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May Brewed! Coffees Consumed & Games Played

June 3, 2013

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It’s already June, and that means E3 is right around the corner and I’m sure this will be a busy month with video game news. If you perhaps skimmed here occasionally during May, here is a recap of some of the posts from the month you may have missed, but possibly find interesting:
1) Do you enjoy FPS games and ever wonder how much FPS games on the Wii are/were played? If so, you may find the Conduit 2 official Nintendo Channel data report interesting, HERE.
2) Are you a Star Wars fan? Then you may find it interesting what the Wii’s “least played” Star Wars game is, according to the average hours reported “Per person” in the United States, HERE.
3) What is the best Metroid game of all time? I don’t know because I haven’t played all of them, but Super Metroid is regarded pretty highly by many, and you can now buy it on Wii U’s Virtual Console until June 13th for just 30 cents. If you wonder how many hours you might expect from the game, check out Super Metroid’s official U.S. Nintendo Channel data, HERE.
4) The Wii U now has two Batman games that you can buy. One is Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, a Wii U launch title, which my neighbor has played and really enjoyed on the system. The other is LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes which released last month for the Wii U. If you’re wondering about how many hours you can get from the game, you can read the LEGO Batman 2 Nintendo Channel data report for the Wii version, HERE.
5) Did you skip Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii, but are perhaps interested in it for the Nintendo 3DS? Are you curious as to how many hours you might expect from the game? You can see the average hours reported for the game, “Per person”, in its official Wii U.S. Nintendo Channel data report from last month, HERE.
6) Did you not own a Wii, but do own a Wii U? I think one big benefit of the Wii U is its backwards compatibility with Wii titles. If you own a Wii U and have a Wii Remote and Nunchuk, you might be interested in the Super Mario Galaxy games. While I only played the original, you can see how many hours you might be able to expect from Super Mario Galaxy 2, HERE, in last month’s Nintendo Channel data report.

Now, what were two new coffee blends I consumed in May, and what was our most played Wii U game during the month? Brew yourself some coffee, let’s take a look at what games I played, and coffees I consumed during May.

Coffees Consumed
May was back to being more “normal”, than April was. In April, we only brewed up one coffee blend during the month, but in May we brewed four blends, plus I had an iced coffee drink as well.

Here’s the short list of the coffees I consumed in May:
1) Maxwell House Gourmet Roast
2) Puroast Dark French Roast
3) Maxwell House Dark Roast
4) Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast
5) Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee

The lowest priced coffee we have purchased…

The Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast was the first completely new coffee blend for us, and Mrs. Coffee purchased it for us from ALDI. It was their store brand coffee blend, which made me wary of it before we even opened it. While I have purchased store brands of other items, we had never tried it with our coffee blends before. The container she purchased was 33.9 OZ (over 2 pounds!), and like the Maxwell House blends she normally buys, it said it can make “…UP TO 270” cups of coffee. So, if I (we) didn’t like it, we would have a backup supply of coffee for a while.

The container even had a coffee roast guide that put this blend as a “MEDIUM” roast coffee, while letting us know the range for the coffee blends is: MILD, MEDIUM, MED-DARK, or DARK. The real question though, is how did it taste?

I was very surprised by it, in a good way, because it had a good solid flavor for a medium roast coffee. If you like your coffees more dark roasted, this might not be for you; but, if you are cheap (I think Merriam-Webster wants my picture for the word’s definition update next year) and enjoy a wide range of coffee blends, I would highly suggest giving this one a try. Not only was this the lowest priced coffee blend Mrs. Coffee has found for us yet (only $5.49 for it!), but it surprised both of us by not being a weak blend. We enjoyed it so much, that after we finished the first container in May, Mrs. Coffee bought us another one that has now started June off for us as well.

This cup image was altered to make it look like my drink,
without cream and/or sugar. Yes, it’s sad, I know.

The second new coffee blend I had in May, at least “new” in a while, was the Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee. This actually was a mistaken coffee order, but I decided to give it a try anyway. We had gone out for ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins location, which just so happened to be a Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts joint location. We asked the employee to add a medium coffee to our order, but with the hustle and bustle of juggling multiple customers, he heard “Medium iced coffee”. He asked if I wanted room for cream and sugar, and after I picked myself up off the floor from laughing, I kindly said no, and told him he could be a stand-up comic. (Only part of that previous sentence is the actual account of what happened.)

So, how was the iced coffee drink? Surprisingly, very strong. I don’t drink iced coffee beverages very often, and actually I can’t remember the last time before this Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee that I had one. If you don’t like strong coffee though, you should definitely leave room for cream and sugar in this one. If you do like your coffee blends strong though, this might be something you can enjoy during the hot days of summer that are probably right around the corner.

Games Played
The following “Instant Coffee” list doesn’t contain all of the games I “played” in May, as I was volunteered to play some by Bean 1, or I would hop on some to play for just a few minutes to help him out if he was having trouble. One of those games for example, was Fluidity, which he plays from time-to-time. While I would help him get through certain sections, I wouldn’t play the entire level/levels.

The “Instant Coffee” list of games I played in May is: Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Mass Attack, New Super Mario Bros. U, Rayman Legends Challenges App, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Toki Tori 2, Nintendo Land, Trine 2, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart DSNew Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Super Mario 64. Instead of breaking down each individual game like I did last month, I’m going to talk about just a few them in a little more detail.

First, what was our most played Wii U game out those listed? It’s kind of interesting, but between myself and Bean 1, Kirby’s Adventure was the most played game on our Wii U in May. If you missed the video in last month’s post, the following video is footage of Bean 1 playing Kirby’s Adventure on our Wii U:

Bean 1 has really been enjoying Kirby’s Adventure, and Kirby Mass Attack on his DS even more. If you have never played a Kirby game, just from my time with both Kirby’s Adventure and Kirby Mass Attack, I would easily recommend both of them. If you own a DS and/or 3DS, I would highly suggest finding a copy of Kirby Mass Attack, because of the amount of content the game has and the fact you should be able to find it for under $15 now.

Nintendo Land received some decent play-time in May, not only from Bean 1 and me, but also from a cousin of Bean 1 who visited us for a few days. She had never played it before, and she really enjoyed playing Animal Crossing: Sweet Day the most. It was interesting, because she’s a few years older than Bean 1 and she described the mini-game as, “It’s like Easter, and hunting for eggs.” When she said it, I thought it was an interesting description, and thought that Nintendo could have even released some free DLC Easter Bunny costumes for it, and changed the candies to Easter eggs to help promote the game and Wii U during Easter week.

I unlocked Trine 2’s exclusive Wii U level back near the end of April, but I didn’t play it in April. I finally played and beat the Wii U’s exclusive level, the Dwarven Caverns, in the middle of May though. There was one spot where I encountered an audio glitch, and I haven’t played back through the level to see if it happens every time, but it was a bit odd hearing it happen and makes me wonder if perhaps it was missed in QA testing, because it was a new level? The last level is challenging in certain spots though, with trying to figure out the mechanics of certain switches and equipment to progress through it, and I did enjoy my time playing through it despite the weird audio glitch.

While Super Metroid was my only “new” game purchase in May, I still haven’t played it yet, but I didn’t want to pass up its awesome sale price. As for the other games I listed above, if you have any specific questions (even thoughts) about any of them I played in May, feel free to ask me in the comments section below, or by emailing me at Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com.

Questions
Did any of you buy any new games in May, or perhaps any new systems like the Wii U Basic Set that I highlighted in a post?

Also, what games did you find yourself playing in May, and did you enjoy any new coffee blends in the month?

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Coffee Shop! Kirby deals, 50% off used games, and Wii U deals!

April 25, 2013

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If you didn’t see it, I posted up the official Nintendo Channel data for Kirby’s Adventure, here! While putting that report together, I was looking at Kirby games on Amazon.com, and found a few that were discounted pretty significantly.

I also received an email reminder this morning about a 50% off used video games sale that is still happening, and will be through this Sunday.

If you’re interested in a few Kirby game deals, a 50% off used games sale, and some Wii U game deals, hit the jump to see what the deals are!

The Brew
First up, the Kirby video game deals!

Kirby Mass Attack is on sale for $12.72 directly from Amazon.com, or $11.98 from a vendor fulfilled by Amazon. Both are eligible for Amazon.com’s free shipping for orders over $25, as well as free shipping if you’re an Amazon.com Prime member. The game currently has a customer review score average of 92.50%, based on 88 reviews from Amazon.com.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn, the Wii’s first retail Kirby game, is currently on sale directly from Amazon.com for only $10.00! It is eligible for free shipping on orders over $25, and also if you’re an Amazon.com Prime member. Make sure to check the sidebar on its Amazon.com page, under the “More Buying Choices” to see the option to buy it directly from Amazon. This game’s current customer review score average is 90.45%, based on 264 reviews from Amazon.com. If you’re wondering how many hours you can expect from Kirby’s Epic Yarn, according to the Nintendo Channel data report from 2011, you should expect around 20 hours of game-play. Mrs. Coffee and I played through this one together, and we enjoyed it. With how much Bean 1 is enjoying Kirby’s Adventure, we may end up adding it to our collection!

Yes? No? Maybe so?

What about the save 50% off used video games deal? It’s HERE. GameStop is running the promotion online (assuming the games are available), and in GameStop stores around the country. Now, you may be thinking, “I bet the games are all junk!” Well, I went and fished through some of the games they have, and the following games could all be purchased for less than $5 (each, of course!).

Boom Blox, Cursed Mountain, Dragon Age Origins, Geometry Wars: Galaxies, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2, Kinect Adventures, Lair, Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Red Steel 2, Resistance 2, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure.

If you have been interested in Red Steel 2, but don’t own it, I think if you can get the game for only $5, it would be a good investment. It would allow you to finally try out the Wii MotionPlus controls you probably have heard so much about, and should give you around 10 hours of game-play.

If you’re a Wii U owner, here are a few Wii U game deals you might be interested in…

Assassins Creed III can be grabbed from Amazon.com right now for just $29.99, which is a 50% savings off its MSRP. I just recently finished the single-player campaign in it, and overall I enjoyed my time with the game. If you’re enjoy completing games 100% before moving to the next, Assassin’s Creed III offers you a lot of game-play, and is easily worth its asking price of $29.99. (It’s also on sale for $29.99 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 right now as well!)

Have you played the world’s #1 dance game brand series? If not, now is a good time to grab the latest in the Just Dance series. Just Dance 4 on the Wii U is currently on sale for just $29.99 from Amazon.com, which is a 40% discount from its Wii U MSRP of $49.99.

We don’t own a 3DS in our house, but I have heard a lot of good about Resident Evil: Revelations for it from user reviews. If you don’t know, Capcom is porting Revelations to the Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game currently has a MSRP of $49.99, but you can pre-order the Wii U version of Resident Evil: Revelations for just $39.99 on Amazon.com. A 20% savings on a Wii U game not yet released, isn’t too shabby!

If you have been interested in one the Skylanders games, Amazon.com currently has the Skylanders Giant Starter Kit on sale for just $59.96, which is a 20% discount from its MSRP of $74.99.
I haven’t played the Skylanders games, but I have done two data reports on the first game in the series. The reported game-play hours “Per person” were really good, and I do like the idea behind the game(s) a lot.

While you may enjoy shopping for online game deals at various sites, or even going out to physical retail stores to shop for game deals, let’s not forget about the Wii U eShop deals!
Right now, there are two Wii U eShop games that are discounted, and one I can recommend. from my own time with the game.
The first one is Trine 2: Director’s Cut. Trine 2 is currently on sale for just $9.99, which is a 50% discount from its normal price of $19.99. I own the game on the Wii U, and if you are looking for puzzle-platforming type game, I suggest you download it before the sale ends next week! There is a demo for Trine 2 on the eShop, so you can even give it a try before you buy it. I have played the game more than 40 hours since November, and have really enjoyed my time with the game.
The other Wii U eShop game on sale is Puddle. It’s currently on sale for $7.49, which is about a 6% discount from its normal price. While Trine 2 has a playable demo available for you to try, unfortunately Puddle doesn’t have a playable demo up yet.
If you aren’t familiar with either Puddle or Trine 2, I have included their Wii U eShop trailers below:

Questions
Have any of you played any of these games? If so, feel free to leave a comment and feedback on if you would recommend them at their current asking prices shown above.

Also, if there are any other current game deals you have seen that you think are good, feel free to leave what game and where the deal is in the comments below!

"Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U", Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not releasing for the 3DS, DS, or Wii.

October 31, 2012

Coffee Beans
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be releasing on November 13th, and until now Activision has been quiet about the game releasing for the Nintendo Wii, DS, or 3DS.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has already been confirmed as a Wii U launch title, even pre-launch of sorts, and it will be available to purchase on November 13th. Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release for the Wii, DS, or 3DS this year? Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump for a quick Call of Duty games history on the Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as the answers!

The Brew
The Nintendo DS was home to Call of Duty games for 5 consecutive years:

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007
  • Call of Duty: World at War in 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized in 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011

The Nintendo Wii has had five Call of Duty titles released on it:

  • Call of Duty 3 in 2006
  • Call of Duty: World at War in 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex in 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011
I contacted Activision earlier this month about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releasing for the Wii, since I couldn’t remember seeing that information confirmed, or denied, anywhere. I asked, “Also, is Black Ops II going to be releasing for the Wii, or just on the Wii U for the Nintendo side of things?

The initial response I received was, “Black Ops is shipping for 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.

To make sure Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 wasn’t releasing for the 3DS or Wii, I followed up with a second question, “So, just to make sure, there will be no Black Ops II for the Wii or 3DS? Just for the Wii U?

The second response was very clear. They said, “In terms of Nintendo products, Black Ops II will just be on the Wii U.

A picture says a thousand words, a zombie just moans?
Caffeinated Thoughts
I think it’s interesting that Activision isn’t releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii, because the system does have such a large install base. I imagine the game could have sold decently on the system this holiday season, especially considering the Wii just had another price cut. I believe Nintendo is probably the biggest beneficiary of having Black Ops 2 only on their new Wii U system this holiday season, by using that as a potential selling point for older Wii only owners.
As for not releasing Black Ops 2 on the 3DS, or even DS, I think it’s surprising considering the DS had a new Call of Duty game released every year since 2007, with this year being the first the system isn’t getting one. The Nintendo 3DS has not had any Call of Duty game released for it, and this year makes for the second holiday season the 3DS will be on the market. When the largest FPS franchise in the video game industry is skipping a platform, that does make me question some things about the platform.
If you missed the post on Black Ops 2’s live-action trailer, you can see the trailer that released on Monday below.

I’m still planning on buying a Wii U day one, and Black Ops 2 is on my short list of games I’m debating on to grab with the system. Being that I enjoy Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls in FPS games, thanks to Treyarch and other FPS Wii developers, I’m glad to know that Black Ops 2 Wii U has those control options, as well as the Wii U GamePad control option.

I enjoyed the zombie mode a great deal in Call of Duty: World at War, and played the mode a decent amount in the original Black Ops, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what changes have been made to the mode. With today being Halloween, I think a Call of Duty zombie mode needs another visit!

If you’re a Nintendo fan and have enjoyed the Call of Duty Wii games and want to play Black Ops 2, I think this news is just another reason to buy a Wii U when it releases.

Questions
Are any of you planning on buying Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 when it releases? If so, which system are you planning on getting it for?

Does the news of Black Ops 2 not releasing for the Wii, or even 3DS, make you more likely to buy a Wii U system to play the game, if you are a Wii only owner?

If you are interested in Black Ops II, you pre-order the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U editions on Amazon.com below:

President Obama, Space Camp, & Six Flags Fun Park? How they are oddly connected.

August 20, 2012


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     Bankruptcy, Six Flags Fun Park, President Obama, and Space Camp?

     Just about 2 weeks ago, I put together the story, “Curiosity Inspired – Space Camp Hours Report“. After I posted the story, a former developer who worked on the game saw the story and sent me an email. While the developer will remain anonymous, they were glad to see coverage on the game and wanted to share information on the “…background on the development process, and also why the game dropped with zero marketing…”.

     How are Space Camp, Six Flags Fun Park, and President Obama connected? What decision by President Obama is given as a reason to have possibly “killed all the synergy” around the Wii game Space Camp? What about bankruptcy? Brew yourself a fresh pot of coffee, and read the email below to find out!

The Brew
     The former 7 Studios developer said, “OK, so back in mid to late 2008, 7 Studios was finishing work on Six Flags Fun Park for DS and Wii, published by Brash Entertainment. Brash had a lot of problems and ended up going out of business right when SFFP was supposed to release. The DS version made it to store shelves — with zero marketing — but the Wii title didn’t. It had been approved by Nintendo for North American release and the discs, manuals and boxes were all printed and ready to go, but Brash went under before they could actually ship the game to distributors.

So we were all pretty bummed that this Wii game that we’d worked on for a year and half or so, and were pretty happy with, would never see the light of day. At the time our main LA office had only one other project, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, published by Genius, so we were looking for other games.

We ended up signing the deal with Activision to make Space Camp. It was a very short development cycle, something like 4-5 months, with a small DS team and a small Wii team. How were we able to get a console title done that quickly? We re-used as much of Six Flags Fun Park as we could.

If you check videos on YouTube of Space Camp and SFFP you can see that the interface, engine, even many (maybe even a majority) of the minigames are identical. At the time we weren’t too concerned as the DS version of SFFP got no marketing, and the Wii version was never released, so we were still shipping what was effectively a brand-new game for consumers.

When the Space Camp game was signed, if I remember correctly there was an expectation that President Obama was going to work with NASA and announce a new push for another US moon landing. The plan was that Space Camp would ride the wave of publicity around that and we’d be part of the marketing push for both NASA and the real Space Camp — Activision had licensed their logo and possible new mascot.

Unfortunately due to the economy the President backed off on these plans, which killed all the synergy around the project. My understanding was that Activision had never planned to spend a ton of marketing money on the game, mostly seeking a cheap tie-in to the existing hype which never panned out. So it shipped and disappeared. The office responsible for publishing the game was Activision Minneapolis, which at the time was tasked with publishing the company’s low-budget ‘value’ titles.

The really funny thing is that as we were working on Space Camp, Ubisoft bought the Six Flags Fun Park project from Brash as part of Brash’s bankruptcy proceedings. They shipped the existing boxes, which were released to stores in March 2009, just two months before Space Camp! Ubisoft also had us make a version of SFFP for Europe, Fun Park Party. Apparently SFFP did well enough to justify another print run, but 7 Studios wasn’t able to work on that directly as we were purchased by Activision.

So that’s the story of Space Camp, and the related story of Six Flags Fun Park. Overall the team was proud of what we were able to accomplish on both games, in terms of what we could do with the time and resources we had, and it’s always been disappointing that factors out of our control (Brash’s bankruptcy, the backtracking of the new moon project) led to both titles underperforming.

Unfortunately 7 Studios didn’t ship another title. The Scratch lawsuit happened shortly after we were purchased by Activision. After that we did prototyping and development work on console and iPhone, and we helped out with some tools and the downloadable demo for DJ Hero 2. Then in Spring 2010 Activision shut down their music/rhythm game division and that was the end of the studio.”

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I was glad a developer was willing to share feedback and an inside story on the development for Space Camp, and Six Flags Fun Park, giving us a small inside look of why certain decisions were made. They did say that, “…there may be a few minor errors…” in the story, but that they had fact checked dates to backup things from memory, and I did look at release dates and other information as well to make sure we were providing accurate information.
     I personally found it interesting that Activision gambled on a new Moon mission being promoted by President Obama, even going as far as possibly getting licenses from NASA and the real Space Camp, but then not being able to move forward with their use because of President Obama’s decision to not move forward with a new Moon mission; funding instead went to the Mars mission I believe. I can already see a political attack ad being formed, “Obama destroyed the video game industry, and your children’s entertainment by cutting NASA’s Moon funding!”.
     As for Brash Entertainment, the original publisher of Six Flags Fun Park, and how it came and went so quickly in the video game industry, here is a great piece on the company and its failure: “Brash fallout a cautionary tale“.

     Now, let’s say you are in a store and you stumble upon Six Flags Fun Park and Space Camp, both at a great bargain price. How do you decide which one to try?
     Well, I asked the developer and this is what they said, “I can’t recommend one over the other, it really depends on the player. If someone is really into NASA, they should go for Space Camp. If they like carnival games, they should go for SFFP. I think SFFP has more content overall than Space Camp does. In terms of the single-player story, Space Camp starts better but gets grindy near the end, while SFFP starts slow but has some really cool moments near the end.”

Questions
     Have any of you played Six Flags Fun Park and/or Space Camp? If so, what did you think about the games?
     Also, what did you think of the story behind the games, and how they both came about? Did you find any details perhaps odd, hilarious, or just outrageous?

You can see links to Six Flags Fun Park and Space Camp below:

July Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

August 7, 2012


Coffee Beans
     Good Monday evening! July was a busy month for us as a family with a few birthdays, our anniversary, traveling over 900+ miles one way to visit family, and our usual work weeks before our trip. While it may have been busy, it was still filled with lots of coffee drinking and game playing.
     While I didn’t get as many posts up in July as I did in June, I did get up a decent number of posts considering I was working off of Mrs. Coffee’s laptop for about a third of the month. If you perhaps just skim posts here occasionally, here are some posts you might have missed that I posted up in July:
     THIS is what the 3DS XL should have looked like.
     Super Mario Bros. 3 Hours Report & World 5-1 Beaten by Bean 1!
     Drinking Coffee from a Mario castle? Not exactly.
     Instant “Coffee” Video Game Award
     SOCK! POW! ZOK! LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Debut Hours Report
     Pachter: “Sometimes, I add two and two and get seven…”

     With August now well underway, what games did I play and coffees did I consume in July? Brew yourself a cup of coffee, and take a look!

Coffees Consumed
     July started off with us brewing the Maxwell House French Roast coffee blend that I grabbed during the coffee run in June. After we finished the French Roast blend, we started brewing Maxwell House’s Dark Roast coffee blend which has lasted us into August, since we were visiting family for a good bit of July. Speaking of visiting family, our first stop was on Mrs. Coffee’s side. Her mom buys Community Coffee, and we enjoyed daily pots of the Community Coffee Medium Roast blend.

     What would the first word to describe our household be if I had kept the Keurig coffee machine Mrs. Coffee gave me as a gift 2 years ago for Christmas? BANKRUPT! I’m not sure if I ever told the story here on CoffeeWithGames, but as a Christmas gift one year Mrs. Coffee surprised me with a Keurig coffee machine. After debating and staring at it for about a week still in the box though, I made the decision that I simply drink too much coffee daily, and that if we kept the Keurig machine we would spend a fortune each month on the coffee pods.
     Well, my mom received a Keurig coffee machine sometime after Christmas and she has really enjoyed using it. When we arrived at her house, she was stocked up with a wide assortment of the Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups. My mom enjoys her coffee with a flavor, so we had a choice of the Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog, Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread, Green Mountain Coffee Golden French Toast, or the Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend K-Cups. The Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend was apparently a favorite, as it was the first one we ran out of. After that one flavor ran out though, the other flavors never did, even with us (see me) using the machine quite often.

     For me though, I think sticking with the regular coffee machine is the way to go right now, even after using the Keurig machine for over a week. I definitely see the benefit and how easy it is to simply throw a K-Cup in the machine and not think twice, but with how much coffee we consume in the “Coffee House” monthly, I would probably have to change the name of the site to “CoffeeWithCoffee” because we couldn’t afford games anymore.

Games Played
     Being that some of you might be reading this on Monday morning Tuesday morning instead of doing your scheduled work, here is the short list for the games I played in July: Rage of the Gladiator, Super Mario Bros. 3, Punch-Out!!, Bit.Trip Runner, New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Blacklight: Retribution, Cogs, Far Cry 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64, VVVVVV, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. I believe it was 15 games in all, with a few others being “played” very briefly, but not long enough that I consider it really “playing” them.

     Rage of the Gladiator – After a Rage of the Gladiator request by a YouTube comment asking for a video against Lord Vensor the 3rd from the game, I played a few matches against him until I had enough decent matches recorded. I was able to use one of the recorded battles for a video to show how to defeat him in Challenge Mode, and I also wrote a post with a few details and even an image that might be helpful if you ever reach Lord Vensor the 3rd in Challenge Mode, and get stuck. You can read the post, and watch the full battle I recorded HERE.
     Super Mario Bros. 3 – Our oldest son beat his first Mario level in Super Mario Bros. 3, and that resulted in me doing an “Hours Report” and video remake of his play-through of the level. It was World 5-1 in the game, and though we made it to World 5-1, and even halfway through World 5, we never tried it again once we left to visit family. We had a blast playing through the levels we did in July though, and we have already started the game again this month. If you missed the post about Bean 1 beating his first Mario world, you can read the post and watch a “remake” video of sorts of his play-through of World 5-1, HERE.
     Punch-Out!! – This was a Father’s Day gift to me, and I have really enjoyed my time with the game. I haven’t finished Title Defense mode yet, but I did make my way through some of it earlier in July. I believe King Hippo was the last opponent I defeated in Title Defense, but each and every boxer in Title Defense has been a challenge. I wasn’t the only one to play Punch-Out!! in July though, as Mrs. Coffee decided to give the game a try one day and she ended up going all the way through to King Hippo, and defeating him. It was hilarious watching and listening to her play the game. She would be insulting the boxers back in the middle of the matches saying things like “Vive la France your face!” to Glass Joe, or just things like laughing hysterically at Disco Kid in the middle of the matches. It was very entertaining.
     BIT.TRIP RUNNER – I completed the WiiWare demo of Bit.Trip Runner a good number of times in July, and really enjoyed my time with the demo. Bean 1 attempted to play the demo as well, but he hasn’t quite got the hang of it just yet. After the feedback provided on my “Jump! Run! Kick! Slide! BIT.TRIP RUNNER Hours Report“, I added Bit.Trip Complete to my “Wish List” of games.
     New Super Mario Bros. DS – I didn’t really think about New Super Mario Bros. DS until July because of our planned “vacation” to visit our family out of town. I figured if anything, Bean 1 could MAYBE fiddle around on the screen and just see Mario and be happy with it. Little did I know he would learn the menu system quickly, finding the matching games with “Luigi”, and then go to World 1-1 and get the Mega Mushroom which results in “Big Mario!” according to him. Yes, Bean 1 has completed World 1-1 all on his own with no outside help from me, just using the items in the level. If you have played the game, you probably know why, but the fact he can get the jumping down with the walking still impresses me. Perhaps we will be having some all-night Mario Marathons before the year is over…
     Super Mario World – “We beat it!” is what Bean 1 exclaims now when we finish the game. Sure, it was because we accidentally found the Rainbow Road paths, but he was the one that actually showed it to me by accident one day without me realizing I had unlocked it. Bean 1 can also identify Bowser’s Castle appropriately, since it is labeled that in the game and he even knows which doors he can get through easiest in the castle. Now, he hasn’t beat the castle all on his own yet, but the fact he made it all the way to the second set of doors to pick, impressed me enough.
     Blacklight: Retribution – What happens when you open a Steam account? NOTHING GOOD! (Okay, that’s sarcasm). Money starts leaving your bank account and your wife says, “I was wondering what ‘Valve’ was in the statement”, or something along those lines. Fortunately for me though Blacklight: Retribution did not cost me a dime, and if you have a Steam account you can play the game for free as well. I was actually surprised and impressed with the matches that I played in the game, and enjoyed the match setups of the teams having to capture and hold different points around the maps. I did get confused with how the “purchase” system worked, so I haven’t upgraded my character very much; but I’m hoping to put some more time into the game this month and see if I can figure out the upgrade system a bit more. You may not remember, but back in 2010 I did a “Double Interview” feature with the developer of the original BlackLight: Tango Down. While the original game released and you had to pay for it, the developer decided to try the “Free to Play” route with the sequel and I hope it works well for them. If you missed my Double Interview feature from 2010 with Zombie Studios, you can read it HERE.
     Cogs – Why did I get a Steam account? Because a certain video game blog, Chalgyr’s Game Room, had a Steam giveaway/contest last year and Cogs was the prize. To win the prize though, I needed a Steam account. I didn’t know if I would like it, but I like winning free stuff and ended up winning the game. I finally gave it a try in July, and have really, really enjoyed my time with the game. Mrs. Coffee even watched me play it a bit, and thought the game looked interesting from what she saw. It is definitely a challenging puzzle game from what I have played so far, and I don’t think I’m half-way through it yet. If you like puzzle type games, I suggest you look up Cogs on Steam and give the free demo a try.
     Far Cry 2 – I received Far Cry 2 from a good friend when were down visiting family/friends over the Christmas holiday this last year. I haven’t made it very far into the game, but I can see why the developers chose the setting they did for the “open” aspect from the first game, but this allowed them to change it up a bit, at least from what I can tell so far. I haven’t encountered any of the dreaded “escort” missions I have heard about yet, but I am expecting one to any moment now.
     Batman: Arkham Asylum – What happens when our neighbors and us both own Wii and PS3 systems? Well, we end up trading/loaning games every now and then. I actually traded him Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and he traded me Batman: Arkham Asylum early in July. I haven’t made it super far in the game, but far enough that I have done one “boss” battle. I have enjoyed my short time with the game, and I’m looking forward to getting more in it now that we are back from our trip. As for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, he finished the game the very weekend we traded! If you want to see my brief thoughts on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, you can read them HERE.
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – I hadn’t played Modern Warfare 3 in quite a while, so I fired up the online multiplayer to see if I could get in some quick matches in July. I didn’t have any trouble getting in the standard team matches, and enjoyed my time in them. It was kind of interesting though, as I had seen a few matches from the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex on YouTube showing hacked matches, and I experienced my very first hacked match in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii in July. I was actually recording the matches that night, and I think I have footage of the entire match as I just ran around hopping way up into the sky and flying around oddly. I’m not sure if the footage would help Treyarch patch it up, or if they are even worried with patching the Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 now, considering they are probably busy getting Black Ops 2 running on the Wii and Wii U. I also did an “Hours Report” on Modern Warfare 3 in July, and you can read that HERE.
     Super Mario Bros. – Bean 1 and I both played Super Mario Bros. a good bit in July. He is making very good progress on jumping and walking at the same time, and the next step I’m going to try and teach him is running at the same time. I don’t know if it tweeted it or not, but Bean 1 has completed World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros. now, and I have video evidence floating around my computer. The evidence will surface in the next few days probably, so you might want to keep a lookout for it.
     Super Mario 64 – Another Mario game in July? Why not! Bean 1 enjoys running around in the game, and though he doesn’t know exactly what is going on that doesn’t stop him from having fun. He gets Mario to swim outside in the moat, and he even knows how to access levels by jumping into the pictures. What does he request I do in the game occasionally? “Daddy, find the key!” What key is that? Well, it’s the key to Bowser’s door of course; at least we both think it is. He asks me to find it when he tries to open the door, and gets the laugh in return. I’m enjoying playing the game a lot, because while I owned/own a Nintendo 64, Super Mario 64 wasn’t a game in my collection and I never completed it when a friend rented it and I played it. So, I’m looking forward to trying and beating the game now.
     VVVVVV – How did I become interested in trying out the demo for VVVVVV? It was an interview on NintendoNation.net that I read that got me interested in the game. Make sure to check out the interview HERE, and if you are interested in VVVVVV but don’t own it, definitely give the demo a try. I enjoyed my time with the demo, and it makes me wonder if perhaps the PC or 3DS version is better. Perhaps some of you that own both versions of VVVVVV can provide feedback on the game below and tell me why I need to buy a Nintendo 3DS later this month, when the XL model releases.
     New Super Mario Bros. Wii – What happens when we visit family, and my best friend from childhood pays us a visit? Well, that ends up with my best friend from marriage (see Mrs. Coffee) and I breaking out NSMBW late that night with him. How did we all do? Bowser had no idea the yelling and screaming that would be paying his castle a visit that night, but I should have a post on that later this month, with video. Did Bean 1 play it with us though? No, Bean 1 did not play NSMBW in July. You read that right, Bean 1 did not play New Super Mario Bros. Wii in July. As a matter of fact, it’s the only Mario game in our collection I believe that he hasn’t played yet.

Questions/Thoughts
     What video games did you play in July? Did any game really stand out to you from the others that you played, and did you perhaps purchase any new releases or just new-to-you games in July? Also, if you have any questions about the games I played in July played feel free to leave a comment/question below.
     As for the coffees, did any of you try anything new in July as I did with the Green Mountain Coffees or did you play it safe with your usual coffee, tea, soda, water, or other drinks of choice?

>Save $$$! PS3, Wii, & Xbox 360 Games and more!

January 22, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Every link below should take you directly to the described game, accessory, or sales page, such as the “Buy Two Games, Get a Third Free” link.
     Every game listed below has either Free Super Saver Shipping or Free Standard Shipping included with the prices shown, and if it changes this weekend, I’ll update it as I see.
     I’m also including a small Pre-order section, where you can be redirected to a few games/systems available for pre-order, if you want to pre-order before they are released…the 3DS is probably one you want to pre-order, if you’re interested in it.
Buy Two Games, Get a Third Free(Over 350 PS3, Xbox 360, Wii NDS, PSP, PS2 title to choose from)
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Xbox 360 – Dead Space 2 for 54.96(Free Shipping Included, Bonus Offer – Free Downloadable Game)
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 for $40.99(Save 18%, Free Shipping Included)
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Find more Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 deals after the JUMP!

DS Deals:
Chrono Trigger for $14.92(Save 25%, Free Standard Shipping)
Cooking Mama for $14.98(Save 25%, Free Standard Shipping)
Final Fantasy IV for $14.99(Save 25%, Free Standard Shipping)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for $29.96(Save 25%, Free Shipping Included)
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EA Sports Active 2 for $49.99(Save 50%, Free Shipping Included)
Fable III for $46.05(Save 23%, Fulfilled by Amazon with Free Shipping)
Halo Reach for $39.96(Save 33%, Free Shipping Included)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for $44.00(Save 27%, Free Shipping Included)
Tekken 6 for $13.99(Save 30%, Free Standard Shipping Included)
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – Black for $36.99(Save 26%, Free Shipping Included)