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2011’s New Year’s Video Game Resolution – Failure, or Success?

February 6, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Remember January 4, 2011? If you don’t, that was the day I posted my “New Year’s Video Game Resolution“. What was my New Year’s Video Game Resolution for last year?
     I simply said, “…that I won’t purchase any NEW or USED video games in 2011, until I finish my backlog of video games on my current generation consoles.
     The image below is what my backlog of video games looked like in January 2011:


The Brew
     So, did I stick to my resolution and complete all the games? Here’s the list from above, and the updates:

  • Dementium II – I beat the main campaign, and saw the credits roll.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Finished the single-player campaign, and saw the credits roll.
  • Resistance: Fall of Man – Finished the single-player campaign, and as the other games above, saw the credits roll.
  • Endless Ocean: Blue World – Finished the main campaign, and saw the credits roll.
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2 – Finished the main campaign, all three tournament brackets, and saw the credits roll.
  • Medal of Honor: Vanguard – Finished the single-player campaign, and saw the credits roll.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy – I don’t think it even entered my Wii in 2011, and I didn’t keep it on my list. It was the only one I originally said, “I’m not sure if I count this one“, because I had already completed Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and traded that game off when I learned about Metroid Prime Trilogy releasing, and purchased Metroid Prime Trilogy for $20 at Best Buy when they had it on sale.
  • Monster Hunter Tri – Completed the missions in the single-player campaign/story, saw the credits roll…but have not (didn’t count it) seen/beat all the online monsters.
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip – Took this off my list as well, as I didn’t purchase this one, and it was a gift to me from Mrs. Coffee for Christmas one year. I justified this one being removed from my list, because it was not a game I purchased, and instead received it as a gift.
  • Tenchu: Shadow Assassins – Purchased this on a whim one day from GameFly when they had a firesale of sorts on used games, got it for $5 with shipping. Beat the campaign and saw the credits, had never played a Tenchu game before this one, and definitely thought the ending was strange.

     So, I “justified” not completing Shaun White Snowboarding and Metroid Prime Trilogy in 2011, due to one being a gift (see another example below) and the other having a Wii game I had already completed before (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption).

     Now, the question you may be wondering is, “Well Coffee, did you make it the full year without purchasing a game?
     Simple answer. No. Technically though…sort of. Let me explain.

Filtered Thoughts
     Back in November, Best Buy had a major sale on some video games. One of those games was Metroid: Other M. Best Buy was selling the game for only $4.99. When I saw the sale, I immediately sent Mrs. Coffee an email with a link to the game/sale on BestBuy.com, twice! I wanted to make sure she got it. I figured for $5, it could be a stocking stuffer/Christmas gift surprise, and even told her, “If you do get it for me, don’t tell me.”
     Well, seeing Metroid: Other M for only $5 was tempting, especially considering I was operating CoffeeWithGames more frequently during then, so I purchased a copy with the justification that I would use it as a giveaway on the site one day. Mrs. Coffee noticed I had purchased the game, and let the beans spill that she purchased me a copy of the game as well. Unfortunately, due to Best Buy being run by idiots, in my humble opinion, her order was canceled/not fulfilled.
     So, Metroid: Other M was the only game I purchased in 2011, but my reason for purchasing it was not originally as a self-purchase. Will the giveaway still happen? Yea, but whoever wins it, won’t get the game sealed and brand new…you can thank Best Buy’s terrible business practices for that!

     While I completed nearly every game originally listed, there are a few other games I completed in 2011 that were not on my New Year’s Resolution list. They are:

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns – Mrs. Coffee gave this to me as a Christmas gift in 2010, and we completed the game last year together. We played through the entire game cooperatively, with much yelling/screaming, but we had a blast with it. I left this off my “backlog” list, because it was given to me as a gift. I wasn’t really thinking about Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip being a gift when I originally made the list, but after I realized it was a gift, it wasn’t a high priority for me to finish/rush through.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (again) – When Mrs. Coffee and I visited family over the Christmas holiday, a friend of mine brought his Wii over to my parents’ house and Mrs. Coffee, my friend, and I played through the game in about 3 hours. It’s incredible how quickly you can complete it if you know the cannon shortcuts! Unfortunately, Mrs. Coffee had left the room when we were on the final stage (forget why now), and my friend and I ended up completing the level without her playing it.
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn – We borrowed this from our neighbors, and played through it together. Mrs. Coffee enjoyed the game a great deal, and even completed her own single-player file of it, with almost 100% of it completed.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – This was provided to me by Activision back in November, and I completed the single-player campaign and found the story/game-play to be very enjoyable. You can read some of my initial impressions of the game HERE.
  • Super Mario Bros. Virtual Console – I beat this in December, one night when we had some friends come over and we were taking turns attempting to beat it.

     Out of the original 10 games I listed, I completed eight of them, seeing the credits roll. For all of 2011 though, I beat 13 games.
     In short, I sort of fulfilled my 2011 New Year’s Video Game Resolution, and I sort of failed it (thanks to Best Buy).

Questions
     What do you think? Was my justification on removing Metroid Prime Trilogy and Shaun White Snowboarding from the list good enough?
     Are there any games I played/completed in 2011 that you would be interested in reading my impressions about?

December Brewed! Coffees Consumed, Games Played – Happy New Year!

January 6, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Happy New Year! December was super busy, with January and the new year in full swing, let’s take a quick look at the coffees and Ed Hardy Energy Snacks I consumed, and video games I played in December.

Coffees (and Energy Snacks) Consumed in December
     Maxwell House Dark Roast – I believe this was purchased by Mrs. Coffee for us early in December, and was one of the 270 cup coffee containers. It didn’t survive through December, but we did enjoy it.
     Community Coffee – I consumed several different blends of this during December. We had some Community Coffee Medium Roast at our house, but we also consumed some Community Coffee blends while we were visiting family in Louisiana.  Mrs. Coffee’s family likes to brew the Community Coffee blends.
     Folgers Coffee – This was another coffee blend I consumed when we were visiting family.  The Folger Coffees blends are what my mom likes to brew.
     Maxwell House Gourmet Roast – This is another big 270 cup coffee container, that was purchased after we arrived back home from Louisiana.  We still have a good amount left, and it should last us at least another 2 weeks or so.  I think Mrs. Coffee enjoys this blend a good bit, because it’s the second time she has purchased it in 2 months.
     Trader Joe’s WAKE UP Blend – Upon arriving home from Louisiana, we had a lot of packages in the mail.  One of the packages was pretty big, and it contained a 28 oz. (1 LB 12 OZ) container of this Trader Joe’s WAKE UP Blend Medium Roast coffee.  Like in the past, this Trader Joe’s coffee blend was mailed to me from fellow reader Charlie, who writes on his own blog at NicodemusAtNite.com.  Thank you Charlie!
     Ed Hardy Coffee & Chocolate Rocks – What do you do to stay awake while driving through the night? Well, I chose to eat some Ed Hardy Coffee Rocks, and the Chocolate Rocks, to help me stay awake.  I found the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks to be great while driving, as I was able to eat a few at a time, without overdoing it.  I ate them in moderation, so I would not become super caffeinated and get pulled over for driving 100+ mph, but I was in the driver’s seat for about 13 hours with the help of Ed Hardy’s Energy Snacks.  Not only did I find them useful, but I discovered Mrs. Coffee was sneaking some of them after we made our final stop!

Games Played in December
     Super Mario Bros. – I played this random nights in December, as our oldest son plays the “delay fish” game before bed.  Basically, the “delay fish” game is where he names everything he can possibly think of to delay going into his room by a few minutes, that I may fall for. Super Mario Bros. is one of those things.  I did end up beating Super Mario Bros. in December, when Mrs. Coffee and I had some friends over one night for a Christmas get together. It took me multiple tries, but I eventually made the dash just right, and hit the switch(if you have played it, you know what I’m talking about).
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Played some more online, and a bit more of the single-player for a video project (not just the coffee one).  Haven’t played it since we left before Christmas, and since we made it back. Perhaps a few rounds in a bit to see how it’s playing would do well.
     Tenchu: Shadow Assassins – A game on my New Year’s Video Game resolution list.  I had played this on and off, but really started playing it a good bit in December attempting to finish my resolution.  Did I finish the game?  That’s for another post!
     New Super Mario Bros. Wii – When Mrs. Coffee and I visited family out of town, one of my friends brought this over to my parents’ house and Mrs. Coffee, he, and I played through this in one night.  We “completed” the game, by using the canons (he knew where they were), and defeated the final boss in just over 3 hours.  I did record a lot of it, but my PC’s HDD is almost 100% full, so I’m having to shuffle files around now.
     Endless Ocean: Blue World – Another game on my New Year’s Video Game resolution list.  I had played this almost 2 years ago, but started a completely new file in December so I could try and actually pay attention to the storyline.  I have enjoyed my time with the game, actually much moreso than I thought I would.  Was I able to reach the end of Endless Ocean: Blue World though?  More later!

Filtered Thoughts
     Can you all believe another year has already flown by?  Crazy.  If any of you are wondering, “Coffee, why aren’t you posting much right now?”  Well, we were out of town for a little over a week, then I was sick.  I have been working since we got back also, and now school is starting up.
     Also, to add a little more to my craziness, as I mentioned above, my computer’s HDD is nearly 100% full (typing this on Mrs. Coffee’s laptop actually), and I just installed a new PSU and GPU (Christmas gifts), and am waiting on a DVI to HDMI cable to show up any day now, because the one that came with my PC is AWOL.  Once I get my desktop back 100% functioning with the HDD cleared off some, posting should pick back up a bit.

Questions
     What coffees did you consume (or other beverages) and games did you play during December?
     Also, do any of you have Endless Ocean: Blue World by any chance?

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 NicodemusAtNite.com? 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.

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

Christmas Gifts & My New Year’s Video Game Resolution!

January 4, 2011

     You may have read(or not) my December Brewed, January Roasting post, in which I talked about different events that happened in December, as well as what coffees I consumed, and what video games I played.
     I mentioned in that post, how my parents were up visiting us for Christmas, and I didn’t play many video games during their visit.  Netflix was used a lot on the PS3, and my mom tried playing a few rounds of ping pong in Sports Champion, which I ended up playing one or two rounds also…but other than that, I played no games after Christmas until New Year’s Eve.
     Even though I barely played any games after Christmas, I did receive two games for Christmas.
     I didn’t open either game until Sunday, January 2; 8 days after I received them!
     I received one game from Keith, who writes for EpicBattleAxe.com, and you can find more of his articles at, HEREThe game he gifted me was Borderlands for the PS3.  He picked the game up himself, and we started playing the co-operative mode together, just tonight!
     The other game I received for Christmas, I received from Mrs. CoffeewithGames.  I was suspicious she had gotten me a game, but I wasn’t positive.  On Christmas morning I unwrapped a few gifts from her and there was a video game gift!  It was Donkey Kong Country Returns!
     After opening Donkey Kong Country Returns on Sunday afternoon, Mrs. CoffeewithGames and I started a game together.  So far, we have made it all the way through World 2, and we are ready to start World 3 when we start back up.
     I ended up starting my own DKCR’s game file early yesterday morning, and played through World 1.

     So, what do my video game Christmas gifts have to do with my New Year’s video game resolution?  Well, they have to do with something I think a lot of gamers have happen, and it’s called a backlog!  For those of you that aren’t familiar with the term backlog, it’s when you own several video games, but haven’t played or completed them yet.
     When I received both games, I knew that I still had other games I hadn’t beaten, or even played in some cases.
     Based on that, I decided to make a New Year’s video game resolution, and that resolution is that I won’t purchase any NEW or USED video game in 2011, until I finish my backlog of video games on my current generation consoles.
     What does my current backlog of video games look like this generation, not including my Christmas gifts?  Here’s the list!

  • Dementium II (DS)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
  • Endless Ocean: Blue World (Wii)
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2 (Wii)
  • Medal of Honor: Vanguard (Wii)
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy (I’m not sure if I count this one, Wii)
  • Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip (Wii)
  • Tenchu: Shadow Assasins (Wii)
     Now, if you’re wondering what I mean when I say “finish”, I mean finish each game’s single-player campaign.  With Metroid Prime Trilogy, I already completed Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and I’m not sure how I count Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, being that they’re GameCube games ported over with Wii controls…perhaps I’m just trying to get out of playing one!
     Including my Christmas video game gifts, I have twelve games to complete in 2011, before I purchase another one!  Will I be able to complete my backlog of games, before another “must have” game shows up on my radar?  We’ll find out!
     I once again hope everybody had a great holiday season, and that 2011 goes well for you all!
Questions:
     Did any of you make a New Year’s video game resolution of any sort?