Whats Next

We talked about a ton of stuff in this book, and still there's so much more to learn. If you feel comfortable with all the material in here, you'll probably want to dig deeper. Here are a couple of ideas and directions for your journey.

One of the biggest trends in gaming in the last couple of years has been the integration with social media and services. Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit have become a part of many people's lives. And those people want to have their friends and family with them in their games as well. What's cooler than having your Dad beat you in the latest iteration of Zombie Shooter 13, right?

Both Twitter and Facebook provide APIs that let you interact with their services. Want to give the user a way to tweet their latest high score in your game? No problem — integrate the Twitter API and away you go.

On a related note, there are two big services in the mobile space that make it their goal to connect gamers and let them discover new games easily: Scoreloop and OpenFeint. Both provide an API for Android that lets players easily keep online high scores, compare their achievements, and so on. Both APIs are pretty straightforward and come with good examples and documentation. I prefer Scoreloop, for what it's worth.

We only briefly touched on this in Chapters 1 and 4 and didn't exploit it in any of our games. All Android devices come with some type of sensor that lets you determine a user's location. That in itself is interesting already, but using it in a game can make for some innovative and never-before-seen game mechanics. It's still a hardly used feature in most Android games. Can you think of a fun way to use the GPS sensor?

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