Monday, May 2, 2011

April Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played



Coffee Beans:
     April was an extremely busy month, and it's gone forever now...at least until next year!  So, with May upon us, let's take a quick look back at the coffees I consumed and the games I played during April!

Coffees Consumed in April:
     Maxwell House's House Blend (Medium Roast) - This was one of the 34.5oz, 270 coffee cup, containers that Mrs. Coffee purchased in March.  It was emptied in April, so I doubt we will see any more of it in May.
     Seattle's Best Coffee Organic Breakfast Blend - This was a surprise purchase for me, by Mrs. Coffee, back in March.  I finished this off during the last week of April, but enjoyed it while it lasted.
     Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) - Somehow, this blend that I received at Christmas from Mrs. Coffee has survived 4 months, with a few more beans in the bag to make some more coffee!  I doubt it will last through May, but I've been wrong before.
     Maxwell House Original Roast (Medium Roast) - This is another 34.5oz, 270 coffee cups worth, container of coffee that was purchased around mid-April.  It's currently about 2/3rds full, and will probably last us the rest of May.
     New England Coffee's Colombian Supremo Blend - Like the Seattle's Best Coffee blend from March, this New England Coffee's blend was a surprise purchase by Mrs. Coffee.  Interestingly enough, I don't think this coffee, has the "coffee smell".  I don't know what it is, it just doesn't have the typical coffee smell I'm used to with basically every other coffee blend we have had.  I even asked Mrs. Coffee to smell the coffee, and she said it smelled normal...but I call foul!  I can smell the distinct "coffee smell" with the Maxwell House and Caribou coffees, but this New England Coffee blend, there's something different about it.


Video Games Played in April:
     GoldenEye 007 - I didn't play much of the single-player in April, but I did play a good bit of the online multi-player.  I played some matches with Robert from here on the site, and I also played some matches with Keith, from RespawnAction.com.  Hopefully, I should be getting a few videos of some matches uploaded soon.  Also, if you missed it, on April 5th I posted, "GoldenEye 007 - New List Price and Sale!", which showed how Amazon.com had dropped the game's list price by $10, but also had it discounted down to $29.99 at the time.
     Monster Hunter Tri - I picked this up at the beginning of April, and started working on the single-player campaign again.  I hopped online a few nights, and I did some monster hunting with other hunters from NinTemple.com and NintendoWorldReport.com on the one year anniversary for the game.  I also did a post on Monster Hunter Tri's game-play data over the first year, and included a video of a Great Jaggi hunt as well.  You can read that post/watch the video HERE!
     Greg Hastings Paintball 2 - I finished the game's Career mode in March, but I picked it back up and played some matches in April, while I was recording footage for my, "Greg Hastings Paintball 2 - Video Preview and Impressions".  I also posted a two part interview with the developer of Greg Hastings Paintball 2 in April.  You can read the interview, HERE and HERE.  Also, I announced that Greg Hastings Paintball 2 will be releasing on May 10 on the PlayStation Network, though because of the PlayStation Network's crash/downtime, I don't know if the game is still scheduled for release on May 10 now.
     Battlefield 1943 - I played this just two nights during April, kind of out of nowhere.  I decided one night just to try getting into a quick match, and I ended up playing for about two hours, over 2 nights.  The game is still fun, and I like the maps, vehicles, and destruction in the game.  If you never saw my videos of me playing Battlefield 1943, you can see them HERE and HERE!
     Fish'em All - This is a WiiWare title, and I'm going to have to post a video to show what the game-play is like.  I won the game from the developer, Abylight, after answering a few questions about the demo of the game I had played back in March.  If you want a free copy of the WiiWare game Fish'em All! for yourself, they still have 133 copies left they are giving away, HERE!  Not only that, but if you enter and get Fish'em All!, you will also be entered to win a Nintendo 3DS...you enter to get your free copy of Fish'em All! HERE.
     Rage of the Gladiator - I actually played a few rounds of Rage of the Gladiator, to give my Nyko Wand + and Nyko Wireless Kama controllers a try with the game's Wii MotionPlus control setting.  I actually liked the addition of the WM+ moves in the game, and though not perfectly executed every time, I think it helps add to the game-play.

Thoughts/Questions:
     While I didn't complete anymore games from my backlogged list in April, I have made good progress with Monster Hunter Tri's single-player campaign.  Once I finish that, I'm not sure what game I will attempt to finish next.  I enjoyed all the games I played in April, and will hopefully be providing coverage for some of them very soon!
     As for the coffees consumed, I favored the Caribou Reindeer blend the most in April, and I think it's because I brewed it more often at night, while studying for tests; so I had lots of time to drink and enjoy it.

     What coffee blends(or other beverages) did you enjoy during April, and what video games did you find yourself playing in April?

10 comments:

  1. Cool on wining Fish 'em All. I have not heard of that title yet. What games did I play... um, lots of them...

    Marvel/FX Pinball for the PS3
    God of War
    King's Bounty - Legend
    Mortal Kombat
    Star Craft 2
    The Potato Sack (there's 13 games in there, no need to list 'em all)
    and prolly some other I'm forgetting. :) Happy May gaming!

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  2. Man, you need to try some Yemen Mukha coffee beans some time - by far the best flavour coffee I've ever had :D

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  3. OoO Fish 'em All sounds very interesting. I'm definitely going to check that out.

    As for Monster Hunter Tri, let me know when you'll be hopping back online I still need a bunch of stuff for my weapons :D!

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  4. Got some variety to the coffee there coffee. I've tried some flavor of Caribou in the past, but like last month it was only classic roast Melitta. Not much branching out lately. Although on the coffee smell I know what you mean. There have been some, that I can't recall now, that just have a weird smell and I never seem to enjoy them as much as the others.

    Pretty slim again with the out of town situation. Besides 007 the rest were only for a few minutes.

    - 007 Goldeneye
    - Revenge of the Titans
    - Super Meat Boy

    Purchased and fired up Metroid, Mega Man 9 and Dungeon explorer on 4/30, but didn't really do anything with them until 5/1-5/2. Next month..

    I haven't made much of a dent in my current or backlog especially with those three new ones. :)

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  5. Kept to the usual in April:

    -Mocha and Original blends "8 O'Clock Coffee"
    -Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks
    -Mint Condition from Caribou (more like candy that one) :)

    Games I took on:

    -Goldeneye 007 (Wii)
    -Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2)
    -Prince of Persia: Two Thrones (PS2)
    -Assassin's Creed (360)
    -Dead Space (360)

    The last two are a result of my brother-in-law being at Navy boot camp. I am kindly looking after his 360 for a couple of weeks. XD I'll have to pick up the sequels when I get a PS3.

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  6. I think I played Monster Hunter Tri the most this month. I have also played Brawl, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes 2.

    I guess for drinks that I had was mainly tea and orange juice and Gingerale.I was sick earlier in the month.I came down sick about a day before the Monster Hunter Tri 1 year anniversary. I tried to get myself better in that day before the game day. The type of tea I generally had was Lemon and pepperment tea.

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  7. @Chalgyr:
    If you want to win a copy of Fish'em All, make sure to just click the link in the post above!

    As for your list, you seemed to have played a good variety of game types in April...I just noticed 50% of mine were FPS games.

    @GamesAndBiz:
    I don't branch out of my coffee selection, other than what Mrs. CWG usually purchases for us at Wal-Mart.
    She's been buying the other blends more often though, so I'll mention that name to her, and see if she ever shows up with it.

    @Amado (Den) Bustos:
    One of the first things I noticed about Fish'em All was the soundtrack that plays...the main menu song is awesome for the game's setting.

    I'll send you a message the next time I'm hopping online in MHT.

    @Robert:
    "There have been some, that I can't recall now, that just have a weird smell..."
    Yea, I don't know what it was about that one, but it just didn't seem to be a coffee smell...I seriously thought it was like a weird tobacco smell or something.

    As for your GoldenEye 007 play-time, if you've done any more single-player what do you think so far?

    @Tim:
    "Mint Condition from Caribou (more like candy that one)"
    Haha! A friend and I call those type of drinks, "Coffee snow cones". It's pretty much like they ask you what flavor syrup you want on the ice(or in the water/milk combo)...

    As for your games, I haven't played any of the Prince of Persia games, but I am interested in them. I have played Assassin's Creed on the PS3, and beat it; but haven't played either sequel for the series.

    "The last two are a result of my brother-in-law being at Navy boot camp."
    Hmmm...your brother-in-law's boot camp didn't take place in a foreign country did it...one that starts with "Paki" and ends in "stan"? I've been hearing the Navy had some small mission there over recently...

    @Maxi:
    I used to be a bigger tea drinker than I am now, but I don't know what happened, just all of a sudden green tea started making me sick! This was a few years back, but it still happens now when I brew me up some green tea...and I think that's the reason I don't drink as much tea anymore.

    As for Brawl, are you playing that online, or just the offline parts?

    Thank you all for the comments and drinks/games discussions! If anybody else wants to add their April drinks/games to the list, feel free to do so.

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  8. @Coffee:

    Yeah, tobacco might be a close description. Certainly an odd bitter smell whatever it was.

    Speaking of tea, I did have some green tea with some lemon juice and honey thrown in. Not a regular daily thing, but probably a few times a month.

    I got a little distracted with Metroid, but have put more time into 007. Still going well with SP and continue to be impressed. I honestly want a mouse/kb as the mote/chuck combo feels weird. Not sure what to adjust anymore. I want to have razor-sharp response and fast turning, but it gets out of control and sometimes I have difficulty turning corners. It's like the cursor goes off the screen and I'm stuck at times. The 'continue turning while off screen' setting is on, fwiw.

    This doesn't support WM+ does it? I didn't see that on the box and didn't try connecting it. (I have two 'original' wm+ connectors, not the new motes with it built-in)

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  9. I mainly play Brawl offline nowadays. I mainly use Pit when I play.

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  10. @Coffee:
    I do know they just released HD versions of the Prince of Persia Trilogy you can pick up on the PS3. The games are pretty solid.

    My brother-in-law had nothing to do with what happened in a certain middle-eastern country the other week. :) At least....that's what he tells us....

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