I have played to have a coffee item/reference, but it was the first one I can remember having a “Hot Coffee” vending machine in a level, as the image above shows.
     If you have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but perhaps missed the “Hot Coffee” vending machine, the video below shows what level I discovered it in, and where:

     While I have completed Modern Warfare 3’s single-player campaign, this was the only place in the game “coffee” was spelled out that I found, though I may have missed it in other levels.

     Have you found any other coffee items/references in Modern Warfare 3, or perhaps a coffee item/reference in another game that really stuck out?

If you are interested in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you can see prices for it on linked below:

FPS Friday! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Hours Report

December 10, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released on November 8, 2011 for all the current generation home consoles. The Wii version released at a MSRP of $49.99, and it was developed by Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games and ported to the Wii by Treyarch, and it was published by Activision.
     The Wii version received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners put into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and does it appear they are playing the game online any? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has 3,895 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel since it released last month, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is 3 Hours 7 Minutes.
     The Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 has a “professional” review score average of 70.67%, based on 9 reviews on
     The game currently has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 21 customer reviews. When converted to a 100% review scale, Modern Warfare 3 has an 84.76% review score average from the 21 reviews on

Recorded December 9, 2011

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have been enjoying my time with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii, and if you aren’t aware, the Wii version has been patched not once, but twice now; and they even did some behind the scene “fixes” that didn’t require a download.
     I finished the single-player campaign in roughly 6 hours, and have spent about another 2 hours going back and playing through some of the levels again. Based on the reported hours, I definitely think Wii owners are playing the game’s online multiplayer.
     The video below shows off the first few minutes of one of my multiplayer matches after the second patch was released for the game. If you’re wondering, the results in the video were based off of luck, not skills:

     Seeing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 debut already I think continues to show there is a market for FPS games on the Wii, and specifically FPS games with online multiplayer even given the Wii’s online use of “friend codes”.

     Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? If so, which version have you been playing?

If any of you are interested in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you can see the PS3, Wii, and 360 versions on linked below:

More Money for Coffee! UPDATED & Best Buy Deals, Now GameStop Also

December 7, 2011

Coffee Beans
     We love coffee around here, and we also enjoy video games. What happens when video games go on sale? Well, that means you can buy video games at discounted rates, and save more money for coffee! More games = win. More coffee = win! is currently running a great “Buy One, Get One 50% Off” video game sale and the image above shows where to look for it at the link, and is running a Buy any Two Games Priced $29.99 or More, Get a Third Select Game Free. sale for a limited time (thanks superphillip for the reminder!). GameStop just sent out an email announcing their Buy 2 used games, get 1 free at
sale happening through Sunday. Take a look!

The Brew
     Over 1,000 video games and accessories are currently part of’s deal! Every current console is covered: Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, DS, 3DS, and PSP.
     The video games available include recently released titles like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Halo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryUncharted 3: Drakes Deception, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the Wii, and many more.
     So, if you are video game shopping for Christmas, or just in general, you probably want to head HERE, and start browsing the selection while the sale is still happening! And there’s more… is also currently running a “19 Days of Deals in Video Games“, where each day new video game deals are posted. You can see the current days deals for this sale HERE.’s Buy any Two Games Priced $29.99 or More, Get a Third Select Game Free., sale on video games over $29.99 is lasting through the end of the week, and the image below shows the tab to look for at the link above:

A Few Other Current Deals
     GoldenEye 007 (Wii) for $14.50(Save 52%, Ships Free on Orders Over $25)
     Just Dance 3 (Wii) for $29.99(Save 25%, Ships Free)
     NBA 2K12 (360) for $39.99(Save 33%, Ships Free)
     Reserve the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle now for $349.99(Releases on February 15, 2012)
     Resistance 3 for $29.99(Save 50%, Ships Free)
     uDraw Gametablet with uDraw Studio (360) for $49.96(Save 38%, Ships Free)
     Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for $39.99(Save 33%, Ships Free)
     Have any of you seen recent video game sales that were just too good to pass up? If so, were the sales online or in a store, and what games did you pick up?
     For me, Best Buy recently had Metroid: Other M on sale for only $5. I quickly forwarded the link to Mrs. Coffee, as I’m trying to stick with my New Year’s video game resolution of not purchasing any video games until I finish my backlog, or the year is up.

Ape & Monkey Together = Awesome Game! A Year’s Worth of Donkey Kong Country Returns

December 6, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Donkey Kong Country Returns was released on November 21, 2010 at a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Retro Studios, and published by Nintendo. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone“, with “Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent hoarding bananas over the last year in Donkey Kong Country Returns? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Donkey Kong Country Returns now has 259,963 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel with 372 days possibly reported. The game has seen approximately 249,460 more Wii owners report data through the Nintendo Channel, compared to the number on its debut from December last year.
     DKCR has almost 5 million “Total Hours” of gameplay reported in just over a year, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is now 1 Hour 50 Minutes.
     DKCR’s “professional” review score average is now 87.79%, based on 53 reviews on The game still has 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, but now it is based on 306 customer reviews.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Mrs. Coffee and I beat Donkey Kong Country Returns together earlier this year, but we haven’t really played it since. As a matter of fact, it is not currently in our game “collection”, as we traded our neighbors it back in July in exchange for Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Wii Sports Resort. Before we traded off Donkey Kong Country Returns though, how many hours did we put into the game?

     Our 65 hours reported are nearly all of just the two of us playing through the game together, with maybe an hour or two of the total being from us playing our own files in the game.
     If you have played Donkey Kong Country Returns cooperatively, you can probably relate to the frustration from the infuriatingly awesome level designs when trying to survive through a level with another player.
     Somehow, Mrs. Coffee and I survived the entire game together though, and we may have to give it another run in the future. Below is a video of Mrs. Coffee and me playing through DKCR’s World 5’s, Level 5-K Blast and Bounce. SPOILER WARNING – If you don’t want to see where at least one hidden puzzle piece is, don’t watch the video; but if you want to see us attempt a level together, just click play! I play as Donkey Kong, she plays as Diddy Kong:

     Donkey Kong Country Returns’ first year of reported data places it behind Mario’s games, but ahead of Kirby. Seeing the play-time that Mrs. Coffee and I reported, over 60 hours, compared to the average reported on the Nintendo Channel being under 20 hours, is really surprising to me. It makes me wonder if perhaps Donkey Kong Country Returns is so much of a challenge, that many of the players aren’t finishing it?
     I think DKCR is an excellent Wii game, and an excellent cooperative 2D side-scrolling platforming title in general. I really hope that Nintendo announces very soon Donkey Kong Country Returns is becoming a Nintendo Selects title so many more Wii owners can experience it.
     If you are looking for a new Wii game for Christmas that you can play with just one other person locally, I can recommend Donkey Kong Country Returns.

     Have any of you recently acquired and/or been playing through Donkey Kong Country Returns? If so, have any of you completed the game 100% cooperatively and, have you or anybody know you completed everything in the game, “Time Trials” and all?
     If you don’t own Donkey Kong Country Returns is it on your Christmas list, or would you purchase it almost immediately if it became a Nintendo Selects title with a MSRP of only $19.99?

If any of you are interested in Donkey Kong Country Returns, you can see prices for it and some Donkey Kong toys on linked below:

Dance Fever is Contagious! Just Dance 3 Report

December 4, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Just Dance 3 was released on October 7, 2011, and it was the first game in the Just Dance series to be a multi-console release.
     Just Dance 3 was developed by Ubisoft Paris, and of course published by Ubisoft.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Lyrics” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     Just how much have Wii owners been dancing with Just Dance 3, and how well does the game appear to be selling? Let’s take a look!

How many hours have you been dancing?

The Brew
     Just Dance 3 has 10,847 Wii owners that have reported game-play data, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is 1 Hour 32 Minutes. The average play-time per day/session simply means that each time Wii owners are firing up Just Dance 3, they are dancing for an hour and a half on average.

     Just how well has Just Dance 3 been selling though? I think the image below should put to rest any doubt the series is doing extremely well for Ubisoft, and I believe we will see Just Dance 4 in 2012:

I wonder what the ROI is for the games shown?

     As the image above shows, Just Dance 3 on the Wii has been ranked #1 on for at least the last three days, every time I have checked’s “Top 100 Video Games” list. I really think this should put to rest any/all doubts that third parties can find success on the Wii. Just Dance 3 has been outselling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and many other games on, that I wouldn’t have expected it to at this point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Here’s something fun from my caffeinated thoughts, be the first U.S. resident to email me( Just Dance 3’s Wii’s “professional” review score average/percentage on, for example is it 65.00% or maybe 100.00%, and I will mail you one package of Ed Hardy Energy Sticks to help keep you dancing/gaming through the night! When you email me the “professional” review score average, I will update “The Brew” section with the “professional” and customer review scores as I normally show them in other posts.
     I have not played any of the Just Dance games, but after watching trailers/videos for many of the games, I can see the appeal. If you have not seen Just Dance 3’s debut trailer, take a look at the video below:

     If you missed it, go back and watch the kid dancing around the .15 second mark. I still LOL at him, the poor guy!
     As for the data, Just Dance 3’s data debuted in 52 days, which is slightly longer than Just Dance 2’s data did last year; but I think it’s impressive considering the game is available on more than just the Wii.

     While Just Dance 3 isn’t on my Christmas list (yet), as I mentioned above, I definitely can see how people enjoy this game and the fact that it is once again selling, apparently, extremely well, I think speaks volumes for how much fun people are having with the game/series.

     Have any of you been playing Just Dance 3, or have it on your Christmas list? If you have been playing Just Dance 3, do you think it is the best Just Dance game to be released? 
     Is it your first game in the Just Dance series, or have you been a fan of the series since the original Just Dance, and you played them all so far?

If any of you are interested in Just Dance 3 you can see the console versions on linked below:

November Brewed! Coffees Consumed, Games Played

December 4, 2011

Coffee Beans
     First, if you are the proud owner of a 2011 Club Nintendo Original Calendar, don’t forget to change your month to December!

     Now, November was a great month! Not only was it Thanksgiving, and we have a lot to be thankful for, but we also had a family member visit us for a week. I was able to play a good bit of games, and consume coffee and caffeinated products throughout November. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at the games I played and the coffees I consumed in November!

Coffees & Caffeinated Products Consumed in November
     Community Coffee Medium Roast – This was a bag I discovered buried in our pantry. Now, when was this first consumed by us, and how long had it been hiding in our cabinet waiting for discovery? 4 MONTHS! Mrs. Coffee’s mom brought this up when she visited us in July, and it had somehow gotten stowed away in the back of the pantry. We finished the rest in November though, so no more Community Coffee, at least probably not until later this month…
     Folgers Black Silk Coffee – This was one of my birthday gifts in October from my wife, and we finished the container in November. I enjoyed it while it lasted, which sadly wasn’t very long.
     Chick-Fil-A Coffee – More random cups during work days when I would get off. As usual, I would grab a cup when heading out the door to drink on the way home.
     Yuban Original Coffee – This was another birthday gift from Mrs. Coffee for me, but I had held off on opening it until some of the other blends were finished. We not only opened the Yuban blend in November, we also finished it! We went through a lot of containers in November. I enjoyed the blend, and thought it had a good strong flavor.
     Maxwell House Gourmet Roast – This was a big 270(maybe 240) cup container Mrs. Coffee purchased for us in November, but we finished it about midway through the month. It was a new coffee blend by Maxwell House that I don’t think she had seen at the store before, so she decided to give it a try, and we both enjoyed it as a daily brew.
     Trader Joe’s Joe’s Dark Coffee – Remember Charlie from He sent me this container in August, and I had some of this still stowed away in the cabinet, but like the Yuban, Folgers, Community, and Maxwell House blends, we finished off the remaining bit of Joe’s Dark Coffee in November as well.
     Starbucks House Blend – I purchased one cup of Starbucks House Blend during the month, when I needed to use their WiFi to locate a post office. I’m one of those people that feels like if I use their “free” WiFi, I should at least support the business with a purchase of some sort. So, a cup of coffee it was!
     Variety of Ed Hardy Energy Snacks – I’m still eating a few of the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks, all in moderation (sort of!). The Coffee Rocks get consumed more than the other Ed Hardy Energy Snacks, but I’m finding their use very good. If I forget/don’t get my coffee at Chick-Fil-A, I’ll usually chew up five of the Coffee Rocks when I get in, to help give me a slight boost of energy, so I don’t pass-out!

Games Played in November
     Super Mario Bros. – Playing this game is becoming almost a nightly occurrence now. Our oldest little bean requests “Mario!” right before bed, basically as a delay tactic, but I usually give in and allow him to hop around. He has now progressed a little, and can actually walk and jump…and survives jumping over Goombas, which always surprises me. He doesn’t quite understand how to press “2” hard enough for the higher jumps, so getting over pipes and higher blocks are difficult for him, but he still loves hopping around and the words “Mario epic fail!” are still said occasionally.
     Chess – I played a few matches of chess early in November, but not many after the beginning of the month. I still enjoy the games though, and will probably play some later this month.
     Tenchu: Shadow Assassins – I have been playing this one for more consistently since October. I think I’m at least half-way through it, but not really sure because I’m not sure how long these games typically are. The quick-time events are still fun, though a bit more variety with them would be nice this far into the game.
     PAYDAY: The Heist – This was the FPS released in October on the PlayStation Network, for the PS3. I have enjoyed my time with the game, and have almost finished the main campaign, which is relatively short, but I’m still finding it enjoyable and polished for a downloadable FPS. I have a video project I have had “in the works” for a bit now on this one, hopefully it will see the light of day!
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – I completed the single-player campaign in the game on November 20, and I enjoyed my time with it. I can even see myself playing it again, and trying to find certain items that are scattered around the levels. The game’s online multiplayer has been patched twice already, and the last time I played it, it seemed to be running pretty well.
     Wii Sports Resort – The biggest surprise of the month, would be this game. My father-in-law visited us early in November, and he was here for a week. He mentioned how he had played a game on the Wii, that one of Mrs. Coffee’s brothers had. He described it, and it sounded like Wii Sports Resort, and interestingly enough, we had it in our collection. Why is it interesting? Well, we don’t own Wii Sports Resort, but we had borrowed it from our neighbors way back in July, and NEVER PLAYED THE GAME. When he mentioned it though, I broke it out along with the Wii MotionPlus unit, and that resulted in hours upon hours of bowling and frisbee each night. The verdict? My father-in-law is amazingly good at bowling and the frisbee games, and I didn’t/haven’t beat his high scores yet.

Filtered Thoughts
     I consumed seven different coffee blends in November, and we finished off five different coffee blends we had in the house during November. You should be expecting a game-play video from Wii Sports Resort later this month, and also a video of PAYDAY: The Heist. I’m also working on a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video, but this one may take a bit longer because of what I’m HOPING to show with it.
     Also, we have had a bit of a coffee emergency the last 2 days, we are out of coffee! I know, how does “Mr. Coffee” run out of coffee? Well, luckily I found another hidden stash in the cabinet, that lasted through this morning with rationings being divided between me and Mrs. Coffee. She is actually at the store right now as I’m typing this, getting more coffee (and supposedly those other important food items).

     As for the games I played, if you own a PS3 and are looking for a unique take on the FPS genre, I recommend giving PAYDAY: The Heist a try, and it’s also available through Steam as well. If you enjoy the FPS genre and own a Wii, you would probably find Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 enjoyable, and I’ll be sharing more thoughts on the game throughout December.

     What games did you play, and coffees (or other drinks) did you consume during November?

Kaos! Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Hours Debut

December 2, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure was released on October 16, 2011 for the Wii, as well as the PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, and PC. The game released in a “Starter Pack” with a MSRP of $69.99.
     The console version was developed by Toys For Bob, and published by Activision. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Cartoon Violence” listed as the only content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     Does it appear Wii owners are enjoying Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, and how many gameplay hours have they reported? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure has 2,496 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through Wii’s Nintendo Channel with 43 days possibly reported, and the game’s average play-time per day/session reported is 2 Hours 38 Minutes.
     The Wii version of SSA has a “professional” review score average of 80.22%, based on 9 reviews on The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 43 customer reviews.

Captured December 1, 2011

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I remember seeing initial coverage for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and thinking that it was a very unique idea for a game. If you have not seen the idea behind the game, the video below will give a decent idea:

     Basically, now you can literally “play” with toys in a video game. I honestly can see this continuing to be a success with proper marketing, and perhaps expanding to other toys.
     Seeing Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure average hours “Per person” being more than 20 hours on its debut is extremely impressive, and shows the audience playing this “game” seems to really be enjoying it, as I believe the customer reviews testify as well.

     I have never played a Spyro game, but I am definitely interested to see how this game continues to do. Mrs. Coffee watched the trailer as I was downloading it, and when she realized what it was she said, “Oh no, that game used to make me sick!” Now, I don’t know which older Spyro game she played, but the flying/gliding/free camera movement aspect is what made her sick. Hopefully though, that would not be such an issue with this game, as she could choose which character(s) to play with.

     Have any of you been playing Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure? If so, what do you think of the game, good or bad? If you haven’t played Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, were you a fan of the older Spyro games?

If any of you are interested in Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, you can see the Starter Pack of each console version on below:

Modern Warfare 3 Wii Patched, Again! Patch Size & Details

December 1, 2011
Not the patch you were expecting?

Coffee Beans
     Modern Warfare 3 has been out less than a month, and Infinity Ward/Treyarch have been busy trying to make sure the game is running well for all console owners. Last week I posted how Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had been patched on the Wii, and the first patch addressed two major issues players were experiencing: corrupt save files and lag shooting.

     Well, Activision/Infinity Ward/Treyarch just released another patch for Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii.  How big is the patch, and exactly what “major fixes” does this Wii patch address? Take a look!

Patch size.
Major fixes

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s latest Wii patch only requires 6 blocks of room, now making the required space for the two Modern Warfare 3 Wii patches 46 total blocks.
     This patch addresses four main/major problems, with the “Major Fixes” being:

  • “MP – Major optimization work to improve host frame-rate issues (“host-lag”)”
  • “Spec Ops – Major optimization improvement to help with reports of spec ops ‘rubberbanding/lag'”
  • “Session Host Migration Fixes”
  • “Added ‘Add Friend’ option in the multiplayer shell when selecting a player’s playercard”
     Overall, with the “Major Fixes” and the “Other Fixes” this MW3 Wii patch is supposed to address/fix 25 issues with the game’s online multiplayer and Spec Ops modes. The “Other Fixes” from this patch can also be seen in the image below:

“Other Fixes”
Caffeinated Thoughts
     I am very encouraged to see Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii getting patched, and not ignored. The fact that Activision is allowing Infinity Ward/Treyach time to work on patches for the Wii version, I think shows great respect to Wii owners that purchased the game. Not only will the game hopefully continue to improve with each patch, but hopefully word-of-mouth will spread that Activision is not ignoring the Wii version, allowing Modern Warfare 3’s Wii online community to grow stronger.
     After I downloaded the patch earlier this evening, I hopped online for one quick match to see if I noticed anything drastically different. I thought it was running a lot smoother than normal (normal with Netflix streaming in another room), and the video below shows off the first few minutes of the match:

     My online friend code for Modern Warfare 3 is 0359-9573-5494. If you add me, feel free to leave your ally code in the comments below, or by emailing it to me at

     Have any of you been playing Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii? If so, have you downloaded both patches for the game, and noticed an improvement in performance?

If you are interested in Modern Warfare 3, you can see prices for the console versions on below: