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June Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played

July 3, 2011



Coffee Beans:
     June is over?  Really?  E3 has come and gone, and now we know a little bit about Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, though I really haven’t expressed my thoughts about the system in a written piece here on the site…perhaps this month?

     July is here, and it’s going to be crazy busy(more on that later), so let’s take a quick look at the games I played in June, and the coffees I consumed.

Coffees Consumed in June:
     Maxwell House Breakfast Blend (Mild) – This big container lasted until about mid-June and it has been one of the more regular Maxwell House coffee blends Mrs. Coffee has bought us in recent months.  We enjoy it, as I enjoy most of the coffee blends she purchases us.
     New England Coffee Colombian Supremo Blend – This “surprise” coffee purchase has survived a few months, and I have a little left as of the beginning of July.
     Two Cups of Chick-Fil-A coffee – Some of you may be thinking, “Coffee, if you work where you can get coffee daily, why didn’t you consume more of it?”  Well, the main reason I didn’t drink more coffee at work is because it’s been HOT outside!  While I enjoy drinking coffee, I enjoy drinking coffee while it’s hot.  So, while at work, I stick more with the Chick-Fil-A lemonade, and when I get home in the evening, I brew up a pot of my own coffee.
     Folgers House Blend (Medium Roast) – Folgers?!  Yea, that’s right, Mrs. Coffee actually bought another big container of Folgers coffee in June.  We still have about half the container left, and I have been enjoying it.  I can’t remember the last time Mrs. Coffee purchased us a container of Folgers coffee, but I guess she decided it was time to give them another go…and perhaps the price was also a factor.
     Seattle’s Best Coffee Organic House Blend – This was another “surprise” coffee purchase for me.  I’ve been enjoying it, and though it’s a smaller bag, it did last through June.

Games Played in June:
     Monster Hunter Tri – I made good progress in Monster Hunter Tri in May, and I thought that June was starting off with only one quest left in the game until I “completed” the single-player campaign.  Well, I was wrong.  I still have about three more quests, and a big thanks to my friends from WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com(and no I didn’t burn it!) for informing me of what quests to finish.  Here’s hoping I’ll finish Monster Hunter Tri in July…but July is going to be a crazy month(I think this is twice I’ve said it now)!
    Greg Hastings Paintball 2 (PS3) –  Majesco had been kind enough to send me a “review” copy of Greg Hastings Paintball 2 on the Wii last September, and when the game just released on the PlayStation Network, Majesco’s PR firm was able to provide me with a “review” code for the game, and I already provided some coverage of the game HERE.  The PS3 version plays basically the exact same as the Wii version, though the graphics are definitely crisper overall, and there is at least one graphical effect the PS3 game has that I’ve noticed, that the Wii version didn’t(more on this later).
     GoldenEye 007 (Wii) – If you missed my GoldenEye 007 controls post/video, it’s the post directly underneath this one…or right HERE.  While I recorded some footage of the single-player campaign for the video, I did play several matches in online multi-player, and even played some matches this afternoon(first game for July).

Thoughts/Questions:
     While I drank more coffees in June, than I played video games, I’m hoping to start playing games more often; starting this month!
     I failed to finish any game from my backlog list, though I made some progress in Monster Hunter Tri.  It really is a beast of a game, and well worth the $30 asking price if you’re interested in it.

     Anyway, what games did you play in June, and coffees(or other beverages) did you find yourself drinking?

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>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?

>Meet Mr. Rathalos and Ms. Rathian – Monsters Hunted

May 26, 2011

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Mr. Rathalos

Coffee Beans:
     I have been playing Monster Hunter Tri more regularly since April(this year).  It is one of the games on my backlogged list, and I am almost finished with the game’s single-player campaign now.
     While I have been slowly monster hunting my way through the single-player campaign, I recently hopped online a few nights and did some monster hunting with fellow monster hunters.
     Below are two monster hunt videos from Monster Hunter Tri.  One video is of a Rathalos hunt, and one is a video of a Rathian hunt.

Meet Mr. Rathalos:

A few spots you may not known, or noticed, what was happening in the Rathalos hunt video above:
     1)  Around the 2:00 mark Mr. Rathalos apparently attempted to dry me off, after my running around in the water…with FIRE!
     2)  At about 2:55 into the video, Mr. Rathalos loses his tail
     3)  Around the 4:00 mark, Mr. Rathalos gets taken out of the air with a flash bomb
     4)  About 6:00 into the video Mr. Rathalos swoops out of the air and pins fellow monster hunter Maxi to the ground, apparently wanting to devour him slowly instead of with one bite…so, I quickly switched to a dung bomb(yes, a dung bomb) and hit Mr. Rathalos with it, allowing Maxi to escape
     5)  Around the 7:35 mark, our hunt with Mr. Rathalos comes to a shocking end, when he is ensnared in a shock trap and quickly hit with tranquilizers putting him to sleep.

Meet Ms. Rathian:

Ms. Rathian

A few spots you may not have known, or noticed, what was happening in the Rathian hunt video above:
     1)  Around the 3:00 mark, Ms. Rathian loses her tail

     2)  Around the 4:30 mark, I get a warm welcome from Ms. Rathian
     3)  Around the 11:20 mark, you can see a replay with slow motion of the warm welcome I received from Ms. Rathian.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I still remember seeing a Rathian for the first time in the Monster Hunter 3 demo, and thinking “There’s no way I will beat that thing!”  Instead of thinking that about the Rathian now, I think that about other monsters in the game when I’m hunting them by myself sometimes; Rathalos being one of those now.
     In the Rathalos video above, I was playing with other monster hunters from NinTemple.com and NintendoWorldReport.com.  In the Rathian video, I was playing with one of the guys from WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com.
     While these two videos above were of me hunting a male and female from one monster species in the game, I have been hunting a pretty wide variety of monsters, both online and in the single-player campaign.
     If any of you have any questions about anything that was happening in the videos above, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.
     Also, feel free to add my Monster Hunter Tri friend code to your list, if you are still playing the game online any.  My MHT friend code is:  KKJ9F2, and my in-game name you can look up is Coffee.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing Monster Hunter Tri lately?  If so, is there one particular monster you have been hunting more of recently, than others?


If any of you are interested in Monster Hunter Tri, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0036KRP3Q&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

>A Year’s Worth of Data – Monster Hunter Tri

April 28, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Monster Hunter Tri released on April 20, 2010 as a Wii exclusive, with a MSRP of $49.99 for a “Standard” software only version, and a Classic Controller Pro bundle with a MSRP of $59.99.

     While the Classic Controller Pro bundle of Monster Hunter Tri is no longer widely distributed, the software version is, and it has seen several price drops since it released.  The software only version of Monster Hunter Tri now has a list price of just $29.99 on Amazon.com.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent hunting monsters near Moga Village in the last year, with 371 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Appox. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Monster Hunter Tri has 69,839 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players has Monster Hunter 3 seen increased in reporting data since it first debuted in May 2010, and since its last data report in November?
     Monster Hunter 3 has seen an increase of 62,969 players that have reported data, since it first debuted in May 2010; and Monster Hunter 3 has increased by about 22,033 more players reporting data, just since November 15, 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Monster Hunter Tri now has 6,313,120 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 2,228,003 Total Hours reported since November 15, 2010; and it’s an increase of 6,194,313 Total Hours reported since the game debuted in May 2010.

     Monster Hunter Tri’s average play-time is now 90 Hours 25 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is 4 Hours 58 Minutes higher than the average recorded on November 15, 2010; and it’s 73 Hours 7 Minutes higher than the average “Per person” reported when it first debuted.

     Monster Hunter Tri’s average play-time per session is now just over 3 Hours 26 Minutes.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Monster Hunter 3’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,821, and it is currently selling for $27.48.
     Monster Hunter 3’s Classic Controller Pro bundle Amazon.com sale rank is #1,495, and it is currently selling for $36.99.
     (Sales ranks and advertised prices recorded around 3:20PM, April 28, 2011)

Review Score Averages:
     Monster Hunter Tri’s “professional” review score average is 85.00%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The software only version of the game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 67 customer reviews; and the Classic Controller Bundle version also has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 35 customer reviews.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s customer review score average is 90.19%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     (Review score averages recorded around 3:20PM, on April 28, 2011)

Filtered Thoughts:
     Last week, on the one year anniversary for the game, I hopped online to do some monster hunting.  I was able to join up with a few other monster hunters, from NinTemple.com and NintendoWorldReport.com, and monster hunt for a few hours.  We hunted a lot of monsters, most of which I had never hunted or seen before in the game, and I had a lot of fun.
     One monster hunter, that wasn’t able to get online last Wednesday, requested a Great Jaggi to be hunted in his “honor”.  The video below is of a group of us that honored that request, as we went on a Great Jaggi hunt!

     As for the game-play hours, I think the data reported is awesome for a third party game on the Wii.  With the average hours reported “Per person” increasing at a steady rate, I wonder if/when the game will reach an average reported play-time of 100 Hours “Per person”.
     If you’re thinking, “Coffee, the average play-time is 90 Hours 25 Minutes ‘Per person’, what’s your time with Monster Hunter 3?”  Well, I passed the average just in the last week, and the image below shows my total time, as reflected on the game’s menu:

96 Hours 20 Minutes for me!

     If any of you own Monster Hunter Tri, feel free to add my name/code if you hop online in the game.  My Monster Hunter 3 name/code is:  Coffee, or KKJ9F2.  Also, feel free to share your name/code in the comments, if you’re looking for other monster hunters to hunt with.  Stating what time you could regularly play(for me, it’s after 11PM EST usually), might be helpful as well.

Questions:
     Are any of you still playing Monster Hunter Tri?  If so, what would you say your “Play Time” is in the game?
     If you haven’t played Monster Hunter Tri, is it a game that even interests you?

     If anybody is interested in Monster Hunter Tri, you can see prices for both versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0036KRP3Q&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Monster Hunter Tri – Hours Erupting Like Volcanic Ash!

November 20, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     We last looked at Monster Hunter Tri’s(MHT) game-play data on October 12, and it was still the Wii’s most played game “per person”.  I went monster hunting a few times since the last report, and included with this week’s data is a video of the first part of a Uragaan monster hunt.

     Since Monster Hunter Tri was released in April, the reported game-play hours have steadily increased, burning up averages and passing games that had been released years before it.
     So, are Wii owners still playing Monster Hunter Tri on a consistent basis, or do the reported game-play hours show the game-play is slowing down?  Let’s take a look!

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Monster Hunter Tri has 47,806 Wii owners reporting their game-play data now, that’s an increase of 4,515 more players reporting play-time data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, than 5 weeks ago.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Monster Hunter 3 now has 4,085,117 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 558,705 game-play hours in 5 weeks.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s average play-time “Per person” is now 85 Hours 27 Minutes, an increase of 3 Hours 58 Minutes since the last report.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s average play session is now lasting just over 3 Hours 34 Minutes.

Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Monster Hunter Tri’s, the software only, Amazon.com sale rank is #1,166, and the current selling price is $38.99.
     Monster Hunter Tri – Classic Controller Pro Bundle’s Amazon.com sale rank is #911, and it’s currently advertised for $48.99.
(Sales ranks and prices recorded around 1:15PM EST, on November 20, 2010)

Review Score Average:
     Monster Hunter Tri’s review score average is still at 85.00%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Thoughts:
     I think it’s great seeing Monster Hunter Tri continuing to have strong game-play hours reported.  The average hours “Per person” continue to increase, apparently even as new players are reporting their game-play data.  The increase in the average “Per person” shows Wii owners are still going out on monster hunts, on a consistent basis.
     I’m still slowly but surely enjoying Monster Hunter Tri.  I have said before, that I think the level designs in MHT are extremely well done, and the varied environments help draw you into the game more.  I think a well designed environment/level is the one in the video below.
     A group of us were hunting a Uragaan, and you can tell I was looking around at the level several times, watching what was happening in the environment.  Yes, the level is an exploding volcano!

     A big thanks to Maxi and NinSage from NinTemple.com, and also Butcher from WhoBurnedMyToast.Blogspot.com, for going on the monster hunts with me.
     *A quick note:  I didn’t clearly specify it, but Monster Hunter Tri is still the Wii’s most played game, “Per person”.

Question:
     If you own Monster Hunter Tri, when was the last time you went on a monster hunt?


     I think my last monster hunt was in October, and it was the Uragaan.  Perhaps I’ll get some more monster hunting done next week, during my break from school.

If anybody is interested in joining the monster hunts, you can see prices for Monster Hunter Tri on Amazon.com linked below:

Best Buy Ripoff Alert & Monster Hunter Tri’s Game-Play Hours

October 19, 2010

Coffee Beans:

     As for the “Best Buy Ripoff Alert” in the title, I stopped by Best Buy on my way home today(Monday), and I thought it was interesting to see what they had the Monster Hunter Tri – Classic Controller Pro Bundle listed for.  Take a look:

     When Capcom announced the Monster Hunter Tri bundle was back at retail, this is what they said in the announcement, “So for $49.99(and if you look around, a few retailers are being even more aggressive than that), you can get your hands on one of the best/most addicting games for Wii and the perfect controller for it and any other pad appropriate games.
     That’s right, Best Buy isn’t living up to its name!  So, if you or somebody you know is looking to pick up the Monster Hunter Tri bundle, you may want to make sure you(or them) price-match if you go to Best Buy, and get the Monster Hunter Tri bundle for $49.99.

     Anyway, it has been a while since we looked at Monster Hunter Tri’s game-play data in back-to-back weeks, so to see how it appears to be performing on a weekly basis again, we are taking another look at it this week.
     If you don’t know, Monster Hunter Tri became the Wii’s most played game according to the Nintendo Channel data, in the “per person” category, a few weeks back.
     How many hours have Wii owners monster hunted in the last week?  Let’s take a look!
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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Monster Hunter Tri now has 44,086 players reporting game-play data, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
Player Increase Since Last Week:
     Monster Hunter 3 has seen an increase of 795 more monster hunters reporting their play-time data, since last week.
Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Monster Hunter Tri now has 3,633,528 Total Hours reported, an increase of 107,116 monster hunting hours since last week.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s average play-time per person has increased by 57 minutes, now sitting at 82 Hours 26 Minutes per person.
     The average Monster Hunter Tri play session is still just over 3 hours 37 minutes, like last week.
Sales Rank & Advertised Prices:
     Monster Hunter Tri’s, the software only, Amazon.com sale rank is #827, and the current selling price is $39.96.
     Monster Hunter Tri – Classic Controller Pro Bundle’s Amazon.com sale rank is #1,065, and the current sale price is $49.96.
Thoughts:
     I think the increase, of over 100,000 game-play hours since last week, is extremely well for Monster Hunter Tri.  The game is seeing game-play hours being reported on a weekly basis, that many third party games won’t see reported during the Wii’s life cycle.
     I haven’t monster hunted any in the last week, as we had family in visiting; but that did result in me drinking lots of coffee!
     Here’s a video from another monster hunt I went on with Apoc, Maxi, and Seph.  You may remember from last week, Maxi and Seph run their own gaming site, NinTemple.com.  Here’s the hunt:
Questions:
     Do any of you think Best Buy is ripping consumers off with the list price on the Monster Hunter Tri bundle being at $59.99, when Capcom specifically mentioned its new price was going to be $49.99?  As for monster hunting specifically, have any of you been monster hunting since last week?
     I think it’s Best Buy being Best Buy, but hopefully consumers and Wii owners will be made aware of the price they can get the MH Tri bundle for other places.

Monster Hunter Tri – Hours Played

October 13, 2010

Brewed Info:

     The last time we looked at the play-time data for Monster Hunter Tri was on September 20.  It was on September 20, that Monster Hunter Tri’s reported play-time data passed Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s in the average hours played, “Per person”, category.  When it passed Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s “per person” average, Monster Hunter Tri became the Wii’s most played game, per person, at that time.
     Since the last report, Capcom announced that the Monster Hunter Tri with Classic Controller Pro bundle is being produced again, and now you can purchase it for under $50, on Amazon.com.  If you have been wanting the Classic Controller Pro and Monster Hunter Tri, now is a good time to get them both.
     Also, Monster Hunter Tri, the game only, has seen a price drop since the last report; and now has a MSRP/List Price of just $39.99.
     So, is Monster Hunter Tri still the “most played” Wii game, per person?  Let’s take a look at how much Wii owners have been monster hunting in the last 3 weeks…
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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Monster Hunter 3 has 43,291 players reporting their game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, that’s an increase of 2,279 more players reporting data than were 3 weeks ago.
Total Hours & Average Hours Per Person Reported:
     Monster Hunter Tri now has 3,526,412 Total Hours reported for its game-play, an increase of 301,140 game-play hours in the last 3 weeks.
     Monster Hunter 3’s average play-time, of 81 Hours 29 Minutes per person, increased by 2 Hours 51 Minutes.
     The average Monster Hunter 3 play session is lasting just over 3 Hours 37 Minutes, a slight decrease by about 2 minutes since the last report.
Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Monster Hunter Tri’s, the software only, Amazon.com sale rank is #706, and the current selling price is $39.99.
     Monster Hunter Tri – Classic Controller Pro Bundle’s Amazon.com sale rank is #758, and the current sale price is $47.91.
Thoughts:
     If you’re wondering, Monster Hunter Tri is still the most played Wii game, per person.  Monster Hunter Tri’s average play-time per person is currently 2 Hours 59 Minutes more than Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s.
     My average play-time is still below the reported average, but I did have an opportunity this past Saturday night to do some monster hunting, with a few fellow monster hunters!  
     I hunted with three other monster hunters, Apoc, Maxi, and Seph.  Maxi and Seph run their own gaming site, NinTemple.com, and both are avid monster hunters.  We hunted several monsters, and here is a video from one of our monster hunts:
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZOGMRwGo33E?fs=1&hl=en_US
     Ahhh, the Gobul, not really the bane of my existence anymore!  When we started out on our monster hunts, I went and quickly brewed me a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend, and it seemed to have helped me; as you may have noticed(or not), I didn’t get incapacitated!
     Anyway, a big thanks to Apoc, Maxi, and Seph, for helping me hunt some monsters and get leveled up this past Saturday night!

     Side thought: I’m glad to see Capcom continuing to support the game, even bringing back the Classic Controller Pro bundle before the holidays.  Considering how quickly the first CCP bundle sold out, I’m surprised they waited this long to re-introduce it.
Questions:
     If you have been playing Monster Hunter Tri for a while now, have you hunted and beaten every monster in the game?  
     I still have a long way to go, as the basic monsters I have hunted are the Barroth, Gobul, Great Baggi, Great Jaggi, and Rathian.  Lagiacrus can also be added to the list, as of this last Saturday night.
If you want to join in the monster hunting, you can see Monster Hunter Tri’s sales prices on Amazon.com, linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0036KRP3Q&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Monster Hunter Tri Surpasses Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Now the Most Played, Per Player, Wii Game in America

September 20, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been, for a while now, the #1 played Wii game in America, according to data tracked by Kotaku.com; but as of today, that is no longer the case.
     Monster Hunter Tri released 154 days ago(5 months, 1 day), Super Smash Bros. Brawl released 926 days ago(2 years, 6 months, 12 days).
     In the 154 days since Monster Hunter Tri released, its average play-time per person has now passed that of Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s.  How much more have Monster Hunter Tri players played, than Super Smash Bros. Brawl players?  Let’s take a look…


     The play-time data pictured below for Monster Hunter Tri and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is for I believe the United States of America only, not other countries of North America.

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl has 1,744,608 players reporting play-time data.  Super Smash Bros. Brawl has increased by 53,851 players reporting data, since the data from August 2.
     Monster Hunter Tri has 41,012 players reporting play-time data.  Monster Hunter Tri has increased by 1,898 players reporting play-time data, since the September 6 data.

“Total” Game-Play & Average Hours Played:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl has 136,477,636 Total Hours reported, with an average play-time of 78 Hours 14 Minutes per person.  The average Super Smash Bros. Brawl play session for each person reporting data is just over 2 Hours 6 Minutes.
     Monster Hunter Tri has 3,225,272 Total Hours reported, with an average play-time of 78 Hours 38 Minutes per person.  The average Monster Hunter Tri play session, for each person reporting play-time data, is just over 3 Hours 39 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s Amazon.com sale rank is #114, and the current selling price is $44.54.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s Amazon.com sale rank is #795, and the current selling price is $47.91.

Review Score Averages:
     Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s review score average is 92.75%, based on 76 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s review score average is 85.00%, based on 46 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Thoughts:
     Monster Hunter Tri currently has a 24 minute higher game-play average “per person”, than Super Smash Bros. Brawl does.  I think it’s interesting that Monster Hunter Tri, a third party Wii game, is the game that has passed Super Smash Bros. Brawl, currently becoming the “most played” Wii game in America, per person.
     I own Monster Hunter Tri and see how the game can have hundreds of hours of game-play.  I have played right around 60 hours of Monster Hunter Tri since April, and I haven’t seen half of the monsters in the game yet.
     While Monster Hunter Tri doesn’t have nearly the number of players reporting data as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and won’t sell as many copies as Super Smash Bros. Brawl in America; I hope Monster Hunter Tri’s play-time data is encouraging to other third party developers looking to develop on the Wii, and possibly Nintendo’s next system(whenever that is).
     I don’t think Monster Hunter Tri will ever pass Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s “Total Hours” of game-play reported, but the fact that Monster Hunter Tri has the highest average play-time per person, I think says a lot for the game.
     I think this data should show developers that if they put time/effort into their Wii games, and give Wii owners quality games, with online and offline play, they will play them; and as Monster Hunter Tri’s data shows, we will play them often and for long periods of time.
     I hope that the continued play-time of Monster Hunter Tri, helps translates into further sales success for the game in America.
     Congratulations to Capcom for having the “most played” Wii game in America, as of September 20, 2010,  per person.

Questions:
     Is anybody surprised that Monster Hunter Tri is the first game to pass Super Smash Bros. Brawl, or is Monster Hunter Tri the game you thought would become the “most played” Wii game in America?  Also, do you think Monster Hunter Tri will continue to be the “most played” Wii game in America, per person, or will its average play-time decrease and fall back beneath Super Smash Bros. Brawl?
     I really thought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was going to be in the running for “most played” overall, a few months after it released; but even its 5 month release head-start over Monster Hunter Tri, it wasn’t enough.
     I think Monster Hunter Tri will continue to be the “most played” Wii game in America, even if its average does fall back beneath Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s for a few weeks.

     My online name/code in Monster Hunter Tri is Coffee/KKJ9F2; if you monster hunt online, let me know and we can try to hunt together once my school schedule calms down.


If anybody is interested in either Monster Hunter Tri or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, you can see new and used prices on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000FQ9R4E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Monster Hunter Tri’s Barroth Single-Player Hunt

September 13, 2010

Quick Brew Info:

     If any of you read my “Monster Hunter Tri’s – A Stick in the Mud! (Data)” post from this past Wednesday, you may have watched “Part 1” of my Monster Hunter Tri Barroth hunt, that I recorded from Monster Hunter Tri’s single-player campaign last week.

     After having “Part 2” of the Barroth hunt fail to upload late Wednesday night, I attempted it again on Thursday and was successful.
     Here is “Part 1” and “Part 2” of my Monster Hunter Tri Barroth hunt, from the game’s single-player campaign:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Yq6LCaTiAms?fs=1&hl=en_US
Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/v/-8VlD-TJXLA?fs=1&hl=en_US
Thoughts:
     Barroth stuck me with mud nearly every single time it was flung!  Not every time I was hit, made it into the videos; but it was crazy how many times I was like, “Okay, stay away and wait…”, when he would start up the flinging, then I would approach and get hit by the last piece or two of mud falling to the ground!
     Even with all of Barroth’s mud flinging, it wasn’t enough to delay defeat.  Next time though, I may have to go in with a hammer, instead of my Great Sword!
You can see prices for Monster Hunter Tri on Amazon.com below, and join the monster hunting!  If you do purchase the game, send me an email letting me know you purchased it, to Scott@CoffeewithGames.com, that way I can get your online name/code for the game.  Again, my Monster Hunter Tri name/code is Coffee/KKJ9F2!
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Monster Hunter Tri’s – A Stick in the Mud! (Data)

September 8, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
     We last looked at Monster Hunter Tri’s play-time data 3-weeks ago, from August 16.  With this week’s data, I am including a monster hunt video I went on in the single-player campaign a few days ago.  In the video, I’m hunting a Barroth.  If anybody has hunted a Barroth, you probably immediately knew what I meant with “A Stick in the Mud!” in the title for this post.

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Monster Hunter Tri has 39,114 players reporting play-time data, an increase of 3,265 players since 3-weeks ago.

Average & “Total” Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Monster Hunter 3’s average hours reported per person are now 76 Hours 26 Minutes, over 20.81 play-sessions.  The current average Monster Hunter Tri game-play session, per player reporting data, is now about 3 Hours 40 Minutes.
     Monster Hunter Tri’s average hours, the 76 Hours 26 Minutes “per person”, have increased 4 Hours 58 Minutes, since 3-weeks ago.
     Monster Hunter 3 now has 2,989,625 Total Hours reported for game-play, an increase of 427,475 game-play hours since the August 16 Nintendo Channel data.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Monster Hunter Tri’s Amazon.com sale rank is #981, and the current sale price is $47.91.
The sales rank #981 is the lowest recorded sales rank I have seen Monster Hunter Tri have since it released in April.

Review Score Averages:
     Monster Hunter 3’s review score average is still 85.00%, based on 46 “professional” reviews, on GameRanings.com.
     It appears that Monster Hunter Tri has a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating from Amazon.com customer reviews.  You can see the breakdown of customer reviews in the picture below:

Thoughts:
     I have been playing Monster Hunter Tri’s single-player campaign little, by little, in the last 2-weeks.  As I mentioned in the “Quick Brew Info” section, I went my first Barroth hunt in the single-player campaign a few days ago.  I had hunted Barroth online with The Butcher and Den before, but I had never progressed far enough to hunt it in the single-player campaign by myself.
     Here’s Part 1 of my Monster Hunter Tri Barroth hunt:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Yq6LCaTiAms?fs=1&hl=en_US

     As for the play-time data, I believe Monster Hunter Tri will become the “most-player” Wii game according to average play-time “per person”, within the next 3-weeks; passing Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
     The low Amazon.com sales rank is interesting, though it could just be a very temporary rank and tomorrow it could be back up in the #400+ sales rank range it had been in previous weeks.

Questions:
     Is anybody still playing Monster Hunter Tri on a regular basis?  If so, what nights/times of the week would work best to try to get online for some monster hunting as a group?

If you haven’t purchased Monster Hunter Tri, and want to join in the monster hunting, you can see new and used prices on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002BRYXOO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr














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