Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From by Will McGugan

By Will McGugan

In accordance with industry learn company NPD, the game marketplace keeps to work out explosive development, with sales expanding 18% to $13.5 billion in 2006. Given the new releases of the newest Nintendo and Sony gaming consoles, coupled with ever extra robust own desktops, it stands to cause this will merely keep growing, and with it the variety of companies getting into the marketplace and members looking to make a profession in online game development.

This e-book offers readers with an introductory source for studying tips on how to create compelling video games utilizing the open resource Python programming language and Pygame video games improvement library. Authored by way of veteran and Python specialist Will McGugan, readers are taken care of to a entire, functional creation to video games improvement utilizing those well known applied sciences. they could additionally capitalize upon a number of information and tips the writer has gathered over his occupation developing video games for a number of the world's greatest gaming builders.

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00 OK, great. We now have two Python collections that store all the information regarding our groceries, and a variable to store the total. What we need to do now is loop through shopping, look up each price in prices, and add it to total: >>> for item in shopping: ... 0 That’s all it takes! The variable total now holds the sum of every item in our shopping list, and we can see the grand total is a very reasonable $171. Don’t worry, the sample code in the following chapters will be much more entertaining than a grocery list!

Just like strings, the first item in a list is always 0. The second line uses negative indexing, and just like strings [-1] returns the last item. Slicing lists works similar to slicing strings, with the exception that they return a new list rather than a string. Let’s slice our shopping list into two portions: >>> my_list[:2] ['chopsticks', 'dark soy sauce'] >>> my_list[2:] ['wasabi', 'fugu', 'sake'] >>> In the first slice we have asked Python to give us all the items from the beginning of the list to offset 2; in the second slice we have asked for everything from offset 2 to the end of the list.

Any name with two underscores at the front and end has a special meaning to Python. The purpose of __str__ is to return a string that describes the object; it is called when you try to convert the object to a string with str, which will happen when you print it. So if we were to do print my_tank, it should display a string with some useful information about Bob the tank. The __str__ in Listing 2-5 returns a different string depending on whether the tank is alive or dead. ammo) This does something you may not have seen before.

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