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

April 2, 2011


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 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.
         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?