By Will McGugan

In accordance with industry examine enterprise NPD, the online game marketplace keeps to determine explosive progress, with sales expanding 18% to $13.5 billion in 2006. Given the hot releases of the most recent Nintendo and Sony gaming consoles, coupled with ever extra strong own pcs, it stands to cause this will merely keep growing, and with it the variety of companies getting into the marketplace and participants trying to make a occupation in online game development.

This booklet offers readers with an introductory source for studying easy methods to create compelling video games utilizing the open resource Python programming language and Pygame video games improvement library. Authored through veteran and Python professional Will McGugan, readers are handled to a finished, functional advent to video games improvement utilizing those renowned applied sciences. they could additionally capitalize upon a variety of counsel and tips the writer has accrued over his profession growing video games for a few of the world's biggest gaming builders.

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Default Values Parameters can have a default value, which is used if you don’t supply a value in the function call. Without default values Python will throw an exception if you forget a parameter. Let’s give default values to fugu_tip. I am a generous tipper, so we’ll set the default of tip to be 15 (which represents a percentage of the meal cost), and since I don’t like to eat alone we will assign num_plates a default of 2. To set default values in Python, append the parameter name with a = symbol followed by the value you want to give it.

The second line CHAPTER 1 ■ INTRODUCING PYTHON uses the += operator, which is useful shorthand: my_list+=my_list2 is the same as my_list=my_list+my_list2, which has the effect of adding the two lists together and storing the result back in my_list. List Methods Along with these operators, lists support a number of methods. sort() >>> my_list ['chopsticks', 'dark soy sauce', 'fugu', 'ramen', 'sake', ➥ 'shiitake mushrooms', 'wasabi'] The sort method sorts the contents of the list. The order depends on the contents of the list, but for a list of strings the sort is in alphabetical order.

Name continue But because the user could type anything at the prompt, we need some way of handling a situation where the user makes an error or deliberately tries to break our game! Whenever Python is unable to do something it is asked to do, it will throw an exception. If you don’t do anything to handle these exceptions, the Python script will exit—which would be disastrous in a real game. Fortunately it is possible to predict potential exceptions and handle them if they occur. If either first or second is not a key in the tanks dictionary, then Python will throw a KeyError exception when we try to look either of them up.

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