Communicating with Players
You'll need to be able to communicate to your players for various reasons. Maybe you want to display a daily message, inform a player of a certain promotion, or send a player a token which they can use to retrieve their password.
GameSparks offers you several ways to send messages to your players with incredible ease, flexibility, and customization. This tutorial explains the different ways you can communicate with your players:
- Messaging through sockets (in-game) and Push Notifications.
- Messages through Cloud Code.
- Using SendGrid to Send E-Mails.
Messages are used to notify your players with events or information. GameSparks includes many native messages such as earning a new Achievement, acquiring a new high score, or losing a position on a Leaderboard. You can customize these messages or create new ones:
- Sockets. Messages can be sent to your players through sockets, so players only receive them once they're authenticated and in-game, which would be intercepted and outputted to the player using message listeners.
- Push Notifications. Messages can also be sent to your players through push notifications.
- Customized Messaging. You can update any of the GameSparks native messages to suit your game and segment the messages depending on the player and display a different message entirely. You can also format your message depending on the OS and include or omit players with a specific OS.
Messages through Cloud Code
Cloud Code is a great way to dynamically change strings/images/values within your game in real-time to communicate with your players. Some examples:
- Using Cloud Code to supply players with the IP address to join a server.
- You can have a message of the day or news column in your main menu which is regularly updated by the game's development team.
- You can also use this type of communication for version checking to ensure that online and multiplayer features are only activated if the player has the latest build.
//Sets the IP Address for the player to retrieve Spark.setScriptData("serverIPAddress", "127.0.0.1"); //Sets message of the day to view in-game, updates realtime Spark.setScriptData("dayMessage", "Smile! One day until the weekend!"); //Sets buildVersion to control who gets to access to multiplayer Spark.setScriptData("buildVersion", "1.7");
Using SendGrid to Send E-Mails
GameSparks comes integrated with SendGrid, which gives you the ability to send e-mails to your players. If you exploit this, please make sure to save e-mails against your player for reference. For an example of how to use SendGrid for a password retention process, click here.
More Information! For more information about SendGrid, click here.