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InJustice: How best to play

I have been playing this game for about a week and an a half now, and I found while I enjoyed playing the game, I could have done things better. Since there is no real “do over” with the game, and I don’t have a game console – I don’t have much else to do about any mistakes I made. However, I can give advise for those that might want to play and what they can do. Now, this game is available on the popular game consoles, iOS and Android. I have been using the Android version which should be relatively similar to iOS. So, for those that will be starting out, here are my tips.

  • Save coins, and Energy charges
  • Focus on the top.
  • Have a Super 3
  • If you buy – go high

Coins, and Energy Charges

When you fight in a match, you will loose between 1 and 3 energy blocks. All characters have 10 no matter what. You will get energy charges in defeating certain challenges, and logging on the game frequently. Save them. In addition, you will win coins – and while 300 (on the first level) may sound like a lot, once you start making purchases with those coins, that 300 means nothing. Therefore, save everything. If you refuse to purchase in app, then you will have many days ahead of you to get anything worthwhile.

Use the energy charges for when you are in mid challenge. If you leave a challenge in mid term, you will have to start over. Why would you leave in mid challenge? Maybe you realize your character may need an extra oomph, and you will have to fight in less demanding challenges to earn the coin to fight on. If you leave then, you will have to start over. In the last board, expect to go through about 3 matches before you have to wait, or before you have to use your energy charges.

Focus on the Top

When I started out, I was given free characters, and the first thing I did was use the coins I earned to max them out. Once they hit 5th level, I maxed out the powers again. These free characters are Bronze, or Silvers. Here’s the thing. In the last two boards, only Elite 5 Silvers can be good enough of cannon fodder to the challenges at hand. To make an elite 5 character maxed out on the first and second powers can cost about 400,000 coins. This of course does not include the time that you have to invest in making that character worth working up to where he can be cannon fodder. A gold standard character while able to compete with that 400,000 coin character with levels equal, that Silver character can’t go higher in power with exception of level increases which takes longer and longer as the character progresses.

Now, a gold standard character will cost at least 150,000 coins. Needless to say, that character still has to be invested in, but this is expected. However, if you built that Silver character to his Elite 5 status, you could have put that same coinage with a comparably loaded Elite 1 Gold Character. Trust me, with more than a dozen characters I care nothing about, but well complimented, I know. Decide on a character you feel you will do well with, and make sure you get the gold of that one. If he doesn’t  come in gold, find something better. The two most popular DC comic characters (Batman and Superman) are actually only in Gold Standard.

Have a Super 3

Every match requires a team of 3 characters. With this in mind, you will at one time get to the last level (sets of boards) of the game. At this point, Bronze and Silver characters that are just standard will get taken out in a couple of hits. Gold characters will last longer, but not much. Since gold is the highest standard, your Super 3 will need to be invested in a great deal in order to make it through the end. Let’s assume that you get 3 Supermans (slightly different) – each costing 220,000 coins. These 3 will cost 660,000 coins. Each Elite Status will require purchasing these characters again. To make for a good challenge and not you being slaughtered, these characters will need to be an Elite 3 at the last level. This alone will cost about 2.6 Million coins. There are other options, but I will go into that in a moment. Even at Elite status, this makes their hits powerful – but you will need your super powers too. To put it plainly – if you want to max the super powers, which may likely have to be done by the end (I hadn’t made it there), that is another 90,000 coins for each character. Throw in the fact you will have to spend about 25,000 coins for the Superman’s abilities (applies to all), this is what will seem like an enormous investment.

While Silver and Bronze can be fully loaded at the cost of one good Gold Character base, they will be taken out in a few hits at the last level, and therefore all of those coins you spent on that character would mean nothing. This does not mean they do not have  a purpose. When you’re confident that your Super Character can beat a match, you can throw the bronze and silver characters you likely got for free in game as filler characters. Keep in mind you must have 3 per match. Put these filler character first and second to take a little beating, allow your character to build his power capability. When they are gone – you should have at least one available to you. You need these power cells active to invoke your characters super powers. The highest one isn’t always the best, but immune from blocking. By breaking your trio up, you can go through more boards allowing your previously used characters to build a little energy back. If not enough, you should be able to take a 10 minute break before jumping in the next match, or maybe about an hour to be fully energized.

However, when those real tough boards come in, you will be happy to have your super trio of characters. So, now if just being a Gold character doesn’t do it, what do you need to do? Well, each one of your characters should be at least an Elite 3. However, if you can go higher – do so. The maximum is an Elite 5. To make an Elite status character, you will need to purchase your character additional times. Each additional time will promote that character which you will do by tapping on the character’s stat card, and following the button to upgrade. In addition, all of your powers should be fully upgraded. Most gold characters, this is a cost of 1,000 coins per block in the first power, 3,000 coins in the second power, and 5,000 coins per block in the third power. This is a total of 90,000 coins for each of your Super 3.

Now obviously – a few million coins are a heavy investment. There are two ways (at least on Android as of 2014-02-05) that you can have some savings. These are booster packs. The first Booster Pack is the Man of Steel Pack. This includes the Man of Steel version of Superman, and General Zod. This Booster Package is 330,000 coins which is a significant savings over 440,000 coins to buy individually. You will have to pay for two sets of abilities, but this is a savings in the first purchase alone. The second Booster Package is the Red Son Booster Pack. These are exclusive to the Package, and has what will be former Soviet Union versions of Solomon Gundy, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is an average of 135,000 coins per character which is a significant savings as long as you would be happy with the characters.

Another option if you are not sure what Gold Characters you would want is to get the daily Gold Special which is 75,000 coins. Now, it is possible to get that same character again by purchasing the random pack option, but I wouldn’t bet my coins on it. While building the Super 3, keep them within a few levels of each other. Also, while it will be costly in coins to upgrade all of the characters’ elite status, build them at least to Elite 2 before focusing on any of them. If you used a booster pack, continue to do so. You are wasting coins otherwise.

Buy High

If you decide to use your Google Play funds, Wallet, or a credit card tied to your account, don’t buy low. Especially if you decide to take every other piece of advise, this will be important. The largest package is 1,500,000 coins for $100USD. If you are buying because you are frustrated in waiting, then this is your only real option (unless it is simply beyond your budget). This package will cost you less than .066¢ per coin. However, 12,000 coins will cost you $2.00 which is about .15¢ (yes – both are fractions of a cent). However, you will spend $250 if you were to match the same bulk of just simply buying a 1.5 Million treasury. Assuming each Gold Standard character will cost $175,000 – each Gold Standard character to fully upgrade him to the pinnacle of the game character will cost 1.165 Million coins. Yes, this can be possible to just earn, but it will take a very long time.

If you do have to buy lower, do not buy less the Bruce Wayne’s Vault. This will give you $192,000 coins, and can be a respectable amount when trying to upgrade Gold Characters. As for buying the coins, this is an in app purchase which will use your Google Play funds – then your Wallet, then any credit card on file. However, Google will only process one payment. If you have Google Play funds, but not enough, I will suggest you add an appropriate amount to the Google Play to reduce the actual cash you paid into a purchase.

Download

The game is available for Microsoft XBox, Sony Play Station, Android, and iOS. You can find it through the links below.

Enjoy

Who will benefit from Chrome OS?

I am writing this blog posting as I have a regular person I deal with that always seems to have problems with their computer. This seems to be the case where even though they have Anti-Virus Software, they are still getting viruses. Obviously, if one doesn’t follow the advise of the Anti-Virus software, one could easily get infected. They are considering getting a Mac PC which this person contacts me when he doesn’t know how to do something on his computer. Since I don’t have a couple of thousand dollars on a Mac PC that will meet my needs, I don’t have this line of systems/OS combinations which means that I will spend three times as long walking him through things.

So, this person must be making a lot of content? None at all. No video editing, no major need of an office suite. This person while he has a domain doesn’t even have a blog site. He does have an iPhone which he seem to do very little with it other than having an iPhone. So, what does he do with the computer? Well, he is into sports, so he will check sports scores, and he will browse websites. In addition, he will watch videos over the web. All in all, he may spend an hour or two per day consuming content.

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Don’t Worry Data, I Will Protect You

I know a number of people with computers, or will want a computer, but they are not technically savvy. They may do something, or allow a virus to come in and ruin their system, and then they may ask me to save their system. Sometimes, the only thing that can be done is a reformat which wipes the PC completely clean. Suddenly, your personal files are gone. Even if you are not using your computer for work, if you have picture, music, media, and even letters, this is likely to be important to you. This posting will help the reader do what I will do with any computer I have.

Now, for those that know me will know I am on a limited income. So everything I will suggest here will be price conscious. I don’t have a lot of money, so I am not going to regularly use it one waste. I will also note the prices of these various things. In addition, I will also consider not only new computers that some are coming out with smaller drives, and a lack of an optical drive as well as the old fashion Desktop PC.

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So, you will be conquered by AT&T, now what?

First, let’s get one thing noted. I am biased towards this instance. I personally feel this will be one of the worst things that will happen, and to make matters worst, I don’t think there is any stopping this. Next, I am not an insider. I don’t know any of the back door agreements, and for the most part will be as much in the dark as any other common person. Last, I am not an analyst. To be exact, I am disabled, and live offer of an amount that is below the poverty rate. I am telling this so no one panics and takes my predictions as law, and written in stone. However, on a more personal note, I have a nasty habit of being right a lot of times, and I personally wish I was wrong more often. Just because I say something that is right, doesn’t always means it is beneficial for everyone.

So, with all of this aside, and me trying to keep my animosity towards AT&T in check, I will try to rely on just facts. On March 20, 2011 – AT&T made it known they were buying T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion in cash and stock from Deutsche Telekom. This only affects the T-Mobile company in the United States. Any European Entity of T-Mobile are not affected just as Virgin Mobile in Europe weren’t affected when Sprint bought Virgin Mobile USA. The reason this sale didn’t go through immediately is that it has to be approved by regulatory such as the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. They normally do not have to get involved with every transaction that takes place, but such a purchase will do a few things.

  1. Allow a company  to have public spectrum that was not normally negotiated to them on a national scale.
  2. Reduce the number of national carriers that are in the United States
  3. Make sure that AT&T will not have monopolistic power over the Cellular Industry within the US
  4. Make sure that the purchase was legal according to the laws in the United States.

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Android as a Modem

So, you have a notebook, or maybe even a desktop PC. You have a home internet connection, but will need something for an occasional email checking, or light browsing while out with your notebook. Well, provided your carrier doesn’t notice (don’t go crazy), and you are willing to deal with any data caps, you would be able to use your Android phone as a modem. First, you might be asking yourself what is a modem? A modem is a telecommunication device that connects a computer to the internet, or a telephone network. In the case with the Android phone, it will not dial a particular number to connect, nor do you need an ISP account so to say. Instead, the data connection that you have with your plan will work. This however means that if you are on a limited data plan where you are charged, or throttle if you surpass that cap, you would have to keep that in mind.

Especially in the US, there are carriers that offer data tethering plans which they will charge an extra $20 for the privilege. If your carrier does this, you would most likely be violating your TOS with the carrier. This will also explain why you may want to use this only if you need it, and not as a primary means. If you are connecting your notebook to the internet just to check your email from the notebook, they may not complain. However, if you are doing mass downloads of 2GB videos, you are probably going to raise issues with your carrier. So, now that you know the risks of tethering, here is how you do it.

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Setting Up Your Own Web Site

So, you may want a web site of your own. You see that I offer such to family and friends, but not to you. You want to make a good impression and you graduated from the silly blogs on the “social networks”. Maybe you want more control without paying an arm and a leg. Well, I have the solution for you. I am going to assume that you want cheap. I am also going to assume you want quality, and let’s assume that you get a three character domain (such as your initials), but don’t care if it isn’t a gTLD like a .COM. Here are the assumptions I will make.

  1. You have a major credit card, or an ATM with such a logo.
  2. You can follow basic instructions, and have the ability to copy and paste.
  3. You are willing to have domains other than a .COM, .NET or other gTLD.

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Making a Good First Internet Impression

In today’s world, it is important to make a good impression, and especially when millions of people are likely to see you. Even without that in mind, you still have to deal with a more personal level such as employers, friends, associates, and such. So, in my opinion, it is good to not only be able to make a good first impression in person – but on the Internet. Think about it, you’re looking for a job, and a prospective employer finds your Facebook page with you dancing half nude on a pool table. Oh yeah, like you’re going to get any respectable job now? So here are some of my tips to make a good first impression with the Internet.

  1. Keep accurate 100% of the time
  2. Use a domain, and good host
  3. Have your own redirect
  4. Don’t show off stupidity
  5. Unify everything

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Near Perfect Phone System

In today’s world – many people have more than one telephone number. There’s home, cell, work, and maybe even a work cell. And if someone travels, there’s even more numbers if they go to other countries. Let’s face it, International roaming is terrible no matter the carrier.

Top off the fact that while cell phones themselves are advanced, the service options they are attached too usually is not. I know one problem I used to have was anonymous calls, and still would have otherwise got them. However, on a cell phone – there is no ACR (Anonymous Call Rejection). This isn’t a problem with the phone, but the carrier. And of course, there is the problem of multiple phone numbers and in some cases, multiple countries. How do people ever reach someone now becomes a game of telephone tag. I think I may have the near perfect solution.

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The Contact Card of Today

In today’s ever changing world, it is easy to have an outdated Contact (Business) card. And until cards come with the ability to instantly change and be price and consumer reasonable, we will be stuck with the old fashion paper cards. And while it is possible to still make a card with outdated information (even if all of the solutions are taken), this will greatly reduce the chances.

  • Use a PO Box, or Private Mail Box Service.
  • Use a Smart Forwarding Number
  • Have a .TEL address
  • Provide a Public Email Address
  • Have a QR Code

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Globetrotting with just one number

I came across a question in Yahoo Answers of a person who does business in various European countries, but spends 2 weeks a month in the NE United States. He noted a very expensive AT&T bill, and wanted to know if there was a way to fix this.

He has an iPhone, but not opposed to carrying two phones. He would like to have one phone number, but if he has too, I am sure he would accept more. So, to try to be the good Samaritan I am, I figured I will make this tip (very long one), and hopefully it will be of value.

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