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Beginning iOS Game Development

Cover of Beginning iOS Game Development by Patrick Alessi Published by Wrox
  1. Cover
  2. Introduction
  3. Part I: The Tools to Get Started
    1. Chapter 1: Games on iOS
      1. What Makes a Good iOS Game?
      2. Developing Your Idea
      3. Game-Related Frameworks
      4. Summary
    2. Chapter 2: The Xcode Programming Environment
      1. The Coding Environment
      2. Xcode Debugging Tools
      3. Building a Simple Interface
      4. Summary
      5. Exercises
    3. Chapter 3: The C Programming Language
      1. Introducing C
      2. Variables and Expressions
      3. Loops
      4. Execution Flow and Decisions
      5. Breaking Up Code with Functions
      6. Pointers
      7. A Game Example
      8. Summary
      9. Exercises
    4. Chapter 4: The Objective-C Programming Language
      1. Classes and Objects
      2. Inheritance
      3. Building a Game in Objective-C
      4. Summary
      5. Exercises
    5. Chapter 5: The Cocoa Foundation Framework
      1. Model-View-Controller Architecture
      2. Your First iOS Game
      3. Building the UI
      4. Outlets and Actions
      5. Handling Text with NSString
      6. Collecting Objects with NSArray
      7. Building the Game Model
      8. Periodic Events and Timers
      9. Summary
      10. Exercises
  4. Part II: Game Building Blocks
    1. Chapter 6: Drawing with UIKit and Core Graphics
      1. Introducing the Drawing Frameworks
      2. The Drawing Environment
      3. Advanced Drawing with Core Graphics
      4. Starting the Blocker game with the BlockView
      5. Working with Images
      6. Animation and Timing with CADisplayLink
      7. Finishing the Blocker Game
      8. Summary
      9. Exercises
    2. Chapter 7: Responding to User Interaction
      1. Events in iOS
      2. Building a Simple Touch-Based Game: Simon Says
      3. Responding to Motion with the Accelerometer
      4. Recognizing Gestures
      5. Summary
      6. Exercises
    3. Chapter 8: Animating Your Graphics
      1. Animating Images with UIImageView
      2. Introducing Core Animation
      3. A Brief Introduction to Blocks
      4. Animating UIView Properties and Transitions
      5. Core Animation Basics
      6. Summary
      7. Exercises
    4. Chapter 9: Making Noise with iOS Audio APIs
      1. Playing Simple Sounds with the System Sound Services
      2. Playing Sounds with the AV Foundation Framework
      3. Media Player Framework
      4. Summary
      5. Exercises
    5. Chapter 10: Building a Networked Game with GameKit
      1. Introducing GameKit
      2. Starting Out
      3. Networking Your Game
      4. NSData and NSCoding
      5. Converting Classes to Data with Archives
      6. Connecting and Sending Data
      7. Running the Game
      8. Summary
      9. Exercises
  5. Appendix
    1. Chapter 2
    2. Chapter 3
    3. Chapter 4
    4. Chapter 5
    5. Chapter 6
    6. Chapter 7
    7. Chapter 8
    8. Chapter 9
    9. Chapter 10
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Chapter 7

Responding to User Interaction

What You Will Learn In This Chapter:

  • Learning the basics of the iOS event architecture
  • Handling touch and multitouch events
  • Building a game with touch event handling
  • Responding to motion of the device
  • Recognizing gestures

Probably the most important part of a game is user interaction. If the player cannot interact with the game, he has no role in the outcome. It is difficult to keep a player engaged in a game if he cannot interact with it. In this chapter, you will learn a few different ways that a player can interact with your games.

Events in iOS

The first thing that you need to understand is the basic concept of user interaction in iOS. That means understanding events. When a user touches a view, the iOS operating system generates events, represented by the UIEvent object. Multitouch events occur when a player touches a view in your program with one or more fingers. You work with multitouch events by using classes in the UIKit API.

Another type of event is the motion event. Motion events happen when the iOS device moves. You can detect these events by using the accelerometer available in the iPhone and iPad. In this chapter you will learn about handling both multitouch and motion events.

The Event Architecture

When a player touches the screen in an iOS game, the UIKit framework begins a process to determine which view should handle the event. Consider the view hierarchy in Figure 7.1. This game has its basic view, in yellow, configured ...

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