Episode 35: My Super-Secret Password

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Build: Xcode Treasures: Debugging (part 4)

This episode looks a a completely different kind of debugging, for a different kind of problem: what do you do when your app just “looks wrong”? Or maybe it’s not handling user input correctly? For some problems, the right tool is Xcode’s various tools for visual debugging. In this example, we start with an app that has two buttons that seem to not be tappable, even though they’re connected to IBActions. One common cause of this problem is that some invisible view is intercepting the taps, and that’s a problem that isn’t obvious until you can split out the views individually, which is what “Debug View Hierarchy” provides.

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Play: Play – Muv-Luv Alternative Strike Frontier (again)

Here’s a second look at the Japan-only mobage, Muv-Luv Alternative Strike Frontier. Not because it’s particularly good — it’s not (currently rated 2.2 out of 5 on the Japan App Store) — but because it’s symbolic of how all these franchise-based gacha / loot-box free-to-play games work. This second look goes into the card management and leveling up systems, showing how these kinds of games present a complex digital economy of currencies, limits, artificial scarcity, while all the while luring the player with exclusive new artwork or story elements featuring their favorite franchises.

Read: Muv-Luv Alternative, Episode 6, Part 8

With the one-hour ceasefire from Capt. Sagiri’s coup d’état forces nearly up, the Shogun proposes to take matters into her own hands and hand herself over to the rebels. Her stated intention is to talk them down, but Takeru suspects that she may have a more dangerous and unlikely idea in mind. Meiya proposes an audacious alternative: she’ll disguise herself as the Shogun and negotiate with Sagiri, allowing the real Shogun to escape. At worst, it sacrifices a cadet instead of the head of state. But are the long-separated twins really willing to go through with this?

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Notes

I’ll be (co-)presenting two sessions at Anime Central in Chicago, May 18-20, one on the Muv-Luv franchise and the other on Wake Up, Girls!

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