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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…

August Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

September 4, 2012


Coffee Beans
September 2012 is already upon us, and August has vanished like the Statue of Liberty when David Copperfield is around. If you just visited the site occasionally when you saw CoffeeWithGames posts pop up on other sites, here are a few posts you might have missed in August:

September has just started brewing, but what coffees did I consume and games did I play in August? Brew yourself a fresh pot of coffee, and let’s take a look!
Coffees Consumed
The three Green Mountain coffee blends I had listed for August, were from our trip when we visited family and we were using my mom’s Keurig coffee machine. The Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread, Green Mountain Coffee Golden French Toast, and Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog were all brewed and consumed in early August, before we made our trip back home.
The Maxwell House Dark Roast coffee blend was waiting for us when we arrived home from our trip, sitting on the shelf right where I had left it, imagine that! It lasted us a few more days, and when it ran out Mrs. Coffee purchased us the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. The Gourmet Roast blend lasted us almost until the end of August, and then Mrs. Coffee purchase us the Maxwell House House Blend coffee. We still have right around half the container of it as September has started up, so it should last us a little while longer.
Maxwell House is our “go to” coffee blend now, for two reasons really. It has a good price and decent variety of coffee roasts available. We usually buy the “240 6 FL OZ CUPS” ground coffee containers, and enjoy them while they lasts.
Games Played
What’s the “Instant Coffee” list of games I played in August? They are: Super Mario Bros. 3, New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, PAYDAY: The Heist, Blacklight: Retribution, Rage of the Gladiator, Madden NFL 13 Demo, Punch-Out!!, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Little Big Planet, and GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64.
Super Mario Bros. 3 – We have made it I think to World 6 now, maybe World 7. It has been about a week since we last played it, but we are making slow progress in it. Bean 1 has greatly improved though, and can now beat multiple levels in the game just by going through them with normal items found in the levels.
New Super Mario Bros. DS – Bean 1 was really enjoying this one, until the DS he was using stopped functioning properly. He still runs around the game, but for some reason the DS’ touch screen does not register touches, so changing World maps and using stored items in the game can’t be done anymore. The bottom screen displays everything properly as it should, but for some reason the touch function just doesn’t work, even after trying to calibrate it again. We had completed the game, and were working on all the secret exits before the touch screen stopped functioning.
Super Mario World – Bean 1 and I have beaten this one a few times, using the “Star Road” shortcuts. Bean 1 often calls the game “Mario Super World”, but like Super Mario Bros. 3 he has made some great progress in improving his game-play, and can complete entire levels on his own now.
Super Mario Bros. – Playing through and beating the original is still challenging, and if you haven’t played it, I highly suggest going into the final level with a fire flower at the least.
Super Mario 64 – Bean 1 has “finished” one mission in a level all on his own. He is able to run around most of the levels pretty well now, knows how to use the cannons, and enjoys climbing trees in the game. The first Star he found on his own was in “Course 1 BOB-OMB BATTLEFIELD”.
PAYDAY: The Heist – I played another level on my Steam version in August, and it reminded me quickly of how touch the A.I. can be in the levels! It’s definitely a challenging game and there are a lot of police officers, SWAT team members, etc., thrown your way as you try to complete your mission objectives.
Blacklight: Retribution – A free FPS game? Good. A free FPS game on Steam? Awesome! I have enjoyed my brief time with Blacklight: Retribution, though I haven’t yet purchased any of the in-game items. I should probably start a video game “schedule” and post it up, where it will have certain times and games I will be playing and maybe some of you could join in. Otherwise, my schedule right now is pretty spastic.
Rage of the Gladiator – I played and completed a few matches in the game, and will probably be playing a few more this month as well.
Madden NFL 13 Demo – I gave the demo a try for the PlayStation 3. I won a few games, and lost a few games. The demo didn’t sell me though, because of small things in it that I don’t think the Madden series should have considering how long they have been making them. Players running through apparent hologram people on the sidelines, cars that look like they’re made from cardboard boxes, no replay function, terrible camera shots of recently completed plays. Perhaps the retail version fixed some of the issues before it shipped, but the demo didn’t sell me on the game.
Punch-Out!! – I’m still slowly making my way through Title Defense mode, I completed on more match in Title Defense mode in August, but didn’t play it but one night.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – I think I have made decent progress in the game, and I have been enjoying my time with it. I did get “lost” or confused on how to make progress at one point, but that was resolved after taking a break and picking it up again. I’m not sure how many hours of game-play I can expect from it, but I have probably played it around 10 hours so far.
Little Big Planet – I started this up for Bean 1 randomly one night in August and he is making a little progress with the game-play, but having to hold the R1 button to grab onto objects is a little challenging for him still. I had never really played it before, and I am finding it interesting as I play through some of the levels with him watching. I might need to start a new file though, and start from the beginning to understand the storyline and more of the game-play elements in it, but so far the game-play seems pretty solid and I like the graphical style in the game.
GoldenEye 007 – Which one? GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64. The game turned 15 years old on August 25th, and I put many hours into back when it originally released. I have been playing through some of the single player missions, and enjoying the game. If I can ever “pull the trigger”, I will have two posts up on GoldenEye 007 sometime this week (said that last week also!).
Thoughts/Questions
I enjoyed all of the games I played in August, even my brief games with the Madden demo, though it failed to sell me on the game. If you are looking for a great way to play the old NES and SNES Mario games, I think buying a cheap Wii console and purchasing the Mario games off the Virtual Console is a great way to go about it.
If you have a Steam account and like FPS games, I do recommend giving Blacklight: Retribution a try, especially considering its free. If any of you have PAYDAY: The Heist on Steam or for the PlayStation 3, and want to try some cooperative matches in the game, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com to let me know when you play the most.
What video games did you play in August, and did you have a drink of choice while gaming? Are there any games you played in August that you would recommend others to check out? Also, if any of you are Nintendo DS owners, have you ever had an issue where the touch screen stopped registering any “touch” on it? If so, were you able to fix the problem?

The "Free Games Giveaway" winner is…

September 1, 2012

Coffee Beans
Last Saturday, I posted up the “Free Games Giveaway! Connect With Coffeepost. It contained details of how to enter a contest/giveaway for the PC games BIT.TRIP BEAT, Fieldrunners, SpaceChem, and Uplink. The contest/giveaway ended Thursday, and the picture above shows that I did the drawing for the winner as I have done in past contests. Empty coffee container, drop the names in it, shake it up, pull one out. The coffee container used for the drawing was a 33 oz. Maxwell House Gourmet Roast container that “MAKES UP TO 270 6 FL OZ CUPS” of coffee.

Who was the winner of the games? Jump past the break below to find out!

Caffeinated Thoughts
Thanks to everybody that entered the contest/giveaway. I laughed when I drew Robert’s name out of the coffee container, because if you don’t know, Robert has his own video game site titled IncompleteGaming. I thought it was funny he was the one that won the four games, helping him keep his site name legitimate!

If you missed the contest/giveaway post, you can see the original post HERE. Not only did the original post provide three ways to get entered into it, but with the additional data reports over the last week I provided an extra nine possible chances to be entered into the contest/giveaway, for a total of 12 possible entries.

Congratulations to Robert on winning the contest/giveaway!

Free Games Giveaway! Connect With Coffee

August 26, 2012

Coffee Beans

Do you like free games? Here’s a chance for you to win not just one game, but four games! Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem, and Uplink are up for grabs, and each is compatible with Android, Windows, MAC OS X, and Linux platforms.
Not only will you get the games, but you will also get the official soundtracks for each as well. Now, how do you go about entering? Brew yourself some coffee, and take a look below!

The Brew
Okay, so you have the chance to enter the giveaway multiple times. That’s right…four games, multiple entries, but only one winner!
Here are a few ways of how to get entries for the contest/giveaway right now:
1) Follow the CoffeeWithGames Twitter account HERE, and tweet out this page link adding/including @CoffeeWithGames using the “Tweet” button at the bottom of this post.
Look for “Tweet” button at the bottom of the page.
2) Follow, or “Like”, the CoffeeWithGames Facebook page HERE, and like this post on the Facebook page.
3) Leave a comment in the comment section below that says something like, “I want Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem, and Uplink more than my daily cup(s) of coffee!”, or leave feedback for the questions I have below, in the comment section as well. If you leave a comment, make sure there is a way I can contact you, and it’s not simply an “anonymous” comment. You can email me your contact information HERE, if you wish to comment without a Disqus and/or Twitter account.
There will be chances for more entries in other posts before the contest/giveaway ends, so make sure to check out any other posts that may be popping up. The contest/giveaway will run through next Thursday, August 30th.
Caffeinated Thoughts
I noticed a while back over on Chalgyr’s site, http://chalgyrsgameroom.blogspot.com/, the “Social Profiles” section he put up, and I liked how simple and neat the buttons were. I have had trouble with getting the Facebook box to show up properly in my Google’s Chrome browser in the past, and after doing some research this past week, I finally experimented with and added the “Connect With Coffee” section at the top right of the site. If you click on the individual coffee cups, the first two will direct you to the Twitter and Facebook pages, while the third is the email contact.
If you are interested in the games for the contest/giveaway, but don’t want to wait and see if you win, you can currently purchase them for yourself in the latest Humble Bundle sale, HERE. As for the games being given away, there is a Steam key included with them, so if you have a Steam account they will be synced up with your account.
Questions
Have any of you played any the games included in the contest/giveaway? If so, what do you think of them?
If there was one new feature on CoffeeWithGames, that was consistent (once a month?), what would you like that to be?

A few items related to this post:

Critics vs. Customers! New Review Feature

August 15, 2012

Coffee Beans

     What is “Critics vs. Customers”? The image above shows the “professional” critic review score average for a Wii retail game as 48.41%, and the Amazon.com customer review score average for the exact same game as 87.08%. How can there be such a huge difference?
     If you have wondered why I usually write professional, as “professional” when it comes to the general video game critics’ review score average in my posts, it’s because I find most of the critic review scores for games to be so similar to each other, and it’s almost like I can get more useful information about games from reading user reviews on Amazon.com, video game forums, and smaller blogs, than I can from reading reviews from sites that are supposed to be considered “professional”.
     The “professional” critics are often getting paid to play the games they review (either paid for writing the review and/or getting a free copy of the game), while the majority of the user reviews are probably from paying customers that are just trying to inform other potential customers of the good/bad they can expect from the game.
     With Critics vs. Customers we will look at a wide variety of games and see how games did with the critics’ review score averages from MetaCritic.com and GameRankings.com, and customers’ review score averages from sites like Amazon.com. General information and trailers about the games will be provided as well if possible, and maybe even more developer feedback on the posts.
     If I have played the game being covered then the piece will probably be titled, “Critics vs. Customers AND Coffee” (or something close to it), and I will try to give my insights on the game and what I thought was bitter and/or sweet about it.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Many times game developers will have in their contracts that they may get a bonus or higher return on their games, if their game can meet certain MetaCritic review score averages. If you were to take a look at the image above and base your opinion on the game just on the “professional” critic review score average, you might not even give that game a try.
     Why should developers not get a bonus because the “professionals” apparently are the wrong target audience for the game and perhaps don’t even complete the game before writing their “reviews”, while the customers that are playing, and paying for, the very same game seem to really be enjoying it?

     I wrote a post on this topic of video game reviews, “Should There Be Game Review Standards?“, ironically just over 2 years ago (almost to the date of this post being published).
     I hope this new feature can perhaps shine a spotlight on older games, and even new releases, from a different angle and give potential buyers a different look at what paying customers think about the games, instead of just the paid critics.

Question
     Can you identify which game is used my image above, with the critic review score average of 48.41% from GameRankings.com and the customer review score average of 87.08 from Amazon.com?

Coffee, or chocobos? FINAL FANTASY FABLES: Chocobo’s Dungeon Hours Report

August 11, 2012
Do you have a favorite chocobo?

Coffee Beans
     FINAL FANTASY FABLES: Chocobo’s Dungeon was released for the Wii on July 8, 2008 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by h.a.n.d. and published by Square Enix, and it received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent retrieving memories in Chocobo’s Dungeon? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon has approximately 34,061 U.S. Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,490 days possibly reported. The game has an average play-time per day/session of 2 Hours 29 Minutes, with its overall reported average being 18 Hours 59 Minutes “Per person” as the image above shows.

     Did critics, or customers, apparently enjoy the game more?
     Well, Chocobo’s Dungeon has a “professional” critic review score average of 76.23%, based on 35 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The game has a customer review score average of 82.66%, based on 15 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have never played Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon (sorry, Matt), or really any Final Fantasy game as a matter of fact. Mrs. Coffee, my wife, has played and beaten several of the Final Fantasy games though, but she hasn’t played Chocobo’s Dungeon.
     I was on the main site for the game looking at information about the game when she inquired what it was. When I informed her it was a Final Fantasy game where you play a chocobo, what was her response? She said something like, “It sounds boring. What do you do, peck their eyes out?”. Maybe I should find this game and “gift” it to her and see if she ends up enjoying it, in spite of her initial reaction to it?
     If you are perhaps a fan of the Final Fantasy games, but never seen any footage of Chocobo’s Dungeon, here is a trailer for the game:

   What about coffee, or chocobos though? Well, after watching the trailer above I could perhaps rename the site CoffeeWithChocobos, if you noticed the clip starting about the :35 mark? If you have played the game and are a fan of it, can you confirm that the chocobo in the video was drinking coffee? Being that I haven’t played Chocobo’s Dungeon, I would choose coffee if I had to choose between the two.
     While the game doesn’t have as many hours as I was expecting for a Final Fantasy game (more than a million), the average hours reported “Per person” I think are decent enough, though it’s probably a lot more difficult to find the game “new” in stores if you’re looking for it.

Questions
     If you have played Chocobo’s Dungeon, is it a game you would recommend to other Wii owners? Being that the game has online capabilities, is that feature something that Wii owners who are interested in the game should be concerned with not being able to play (or use), if they are just now getting the game?
     Also, if you are a fan of the Final Fantasy series in general, which game from the series would you recommend to new players to start off with?

You can see a few Final Fantasy related items below, as well as the game:

Drinking coffee from a Mario castle? Not exactly.

July 19, 2012
Sorry Mario, but your coffee is in another castle?

Coffee Beans
     Mario has a history of visiting castles, but often leaving them in worse shape than when he enters them. Super Mario World is a perfect example of this as Mario not only goes in and removes certain castle residents, but he then destroys most of the castles making sure the residents can’t return.
     We have been playing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario 64 a lot over the last month and seeing many castles in the games. Bean 1 says things like, “Let’s go to the castle!”, or “Mario goes to the castle!”, or “We beat the castle!”. Anything to do with the castles seems fun for Bean 1, and he really enjoys playing/watching the castle levels in the Mario games.

     Perhaps the castles in Mario is what influenced me to finally drink coffee from a castle. What do I mean by “drink coffee from a castle”? Brew yourself some coffee, and then take a look!

You can click each image to see the details on the mug.

The Brew
     Mrs. Coffee and I, along with the two beans, went to a Renaissance Festival last year where I purchased the mug shown above. The coffee mug pictured is officially titled “Castle Mug” by the manufacturer, Grey Fox Pottery.
     After getting the mug home, I was actually a little paranoid about washing it due to the bottom of the mug not being glazed over, even though the vendor I purchased it from said it would be okay for hand washing, and it should be dishwasher safe as well. So, I used it as a desk decoration and not an actual coffee mug for the last few months.

     That changed on Monday though, when I visited Grey Fox Pottery’s website and read, “We use leadless glazes and everything is dishwasher and microwave safe.“. I threw the Castle Mug in the dishwasher for a quick washing, and it survived. Then I proceeded with the more important part of pouring freshly brewed hot coffee into the Castle Mug.
     Did the mug hold up, or did the hot coffee destroy the Castle Mug beyond repair, like Mario does to castles in Super Mario World?
     Thankfully, the Castle Mug survived! I have enjoyed coffee from it so far twice this week, and apparently my initial concerns over hot coffee and water affecting the mug seem to have been misplaced.

     The Castle Mug is pretty big, but it is very sturdy and has a nice weight to it. I’m not sure exactly how many ounces it holds though, and I have contacted Grey Fox Pottery about it. *UPDATE: Mike from Grey Fox Pottery responded to my inquiry about how many ounces of coffee the Castle Mug can hold and said, “I think it measures slightly more than 24 oz. to the rim. There is a little variance since they are all hand made.” All the coffee mugs made by Grey Fox Pottery according to their site are “Handcrafted in the USA“, which I think is pretty cool in this day and age.
     You can see their wide assortment of coffee mugs, as well as other mugs and steins at their site GreyFoxPottery.com.

Questions
     Do any of you perhaps own a Castle Mug as well, or maybe even another mug or stein from Grey Fox Pottery?
     If so, how often do you use it, and has it held up well?

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?

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.

Question
     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 Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00503E9UO http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00503E8S2 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00503E9FY

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?