• dbrowning

    I’m thinking of using pygame with some of my more capable students and was just wondering if anyone has had any experience of it? If so how did you find it, advantages/disadvantages, pitfalls etc.




    I had a little look at at with some pupils just before the end of last session.

    Intention was to use it to a much greater extent this session but have ended up reverting to VBExpress for teaching and assessments.

    The setup was Portable Python on the pupils share which worked ok.

    There is a site set up by a US college lecturer that has a great deal of useful resources (videos, tasks, examples, quizzes, tests etc.)

    Hopefully get a chance to try it again soon….


    Great, thanks for that. I’ll have a look and see what it’s like.

    Peter W Donaldson

    Hi Darren I’ve used python and pygame with AH pupils for the last three years. The biggest issue is the number of different approaches that you can use when trying to create a game with the pygame library. There’s examples that take a very low level approach where you’re just using pygame to draw images and other items onto a display surface using a procedural approach and then others that create sprites objects to handle some of the routine details such as checking for collisions but are still procedural in nature. Finally there’s examples that take a fully object orientated approach where classes for the player and enemy are created by inheriting from the Sprite class.

    The simplest and most coherent approach I’ve seen is the program arcade games course however it spends time getting familiar with simple drawing using pygame before moving on to animation and then games creation. I’ve found that if these steps are short circuited then a lot of the time pupils don’t have enough understanding to modify or create new python + pygame code of their own.

    To get them fully comfortable with making games in pygame I’d recommend

    chapters 5, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14
    labs 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10

    and the corresponding written exercises and video demonstrations

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