Friday, November 8, 2013

October Brewed! Coffees Consumed & Games Played

A boar, from Full Bore! From partial sketch to sprite.

Coffee Beans
Saying October was a busy month for us, would be an understatement and I could probably be put on trial and convicted of perjury if I was to testify under oath that October was only "busy". While I aged another year in October and the beginning of the month was busy as usual, the second half of the month is when we were out of the house and the busiest. We were out of the house for more than half of October, visiting our families in another state.

I do 99% of my web related work from my desktop PC. So, while I thought I might get a few posts done using Mrs. Coffee's laptop while we were out of town, that just didn't happen. I did bring our Wii U with us though, and it was played a good amount on the first part of our trip.

What coffees did I consume and games did I play in October? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Coffees Consumed
Traveling out of town for much of October resulted in many more coffees being brewed up and consumed by me, than in a normal month. In October, I consumed Beaumont Coffee Classic Roast, Beaumont Pumpkin Spice Coffee, K-Cup Breakfast Blend, K-Cup Italian Roast, K-Cup Black Silk, and Community Coffee Medium Roast. I also had one or two cups of McDonald's Premium Roast Coffee, as well as some random gas stations' coffees in October during our long road trip.

We don't have a Keurig Coffee machine, but my mom does. She has a wide assortment of the K-Cups, and I probably consumed more than the K-Cup blends I have listed above, but those are the ones I remember for sure. The K-Cup Breakfast Blend is nice medium blend coffee, while both the K-Cup Black Silk and the K-Cup Italian Roast coffees are more like a dark roast. The Italian Roast was the strongest, I would say it is close to tasting like a regular Starbucks house blend from stores, but not quite that strong (or, burnt I would say). Mrs. Coffee and I both consumed A LOT of the K-Cups while we were visiting my family on the first part of our trip, and it reconfirmed my thoughts of why I can't have a Keurig Coffee machine in our house. We would be bankrupt!

The Community Coffee Medium Roast was the coffee with consumed morning, noon, and night on the second leg of our trip. We have brewed up some Community coffees in the past, and it is a much milder medium roast coffee.

Games Played
The "Instant Coffee" list of games I played in October is: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Super Metroid, Pushover, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Pure Chess, F-Zero, LEGO City: Undercover, and Full Bore.

Super Metroid - Bean 1 enjoys watching me play this one, and earlier in the month he requested I play, "Super Metro!" He now says the name properly, but I did laugh to myself at him calling it Super Metro the first few times he did it. I am completely stuck in this one though! I am not sure if I have hit a glitch, but I can't figure out how to progress in the game anymore. As mentioned above, we took our Wii U with us when we went out of town and a friend of mine started playing my file. Even he couldn't figure out how to progress in the level anymore! Perhaps once I look up how to continue my game, I will play it some more.

Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition - I borrowed this game from my neighbor in early October, and played it some before we left. I have enjoyed my time with the game, though I did get stuck on one part that took me a while to figure out what I was doing. While I haven't beat the game or gotten super far into it yet, I do think the use of the Wii U GamePad is very well done. The game makes great use of the GamePad in regular play (playing with the TV as the main screen), such as using the GamePad's screen as the city's map while traveling about, and using the GamePad's touch-screen for scanning segments, where you move your finger on/around the screen looking for radio signals. And the can be played completely on just the Wii U GamePad, via the Off-TV Play feature.

Full Bore - I found out about this game, after following one its developers on Twitter and being offered a copy of it. I let them know before I received it from them, that I don't do reviews or game coverage in typical fashions around here. But I said I would give the game a try and provide some feedback. I haven't played it very much due to getting it right before leaving town, but what do I think of it so far? If Samus was ever bored and looking for something to play, I think this would be a game she would play. You play as a boar, and the gameplay mechanics keep with that aspect pretty well. It is a 2D puzzle adventure game, and you can dig, push, and climb/hop your way through the world as you explore. There are items spread around different parts of the map that you can collect if you seek them out (not quite sure what they do just yet), and many require some puzzle solving to reach. From my very short time with the game though, it seems like there is a lot to do and many areas to explore. The game's 2D pixel art reminds me a lot of Mutant Mudds' retro style, and I like what I have seen so far. I'm hoping to get through the rest of the game this month, and do a more detailed piece on it. If you want to know more about the game, check out the trailer below and visit its webpage HERE:

LEGO City: Undercover - I mentioned in last month's "September Brewed" post that I had "encountered a serious issue with the game". I had to send the game off for repair, and I did get it back before we left town. And I'm glad I did! As I mentioned above, I brought our Wii U with us and LEGO City: Undercover was the biggest hit with the younger kids. They enjoyed just roaming around the city, driving vehicles, and riding on the trains. New Super Mario Bros. U (NSMBU) was played a little bit by them because they could still play it while the TV was being used for something else, but not nearly as much as they played LEGO City: Undercover.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II - The first weekend we arrived at our first destination of the trip, my best friend growing up came to town to visit. Late one night while our wives and my mom were talking, we fired up Black Ops II on the Wii U. It was his first time really seeing the Wii U's GamePad features in action, other than briefly playing NSMBU and Super Metroid earlier, and we played multiple online matches. He played on the TV using one of the Wii U Pro Controllers I had just picked up, and I played using the GamePad with Off-TV Play. It was the first time I had really put Black Ops II's splitscreen mutliplayer option to the test. And I was super impressed with how well it worked, throughout all of our matches. Dear Nintendo of America, Please start advertising these type of features and games on the Wii U...

Caffeinated Thoughts
I did purchase one new Wii U game in October, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Amazon put the game on sale for just $9.99, and being an Amazon Prime member, I got free shipping on it!

I still haven't opened it up yet, but have a solution for my lack of gaming woes that I'll be implementing here shortly.

If you purchased or got any new games in October, like I got Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Full Bore, what games did you get and what do you think about them (if you have played them). If you didn't get any new games in October, what did you find yourself playing during the month?

Being that October was the first month with some cooler weather (for many of us in the U.S. anyway), did any of you perhaps try some new coffee blends or drink more coffee because of the cooler weather?



  1. Thanks for writing about Full Bore! If any of your readers are local to the SF Bay Area, we're showing the game, at on Wednesday November 13th. There will be a bunch of other great games there too.

  2. Changed up the coffee a bit this month and made a wild leap to the 22oz classic Melitta. :) On all those k-cups, I have to say that it's very convenient and a handy way to try different flavors, but gets real expensive.

    Super Metro - I know the feeling. I got stuck a few times and couldn't go back. Ended up going forward and getting to the first boss, but am now stuck where I can't open some doors. Have a feeling I missed an item way back near the beginning... Great game though.

    Full Bore - I hadn't heard of it, but it seems interesting. My initial reaction is to draw a comparison to steamworld Dig, only in pixel form, faster paced and more puzzle based. Either way it looks fun.

    For October it's been filled with lots of discussions around taking a promotion and doing salary/benefit calculations. It was made official Monday and it's been an interesting week... Needless to say between that and a small bonus yesterday the Wii U is definitely in the near future. It's just a matter of which bundle and/or can I catch it on a black Friday sale. The new SMBU/SLU bundle seems like a pretty decent deal, though it's not clear if they are digital downloads or not.

    Games Played:

    - Bionic Commando
    - Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    - Limbo
    - Crayon Physics Deluxe
    - Fieldrunners
    - To the Moon
    - Deadlight
    - EDGE

    As shocking as it was, I did complete Limbo during that first week in October. I enjoyed the game and will probably do another run through, but don't plan to go for the achievements.

    OOT3D: Started a new game, put about 7 hours in and got much further than I did before. I'm still pretty slow as I'm at the second boss, but it's not nearly the same off-putting experience that it was at first. Maybe the XL helps or who knows. Z/L-targeting is still a bit annoying, but it works and isn't as much of a nuisance that it seemed like at first. I am enjoying it quite a bit and can appreciate the original game along with the improvements they made. It's made me soften my view of 3D Zelda's and LTTP being the best... #Doh

  3. Thanks for stopping and leaving the information! I'm letting at least one person in the area know about the event.

    Hope it goes well!

  4. Glad to see you taking that wild coffee leap! But yeah, the K-Cups are the reason I returned my own Keurig a few years back. I knew as fast as we (I) burn through coffee, it would be a never ending money pit that is a lot more expensive than our normal brewing option.

    On whether the games are digital downloads, or physical copies:

    Apparently NSMBU is the physical copy, with a digital Luigi U included on the disc.

    I think I'm stuck in the same spot as you in Super Metroid. I had already found multiple item upgrades, but have no clue where I'm supposed to be going. There's one spot where I can get, but I can't move FORWARD (some hazards I have trouble with), and then I can't move BACKWARD because a door behind me closes, and won't reopen. Really odd...

    Interesting that you not only beat Limbo, but you might go back and play through it AGAIN? Talk about the opposite of incomplete...

    The old Z/L targeting, designed for the N64 game, still used in the GameCube/Wii Twilight Princess one (and I believe Skyward Sword).

    I don't think I've played any of the other games from your list, but I do own EDGE, Fieldrunners, and Limbo.

    Full Bore surprised me, because I have been impressed with the gameplay mechanics, with the environments and puzzle/exploration aspects I have seen. It seems pretty ambitious.

  5. My wife is thinking about getting me a Kuerig for Christmas I believe - so that would be nice. Not much in the way of coffee lately, though Biggby has had a couple of rotational flavors 'on tap' such as Peppermint Stick and Toffee Cinnamon, both of which were pretty good.

    I don't think I've bought anything new really of late - I've been focused on a few smaller download titles for review and trying to beat up my backlog, though I haven't made a lot of progress lately due to extended work hours and distractions at home. that said, I have plenty of purchases on tap for this month between the PS4 and XB1.

    Games I've played:

    The Guided Fate Paradox
    Agarest War 2
    Two different Pac-Man games
    A-Men 2
    Arma Tactics
    Blood Knights
    Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

    I'm sure there's a few others sprinkled in there that I'm not recalling right now. Agarest War has been my biggest time sink.

  6. "My wife is thinking about getting me a Kuerig for Christmas I believe..."
    You should inform her, that if she does, that will cancel out any future Disney trips...due to the amount the family will be spending on K-Cups. :)

    BUT, depending how often you are grabbing a coffee at Biggby, it might be the same.

    I did see one of your Pac-Man games go up for review over on DD I think, but had skimmed it and didn't get back to reading it!

    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

  7. I borrowed this game from my neighbor in early October, and played it some before we left.


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