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What’s a birthday without a gift? CoffeeWithGames turns 4!

August 30, 2013
CoffeeWithCupcakes…coming soon? Maybe in my stomach.

Coffee Beans
What’s a birthday without a gift? If you have been wondering if my coffee supply ran out and I went into a deep sleep because of it and that’s why I haven’t been posting, I can say that has not been the case! I have been doing some CoffeeWithGames related things behind-the-scenes, even though I haven’t been posting.

At the end of June, I decided to get all of the Nintendo Channel data I had recorded during the final week (EVERY. SINGLE. WII. GAME!), before Nintendo took the Nintendo Channel offline, into a nice spreadsheet form. I spent my spare moments doing that for about 3 weeks, from late June and into July.

I have enough game-play data recorded from Wii games, that I could continue doing the Nintendo Channel data stories for another 10 years, at my usual pace. While I can tell you the Wii’s most played game in the United States, as well as the Wii’s least played game in the United States, I have decided to refocus and change the type of consistent content I deliver.

Instead of focusing just on past Wii games, CoffeeWithGames will now focus on more current games and systems. Here are a few things CoffeeWithGames will be doing on a more regular basis now:
1) Reviews! Reviews will now be happening on a more regular basis, and game reviews will have a slight twist from the normal method most sites use when reviewing games today.
2) Interviews! I have done interviews randomly in the past, but not on a regular basis. There will now be at least one interview a month (that’s my goal), either from developers, publishers, or people within the industry.
3) Videos! I enjoy creating and editing videos. I’m a bit detail oriented (see: OCD) when it comes to things though, and can spend way too much time editing and creating content (not just game related). So, I will now do more standard gameplay videos now of games I’m currently playing, and/or that the Beans are playing like what I did with Mutant Mudds Deluxe.
4) Opinion pieces! I don’t do these often, but I am looking to change that. An example of what these may be like, would be what I wrote about and wished for the first Wii U update to fix, before the first system update was released.
5) Coffee Shop! I browse Amazon.com pretty much every single day, for a number of reasons. One, is checking for any incredible deal I might not be able to pass by, another is more data related. So, I will be doing more Coffee Shop posts to share games deals, at least once a week.
6) CoffeeWithGames Game Nights! I enjoy playing games online. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is my most played Wii U game because of the online multiplayer. Instead of just playing by myself though, I will now try and schedule at least on CoffeeWithGames Game Night a month, and announce what game I’ll be playing and when about a week in advance. Hopefully, this will make it easier for some of us game together, and of course, recording the footage and doing a video of it might be possible as well.

While these things should provide a decent amount of content each month, there will also still be the random pieces from time-to-time like the “Critics vs. Customers!” pieces, Sales Ranks Analysis pieces, and maybe even the random Grounds for Celebration! piece(s) will make an occasional return.

Now, what about that birthday gift? Hit the jump and keep reading to find out!

The Brew
While I mentioned in the section above what I plan on doing moving forward with CoffeeWithGames, here is some history and things about (and, because of) CoffeeWithGames that have happened over the last 4 years since I started it:

  • Including this post, I have published 716 posts on CoffeeWithGames in the last 4 years. Considering reviews and general news haven’t been regular features around here, I don’t think that’s too shabby for mostly original content. It works out to be about 180 pieces a year, and about 15 posts a month on average.
  • I believe I have typed every, single, word written in the posts on CoffeeWithGames, and not done a “copy/paste” of them. When I originally started using Blogger, trying to “copy/paste” text would mess up the font type and size in posts, and so 4 years ago I just started typing each and every post fresh, and have continued. I do use other posts as examples, but never copy/pasting actual text. I’m still not sure if the “copy/paste” issues have been resolved, as it’s not something I even try now.
  • Almost every single photo, in every single post I have done for at least the last 2+ years (maybe longer), was edited and/or created by me in some fashion. I try to not only keep the content original, but also the images when I can. This means I have probably edited and created well over 200 images for the site that have been published, and many more that have been edited or created, but never used.
  • Because of my coverage of one game in particular, not just on CoffeeWithGames, but a number of sites, I was contacted by the developer/publisher and asked if I would be interested in helping them when they were porting the game to the mobile platforms a few years after it originally released. Not only was I able to provide them feedback and help provide them footage of particular things they needed, I was also fortunate enough to get my name put in the credits!
  • When I originally started doing the Nintendo Channel data stories, I would take the pictures of the data by standing in front of my television with a digital camera. I originally bought a video capture device, not to actually capture gameplay video, but instead to use it for recording the data from the Nintendo Channel. Data nerd? The image quality definitely changed, for the better though, and I have enjoyed using the video capture devices.
  • I have been contacted by developers because of my coverage on certain games and topics, sometimes “off-the-record”. Even when the discussions haven’t been “off-the-record”, I rarely published them, as I enjoy communicating with developers and enjoy them not having to be concerned about a site flaming out something they did/didn’t say.
Now, what about that birthday gift? As many birthday gifts probably are (and should be!), this one is a surprise, and I’m giving it away. What do you need to do though, in order to to be entered to receive this birthday gift? Simple, join the party! Do so by leaving a comment on this post and let me know what you have (and, perhaps haven’t) enjoyed on CoffeeWithGames over the last 4 years, and what new features you’re looking forward to the most!
I’ll give this post about a week for comments and feedback, and then draw a winner who follows the guidelines later next week.
Question
Did any of you do a double-take when you saw this post pop-up, and then the new look for the site?

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My very "coffee with games" birthday…

October 11, 2012

Coffee Beans
Last week, as has happened every year for my entire life on the same day, I turned another year older. Crazy, I know.

Last week, on my “September Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!” post, SOMEBODY attempted to spill the beans about my birthday in the comments. FYI, I know who you are, and where you sleep!

So, what items did I get for my birthday last week? Brew yourself some coffee (if you haven’t already), and take a look below (picture included for skimmers)!

The Brew
I had a very “coffee with games” birthday last week. I received one game (which is really six), two new coffee blends, two new coffee mugs, about a ton of homemade cupcakes, some “100% All Natural, Hand Packed” Goodberry’s frozen custard, some candies, and some cash.

You can see most of the items in the image below:

Caffeinated Thoughts
So, there ya have them, most of the items that made for my very “coffee with games” birthday last week. I think a more proper name for the game Mrs. Coffee got me though, with my current backlog, might be BIT.TRIP INCOMPLETE. I really am looking forward to playing the full version of BIT.TRIP RUNNER on it though, and Bean 1 and I actually were just playing the demo (again) for it yesterday after he selected to play it.

As for the coffees, I have only tried the Gevalia Espresso Roast blend so far, and I’m really enjoying it (that was from Mrs. Coffee as well). The custard in the picture was a coffee flavored custard, that being Jamocha; and I enjoyed it while it lasted. I have used the Mr. Coffee mug pictured above (weird story there), and Mrs. Coffee and I, along with the help of Bean 1, Bean 2, and our dog, have finished the ton of cupcakes. The candies pictures, if you don’t know them by sight, are the Werther’s candies. One of them is the Werther’s Original Caramel Coffee hard candies, and the other in the image is the Werther’s Original Caramel Apple Filled hard candies; both are awesome! (Note: Big Werther’s fan here, take it as you will.)

I’ll report on the Kona coffee, as well as the other coffee mug not picture, probably in a later post.

As for the cash, it’s probably all going to the Wii U pre-order at this point, though it was just enough for a certain handheld system…

CoffeeWithGames Turns 3!

August 30, 2012


Coffee Beans
Time flies when you’re having fun? Well, something is another year older today, and that would be the site! August 29, 2009 was the first day I posted an article on the blog, “Analyzing the Wii Manufacturing Costs in 2009“. Today marks 3 years of posting for me on CoffeeWithGames, with only two months being absent of any posts at all over the last 3 years!

If you have been reading the site since I started it back in 2009, you probably have noticed the slight, but hopefully better, changes to the data stories I do on a regular basis. You might even remember when I changed the background to the coffee beans that are currently still there, shocking you awake each time you visit. If you are new to visiting and reading CoffeeWithGames though, you might wonder what you have missed since the beginning.

Brew yourself some coffee, and take a look at some things you might not know about CoffeeWithGames.

Here are some things about CoffeeWithGames from over the last 3 years that you might not know, or may have just forgotten:

  • CoffeeWithGames.com started off as CoffeeWithGames.Blogspot.com, not an official “.com”.
  • The current banner at the top now was made a reader, Araknid, who also made the coffee mug that is standard in data report images as well. You can see one of the first CoffeeWithGames banners I put together with my terrible skills, HERE.
  • I was contacted by Nintendo’s PR firm after I broke the story on Metroid Prime: Trilogy no longer being published or shipped; which I thought was odd as they offered nothing in return for wanting to know how I “broke” the news that they had told me. Terrible PR is terrible PR, and Nintendo I think has a clear history of having terrible PR.
  • I have participated in podcasts on sites like Nintendo-Okie.com and WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com over the last 3 years. My first podcast was with the guys from WhoBurnedMyToast, and you can see my point on it HERE.
  • Keith, of RespawnAction.com (in hibernation), and I started up our own podcast that lasted I believe for 2 weeks…MAYBE? It was called Tornadoes in Alaska, and you can check out the first podcast we did HERE.
  • I have written only one “new” official review of a game for the site and that was for Max & the Magic Marker. You can read the full review for it HERE. Though I have only written one review since forming the site, I have provided lots of coverage for other games; some very detailed coverage, such as THIS.
  • My first review was with Interplay, about their DSiWare game, Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble. You can read that interview HERE.
Caffeinated Thoughts
How long will CoffeeWithGames continue to be active with posts? I’m not sure at this point, but I am working on a few ideas for future features such as the “Critics vs. Customers” one I posted up 2 weeks ago. Counting this post, I have gotten up 604 posts over the last 3 years, and most of them have been original data stories that aren’t really found anywhere else. While I have enjoyed blogging these last 3 years the biggest enjoyment hasn’t been just doing the posts, but the conversations, friends, and readers I have met because of it. It seems I have connections all around the U.S. now, and even around the world now, because of starting up CoffeeWithGames 3 years ago.
Thank you all for the comments and discussions you have provided over the last 3 years on the site, and I hope to provide more stories and coverage of the “coffee” and “games” industry to provide more conversations going forward. Being that today marks CoffeeWithGames’ third anniversary, or birthday, what is an anniversary or birthday without a gift? Well, let’s not have to answer that question!
If you leave feedback to the questions below, I’ll put your name in the coffee container next week and draw it for a coffee and/or game related giveaway. Keep the coffee brewing, to help keep your eyes peeled for more contests/giveaways over the next month!
Questions
If there was one new feature on CoffeeWithGames, be it regular reviews, a podcast, coffee talk, opinion pieces, or even just game-play videos, or something totally different, what would you like to see? Do you have a favorite post on CoffeeWithGames, that you enjoyed more than the others?

I Drank Coffee from a Toilet, and Will Continue!

November 17, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Have you ever heard the phrase, “My coffee tastes like toilet water!“, or something similar?  Well, I drink my coffee black, so some of you may think that phrase applies to my coffee.  It has gone a step further though, and I can now say that I have consumed coffee from a toilet, and I will continue!

     What do I mean that I have consumed coffee from a toilet?  Take a look!

The Brew
     If you saw my post in October titled, “My Birthday Coffee Gift Items – Part I“, well this post would be “Part II”.  Early in October a package arrived on my porch which I assumed was a birthday gift, so I left it unopened until right after midnight on my birthday.
     When I opened up the package it contained the coffee mug you see in the images above, properly titled “Toilet Mug“.  My brother and sister-in-law were the ones that gave me the wonderful gift, and I appreciate it very much!

     The Toilet Mug holds about 12 ounces of coffee which is nice, and makes for fewer trips to the coffee pot.  A description on the Toilet Mug box reads, “Why should dogs be the only ones who get to drink out of the toilet?  Enjoy a nice, hot beverage in this unique mug shaped like everyone’s favorite throne.”  The description ends by saying, “Great for those Monday morning coffee breaks at the office!
     The Toilet Mug takes after a real toilet when it comes to cleaning.  Just as you can’t throw a toilet in a washer for cleaning, the Toilet Mug is not dishwasher safe and it must be scrubbed/washed by hand.

     A big thanks again to my brother and sister-in-law for the gift, and I will continue to drink coffee from a toilet thanks to them!

Questions
     Do any of you have an awesomely designed coffee mug that you enjoy using?  If so, feel free sharing an image link to it in the comments below, or just a description of what it is.

My Birthday Coffee Gift Items – Part 1

October 7, 2011

Coffee Beans
     October.  For the past 29 years, it has been the month I have a birthday, and get a year older.  It’s kind of strange how it happens every year on the same day, but it does and I’m not going to complain.  Earlier this week I came in from work and was pleasantly surprised by gifts Mrs. Coffee had for me.
     What gifts did Mrs. Coffee have waiting for me when I arrived home?  Take a look!

     As the image above shows, Mrs. Coffee had baked me a cake, had me some Breyers Coffee flavored ice cream, and had me an assortment of new coffees!  The coffees as pictured from left to right were: Folgers Black Silk, Chock full o’ Nuts Original blend, and Yuban Original.  Out of all the coffee blends, I had only previously consumed the Folgers Black Silk blend.
     I know nothing about Chock full o’ Nuts Coffee blends, and the only thing I know about Yuban coffee is that Michael Pachter said on this site that he drinks it, and that it is “super strong.”; so I’m looking forward to trying both the Chock full o’ Nuts and the Yuban coffee blends.

Questions
     Have any of you tried the Chock full o’ Nuts blend, or the Yuban blend?  If so, what do you think about them?