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Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame: From Novice to Professionalby Will Mcgugan
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Like music and movies, video games are rapidly becoming an integral part of our lives. Over the years, you?ve yearned for every new gaming console, mastered each blockbuster within weeks after its release, and have even won a local gaming competition or two. But lately you?ve been spending a lot of time thinking about a game idea of your own, or are exploring the possibility of making a career of this vibrant and growing industry. But where should you begin?
Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame is written with the budding game developer in mind, introducing games development through the Python programming language and the popular Pygame games development library. Authored by industry veteran and Python expert Will McGugan , who worked on the MotorStorm game for PlayStation 3, you?ll be privy to insights that will not only help you to exploit Pygame to its maximum potential, but also make you a more creative and knowledgeable games developer all round.Learn how to create advanced games by taking advantage of the popular open source Python programming language and Pygame games development libraryLearn about coding gaming preferences, sound, visual effects, and joystick/keyboard interactionDiscover the concepts that are crucial to success in today's gaming industry, such as support for multiple platforms, and granting users the ability to extend and customize your games What you?ll learn Take advantage of Python and the Pygame library to build compelling cross-platform gamesLearn to best use these technologies to turn your dream game into realityCreate professional games by accounting for sound, special effects, and user interaction through the joystick and keyboardBuild both two- and three-dimensional games, and learn more about the factors that contribute to choosing one approach over the otherProvide users with the means for extending your games through level creation and custom modifications as a means to build a vibrant community around your productPackage your games in a manner that allows even novice computer users to install, use, and update your games with ease Who this book is for
This book has been written for any budding games developer. While knowledge of the Python language helps, it isn't required. To help new programmers along, two early chapters are devoted to an overview of Python.
"Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame" is written with the budding game developer in mind, introducing games development through the Python programming language and the popular Pygame games development library.
According to market research firm NPD, the video game market continues to see explosive growth, with revenues increasing 18% to $13.5 billion in 2006. Given the recent releases of the latest Nintendo and Sony gaming consoles, coupled with ever more powerful personal computers, it stands to reason this industry will only continue to grow, and with it the number of organizations entering the market and individuals seeking to make a career in video game development.
Beginning Game Development with Python and Pygame provides readers with an introductory resource for learning how to create compelling games using the open source Python programming language and Pygame games development library. Authored by industry veteran and Python expert Will McGugan, readers are treated to not only a comprehensive, practical introduction to games development using these popular technologies, but also capitalize upon numerous tips and tricks Will has accumulated over his career of both creating games for some of the world's largest gaming developers and his own products.
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