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September Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

October 2, 2012


Coffee Beans
Like coffee in my cup, the month of September is gone! If you skimmed an occasional post here and there during the month, here are some posts you might have missed during September:

With October already brewing, what coffees did I consume and games did I play in September? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!
Coffees Consumed
Maxwell House coffees were the dominate coffee blends in our house during September. We had three Maxwell House coffee blends in September that we enjoyed, those being:
  • Maxwell House House Blend
  • Maxwell House Dark Roast
  • Maxwell House Gourmet Roast
For the first time in a few months, we purchased some Starbucks coffee during the month, but it wasn’t just for brewing. I had been wanting whole coffee beans to record the grinding sound with our grinder, for the Grounds for Celebration videos. Mrs. Coffee was out one day early in September, and I messaged her asking if she could grab some whole coffee beans before coming home. She purchased the Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend, and it is an extremely light blend. If you don’t like your coffee dark and very strong, this would be a good blend to try.
Over the last weekend in September though, Mrs. Coffee and I packed our bags and loaded the car with the boys, and headed off to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with some friends. While we were in Gatlinburg, I searched for a local coffee shop that I could perhaps grab a cup of coffee from on National Coffee Day. I found a local shop, Coffee & Company, and tried their house blend for the day (either the Costa Rican Tarrazu or the Le Conte View roast).
Games Played
The short list for the games I played in September is: New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, LittleBigPlanet, Mutant Mudds, Rage of the Gladiator, Blacklight: Retribution, Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2 Fast 4 Gnomz, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros., and BIT.TRIP RUNNER.
New Super Mario Bros. DS – Bean 1 is still playing this, even with a barely functioning bottom screen. He’ll ask/tell me (or, I’ll be volun-told as Chalgyr said) to play few of the levels from time-to-time, and we are currently back in World 3. I have been tempted to take apart the DS Lite, and see if I can figure out the touch screen problems; I even looked up a few YouTube videos on how to do it.
Super Mario World – Not much new here to report, but Bean 1 and I are still enjoying this one on the Virtual Console like most of the other Mario games.
Super Mario 64 – This one became Bean 1’s Mario game of choice in September. He has improved GREATLY in the game. I have attempted to record footage of him in the levels a few times, but usually start recording a little late. He beat Koopa the Quick on September 9th, and enjoys running around the castle and levels; but like NSMBDS, I get asked/told to play a few levels and do a few things in it from time-to-time.
LittleBigPlanet – Bean 1 asks to play this as his last delay tactic before bed usually. He is pretty good at getting through levels in the game now, and he has found some incredibly designed player created levels, with Mario themes and even a Phineas and Ferb level that I was really impressed with. Like the Mario games, I usually get asked to play a few of the levels to help out, and show him how to get through certain areas.
Mutant Mudds – I purchased Mutant Mudds for my PC the first week of September, and I have really enjoyed my time with it so far. The game is definitely challenging, and platforming fans should enjoy it. I have been using the default controls in the game, but you can adjust them or use a separate gamepad if you want. Bean 1 has even attempted to play a few of the levels, which I found amusing to watch.
Rage of the Gladiator – I played a few matches again, and realized that there are quite a few bosses I haven’t recorded/uploaded any footage from yet. I may do that for an October post, or two.
Blacklight: Retribution – I decided to give this one another try in September, and enjoyed my time in a few matches one night in September. I actually placed 3rd in a match, which I think is the highest I have placed so far. I just started attempting to change out my gear, and once finding where to look, it seems like a pretty easy process once you have the points and the required level in the game to use better equipment. If you have a Steam account and enjoy FPS games, I would easily recommend you giving Blacklight: Retribution a try considering it is free-to-play.

The game shows the top three players at the end of each match.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – I’m not sure how close I am to beating the game, but I think I have made some decent progress in it so far. Perhaps before the Wii U releases, I can finish Arkham Asylum, then give Arkham City a try on the Wii U. I’m still enjoying my time with the game, and I like how the game is challenging and makes me think of ways to clear rooms of enemies. Batman is not invincible!
2 Fast 4 Gnomz – Bean 1 clicked on this WiiWare demo from the SD card menu on our Wii. I ended up being volunteered by him to play it, and completed the demo. The game is insane, at least from my time with the demo. Think BIT.TRIP RUNNER style where you don’t stop moving forward, but the graphical style kept making me wonder if I was going to have a seizure! One thing I did like that 2 Fast 4 Gnomz provided in each level was the number of times you had attempted it. So, if you hit spikes, fall in holes, or just miss your jumps 20, 30, 40, or 50 times, you know exactly how many times you have been tortured by the level. The level of difficulty might be too much for your average gamer also, but if you enjoy tough challenges I do recommend giving the demo a try.
Super Mario Bros. 3 – Another Virtual Console game that has shown to be a great value for us. Bean 1 is still running around in some of the levels, and can complete World 1-1 and World 1-2 now usually without any/many issues.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER – On National Coffee Day, I started with the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast, then the house blend from Coffee & Company, then a cup from McDonald’s, then I ended the day/night with another cup(s) of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. Right before sleep took over Saturday night, I played BIT.TRIP RUNNER on Mrs. Coffee’s laptop.
Questions
Did you have a coffee blend/roast of choice in September?  What video games did you play during September, and would you recommend any of the ones that you did play?

Also, if you have any questions about the games I played or the coffees I consumed in September, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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August Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

September 4, 2012


Coffee Beans
September 2012 is already upon us, and August has vanished like the Statue of Liberty when David Copperfield is around. If you just visited the site occasionally when you saw CoffeeWithGames posts pop up on other sites, here are a few posts you might have missed in August:

September has just started brewing, but what coffees did I consume and games did I play in August? Brew yourself a fresh pot of coffee, and let’s take a look!
Coffees Consumed
The three Green Mountain coffee blends I had listed for August, were from our trip when we visited family and we were using my mom’s Keurig coffee machine. The Green Mountain Coffee Gingerbread, Green Mountain Coffee Golden French Toast, and Green Mountain Coffee Spicy Eggnog were all brewed and consumed in early August, before we made our trip back home.
The Maxwell House Dark Roast coffee blend was waiting for us when we arrived home from our trip, sitting on the shelf right where I had left it, imagine that! It lasted us a few more days, and when it ran out Mrs. Coffee purchased us the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. The Gourmet Roast blend lasted us almost until the end of August, and then Mrs. Coffee purchase us the Maxwell House House Blend coffee. We still have right around half the container of it as September has started up, so it should last us a little while longer.
Maxwell House is our “go to” coffee blend now, for two reasons really. It has a good price and decent variety of coffee roasts available. We usually buy the “240 6 FL OZ CUPS” ground coffee containers, and enjoy them while they lasts.
Games Played
What’s the “Instant Coffee” list of games I played in August? They are: Super Mario Bros. 3, New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, PAYDAY: The Heist, Blacklight: Retribution, Rage of the Gladiator, Madden NFL 13 Demo, Punch-Out!!, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Little Big Planet, and GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64.
Super Mario Bros. 3 – We have made it I think to World 6 now, maybe World 7. It has been about a week since we last played it, but we are making slow progress in it. Bean 1 has greatly improved though, and can now beat multiple levels in the game just by going through them with normal items found in the levels.
New Super Mario Bros. DS – Bean 1 was really enjoying this one, until the DS he was using stopped functioning properly. He still runs around the game, but for some reason the DS’ touch screen does not register touches, so changing World maps and using stored items in the game can’t be done anymore. The bottom screen displays everything properly as it should, but for some reason the touch function just doesn’t work, even after trying to calibrate it again. We had completed the game, and were working on all the secret exits before the touch screen stopped functioning.
Super Mario World – Bean 1 and I have beaten this one a few times, using the “Star Road” shortcuts. Bean 1 often calls the game “Mario Super World”, but like Super Mario Bros. 3 he has made some great progress in improving his game-play, and can complete entire levels on his own now.
Super Mario Bros. – Playing through and beating the original is still challenging, and if you haven’t played it, I highly suggest going into the final level with a fire flower at the least.
Super Mario 64 – Bean 1 has “finished” one mission in a level all on his own. He is able to run around most of the levels pretty well now, knows how to use the cannons, and enjoys climbing trees in the game. The first Star he found on his own was in “Course 1 BOB-OMB BATTLEFIELD”.
PAYDAY: The Heist – I played another level on my Steam version in August, and it reminded me quickly of how touch the A.I. can be in the levels! It’s definitely a challenging game and there are a lot of police officers, SWAT team members, etc., thrown your way as you try to complete your mission objectives.
Blacklight: Retribution – A free FPS game? Good. A free FPS game on Steam? Awesome! I have enjoyed my brief time with Blacklight: Retribution, though I haven’t yet purchased any of the in-game items. I should probably start a video game “schedule” and post it up, where it will have certain times and games I will be playing and maybe some of you could join in. Otherwise, my schedule right now is pretty spastic.
Rage of the Gladiator – I played and completed a few matches in the game, and will probably be playing a few more this month as well.
Madden NFL 13 Demo – I gave the demo a try for the PlayStation 3. I won a few games, and lost a few games. The demo didn’t sell me though, because of small things in it that I don’t think the Madden series should have considering how long they have been making them. Players running through apparent hologram people on the sidelines, cars that look like they’re made from cardboard boxes, no replay function, terrible camera shots of recently completed plays. Perhaps the retail version fixed some of the issues before it shipped, but the demo didn’t sell me on the game.
Punch-Out!! – I’m still slowly making my way through Title Defense mode, I completed on more match in Title Defense mode in August, but didn’t play it but one night.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – I think I have made decent progress in the game, and I have been enjoying my time with it. I did get “lost” or confused on how to make progress at one point, but that was resolved after taking a break and picking it up again. I’m not sure how many hours of game-play I can expect from it, but I have probably played it around 10 hours so far.
Little Big Planet – I started this up for Bean 1 randomly one night in August and he is making a little progress with the game-play, but having to hold the R1 button to grab onto objects is a little challenging for him still. I had never really played it before, and I am finding it interesting as I play through some of the levels with him watching. I might need to start a new file though, and start from the beginning to understand the storyline and more of the game-play elements in it, but so far the game-play seems pretty solid and I like the graphical style in the game.
GoldenEye 007 – Which one? GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64. The game turned 15 years old on August 25th, and I put many hours into back when it originally released. I have been playing through some of the single player missions, and enjoying the game. If I can ever “pull the trigger”, I will have two posts up on GoldenEye 007 sometime this week (said that last week also!).
Thoughts/Questions
I enjoyed all of the games I played in August, even my brief games with the Madden demo, though it failed to sell me on the game. If you are looking for a great way to play the old NES and SNES Mario games, I think buying a cheap Wii console and purchasing the Mario games off the Virtual Console is a great way to go about it.
If you have a Steam account and like FPS games, I do recommend giving Blacklight: Retribution a try, especially considering its free. If any of you have PAYDAY: The Heist on Steam or for the PlayStation 3, and want to try some cooperative matches in the game, leave a comment below or feel free to email me at Scott(@)CoffeeWithGames.com to let me know when you play the most.
What video games did you play in August, and did you have a drink of choice while gaming? Are there any games you played in August that you would recommend others to check out? Also, if any of you are Nintendo DS owners, have you ever had an issue where the touch screen stopped registering any “touch” on it? If so, were you able to fix the problem?

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!

Mutant Mudds gets official PC release date, price, & trailer!

August 17, 2012

Coffee Beans
     Renegade Kid, developer of the award-winning Nintendo DS Dementium series, has revealed that their Nintendo 3DS title Mutant Mudds, now has an official PC release date and price (sorry, no Mac version yet).
     Mutant Mudds will be available to purchase before August ends, and if you purchase the game within the first week it’s available you will save 20% off the regular price.

     To see what apparent platforming greatness awaits you later this month in Mutant Mudds’ PC release, check out the new trailer for the game below!

     Mutant Mudds will be available to purchase through several PC distribution partners. Those are currently listed as: GOG.com, GAMERSGATE.com, DESURA.com, and apparently through Renegade Kid’s own digital shop, Renegade Shop.
     The PC version is releasing at a price point of just $9.99, but as mentioned above, if you purchase Mutant Mudds between August 30th and September 5th, you will get the game for its “Introductory Price” of just $7.99; a 20% savings.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     The game has not been confirmed to be releasing via Steam yet, but I am hoping it will be announced for the service soon. I do not have an account on GOG.com, GAMERSGATE.com, or DESURA.com, but if the game releases with no word of a Steam release, I will have to pick one of those services to sign up for.
     As for “Renegade Shop” being listed as a buying option, I have contacted Renegade Kid directly to see if they will be selling the game on “The best shop on the internet.”, at least according to Grannie.
     Being that I greatly enjoy platforming games, I’m really looking forward to giving Mutant Mudds a try, perhaps even the day of its PC release!

Questions
     If you have experience with GOG.com, GAMERSGATE.com, and/or DESURA.com, has it been a good experience and would you recommend it to other PC gamers that are perhaps looking at purchasing Mutant Mudds when it releases?
     If you have played Mutant Mudds on the 3DS, have the confirmed extra levels (and perhaps even newly added achievements) for the PC version made you think about purchasing it as well?

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?