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Charity, Contest, & CoffeeWithGames – Notes

October 15, 2011



Coffee Beans
     Okay, so here are some notes about things happening.

     1)  First, Knuckles Sonic8, who comments here on CWG some, also runs his own video game related site, WiiLoveIt.com.
     Today, Saturday, WiiLoveIt.com is partcipating in an Extra Life charity event, which is a cause setup to raise money for children via donations, in which the participants play video games for 24 straight hours…or at least 24 hours total for the event.
     You can read/see more about WiiLoveIt’s participation with the Extra Life charity event HEREhttp://www.wiiloveit.com/blog/extralifeeventupdate; and you can read more about Extra Life HERE, and if you feel like donating to WiiLoveIt’s cause, 100% of the proceeds go to the foundation, you can do so HEREhttp://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=25045.

     2)  Jeremy, who won my contest/giveaway of two years’ worth of coffee, also has his own site he helps out with, NintendoFuse.com.  He wanted me to help spread the word that they are doing a contest/giveaway of some great Wii and 3DS games: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7.  You can read about how to enter the contest HEREhttp://forums.wiinintendo.net/viewtopic.php?f=164&t=9223.

     3)  Just a quick couple of site notes now.  Jeremy has received the first package of coffee I mailed out last week, and he wrote about it HERE.  Second, I have started sending out the “Reader Point” awards for the first year, but I have not received confirmation that the first package arrived yet…which has me a little concerned, because I mailed it the same day as the other package, which only took two days to arrive.  So, if you’re reading this, and you received a package, if you can send me a confirmation email letting me know you got it, I would greatly appreciate it.  Other “Reader Points” awards will be mailed, with another package being mailed this coming week; so just be keeping an eye out if you placed first any month.  This is all for now, I’ll have another “site notes” post shortly.

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

August 2, 2011

Coffee Beans
     July was crazy busy, as I thought it would be.  If you missed the post, Mrs. Coffee and I were blessed with a new son on July 4, and then Mrs. Coffee and I had our wedding anniversary a few days later.
     July has 31 days in it, and we had family visiting us for 15 of those days, and were out of the house for 2 of those days with the new guy being born.

     So, with a new baby, wedding anniversary, family visiting, and normal work, I’m surprised I played as many games as I did and kind of surprised I didn’t consume more coffee toward the end of the month.
     What games did I play in July, and what coffees did I consume?  Let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed in July

     Folgers House Blend (Medium Roast) – This was either a 240, or 270, coffee cup container purchased in June, but we finished it off early in July.
     Seattle’s Best Coffee Organic House Blend – I enjoyed a few pots of this throughout July, and still have some left as of August starting up.
     Folgers Custom Roast – Another big 270 cup coffee container Mrs. Coffee purchased for us, and it even came with a little “bonus” pack of coffee.
     Community Coffee Medium Roast – This coffee was brought up from Louisiana when Mrs. Coffee’s mom came to visit us in July, as it has been in the past.
     Random Coffee – When we were in the hospital, they had an instant coffee machine like a Keurig, and I tried several of the packets.

Games Played in July


     GoldenEye 007 Wii – I was able to squeeze in a few online multi-player matches at the very beginning of July, but basically none after the beginning.
     Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Virtual Console – I still enjoy picking up the Wii Remote and going after Glass Joe and the other boxers in Punch-Out!!, but I still can’t remember beating this game because of how difficult the final match is!  I can reach Mr. Dream, and land a few punches, but my reflexes soon fail me and Little Mac is boxing the same guys again
     Monster Hunter Tri – Monster Hunter Tri was one of the games on my “New Year’s Resolution” video game lists to complete, and I had been trying on a more regular basis since April this year to beat the game’s single-player campaign.  I finally finished the single-player campaign on July 13 and saw the credits roll.  Will I pick it back up again now that I’ve finished the main campaign, more than likely, because there are still more monsters I need to hunt online!
     Mario Kart Wii – This was the game I purchased for Mrs. Coffee for Christmas this past year, and while she played a few races on Christmas day, the game remained untouched for months after that.  We finally broke it out this month and played the game together, and I also played some of it by myself with my own file.  One of the first things I noticed was a coffee connection in the game, as well as something else that I don’t recall from past Mario Kart games, but more on both of these later!
     Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – This game was not part of my “New Year’s Video Game Resolution“, and part of my resolution was to not “purchase any NEW or USED video game(s)” before completing my older games.  So, did I break resolution with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune?  No, I didn’t break it, and I’ve got another post on it inbound, but it has to do with Keith, and RespawnAction.com!
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn – Another game not on my list, but yet I’m playing it!?  Well, Mrs. Coffee and I did a game exchange of sorts with our neighbors.  They loaned us Kirby’s Epic Yarn(and Wii Sports Resort), and we loaned them Donkey Kong Country Returns.  Mrs. Coffee and I have been playing through Kirby’s Epic Yarn together, and we are a little more than 20% through with the game right now.
     Rage of the Gladiator – I was contacted through my YouTube account about recording/uploading two more battles from Rage of the Gladiator, so I started playing one of the bosses again to practice so I can get a video up on it…hopefully the videos will be happening soon.
     Fish’em All – I played the demo for this WiiWare game a few months back, and ironically the same week I saw the developer of the game giving away free copies of the game.  I signed up for a copy, and the developer sent one over to me.  I attempted to beat a level I have been on for a while, but was not successful. I really need to record some footage of this game, so you can see what type of game-play it has.
     Greg Hastings Paintball 2 PS3 – I played just a little bit more of the single-player career mode in the PS3 version, though it is exactly the same as the Wii’s single-player career mode.

Site Notes
     1)  Reader Points!  Some of you may remember when I posted about the “Reader Points” a few months back, and as of now I have it updated through April of this year.  May’s Reader Points totals should be up by the end of this week, and news regarding those soon after.  So, if you have been wondering about the “Reader Points”, an update should be happening later this week, or early next week.
     2)  Coffee posts?  While I do lots of video game related posts, I don’t do many coffee related posts.  Beginning this week, I am starting to do more coffee related posts.  The posts will be simple(and hopefully enjoyable), and they will be random, but I’m hoping to do at least two coffee related posts a month.
     3)  Gaming Nights!  While my schedule is a lot more hectic now, I am going to try and do two “gaming nights” a month, where I post up a game I’ll be playing online, and hopefully some of you can join me.  If any of you want to know what games I have that are online, you can check my “Contact Me” page, that has most of my online multi-player games listed.  If you see a game that you own, and would like to nominate it for an online “Gaming Night”, feel free to leave it in the comments.

Questions
     Did any of you try any coffee beverages in July, and if so, would you recommend any of them to us?
     Also, what games did you all find yourselves playing in July?

>Coffee with Games – Site Notes & Feedback

January 19, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Site notes!  I don’t do these often, but here’s a few quick notes of things on the site that maybe have changed, or been added, and perhaps you didn’t notice!

     If any of you are ever out and about, perhaps at a coffee shop drinking coffee, and you think “Hmmm, I wonder what new posts are on Coffee with Games?”(I’m sure this happens every day…right?!) and you decide to pop over to Coffee with Games and see what’s happening; if you’re using a mobile device such as an iPod Touch or iPhone, you may notice the site now loads a “mobile” version automatically.
     The mobile version has faster load times for mobile devices, but also gives you the option to view the regular web version of Coffee with Games by scrolling down and clicking “View web version“.  I think it’s a pretty cool feature, and it didn’t require anything other than clicking a button to make sure it was activated!  If you have been using the “mobile” version, I’d love to hear what you think about it!

     Also, I have updated the top “Tabs” bar, and you can visit each tab by clicking them below:

  • Contact Me – the tab where my email address, and video game system codes and friend codes are listed.  If you play online, this is where to find what Wii games I have that I can play online, and my friend code for each game.
  • Home – Click this tab if you get lost in the darkness of the data posts, and it will redirect you to the home page for Coffee with Games.
  • Reader PointsThe reader points is where I show how active users are, and convert your activity into “Reader Points”.  I am working on a rewards system of sorts, and hopefully that will be finished in the next 3 weeks.
  • Game-Play Videos – If you aren’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel, this is the tab where you can see some of my game-play videos
  • Reviews and More – A tab that contains links to my only two reviews, as well as my interviews and previews
  • Featured On – This tab shows other sites that have mentioned or posted some of my stories.  If you see my stories on other sites, let me know and I’ll update this tab!
  • Game Deals! – This tab is where I have a handful of game deals listed and linked…it may be going the way of the dodo bird, and I may resort to just posting them as I once was.
     Also, I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I started writing on another video game site last year, Nintendo-Okie.com.  I have helped by posting random Nintendo news on the site, since I don’t really do any reposted news pieces on Coffee with Games, unless it’s mentioned in a data story of some sort.  I posted up the new Conduit 2 “Weapons Trailer” over there earlier today.
     Just today, I had a column posted on EpicBattleAxe.com, and if everything works out, I should be doing a bi-weekly column over there.  The column is titled “Gaming By The Numbers” and if you’re familiar with my data stories here, you should find yourself right at home reading them there.
     I have both EpicBattleAxe.com and Nintendo-Okie.com, with several other fine sites, in my “Coffee’s Connections” box in the right side-bar towards the bottom if you ever want to see what they’re posting.

Feedback:
     I want to hear from you.  I do a lot of data stories, and they keep me pretty busy with editing pictures for the top banners now, and just recording the footage of the data in general.
     I haven’t done but two full “reviews” on the site, but I did many more “previews” of games in the last few months…which I kind of used as a way of taking the place of reviews.
     I have a few opinion pieces in the works, and a few video projects as well, but I want to know what you would like to see more of on the site.  Reviews?  Previews?  Interviews?  Game-play videos?  I have a poll that you can vote on here, and if you don’t see your option, leave a comment letting me know.
     If there is one thing that was added on a regular basis, what would you like to see more often?

What features would you like to see more of on Coffee with Games?online survey

     Thanks for your time, and I look forward to the feedback!  We’ll take a look at the poll results in about a week!