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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…

September Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

October 2, 2012


Coffee Beans
Like coffee in my cup, the month of September is gone! If you skimmed an occasional post here and there during the month, here are some posts you might have missed during September:

With October already brewing, what coffees did I consume and games did I play in September? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!
Coffees Consumed
Maxwell House coffees were the dominate coffee blends in our house during September. We had three Maxwell House coffee blends in September that we enjoyed, those being:
  • Maxwell House House Blend
  • Maxwell House Dark Roast
  • Maxwell House Gourmet Roast
For the first time in a few months, we purchased some Starbucks coffee during the month, but it wasn’t just for brewing. I had been wanting whole coffee beans to record the grinding sound with our grinder, for the Grounds for Celebration videos. Mrs. Coffee was out one day early in September, and I messaged her asking if she could grab some whole coffee beans before coming home. She purchased the Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend, and it is an extremely light blend. If you don’t like your coffee dark and very strong, this would be a good blend to try.
Over the last weekend in September though, Mrs. Coffee and I packed our bags and loaded the car with the boys, and headed off to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with some friends. While we were in Gatlinburg, I searched for a local coffee shop that I could perhaps grab a cup of coffee from on National Coffee Day. I found a local shop, Coffee & Company, and tried their house blend for the day (either the Costa Rican Tarrazu or the Le Conte View roast).
Games Played
The short list for the games I played in September is: New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, LittleBigPlanet, Mutant Mudds, Rage of the Gladiator, Blacklight: Retribution, Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2 Fast 4 Gnomz, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros., and BIT.TRIP RUNNER.
New Super Mario Bros. DS – Bean 1 is still playing this, even with a barely functioning bottom screen. He’ll ask/tell me (or, I’ll be volun-told as Chalgyr said) to play few of the levels from time-to-time, and we are currently back in World 3. I have been tempted to take apart the DS Lite, and see if I can figure out the touch screen problems; I even looked up a few YouTube videos on how to do it.
Super Mario World – Not much new here to report, but Bean 1 and I are still enjoying this one on the Virtual Console like most of the other Mario games.
Super Mario 64 – This one became Bean 1’s Mario game of choice in September. He has improved GREATLY in the game. I have attempted to record footage of him in the levels a few times, but usually start recording a little late. He beat Koopa the Quick on September 9th, and enjoys running around the castle and levels; but like NSMBDS, I get asked/told to play a few levels and do a few things in it from time-to-time.
LittleBigPlanet – Bean 1 asks to play this as his last delay tactic before bed usually. He is pretty good at getting through levels in the game now, and he has found some incredibly designed player created levels, with Mario themes and even a Phineas and Ferb level that I was really impressed with. Like the Mario games, I usually get asked to play a few of the levels to help out, and show him how to get through certain areas.
Mutant Mudds – I purchased Mutant Mudds for my PC the first week of September, and I have really enjoyed my time with it so far. The game is definitely challenging, and platforming fans should enjoy it. I have been using the default controls in the game, but you can adjust them or use a separate gamepad if you want. Bean 1 has even attempted to play a few of the levels, which I found amusing to watch.
Rage of the Gladiator – I played a few matches again, and realized that there are quite a few bosses I haven’t recorded/uploaded any footage from yet. I may do that for an October post, or two.
Blacklight: Retribution – I decided to give this one another try in September, and enjoyed my time in a few matches one night in September. I actually placed 3rd in a match, which I think is the highest I have placed so far. I just started attempting to change out my gear, and once finding where to look, it seems like a pretty easy process once you have the points and the required level in the game to use better equipment. If you have a Steam account and enjoy FPS games, I would easily recommend you giving Blacklight: Retribution a try considering it is free-to-play.

The game shows the top three players at the end of each match.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – I’m not sure how close I am to beating the game, but I think I have made some decent progress in it so far. Perhaps before the Wii U releases, I can finish Arkham Asylum, then give Arkham City a try on the Wii U. I’m still enjoying my time with the game, and I like how the game is challenging and makes me think of ways to clear rooms of enemies. Batman is not invincible!
2 Fast 4 Gnomz – Bean 1 clicked on this WiiWare demo from the SD card menu on our Wii. I ended up being volunteered by him to play it, and completed the demo. The game is insane, at least from my time with the demo. Think BIT.TRIP RUNNER style where you don’t stop moving forward, but the graphical style kept making me wonder if I was going to have a seizure! One thing I did like that 2 Fast 4 Gnomz provided in each level was the number of times you had attempted it. So, if you hit spikes, fall in holes, or just miss your jumps 20, 30, 40, or 50 times, you know exactly how many times you have been tortured by the level. The level of difficulty might be too much for your average gamer also, but if you enjoy tough challenges I do recommend giving the demo a try.
Super Mario Bros. 3 – Another Virtual Console game that has shown to be a great value for us. Bean 1 is still running around in some of the levels, and can complete World 1-1 and World 1-2 now usually without any/many issues.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER – On National Coffee Day, I started with the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast, then the house blend from Coffee & Company, then a cup from McDonald’s, then I ended the day/night with another cup(s) of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. Right before sleep took over Saturday night, I played BIT.TRIP RUNNER on Mrs. Coffee’s laptop.
Questions
Did you have a coffee blend/roast of choice in September?  What video games did you play during September, and would you recommend any of the ones that you did play?

Also, if you have any questions about the games I played or the coffees I consumed in September, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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?

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?

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

January 6, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

November Brewed! Coffees Consumed, Games Played

December 4, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October Brewed! Coffees Consumed, Games Played

November 3, 2011



Coffee Beans
     I turned a year older early in October, and you can read about some gifts Mrs. Coffee got for me HERE.  I have been working more hours each week than I would like, especially with school and full-time family duties each day, but I am grateful for a job; especially one where I can grab a cup of coffee each day on my way home.  Speaking of coffee, if you missed my review post, “Surviving 48+ Hours Without Coffee?  Ed Hardy Energy Snacks Review“, you can read that to see how I went for just over 48 hours without any coffee, and I didn’t get a caffeine headache!
     Now with November brewing, what coffees and caffeinated products did I consume and what games did I play in October?  Let’s take a look!

Coffee and Caffeinated Products Consumed in October
     Trader Joe’s Joe’s Dark Coffee Roast – This was coffee sent to me by Charlie from NicodemusAtNite.com.  I still have some left, so I’ll probably be enjoying more of it in the coming days.
     Maxwell House Master Blend – We finished this about halfway into October, and enjoyed it while it lasted.
     New England Coffee Colombian Supremo Blend – Another one we finished off in October, but it had been hiding around our closest for several months, behind other coffees before I discovered it late in September.
     Chick-Fil-A Coffee – Chick-Fil-A only has one blend of caffeinated coffee, and I have gotten into the habit of getting myself a cup as I’m clocking out, and bringing it home with me.  When I do this, I don’t have to worry with rushing home to and starting a pot of coffee when I walk in, as I can just drink the cup I have brought with me.
     Folgers Black Silk – This was one of my coffee birthday gifts, and there is still just a little left of it.  I enjoy it, and think it has a nice strong flavor, but Mrs. Coffee does not like it because of its strong flavor.
     Chock full o’ Nutes Original Blend – This was another birthday gift, and suprisingly I opened it after I opened the Folgers Black Silk blend, but we finished this blend first.  What was the reason we finished this one first?  Well, Mrs. Coffee actually liked this blend, and it was the one I started brewing for her before she left for work.  So, I’m glad to have tried a new blend, and we enjoyed it while it lasted and I would say it was more of a mild flavored blend.
     Ed Hardy Energy Snacks – If you missed my review of the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks, make sure to read that HERE.  I consumed Chocolate Rocks, Coffee Rocks, King Dog Energy Mints, Orange Energy Sticks, and Pomegranate Energy Sticks; all of which are caffeinated and helped keep me going, and totally replaced my coffee consumption one entire weekend.

Games Played in October
     Battlefield 3 Beta – Keith, of RespawnAction.com, and I played the Battlefield 3 Beta on the PlayStation 3 a good bit early in October.  He purchased the game last week, and will probably be reviewing the game soon…though he has mentioned it seems to be having some online server issues right now.
     PAYDAY: The Heist – This is another game I played with Keith, and you can read his review for it HERE.  It was released on the PlayStation Network in October, and is a first-person shooter.  I enjoyed the few nights I was able to play it, and thought it was an interesting take on the first-person shooter genre with some neat game-play ideas implemented into it(taking hostages that let you “negotiate” if a team member is captured), and that it played really well.  I still remember laughing at one of the trophies I got in the game.  It was titled “Cheney”, and I’ll have to see if I was recording footage that night and post it up.
     Tenchu: Shadow Assassins – This game has been on my backlog for a while now, and I am slowly and stealthily working my way through it.  I have been enjoying my time with the game, and I like how they pieced together quick-time events for taking out enemies.  Hopefully I can have this one finished here very soon!
     Chess – You read that right, chess.  I had not played a game of chess in close to 2.5 years before I played a few in October.  I really enjoyed the matches, as I did when I used to play on a more regular basis, which means I may have started a new “regular” with chess again.

Filtered Thoughts
     While I only played three video games during October, I did enjoy my time with the ones I played.  The chess matches I enjoyed a great deal as I mentioned above, and as for including chess in my list, I’ll probably include any board and card games in the future that I play during a month.
     I consumed six liquid coffee blends, one “coffee” candy being the Ed Hardy Coffee Rocks, and another four caffeinated Ed Hardy Energy Snacks.

Questions
     What coffees and caffeinated products did you consume during October, and what games did you find yourself playing?
    Also, do any of you play chess by any chance?

     As always, if any of you own a Wii or PS3, you can find my PSN and Wii friend codes HERE.

>May Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played

June 2, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     May was an interesting month for me.  Being that I had finished up school(and am out for the summer), I started looking for summer work.  I was hoping that whatever job I got might turn into a good part-time job when school starts back, but wasn’t sure how quickly something would happen in this job market.  I ended up landing a job at Chick-Fil-A, and have been gainfully employed for about the last 3 weeks.  My first day of training I tried the coffee, and I also had it my second day, though I forgot to add it to my “Coffees Consumed” for May.
     So, with a new job and my same spastic nightly schedule, what coffees did I consume and games did I play during May?  Let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed in May:
     Maxwell House Original Roast (Medium) – This was purchased in mid-April, and I actually just tossed out the container today.  Like most of the Maxwell coffee blends we drink, I think it has a good solid flavor.
     New England Coffee Colombian Supremo Blend – If you missed my “April Brewed” post, I mentioned in that post that this coffee blend was a “surprise” purchase by Mrs. Coffee for me.  I have about 1/3 of the bag left, so I will probably finish it off this month(June).  While I commented about this coffee blend’s different smell, I forgot to mention that it is listed as a “100% Arabica Coffee” blend on the package, so I’m not sure what it is with the smell.
     Maxwell House Breakfast Blend (Mild) – This coffee was purchased in the middle of May, kind of like the Original Roast was in April.  Mrs. Coffee enjoys the breakfast blend, but she can’t have a lot of it right now, because of the Little Bean that is due within about a month’s time.  I think it has a nice flavor though, sort of what I mentioned about the Maxwell House Original Roast blend.
     Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – 5 months.  If somebody had told me a Christmas gift of coffee would last 5 months, I probably would have thought to myself, “Not in this HOUSE!”, but this one lasted through May.  I ground up the last few beans with our son just in the last week, and brewed up a pot of 6 cups early one evening.
     Chick-Fil-A Coffee (Medium Roast) – This coffee is a “100% Colombian Coffee”, and its description says it is, “…a sweet, rich, flavorful taste with a smooth finish.”  Chick-Fil-A’s coffee blend is pretty easy to drink, and I didn’t see any need for cream/sugar in it(though I rarely do), and the cows may approve it more since it was consumed black with no need of a cow-byproduct; so I agree with the “smooth finish”.  While I only had two cups, I’m sure there will be more in my future.  I gotta say though, Chick-Fil-A’s Lemonade is super awesome!

Video Games Played in May:
     Monster Hunter Tri – The monster of a game that I still haven’t finished!  While I have not completed the game’s single-player campaign yet, I did play a good bit online in May, and I put a good number of hours in the single-player campaign doing quests just to level up my armor/weapon.  As of now, I have one more quest to complete, and the single-player campaign will be “finished”.  Will it happen in June?  I will keep you all posted on it!  If you missed my Monster Hunter Tri post from last week, you can watch two monster hunt videos from the game that I uploaded, HERE.
     GoldenEye 007 – I hopped online a few nights during May, and even got some play-time with Robert.  I uploaded and did a post about one multi-player match in early May, and you can watch it HERE.  You can watch another multi-player match from later in the month, HERE.  I still find the Team Conflict matches a lot of fun in GoldenEye 007, and I may be looking at putting together a “GoldenEye Game Night” in the near future.
     Rage of the Gladiator – If you missed it, I started a new feature on CoffeeWithGames in May called “WiiWare Wednesday“.  Rage of the Gladiator was the first game I covered for the feature, and you can read the post, and watch the video about it, HERE.  I started playing Rage of the Gladiator with Wii MotionPlus controls in April, and though the Wii MotionPlus controls are a little slower, they work well with how they are implemented because they encourage less flailing.

Thoughts/Questions:
     Another month has passed, and I didn’t complete any game from my backlogged list, though I am about to finish the biggest time-consuming game probably on my backlogged list.  Once I finish Monster Hunter Tri’s single-player campaign, I may work on a “schedule” to go through with the rest of the games, and hopefully that will speed things along.
     As for the coffees I consumed, I enjoyed all the blends I tried.  I have seen some interesting “extras” added to coffees in the last 3 weeks, and I may branch out and give some of the “extras” a try, and report back on how they turn out.

     What coffees(or other beverages) and games did you find yourself drinking/playing in May?

>March Brewed, April Brewing – Coffees Consumed, Games Played

April 2, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Happy April Fools!  March has been brewed and consumed, like a good pot of coffee; though there were a few bitter moments(delayed flight and major car repair!)…like coffee left sitting around too long!  If you missed the post earlier in March, the Reader Points page is updated through February, and March’s Reader Points should be up by Monday.
     With April upon us, let’s take a look back at the coffees I consumed and games I played, during March!

Coffees Consumed in March:

  • Maxwell House French Roast Ground Coffee – My wife actually asked me last week what blend this was while she was making the grocery list, and said she wouldn’t be purchasing it this time, because she thought it was a little too strong…if there’s such a thing!
  • Community Coffee Carnivale Cake – Even if you have never been to Louisiana, you may know of Mardi Gras; as Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular, seem to be famous for celebrating it.  Well, Mardi Gras is a big event all over the state now, and Community Coffee, like any good business I guess, saw Mardi Gras as a good opportunity to introduce this special seasonal blend of coffee.  My mom had picked it up for us, and she brewed it while we were down.  The description for the Carnivale Cake Coffee reads, “This medium roasted Central American flavored coffee has a perfectly balanced blend of vanilla and cinnamon.  Enjoy the flavor of Mardi Gras in every cup.  Made with the top 1% Arabica premium and specialty coffee beans.
  • Tasters Choice Colombian Instant Coffee – I gave these instant coffee packs another try, and I still can’t say that they’re strong enough for me.  If you enjoy the Tasters Choice Instant Coffees, if you can leave a comment letting me know how you prepare them, with how much water, that may help me.
  • Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend(Medium Dark Roast) – Somehow this coffee has survived since Christmas morning, and has now lasted into April!  With finals starting at the end of this month, I don’t know if this will last to the beginning of May.
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee Organic BreakfastThis was a surprise coffee for me by Mrs. Coffee.  My wife had gone to the store last Friday, and came in and said, “Here’s some new coffee for you!  You’re readers are probably tired of seeing Maxwell House on the site.”  The coffee is described as “Rich, elegant, earthy”.  When I read that, I said, “What’s earthy supposed to be?”, and my wife jokingly replied, “Perhaps it tastes like dirt?”  The coffee has a nice flavor that isn’t extremely strong, but more of a medium blend taste.
Video Games Played in March:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops(PS3) – You may recall I mentioned playing this over my spring break to Louisiana with my brother-in-laws, and also a few multi-player matches when we got back in town.  The multi-player matches on the PS3 seem not to be as laggy as they were when the game first released, but there are always a few matches here and there, that really make me wonder what’s going on.
  • Rage of the Gladiator(WiiWare) – After a user request for a video battle against Amit the Charmer in Challenge Mode, I fired up Rage of the Gladiator and recorded a few matches.  If you missed the post, you can read about the match, and watch a video of the battle against Amit the Charmer HERE.
  • Resistance: Fall of Man(PS3) – I finished Resistance: Fall of Man’s single-player campaign on March 18.  If you own a PS3, enjoy FPS games, and are perhaps looking for a lower priced PS3 FPS game, I suggest you give Resistance: Fall of Man a try.  I really did enjoy my time with the game, and I might be doing a video feature on it in the future.
  • Dementium II(DS) – I finished Dementium II on March 21, and enjoyed my time with the game.  I was surprised at how long the game was, as I recorded 9+ hours according to the game’s clock.  I thought that the game kept to its atmosphere pretty well, though I did think it ended kind of abruptly.  I guess the way it ended, leaves room for a Dementium 3DS?  If you like horror-ish type games, with a psychological element, you would probably enjoy Dementium II.
  • Greg Hastings’ Paintball 2(Wii) – You may recall(or not) that I received Greg Hastings Paintball 2 for the Wii, from Majesco back at the very end of September.  I put together several video “previews” of sorts on the game, but never finished the game’s single-player “Career” mode…until March 30!  I’m putting together a more detailed video “preview” of the game, now that I’ve finished the game’s “Career” mode, and the video preview should be up by next Friday.
  • GoldenEye 007(Wii) – I saw that Dustin from MyLittleGamer.Blogspot.com had purchased GoldenEye 007 just recently, and for the last 2-3 nights, we’ve been hopping online and playing a few multi-player matches together.  Just to be clear…Dustin is the one playing it, not Daemion.
  • Demos!Art of Balance(WiiWare):  I really enjoyed the Art of Balance demo, as I think it’s a game you can play while drinking a cup of coffee.  Controller in one hand, cup of coffee in the other!   Fish’em All!(WiiWare) – This was actually a lot better than I was expecting, not really sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I played, that’s for sure.  In the demo you control a fisherman, and run back and forth on a dock, while fish are jumping out of the water.  You’re supposed to swing the Wii Remote to “catch” the fish, and it’s all about timing…the game gets crazy though, and starts throwing random objects into play that you must avoid.  I actually won a free copy of this just in the last week, and I may do a game-play video of it soon.  PooYoos 1(WiiWare) – Being a parent, I decided to see what this was about…if you have a young child, you may find this demo interesting…if not, run for the hills.  Fight Night Champions(PS3) – I downloaded this on my PS3, and just in the last week gave it a try with my new Nyko Wireless Raven controller.  The demo didn’t really keep my interest, like a past UFC Undisputed demo did, but the character models did look very realistic.
    Thoughts/Questions:
         All of the games I finished in March were from my backlogged list: Resistance: Fall of Man, Dementium II, and Greg Hastings’ Paintball 2.  How many games are left to complete from my backlog?  Well, from my “official” list I have another six games to finish.
         With April now started, it’s time to pick up some other games and try to finish what I’ve already started…or perhaps haven’t started in some cases!  The first game on my list to finish during April is a MONSTER of a game some would say.  I think I should be able to finish probably at least three more off my backlog in April…but who knows what will happen schedule wise!

         What video games did you find yourself playing during March, and did you perhaps try any coffee blend, or other beverage, that you enjoyed?

    >January Brewed, February Brewing – New Bean Roasting!

    February 5, 2011

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         It seems like I was just writing my “Happy New Year” post, but January is done!

         You may be wondering, “What’s up with your ‘Coffee Bean Family’ banner, and what’s this ‘New Bean Roasting'”?  Drum roll…
         Well, I’m happy to announce that my wife and I are expecting our second child!  Mrs. Coffee is doing well, and she’s actually about 19-weeks along in the pregnancy.
         We just had an ultra-sound last Friday, and found out we are having another little boy coffee bean, so I’ll be adding another “Little Boy Bean #2”, in a few months to the banner.  While we have known for a few months, I decided to wait until the ultra-sound to see if it was pink or blue…before making the announcement here.  The ultra-sound results were normal, and the baby bean was reported to be doing well.

         In other not so big of news, school started back for me in January, so I’m doing my best to keep up and stay on schedule with my schoolwork…which is why my posting has slowed down some.
      
         So, with the big news out, what video games and coffees did I play/consume during January?  Let’s take a look!

    Coffees Consumed in January:

    • Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend(Medium Dark Roast) –  You may recall this was some coffee that showed up Christmas morning, a gift from my wife.  I’m still enjoying it, but being that it’s a whole bean coffee, and with my crazy school schedule starting back in January, I didn’t find myself grinding it up very often, and would do it only about once, maybe twice, a week.
    • Maxwell House Custom Roasted Dark Roast Ground Coffee – We finished off the container from December, and Mrs. Coffee purchased us another 270 cup container of it, toward the end of January. The new one will probably last us until the middle of February, or the end.
    Video Games Played in January:
    • Borderlands –  Keith and I played Borderlands a decent amount in January, but we still have a long way to go to finish the game.  I’m having a lot of fun with it, and it seems like the game has a wide range of weapons, and we haven’t even seen them all yet.
    • Donkey Kong Country Returns – This game is a blast!  Mrs. Coffee and I played through the game, and completed it 100% according to the game’s data.  We are now going back through, and collecting all the puzzle pieces in each level, and we should finish that within the next week or so.  Donkey Kong Country Returns was the first game from my list for my New Year’s resolution, that I completed.
    • GoldenEye 007 – I’m still working my way back through GoldenEye 007’s single-player campaign, on the “Agent” difficulty setting; and played through a few more missions in January.  I also played a the Golden Gun multi-player mode in January, though only a few matches of it.  It was fun, and I think once I figured out where the gun is in each map initially, I would do better.
    • Greg Hastings Paintball 2 –  I am still working my way through the single-player campaign in Greg Hastings Paintball 2.  The game has a lot of levels, and I plan to do a more in-depth video “preview” when I finish the campaign.  I think I’m about 50% through the single-player campaign, and I did finally unlock the game’s paintball rocket launcher, but I haven’t purchased it yet.
    • Monster Hunter Tri – I started playing this again in January, as part of my New Year’s video game resolution, and I’m still enjoying the game.  I even played the game’s online multi-player some, even though that isn’t part of my New Year’s resolution.  I’m almost finished with the quests in the single-player campaign, enough so that I believe my “final” quest has already been opened up for my picking.
    • New Super Mario Bros. Wii – New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the first game I think we played in the New Year.  We had friends over, and after rocking out last year with music games from the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series, we ended up bringing in the New Year with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with four-players, and having a lot of fun.
    Thoughts/Questions:
         So far, I have completed one of the twelve video games on my New Year’s resolution list, and I played a few more, as listed above, during the month of January.  While I didn’t drink as many coffees as I have in past months, I probably consumed about the same amount though.
         If anybody has any questions about the coffees I consumed, or the video games I played, during January; please leave the question in the comments section, or email me if you prefer.
         Also, you may have noticed the new banner at the top of the site, it was made by reader ArakniD, who also made the other banner I had been using.  I’ll be switching the banners back and forth, so thank you ArakniD for taking the time to design me a new banner for the site!  I really appreciate it!
         So, what video games and beverages did you find yourself playing/consuming during January?