Episode 21: Shoot the BETA, Then Shoot Mom

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Build: iOS 10 SDK Development, Chapter 9 (part 2)

We’ve wired up our table view to show the parsed podcast episodes, but a single line of cut-off text for each episode leaves a lot to be desired. In this chapter, we look at how to make out episode list far more appealing with the use of custom table view cells, which we lay out in the storyboard, create a class for, and then “dequeue” from the table.

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Play: Vectrex Regeneration

In the early 1980s, some of the most popular arcade games used vector graphics, which differ from conventional CRTs and televisions by drawing shapes directly with the electron gun, rather than illuminating a grid of pixels. The Vectrex system brought some of these games home, as a standalone video game unit with its own built-in vector display. Vectrex Regeneration is an emulator for iOS that presents most of the classic Vectrex library, along with homebrew games coded decades after Vectrex’s brief hardware existence.

  • Vectrex Regeneration on the iOS App Store
  • Cinematronics (makers of Armor Attack, Star Castle, et al) on Wikipedia
  • “Shoot the Robot, Then Shoot Mom” by Timothy Skelly (Cinematronics designer) on Amazon

Read: Muv-Luv Alternative, Episode 4, Part 2

It’s info-dump time on Muv-Luv Alternative! Takeru tells BETA-verse Yuuko all about video games and why she should invest her time into making TSFs control like his beloved Valgern-On game. Then, at the next sign of history repeating itself on the wrong schedule, he rushes in to tell her about the impending HSST incident, which leads to learning a lot about the nature of BETA hives, the Alternative plans, and how far the IV and V supporters would go to secretly get a leg up on one another.

[Yes, I mistakenly said “Muv-Luv Unlimited” at the top of the episode. Hey, I do these things late at night, OK?]

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