The Best and Worst Features of the HTC 7 Pro Smartphone

The HTC 7 Pro is set to hit the market soon and bring the Windows Phone 7 operating systems to the masses, but before you decide to preorder yours, take a look at these pros and cons of the upcoming HTC 7 Pro smartphone.

Good: Full QWERTY SLIDER Keyboard

The physical smartphone keyboard is making a keyboard and the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 smartphone serves this feature up nicely. Not only does the HTC 7 Pro feature a QWERTY SLIDER keyboard for faster typing, texting, web browsing, and social networking, but it also features a tilting screen which makes typing with the physical keyboard even more ergonomic.

Bad: Battery Life

Although the HTC 7 Pro is packed with lots of nifty features, it comes at the price of very poor battery life. With only 288 minutes of talk time (less than 5 hours altogether) the battery of the HTC 7 Pro leaves a lot to be desired and will likely support less than 5 hours when playing games, browsing the web, running apps, and doing things that put more strain on the battery than talking.

Good: Windows Phone 7 OS

The Windows Phone 7 operating system is finally here and you’ll be able to take full advantage of its many features with the HTC 7 Pro smartphone. Windows Phone 7 features Windows Live Messenger, Zune, Netflix, and Xbox Live support, Windows Marketplace, Windows Live, Microsoft Office Mobile and lots of other nifty features that you’re are bound to love.

Bad: Display

While the HTC 7 Pro’s screen has tilting going for it, it’s a bit small at 3.6 inches (800 x 480 pixels), looks a bit dull, and is overall one of the biggest features holding this awesome phone back. To be honest, the display of the HTC 7 Pro isn’t completely horrible, but when stacked up against its other features, the display of the HTC 7 Pro is definitely one of its worst features.

Good: Camera Quality

In addition to packing physical keyboard support and bringing Windows Phone 7 to the masses, the HTC 7 Pro also promises great photo stills and video capturing, with a 5 megapixel camera with automatic LED flash and 720p HD video recording.

Bad: Hardware

The hardware of the HTC 7 Pro smartphone is good enough to get the job done, but when compared to most upcoming phones, it leaves a lot to be desired. The HTC 7 Pro features a 1GHz single core processor, 576 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, ad 8GB of internal storage ‘” which is about half of what’s expected nowadays.

Finest Details About Clash Royale For Beginners

In these days, people love to play video games in their free time because it is the best way to spend that time. Now there are a lot of games are available in which you can choose any one. If you are searching for the best fighting game then you must go for the Clash Royale.  It is a multiplayer real time-based video game in which a player has to go through from 11 arenas. The whole concept of this game is very interesting which can easily grab the attention of players. If you are a beginner then it is too difficult to play the game so before starting you must well acquaint with some tips and tricks of this game. In the further article, you will get the proper knowledge about that tips by which you are able to play the game in a proper manner.

  • The first and the most important thing is that you must play on your side on the battlefield. While this is an obvious thing but this is the most common mistake done by the beginners. They do many wrong steps in hurry and this is one of them.
  • In the starting of the game, you have to make three different type of troop. Try to make the balance in each troop so that you can play in a better manner. With this, you are able to make each troop strong which will give you a lot of benefits during the game.
  • Protect the king’s tower which is the main object of this game and for that, you just need to destroy the component’s tower.
  • You can see the elixir which plays an important role in the game and you have to wait to fill that. It is a time-consuming process and you can go for theroyalehack which is the best alternative option to wait. With the help of this, you are able to get the resources in the minimum time.
  • During the battle, don’t panic because by this you can give the opportunity to win to other players. You should also focus on that you are using the cards properly and save the strong cards for the big and difficult battle.

Thus you can get the best possible details and always keep in mind such things in order to win the battle. Basically; in Clash Royale game you will fight with the enemy in real time and you have to make the best try to destroy the enemy’s tower. Two players can play and you will be provided by three building on the battlefield of which two are arenas and one is the tower of the King which is the main part of this game. When you have to nothing to do then you must play this because it is really a fun loving game and with the help of this you can also pass the spare time.

Review: Evony, a Fun Military Strategy Game MMORTS

Introduction
Evony (evony.com) is a fun military and political strategy role-playing game. It is a relatively new game, beginning in May of 2009, but, during a short amount of time, they have built their membership up to nearly 10,000,000 players, making things very interesting due to all of the competitors and allies that can be formed.

Evony is a browser-based multiplayer online game with graphic elements similar to Civilization. It functions as a MMORTS (Massively Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy) game, which continues to run its course. 24/7, even when players are not logged on. The advantage of this is that it allows players in all different time zones to play the game Whenever they choose and it allows your resources, construction and recruiting to continue even while you are not on playing the game. One big disadvantage is that your resources are used and your cities may be attacked when you are not playing the game, which prevents you from remedying any problems or preparing defense against attackers.

The game takes place in a medieval setting with castles, medieval heroes, player ranks, farming, military troops, medieval weapons and a whole lot more.

Playing Evony is free and anyone can join, making it a very accessible game. However, there is an optional paying aspect. The game uses coins for the purchase of special items that can help you proceed faster with the game, but is not really necessary for the average player. Coins are purchased with real money, starting at $5 for 50 cents, which really does not buy too much but, the site offers special packages at various prices that can offer you various bonuses. It’s been my experience that few players spend a ton of money with which to defeat others but, it has been known to occur.

Beginner’s Protection

The first seven days after joining the game, Evony grants players “beginner’s protection,” which means that other players cannot attack you and you cannot attack them until this period is over. This period of time, allows players to learn how to play the game and build our defenses, in preparation for attacks after it is over. It is a good idea to join an alliance during this time, so other more experienced players can protect and give you advice on how to play and what to do during attacks.

Graphics

The graphics of the game are not very intricate or detailed, so do not expect vibrant, animated playing screens. Most of the graphics are inanimate screens with minimally art — basically small drawings of buildings, land, castles, etc. The only animation during the game is when you can build or upgrade and you see little construction guys hammering away. This is a strategy game that is menu-based, not graphics-based, so, if you want great graphics, this game is not for you. If you only want a game that focuses on strategy, minimal graphics and more on text, such as Mafia wars, Farmville or Vampire wars on MySpace or Facebook, then Evony is right up your alley.

Main Goal

The main goal of the game is to balance your resources to build troops, weapons and buildings and to satisfy your citizens and heroes, so that they remain loyal and stay in your city. You need to satisfy all of the above, while protecting your city or cities from hostile players. At the same time, you are allowed to attack others for their resources but, with proper information about the enemy or you will fail, lose some or all of your own troops, plus run the risk of retaliation.

Building

Evony has several kinds of buildings that need to be built during the game. Outside of the city walls are resource plots, were resources, including farms (food), sawmills (wood lumber), quarry Fields (stone) and iron mines (iron) are produced. Inside the city walls are several plots to build all of the city buildings, from cottages, marketplace and stables to barracks, beacon towers and relief stations, plus a whole lot more. Each building can be upgraded from levels 1 to 10, with each subsequent upgrade increasing the capacity and strength of the building. Also, each subsequent building upgrade takes longer and longer to complete, depending on the nature of the building.

Research

Almost every aspect of Evony requires players to perform and upgrade research for many different tactics and activities within the game. Research is done through the Academy using different levels, from 1 to 10, each level more powerful than the last. The goal is to increase its research category to level 10. As you reach higher levels, each upgrade will cost considerably more resources and a lot more time. Once you get past level 5, for most categories, it will take 12 hours or a few days for each subsequent upgrade.

Valleys

There are five kinds of valleys within Evony including, lakes, swamps, grasslands, forests hills and deserts. Lakes, swamps and grasslands increase the production of food. Forests increase the production of lumber; hills increase iron and deserts increased stone. They come in 10 different levels, the higher the level of the harder they are to conquer and the more they increase production. Depending on the level of your town hall, you can own various numbers of valleys to increase your overall production. If you just attack but don’t conquer valleys, you can earn various medals in each level of the valleys, for use in increasing player titles and number of cities you are allowed to own.

Prestige amp; Titles

Each player earns prestige points for almost everything done within the game, from building, research and farming to attacking and defending. All of the players on Evony are ranked by the amount of prestige they have earned.

There is also a ranking system of the military title of your character, such as Civilian, Knight, and Prinzessin. The higher the title, the more cities you can own — civilians can own one city, knights can own two, etc. To move up the ranks in titles, a specific number of medals are required to be purchased or earned within the game. Various medals can be found when attacking different level valleys.

NPC

Another aspect of the game is the plundering of resources from NPCs (non-playing characters), which pre-exist in the game or can be created by players when they build cities and abandon them. These cities can be attacked repeatedly for resources about every eight hours. Production within player cities will be enough in the early phases of the game but, after a few weeks, it will not be enough to sustain your city at the levels required to build higher-level buildings and defend against hostile players. This is where NPCs come into play.

NPCs cannot be owned, only attacked for resources. The higher the level of the NPC, the more resources they hold and the more difficult they are to successfully attack. They are, however, considerably easier to defeat than real players’ cities. The fact that you can repeatedly attack them without retaliation afterwards is a great bonus, making them a great resource.

Heroes

Heroes are required to run your cities as mayor and leads attacks on valleys, NPCs and opponent cities. Heroes are recruited at the Inn at pre-determined levels and attributes. The three attributes of heroes include, politics (increases the speed of building), attack (increases the strength of attacking with troops) and intelligence (increases the speed of research).

The level of the hero is determined by the amount of experience he or she has with building, finding or researching. It is a good idea to switch which hero is mayor depending on your current activity. If you want to build, use a mayor with higher politics. If you want to research, use a mayor with higher intelligence. For attacks, said your hero with the highest attack level into battle.

Teleporters

In the event that your cities are made the target of repeated attacks by the same players, the game offers teleporters to relocate your cities to any state within the world of Evony. Early on, players receive a few teleporters that allow you to relocate your cities to random locations within the state of your choosing. These are useful in serious attacks but, the randomness means that you have no control over where in the state your city will be relocated — you could end up in the middle of hostile territory, worse off than before you teleported. Advanced teleporters, which allow you to relocate to specific coordinates, are available for 90 game cents. These teleporters are great because they allow you to move to friendly areas, which you can scout out before relocating there.

Advanced teleporters are also good for relocating your city next to the enemy, so you can attack them suddenly and quickly. Players with real money invested in the game are able to use this means of travel to take their target city by surprise. I have never seen a player use an advanced teleporter for this reason but, it is possible, so someone probably has done it before and will do it in the future.

Alliances

Another key feature, which will help you succeed in the game, is the ability to join or create alliances of friendly players. These alliances allow several dozen or even over one hundred players to join forces and form conglomerates for the purpose of protecting one another. There is always safety in numbers and alliances are a necessity, if you expect to survive and excel for more than a few lucky weeks.

In addition to creating and joining alliances, two or more alliances can become friendly (agree not to attack one another), neutral or hostile (can attack one another at will). While friendly or neutral agreements between alliances offer a level of protection and safety, these terms can change at any given moment, so don’t depend on it. Something else to consider is that, if you’re surrounded by friendly or neutral alliances that cannot be attacked, you’ll have to travel greater distances to attack other hostile cities for resources. Sometimes it’s good to have hostiles closer for you to attack, provided your troops and defenses are sufficient to defeat hostile cities, which will undoubtedly attack your cities at some point.

Strategy amp; Learning Curve

Although Evony offers minimal graphics and lots of text with menus, like Mafia wars, the actual game play requires a lot more strategy than any game you will find on MySpace or Facebook. Most of those games, you can just jump right in without too much of a learning curve. Evony, on the other hand, has a much higher learning curve beyond the basics. The basic setup of the city is pretty simple and, for beginning players, the game offers quests that show you how all of the basic tools, buildings, troops and research work. The quests show you how to set up your basic city and you can repeat them on every future city. After you learn the basics on your own and through quests, the strategy becomes much more difficult due to the different attributes of building amp; research levels and the many different troops amp; defensive devices and how they all correlate to one another.

Evony utilizes moderately complex formulas to determine how strong a player’s troops, offense and defense is in correlation to the hostile player’s attributes. Each troop, offensive and defensive device operates in different ways and at different speeds, making it a fairly complex calculation when you want your troops to attack the most advantageous times, if they are to defeat the opponent and obtain the most resources. There are many websites about Evony, including the game site and its forums, that go into great detail in explaining all of the attributes of everything within the game and how best to use them. If you really want to excel in this game, you will want to do considerable research into learning everything about each of the aspects of each type of troop and weapon in order to best utilize them in attacks.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Evony is a fun MMORTS game for those who love war tactics and war strategy. This review is just a quick and brief rundown of the ins and outs of the game. For further information, visit the additional links in the sidebar. Give the game a try and see if you like it. Be prepared to spend a lot of time upgrading during the first few weeks. Once you can start successfully attacking others, it will be picked up and be well worth the wait.

You can find me on the game on server 130. My lord name is LordLupine, currently in the state of Swabia and am a member of alliance Ferus.

Playstation – Classic Games You Should Play Part 1

Chrono Cross
Chrono Cross was the follow up to the wildly popular Chrono Trigger released on the Super Nintendo. Because of its earlier ancestor, Chrono Cross was released to a great deal of hype. While true die hard fans of Chrono Trigger had trouble accepting this new title, Chrono Cross is a game that deserves to be played. Chrono Cross is a classic role playing game with a few tweaks to the standard battle system which makes it more refreshing. There are branching story paths and many hidden characters which can be unlocked. The graphics are excellent and colorful for a game of its time, and the story line is dramatic and epic.

Vandal Hearts

Vandal Hearts was one of the very first strategy role playing games to be released for the Playstation, and it has a cult following even today. The characters are presented beautifully as sprites against the backdrop of a revolving battlefield. There are multiple class options and each character has his or her own personality that you will end up really caring about them. The challenge can be difficult, but is never so hard that you can not defeat the game with a little perseverance. There are also a good amount of hidden unlockables to be discovered. The only downside to the game is that it is completely linear, but the excellent story more than makes up for this fact.

Suikoden

The Suikoden series is one of the most important role playing series ever created. Not only does it have an avid and devoted following, it helped shaped the role playing genre to what it is today. Suikoden features a deep and rewarding story, as well as a cast of 108 recruitable characters. Players can build an entire castle as well as an army to do battles on a grander scale. Suikoden also features unique gameplay elements such as dueling and commanding entire armies. There are tons upon tons of party combinations and the characters themselves are all engaging.

Dragon Warrior VII

The Dragon Warrior series has been around since the infant days of the old Nintendo. The seventh iteration has deep ties to this older style of role playing. The game can be played for over 100 hours if a player is dedicated enough to unlock all of the hidden easter eggs. There are many classes some of which need to be unlocked through special circumstances, and the story is excellent. The combat system may feel a bit rudimentary but it gets the job done and the hand drawn enemy models are terrific. The game also boasts a decent amount of challenge and diversity as well. This is a great game to invest a great deal of time into.

The Legend of Dragoon

The Legend of Dragoon is an excellent role playing experience and is designed as an epic in the same vein as the Final Fantasy series. The battle system is unique and features timed strikes and attacks that use the players inputs to improve in power. There are also spectacular spells and a deep cast of characters. There are many hidden unlockables as well that will only help to make your party and characters stronger. The enemies are also varied and detailed. The story is very deep and the graphics and cut scenes are top notch for a game of its time.

Making Money by Testing Video Games at Home

***SUNDAY CALENDAR STORY FOR MARCH 9, 2014. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION*** VAN NUYS, CA – FEBRUARY 27, 2014 – QA testers, including Mark Grimenstein, front, testing the new video game “Titanfall” at Respawn Entertainment video game development studio, Thursday, February 27, 2014. The studio is launching the new video game on March 11, 2014. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times).

If you are a video game enthusiast, the there may be nothing that hits closer to being a dream job as getting paid to test new video games before they hit the market. New games are being developed so fast that new video game testers are being sought and hired on a daily basis. If you know where to look for these job opportunities, is it easier than you may think to land this type of job. You may be thinking about now that you don’t have the necessary skills, other than a love of video games, to be hired. The requirements are not as hard as you may think. You already have the number one thing these companies are looking for or you wouldn’t be reading this article.
If you really want to make some money while doing something you love, from your own home (and who doesn’t) then you will need to get a home computer or video game console at your own home. If not at your house, then you are going to need to be sure that you have access when you need it. If you already own one or both of these then you are well on your way to landing the job. You will be able to choose the format of the games you want to become a tester for, so having both isn’t necessary, but you’ll have to have one. Another choice you will have will be in the games platform. You will also need to have a working internet connection on hand. The producers want to be able to communicate with you to know what problems you’ve encountered and when you are ready for a new game to try out.

Along with the equipment, you are going to need the extra time to devote to this job. You are testing for every type of flaw, and some of these can be so small that you don’t identify them right away. Extra time may be needed to detect them all. Also, each game will be a different length, so you will need the time to finish the games you start. While you may not have to be a video gaming professional, you will need to know the basic moves to play action and adventure games. You will be able to choose the type of video games that you want to test, so once you master the moves for that genre, finding the faults within a game will be easier.

Being a video game tester and working from home is something that you can do. It may be the perfect solution if you are contemplating a second job or simply want or need a way to earn money from home. Take your love of video gaming to the next level, and get paid to play.

Video Game Rentals: Online Vs. Offline

If you rental video games on a regular basis, below is a comparision that may help you get more out of your rentals and save you money next time you decide to rent video games.
Offline

Some of the video stores I’ve rented games at charge anywhere from $5.95 and up for a rental period of usually 3 – 5 days. This is ok for someone that doesn’t rent too often. But if you like to play the game until you’ve finished it or you rent several games per month, this can get very expensive at a traditional video store.

Titles are limited in video rental stores. The video store may not have the specific game you are looking for or they only have one rental available. If it’s a popular game, you have to keep checking back to see if it has been returned. By the time you get it, its old news.

Late fees are another problem with traditional brick and mortar video stores. If can’t get to the video store on time, you get to pay their late fee. Some video stores don’t charge late fees and you can actually keep the game a little longer. However, if you keep the game beyond the date on your receipt your credit card is change for the full price of the game. If you decide to return it, you’ll get your money back and charged a re-stocking fee. Either way, they are getting a late fee out of you.

Get your games faster through a traditional brick and mortar video store. Simply drive to the store and get your games when you want them; if they’re available.

Online

If you are a big time gamer and rent games all the time, online renting may be right for you.

Different rental companies online have different rental plans you can choose from; but it’s usually one or two games out at a time and you only have to pay the monthly charge. You can rent as many as you want during the month. If you get one you don’t like, simply return it and they will send you the next game in your queue.

Depending on where you live, turn around time for mailing can be slow. I once waited a whole week before I received my game in the mail. When you send a game back, you have to wait for the company to receive it, then you have to wait for them to send you another game.

Online queue management is great because you can add the games you want to your list and when they become available they will send them to you.

Online video rental sometimes has the availability problems as the offline stores. If a title is not available they will send you the next title in your queue.

No late fees with online video rentals. Keep the game as long as you’d like and you don’t have to buy it or pay any late fees. You only have to pay your monthly fee.

Overall, you should look at your rental habits and how much you are spending right now per month, as well as how much you play video games. It may be worth it for you to start renting them online if you’re a hard core gamer. If you decide to give online renting a try, I would suggest going with 2 games out at a time, this way you still have something to play while waiting on the mail.

However, if you only rent and play video games once in awhile, you may want to stick with the traditional brick and mortar video stores instead of paying a monthly fee.