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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONNECT WITH COFFEE!

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The CoffeeWithGames feedback winner is…

October 9, 2012

Coffee Beans
Did you miss the “CoffeeWithGames Turns 3!” post at the end of August? Well, I ended up having to wait until we finished our Maxwell House Gourmet Roast coffee, so I could have a coffee container for the giveaway drawing.

To enter the contest I said in the post, “If you leave feedback to the questions below, I’ll put your name in the coffee container…and draw it for a coffee and/or game related giveaway.”

I dropped the names in the coffee container, gave it a good shaking, but I didn’t draw out the winner. Mrs. Coffee did! Brew yourself some coffee, and see which lucky provider of feedback was picked from the container!

The Caffeinated Brew
After a few shakes, rattles, and rolls of the coffee container container, Mrs. Coffee drew out KnucklesSonic8!

The prize for simply leaving feedback on a post? Well, KnucklesSonic8 has a choice to make (again), World of Goo can be his on Steam, or the Humble Bundle for Android 3 can be his. The Humble Bundle for Android 3 includes Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, Uplink!, and SpaceChem, with Steam keys for each (I think also the soundtrack is included for each as well, not 100% positive on that).

I have only played the demo for World of Goo, and put just a little time into BIT.TRIP BEAT and none in the other games, so I can’t really say which one I would suggest he choose.

Either way, congratulations to KnucklesSonic8 on winning, and thanks to everybody that provided feedback on that post! (Sorry it took longer for the drawing to happen, the other coffee container found its way to the trash that I was originally going to use!)

Questions
If you have perhaps played World of Goo, and some of the games in the Humble Bundle that he could select, which one prize selection would you suggest for him?

Also, if you missed the original feedback posts, feel free to leave feedback below if you have a feature you would like to see more of, or perhaps a new feature altogether on CoffeeWithGames more regularly.

The "Free Games Giveaway" winner is…

September 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Robert on winning the contest/giveaway!

Free Games Giveaway! Connect With Coffee

August 26, 2012

Coffee Beans

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

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

A few items related to this post:

Instant "Coffee" Video Game Award!

July 26, 2012

Coffee Beans
     What is an “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award”? I’m glad you asked! I write many data posts and usually put many hours into each one reading about the games, looking for a trailer and/or game-play video, and often getting distracted reading about the developers and publishers of the games.
     While I do use older data reports as templates and to keep the layouts similar, every word and number in each data post is typed out and not copied and pasted from older data posts.


     So, back to this “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award”. According to Dictionary.com, instant coffee is, “dehydrated coffee that can be made into a drink by adding hot water; ‘the advantages of instant coffee are speed of preparation and long shelf life.'” While instant coffee isn’t part of this instant giveaway, it might be in future giveaways.

     What about the “Video Game Award” part of the title? It simply means this award is video game related.
     Being that some have defaulted to referring to me as “Coffee” or “Mr. Coffee”, that’s where the “Coffee” part comes from in the title with quotes around it.
     I have done a few contests and giveaways over the last few years and the winners have usually been selected by dropping the entry names into a coffee container, shaking it up, and then drawing the winner outWith an “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award” though, the award is instantly awarded to the first person that responds either knowingly/unknowingly, with no coffee container drawing necessary.


     Who is the winner of the first “Instant ‘Coffee’ Video Game Award” and what did they win, and more importantly how did they win it? Make yourself some coffee, instant or not, and let’s take a look!


The Brew
     In a past data report, I posted a comment about giving an item away to the first person that sent me the game’s professional review score average, but I did not specifically highlight the giveaway in the post. Most recently I put a repeat error in a data post. Why?
     Being that I put a lot of time into each data post, I’m always interested how much each posts is actually read by readers, versus how much of them are just skimmed. So, to check how much attention is paid to what I write, I decided to try something new as a test. If you missed the “Is Gotham City falling to pieces? LEGO Batman: The Videogame Hours Report” post from last Thursday, or if you read it after last Thursday, you probably missed a repeat spelling mistake in the post.


     What was the repeat error in the post? Instead of spelling Gotham City as it should have been throughout the story, I spelled it incorrectly as “Ghotham City” throughout the entire post including the title line (which you can still see the html link shows it as), except in one spot, the highlighted yellow section. I even mispelled it in the initial data image, with a backup image in waiting if/when somebody pointed it out either here on CoffeeWithGames, or on other sites that post up my stories.


     One CoffeeWithGames regular reader/commenter did not miss the repeated spelling mistake though, and made a point to bring it up in the comments in a nice, civil, simple manner within 12 hours of the story being posted. That reader was KnucklesSonic8, who has writes for his own site WiiloveIt.com.
     What does KnucklesSonic8 get for telling me about a mistake that was repeated throughout a data report, that probably appeared to be just a simple, stupid, repeat mistake? He gets his choice of a video game, either Space Pirates and Zombies or World of Goo through the Steam service.


Caffeinated Thoughts & Questions
     Just remember that if you are going to enter the darkened coffee story waters, you should skim at your own risk of missing free stuff; but definitely read for your own reward! If you ever see another mistake in a post that may be honest (or not), feel free to leave a comment about it, or email me at Scott@CoffeeWithGames.com.
     Did any of you perhaps notice the mistake in the LEGO Batman post before his comment showed up, but just didn’t say anything? Also, he hasn’t picked which game he wants yet, so if you have played both Space Pirates and Zombies and World of Goo, would you recommend him one more than the other?

The Winner of Some Ed Hardy Energy Snacks Is…

November 4, 2011



Coffee Beans
     Last week, on October 25, I posted my review for some Ed Hardy Energy Snacks I had tried.  You can read my review of the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks HERE.
     I used the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks to go 48+ hours without coffee, because I wanted to see if the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks really worked, and if they could keep me alert and energized like coffee does.
     In my typical post fashion, I broke it up into four different sections and ended it with the “Question” section.  The very first question I asked was, “Would you like to try Ed Hardy Energy Snacks?”  I said if you did to simply reply in the comments with, “I want Ed Hardy Energy Snacks more than my coffee!“.
     Well, the contest ended Tuesday night, and who won the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks giveaway?

     Congratulations to Charlie, of NicodemusAtNite.com, who won the giveaway.  I let Charlie know last night that he won, and his package of Ed Hardy Energy Snacks will be mailed shortly.
     Will the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks help provide Charlie with the energy and alertness he needs to survive his daily routines?  Perhaps we will find out from Charlie himself one day.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     A big thinks to Charlie for entering, and I hope you enjoy the Energy Snacks.  If you missed entering this giveaway, there will be another Ed Hardy Energy Snacks giveaway in the very near future, so stay tuned.

The Winner of 2 Years’ Worth of Coffee Is…

September 30, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Last month, I posted up a contest/giveaway for 2 years’ worth of coffee, and that contest/giveaway is now over!  To enter the contest, the entrants had to write a poem about coffee, with at least one video game reference in it.
     If you have entered any of my contests/giveaways in the past, you know how I usually randomly select the winner; but for those of you that don’t know how I select the winner, the images below explain it(you may remember the first two images):

     So, who won the contest/giveaway and what was their poem?  Let’s take a look!

     Congratulations to JHardin1112 on winning the 2 years’ worth of coffee contest/giveaway!
     While many of you, like myself, have a website/blog, JHardin1112 also has his own website dedicated to video game news, mainly Nintendo news.  The website he helps operate is NintendoFuse.com(was WiiNintendo).

     JHardin1112’s poem to enter the contest/giveaway was:
     I awaken, all alone in a field,
     surrounded by mountains
     Defenseless, having no sword nor a shield

     What is that I hear?
     My ears do they deceive?
     Strange music abounds,
     Reminiscent of classic, 8-bit sounds.

     I look yonder, a cave is what my eyes perceive!
     As I approach the entrance I see light from a flame,
     Briefly, I am reminded of a magical old game.
     Upon entering I see a bearded old man,
     standing between two flames with something in his hand.

     As I approach, he speaks,
     “It is dangerous to go alone. Take this!”

     I am jarred by those familiar words
     Hesitantly, I reach for the sword.

     Then he hits me on the top of my head and
     says “Wake up Jeremy, time to get out of bed.”

     Oh boy, it’s Monday morning, back to the grind.
     I roll out of bed, and leave my dreams behind.
     I step into the kitchen, right up to the pot,
     grab a filter, measure out some of the grounds and whatnot.

     Then I sit at the table as I wait for my brew,
     Flip open my 3DS, to play for a few.

     What game you ask? Why Legend of Zelda, of course.
     I got it for free as an early adopter, and I have no remorse
     For spending 249 plus tax on day two
     Now excuse me please as I enjoy some of that brew.

Filtered Thoughts
     A huge thanks to everybody that participated in the contest, but if you didn’t win the drawing, don’t lose heart; there may be another announcement in that regards soon!
     If you did not enter the contest, but found JHardin1112’s poem fun and entertaining, and you would like to read the other entries, you can read all the other poems from the contest HERE!

>Red Steel Giveaway Winner Announcement!

May 1, 2011

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     The time has come!  On April 12 I published, “5 Years Ago, This Day…and GIVEAWAY!“, which was a post talking about how Ubisoft had confirmed in 2006 that Red Steel was being developed for the “Revolution”, but the post also contained details for readers to enter a Red Steel giveaway.
     The deadline to enter the Red Steel giveaway was this past Tuesday night, April 26.  
     How did I go about drawing the winner, and WHO won the Red Steel giveaway?  The images below show it all:
     Congratulations to Tim on winning the Red Steel giveaway!
     While he comments on the blog as “Tim”, his follower name is “Schottgunn”.  His comment on the giveaway post was, “Hey Coffee!  I want Red Steel, but more than my morning cup of coffee?  I think that is on the border of blasphemy. 🙂
     Thanks to everybody that entered, I appreciate the time and comments everybody left on the post, and the one thereafter about checking the email!  If you didn’t win this time(or even if you did, Tim), make sure to keep your caffeinated eyes peeled for more contests/giveaways in the future!

>Red Steel Giveaway Update – Check Your Email!

April 28, 2011

>If you entered the Red Steel giveaway I posted a few weeks back, the time to enter has closed.  If you’re wondering “Who WON!?”  Well, if you entered the giveaway, please check your email.

>5 Years Ago, This Day…and GIVEAWAY!

April 13, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Before we knew it as the Wii, we knew it as the Revolution.  In March of 2006, there were rumblings of a FPS being developed for Nintendo’s next console.  Screenshots were even leaked/scanned from magazines, and it was said that Ubisoft was developing it.
     Well, on April 11, 2006, 5 years this day(Tuesday), not today, Ubisoft officially made the announcement, with a press release, that they were developing Red Steel for the Revolution.

     A portion of the press release said, “Today Ubisoft…announced the development of Red Steel, an exclusive first-person action title for the Nintendo Revolution(working name of the new Nintendo platform).  Red Steel is set in modern-day Japan.  Players will master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Revolution’s remarkable controller.”

Filtered Thoughts:
     Red Steel seems to be one of those games with a very love/hate type of relationship with gamers.  I rented the game first, because of the wide range of review scores.  I found that even with some control issues, the game was fun and I enjoyed it enough to play through it at least twice.  I would say at its current prices, used or new, the game is worth a try…or at the least, a rental.

Does that “Drinks” machine have any coffee!

     So, to put money where my mouth is, I’m giving away a copy of Red Steel for the Wii.
     Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you enjoyed it, why are you giving it away?”  Well, it’s actually an extra used copy I picked up just to giveaway on the site, as I’ll be keeping my copy of the game.
     If you just started following my blog within the last year, you may have missed my Red Steel videos I put together in February 2010, and three things I liked about the original I was hoping Red Steel 2 would keep.
     You can see those videos by clicking the links below, but if you want to play the game without perhaps seeing some spoilers, you probably want to wait:
     1)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel
     2)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel, Part 2
     3)  Red Steel 2: What It Should Keep from the Original Red Steel, Part 3

Trying to give this guy another “permanent” marking.

     From my research, I think Red Steel was the first FPS announced for the Wii, and it garnered much attention due to the fact it was an “exclusive” title for Nintendo’s new system.

    When the game released though, it was met with a wide range of critical reception.  Red Steel has a “professional” review score average of 65.83%, based on 59 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     I converted the 92 Amazon.com customer review scores to a 100% review scale, and the average for it was 68.47%.
Contest Details:
     What must you do to enter this giveaway?  Well first, it’s open to U.S. residents(unless the game will play on all North American Wiis), then I’ll open it up to Canadian readers as well.  So, if you’re in Canada, and you know Red Steel will play on your Wii, you can enter also.
     Enter by:
     1)  Being a public follower of this blog.  You can register for that on the right sidebar.  I’ll contact you through the email address you’re registered with, unless I already have an alternate email for you.
     2)  Leaving a comment on this post, saying something like, “I want Red Steel more than my morning cup of coffee!”
     3)  Get a Bonus Entry by – retweeting this on your Twitter account(there’s even a little button below this post for Twitter tweets) AND/OR, “LIKING” the CoffeewithGames Facebook Page…found HERE.  Once you retweet this page, or “Like” the CoffeewithGames Facebook Page, leave a comment saying, “I retweeted this page, I want my Bonus Entry more than a cup of coffee!” or, “I ‘liked’ Facebook page, I want my Bonus Entry more than a cup of coffee!”
     If you aren’t sure how to become a follower of this site, you need to look at the right sidebar and find the “Follow and Subscribe” box, pictured below; then just click the “Follow” button to start the process.
     The contest will run from today, April 12, 2011, through April 26, 2011 and close on April 26 at 11:59PM EST.  I’ll contact the winner after the drawing, and post it up probably sometime on Wednesday April 27.
     The rules may change if necessary, though I always try to keep them pretty simple.

     If any of you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments on this post, or by emailing me at Scott(@)CoffeewithGames.com(just remove the ( ) from around the @ symbol).

Questions:
     Have any of you perhaps played Red Steel recently?  If so, what are your thoughts on the game?
     Also, if you have played Red Steel 2, and you watched my videos linked above, did the game keep any of those things I was hoping it would keep from the original?  I still haven’t played Red Steel 2 yet, so I don’t know.

     If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can find the game on Amazon.com right now for less than $10, just click the image/link below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000G7PMX2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr