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SpongeBob’s ADD and/or ADHD Problem Revealed! Boating Bash Report

November 3, 2011

Coffee Beans
     How do people with ADD and ADHD drive?  I really don’t know, but I do it on a daily basis!

     SpongeBob’s Boating Bash was developed by ImPulse Games and published by THQ.  It was released for the Nintendo Wii on March 2, 2010 with a MSRP of $39.99, but the game has since seen price drops from most online retailers.  The game received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.
     A brief description of SpongeBob’s Boating Bash says, “Crash ‘N Bash with your favorite SpongeBob character in this exhilarating, fast-paced demolition derby style party game full of excitement for the whole family.  Players drive around in cars…er, boats competing within wacky arenas throughout Bikini Bottom to ultimately be the last boat standing!”

     How many hours have Wii owners reported bashing boats in Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob’s Boating Bash, and does the reported data perhaps provide any evidence of players having ADD or ADHD?  Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     SpongeBob’s Boating Bash has about 23,649 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with days possibly reported since the game released.
     The game’s average play-time is 1 Hour 30 Minutes per day/session reported.
     SpongeBob’s Boating Bash’s “professional” review score average is 46.50%, based on two reviews on GameRankings.com.  Not surprisingly, SpongeBob’s Boating Bash has a higher customer review score average on Amazon.com.  The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating based on 12 customer reviews, and those reviews convert to a 78.33% average on a 100% review scale.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     In September I did a report on SpongeBob’s Truth or Square, and looked at if the reported game-play.  You can read that report HERE.
     First, if you have not seen anything about SpongeBob’s Boating Bash, below is a trailer showing off a little bit about the game:

     I think the reported data for SpongeBob’s Boating Bash, specifically the average play-time per day/session reported, shows that Wii owners are playing this game for a decent amount of time, which would probably not be reflective of a child with hyperactive tendencies.
     I have trouble sitting and playing games for longer than an hour(unless it’s you Monster Hunter Tri!) at times, so seeing the average play-time being 1 Hour 30 Minutes I think shows the audience playing the game is sitting down and enjoying it.  I also assume that most of the people buying this game are fans of the SpongeBob SquarePants television show, so I would imagine the average play-time would be a lot lower if the report that SpongeBob SquarePants causes ADD had any credibility.
     As for the title, what is SpongeBob’s ADD or ADHD problem?  I would say SpongeBob has an issue with learning how to drive, which the cartoon series addressed, and the game takes players through that issue as well.  So, I would say it is simply the fact that Mrs. Puff has a boring teaching style, and it isn’t necessarily an ADD issue for SpongeBob.

     I can remember playing Destruction Derby back in the 90s on one of my cousins’ PlayStation, and having a blast with it.  While I have not played SpongeBob’s Boating Bash, the fact that it looks like a demolition derby type game actually makes me very interested in it.
     The fact that it appears “crashing” is the goal in the game, is probably great for our oldest son since steering would still be an issue for him, and the fact the game can be found for under $20 now is a plus as well.

Questions
     Have any of you played SpongeBob’s Boating Bash, and if so, would you recommend it other Wii owners that are fans of the SpongeBob SquarePants television show?
     If you played Destruction Derby back in the 90s and have perhaps played SpongeBob’s Boating Bash as well, how do the games compare?

If any of you are interested in SpongeBob’s Boating Bash, you can see prices for it linked on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00354NAXM

Face Your Phobias – Deadly Creatures Report

October 22, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Do you like spiders?  Do you like scorpions?  If so, the game this data report is on might be right up your alley.
     Deadly Creatures was released on February 9, 2009 with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by Rainbow Studios which was closed in August of this year, and published by THQ.
     The game puts players in the role of a tarantula for some levels, and the role of a scorpion in other levels.
     Deadly Creatures received a “Teen” rating from the ESRB, with “Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Violence” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported facing their arachnophobia in Deadly Creatures? Let’s take a look!

How many hours did it take you to finish?

The Brew
     Deadly Creatures has had about 27,941 Wii owners report game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 980 days possibly reported.
     The game has an average play-time per day/session reported of 1 Hour 28 Minutes.
     Deadly Creatures has a “professional” review score average of 73.35%, based on 40 reviews on GameRankings.com.  You can see the customer review scores breakdown from Amazon.com in the picture below:

     The game is currently selling for $29.99 on Amazon.com from a third party vendor, and Deadly Creatures is available from GameStop.com for 14.99 used.

Filtered Thoughts
     I remember when Deadly Creatures released, and reading how it was a very unique idea for a game.  As the reviews show, it seems to be a pretty decent game, though the reported average hours “Per person” being less than 6 Hours is interesting.
     Deadly Creatures is a Wii game I hope to play one day, as the atmosphere/setting seems very interesting to me, but knowing that the reported hours “Per person” are less than 6 hours I would probably look to rent it, or even look for it at a “bargain bin” price of $10 or less.
     If you have arachnophobia, “the fear of spiders and arachnids like scorpions“, you may want to skip the video below; but if you want to see what I think is a very unique game idea, watch the video below which shows off two trailers that were made for Deadly Creatures:

Questions
     Have any of you played Deadly Creatures, and if so, would you recommend it to other Wii owners?  If you beat the game, do you recall how many hours it took you to complete it?
     If you have arachnophobia, did you play Deadly Creatures, or attempt to play it?

If any of you are interested in Deadly Creatures, you can click the two images below to see the game on Amazon.com(left) and GameStop.com(right).
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00163ROMC

Does SpongeBob SquarePants Cause ADD or ADHD? Truth or Square Report

September 27, 2011



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     SpongeBob’s Truth or Square was released on October 26, 2009 for the Nintendo Wii with a MSRP of $39.99.  The game was developed by Heavy Iron Studios, and published by Play THQ, which is “the family division of THQ“.
     SpongeBob’s Truth or Square received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     If SpongeBob’s cartoon can cause ADD in young children, and video games are portrayed as even more evil than television by the media in general, by jumping to irrational conclusions we can assume that SpongeBob’s Truth or Square video game causes ADHD!  So, does the reported game-play data from the game provide any evidence of this?  Let’s take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     SpongeBob’s Truth or Square has had about 48,139 Wii owners report game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 700 days possibly reported since the game released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     SpongeBob’s Truth or Square has 672,019 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average of 13 Hours 58 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is 1 Hour 47 Minutes per day/session reported.

Sales Information
     SpongeBob’s Truth or Square’s Amazon.com sale rank is #4,166, and it is currently selling for $18.47 with “Free Standard Shipping”.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 2:00AM on September 27, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     The game’s “professional” review score average is 68.00%, based on 1 review on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 16 customer reviews.
     SpongeBob’s Truth or Square’s customer review score average is 87.50%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 2:00AM on September 27, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     First, if you have not seen what SpongeBob’s Truth or Square is about, the video below will give you a quick look at the game, and show off some game-play elements you can expect:

     I had never watched a full episode of SpongeBob SquarePants until this past December(maybe November).  While surfing Netflix for children cartoons, either Mrs. Coffee or I added SpongeBob to our queue, and that was the beginning of several weeks of endless SpongeBob episodes.
     Our oldest son, who is only 2, calls him SquarePants, and our oldest son is sleeping in SpongeBob pajamas as I’m typing this!  I can sing the SpongeBob theme song, I can quote random lines from different SpongeBob shows.  I think SpongeBob’s laugh is hilarious, and can grow on you…though too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing.
     When I saw a report a few weeks back saying that a study showed watching SpongeBob SquarePants can cause ADD in children, I first had to read the study, then I laughed-out-loud because if any child would have ADD because of SpongeBob, it would be our oldest son.
     How is it possible we played/watched over 70 episodes, some multiple times, of the SpongeBob SquarePants shows in less than 2 months, and yet he can sit and play with a train set for hours?  Sure, he has spells of high energy where he is running around playing with every single toy possible, so perhaps the study wasn’t totally unfounded in that 2 year olds have high energy, but I think the target audience was way off and the study didn’t really consider the fact, they are 2 years old!
     As for the reported game-play hours for SpongeBob’s Truth or Square, I think the hours show that the players do not have ADD or ADHD when it comes to playing it, because they are sitting and playing the game for more than an hour at a time.  I would expect the average play-time per day/session reported to be under 20 minutes, not 1 Hour 47 Minutes, if the children/gamers playing SpongeBob’s Truth or Square had ADD or ADHD.

Questions
     Are any of you SpongeBob SquarePant’s fans in general?  If so, do you think SpongeBob causes, or could cause, children to develop ADD or even ADHD?
     Have any of you played SpongeBob’s Truth or Square, and if so, what did you think about the game: good or bad?  Is it a game you would recommend to other gamers, or perhaps parents with younger children that like SpongeBob?

If any of you are interested in SpongeBob’s Truth or Square, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B002BUSSTM

WWE All-Stars’ Debut Hours

July 30, 2011



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     WWE All-Stars was released on March 29, 2011 for the Wii with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game also released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, but with a MSRP of $59.99.
     The Wii version of WWE All-Stars was developed by Subdued Software and published by THQ.  The game received a “Teen” rating from the ESRB with “Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours did Wii owners spend in WWE All-Stars’ wrestling rings with 111 days of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that
report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel, the hours
shown are not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     WWE All-Stars had 3,744 Wii owners that reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel from the game’s release through July 18, 2011.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     WWE All-Stars had 51,372 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with the average play-time being 13 Hours 43 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time session is just over 1 Hour 55 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price
     WWE All-Stars’ Wii Amazon.com sale rank is #3,708, and it is currently selling for $46.99.
     (Sale rank and advertised list price recorded around 6:45PM on July 30, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     WWE All-Stars’ “professional” review score average is 67.78%, based on 9 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game currently has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 9 customer reviews.
     WWE All-Stars’ customer review score average is 77.77% when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 6:45PM on July 30, 2011.)

Old Beans
     I haven’t purchased a wrestling video game since the 1990s.  I owned a N64 and purchased both WCW vs. nWo: World Tour and WCW/nWo Revenge, and I still own WCW/nWo Revenge and even played it again last year.
     I was a pretty big WCW wrestling fan back in the 90s, and I even went to a few wrestling events and met/saw several wrestlers like Chris Jericho, Macho Man, Buff Bagwell, and Bret Hart.  A group of friends and I even got to help take down a wrestling ring after a wrestling event in our town, which was pretty cool.
     If I ever find/get the old pictures, I may have to scan them in and do another wrestling post!

Filtered Thoughts
     While I have not played any version of WWE All-Stars, when I was capturing/uploading the trailers for the game I thought they did a good job showing off the game-play.  If you have not seen anything about WWE All-Stars for the Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, or PS2, the video embedded below contains two trailers showing off the game:

     As for the reported game-play data, I think it should be encouraging to the developer and publisher of WWE All-Stars on the Wii that game-play data has already debuted.  The Wii version does not have any online functionality(that I saw), and I think seeing a game like this debut already is pretty good, especially considering it was a multi-platform release.
     The Amazon.com sales rank is a lot lower than I was expecting for this game though, as I was expecting it to at least still be in Amazon.com’s “Top 1,000” video games listed, and I didn’t find any articles with THQ commenting on if the game has met sales expectations.

Questions
     Have any of you played WWE All-Stars, and if so, what do you think about the game?  Is it a wrestling game you would recommend to other console owners that perhaps haven’t purchased a wrestling game since the 90s, like myself?
     Also, have any of you, like me, met any wrestlers at/after a wrestling event?  If so, which ones?

If any of you are interested in WWE All-Stars, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
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