Archive for the ‘World of Goo’ Category

The CoffeeWithGames feedback winner is…

October 9, 2012

Coffee Beans
Did you miss the “CoffeeWithGames Turns 3!” post at the end of August? Well, I ended up having to wait until we finished our Maxwell House Gourmet Roast coffee, so I could have a coffee container for the giveaway drawing.

To enter the contest I said in the post, “If you leave feedback to the questions below, I’ll put your name in the coffee container…and draw it for a coffee and/or game related giveaway.”

I dropped the names in the coffee container, gave it a good shaking, but I didn’t draw out the winner. Mrs. Coffee did! Brew yourself some coffee, and see which lucky provider of feedback was picked from the container!

The Caffeinated Brew
After a few shakes, rattles, and rolls of the coffee container container, Mrs. Coffee drew out KnucklesSonic8!

The prize for simply leaving feedback on a post? Well, KnucklesSonic8 has a choice to make (again), World of Goo can be his on Steam, or the Humble Bundle for Android 3 can be his. The Humble Bundle for Android 3 includes Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, Uplink!, and SpaceChem, with Steam keys for each (I think also the soundtrack is included for each as well, not 100% positive on that).

I have only played the demo for World of Goo, and put just a little time into BIT.TRIP BEAT and none in the other games, so I can’t really say which one I would suggest he choose.

Either way, congratulations to KnucklesSonic8 on winning, and thanks to everybody that provided feedback on that post! (Sorry it took longer for the drawing to happen, the other coffee container found its way to the trash that I was originally going to use!)

Questions
If you have perhaps played World of Goo, and some of the games in the Humble Bundle that he could select, which one prize selection would you suggest for him?

Also, if you missed the original feedback posts, feel free to leave feedback below if you have a feature you would like to see more of, or perhaps a new feature altogether on CoffeeWithGames more regularly.

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?

WiiWare Wednesday: World of Goo’s Reported Game-Play Hours

August 10, 2011

Coffee Beans
     World of Goo was released on October 13, 2008 for the WiiWare service, with a price point of 1,500 Wii Points, which is $15.  The game was developed and published by 2D Boy, and received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief” listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in the “World of Goo” with 1,029 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,
and not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     World of Goo has about 103,985 Wii owners that have reported data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel in the United States since it released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     World of Goo has 1,143,596 Total Hours of game-play reported with an average play-time of 11 Hours 0 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The game has an average play-time of 1 Hour 11 Minutes per session played.

Sales Information
     World of Goo is not currently listed in the WiiWare’s “Popular Titles” section, which lists the current “Top 20” popular WiiWare games, as of checking around 5:30PM on August 10, 2011.
     World of Goo’s United States release has made 2D Boy about $1,559,775 in almost the last 3 years since the game released, before taxes and profit sharing with Nintendo.  The amount earned is based on the approximate number of players(103,985) that have reported data and the game’s $15 price point, so the earnings reported here are not reflective of all digital copies downloaded.

Review Score Average
     World of Goo received much critical acclaim when it released, and it has a “professional” review score average of 94.00% based on 22 reviews on GameRankings.com.

Filtered Thoughts
     I have played the WiiWare demo for World of Goo, but not the full version of the game.  I thought the demo did a good job showing what players can expect from the game, though I can imagine how some of the levels further in the game might get crazy.  If you have not seen anything about World of Goo, below is a trailer that shows off a bit about the game:

     I think the reported game-play data for World of Goo is impressive for a WiiWare title, especially when considering it has been released on other platforms, and as of checking Steam just now it can be downloaded through that service for just $9.99, instead of the $15 WiiWare price.
     Also, seeing the game with more than 10 Hours averaged “Per person” reporting data I think is extremely well for a digital game, and I think shows the game has a lot of game-play value, perhaps even more than a lot of $50-60 retail games that are released now.

Questions
     If any of you played the full version of World of Goo, would you recommend it to other gamers, and which version did you play?
     Also, do any of you think the game was perhaps under-priced with the amount of game-play it apparently offers?

If any of you are interested in World of Goo on the WiiWare service you can a Nintendo Points card on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001TOQ8KC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr