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October Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played, & Site Notes

November 2, 2012

Coffee Beans
October has vanished like Halloween candy from a kid’s basket! If you skimmed here occasionally during October, here are some posts you might have missed:
     1) Is Okami for the PS3 worth $20? How many hours can you expect from Okami? Data Report
     2) Can the Wii U GamePad be charged with a USB port on the console? Nintendo answers, sort of…
     3) Nintendo says no, then yes, now no AGAIN on LEGO City: Undercover’s multiplayer feature.
     4) New Super Mario Bros. U to have online multiplayer? “Online Interactions Not Rated…”
     5) What is the most played Just Dance Wii game?
     6) STAY CALM! Wii U’s Miiverse details before launch, & all Wii U features and functionality ready at launch? Nintendo’s Bill Trinen and Scott Moffitt
     7) “Black Ops II will just be on Wii U”, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not releasing for the 3DS, DS, or Wii.

November is now brewing, and what coffees did I consume and games did I play during October? Brew yourself some coffee and let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed
Maxwell House coffees were the main coffee blends for us in October, with us finishing off a Maxwell House Gourmet Roast blend container, as well a Maxwell House 100% Colombian blend.

Another coffee that we brewed quite often in October, one Mrs. Coffee gave me as one of my birthday gifts, was the Gevalia Espresso Roast. The name says it all really, “Espresso Roast” and it is a nice, super dark, roast. I enjoyed it a great deal, but it was a tad too strong for Mrs. Coffee’s liking.

Games Played
The skimmer list for games I played in October is: Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, Rage of the Gladiator, New Super Mario Bros. DS, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mutant Mudds, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Double Dragon Neon, Punch-Out!!, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, Mario Kart Wii, and LittleBigPlanet.

All Super Mario Games – I’m still playing these with Bean 1, randomly. The Mario game(s) he selects to play can vary each day, but in October Super Mario 64 was a favorite of his, as well as New Super Mario Bros. Wii. We have made decent progress in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and when he requests me to play through a level with him, I am instructed to carry him through the entire level. He doesn’t want to bubble necessarily (he did enjoy doing that for a while), he just wants me to carry Toad, Luigi, or Mario (depending who I’m playing as) through the level and survive. He recognized and called out New Super Mario Bros. U in the first Wii U system commercial Nintendo released yesterday, then went back to his snacks.

Rage of the Gladiator – I’m just going to leave the following link for a site that covers a lot of digitally downloaded titles
Batman: Arkham Asylum – Our neighbors are gamers, and we have loaned/traded games over the last few years. The last loan-trade was me giving him Metroid: Other M, and me getting Batman: Arkham Asylum in return. I completed Arkham Asylum in October, and I enjoyed my time with the game. Being that the game can be found for under $20 new, if you have been interested in this title but not played it, I can easily recommend the game.
Mutant Mudds – I’m still playing through Mutant Mudds, and enjoying it. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, if you enjoy challenging platformers, I recommend you give the game a try. Bean 1 had discovered the start menu on my PC and I have randomly found him attempting to play the game a few times, and he will tell me sometimes to play “Mutant Mudds” so he can watch me. I’m waiting to learn more about Mutant Mudds Deluxe for the Wii U, before I worry with buying the Xbox 360 controller to make it easier for Bean 1 to play it on my PC.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean – Mrs. Coffee gave me this as a gift a few months back, but it wasn’t until October that I actually opened it up. I have completed the first movie’s levels so far, and have enjoyed my time back in a LEGO video game world. I think the developers did a great job making LEGO Captain Jack run/walk like he does in the movies, and I like how in certain levels there aren’t hidden/invisible walls to keep you from venturing further than they want, but an actual LEGO shark in the water to help keep you where they want you.
Double Dragon Neon – I won this in a contest/giveaway over on Chalgyr’s Game Room, and played through the first level, and almost finished the second level (maybe third?). The game plays well so far, and the boss I’m currently on though was giving me quite the challenge my first night, and after a few attempts I had to get that thing some call sleep. I haven’t been back to it since, but I do plan on trying to finish it up this month.
Punch-Out!! – I’m slowly making my way through the game’s Title Defense Mode, and I believe Bear Hugger was the last boxer I was able to get my belt back from. Yes, he pummeled so many times while I was trying to figure out the new timing of his attacks.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 – Did you miss the Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 data report post? If so, you can see how many hours the game has been played, as well as gameplay video I uploaded from one of the FPS minigames in it. Bean 1 enjoys one of the plunger FPS levels a lot (the one in the video), and can make his way through it. Every time the Rabbid shows up with a camera, he says, “Cheese!” Bean 1 also found the Rabbids LAND trailer on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel earlier this week, and played it 3-4 times in a row laughing at the Rabbids in the trailer. I’m interested in Rabbids LAND on the Wii U, as I mentioned in the data post, because of Ubisoft’s history/support on the Wii.
BIT.TRIP COMPLETE – If you missed my birthday post, Mrs. Coffee gave me this game(s) as a gift. I have just played BIT.TRIP RUNNER on it, but I have enjoyed the game so far. I’m up to world 1-11, I think? Considering I burned through almost the first world my first night with it, I may finish this one sooner than I was expecting. I am looking forward to hearing more about Runner2 on the Wii U, so hopefully I finish this one up soon, and perhaps be ready for more endless running when the Wii U launches.

Screen grab from Bean 1 playing.

Mario Kart Wii – Bean 1 randomly, out of nowhere, asked to play the, “Mario Wii Racing” game one day. I was surprised he remember the game from his time with it from over a month ago, and broke it out for him to try. We have both played the game, sometimes together, but often times with me watching him, or him watching me. He surprised me earlier in the week when he finished 2nd in a race, which means he’s made some great improvements since he first started off by driving in circles and often in reverse.
LittleBigPlanet – This is Bean 1’s final game delay tactic at night. The PlayStation 3 is the console closest to his room, and to play LittleBigPlanet is his last request/delay tactic. He enjoys finding a lot of the user created levels, and just running around in them. He completes many of them though, and I’m impressed with how he has learned to grab and hold onto items since he first started playing the game not that long ago.

Site Notes
Changes are brewing! If you haven’t noticed, there’s a tab that has now been removed from the top section. The “Reader Points” tab has been removed, but the “Reader Points” that were there are stored (across three emails!), and if I can get over my reluctance to go to the Post Office again, I can mail the rest…yes, they are sitting on the table, and Bean 1 has been looking at them this last week.

Also, gameplay videos (of myself playing and even Bean 1, and Mrs. Coffee occasionally) and impressions of games will become more standard on the site, and the “Critics vs. Consumers” posts will continue. Data posts will continue, but probably slow down once the Wii U releases, unless the Wii U provides the same type of data for Wii U games…PLEASE NINTENDO! I have even been experimenting, a little, with a podcast idea…

There’s a few other features/ideas/changes I have been roasting for a while now, and one should be popping up at the end of next week.

What video games did you play in October, and are there any you would recommend to others? Also, were there any new coffee blends or drinks of choice in October, perhaps even while gaming?

As always, if you have any questions about the games I played, or the coffees I consumed in October, please me in the comment section below, or by sending me an email.

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  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, 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.

     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.