2.5 - Example


Here is an example that implements all that we learned in this chapter. It creates a window, creates an object to draw to the screen, and then moves that object each iteration.
import pygame RED = (255, 0, 0) BLACK = (0, 0, 0) x = y = 0 width = 100 height = 50 # initializes imported pygame modules pygame.init() # creates pygame window that is 500 pixels wide and 400 high # sets the caption of the window to "My first pygame app!" window = pygame.display.set_mode((500, 400)) pygame.display.set_caption("My first pygame app!") # this is where the game loop begins run = True while run: # change the coordinates x, y = x + 1, y + 1 # draw a black screen over the previous frame window.fill(BLACK) # draw a new rectangle and update the screen pygame.draw.rect(window, RED, (x, y, width, height)) pygame.display.update() for event in pygame.event.get(): # checks if the close button is pressed # if so, exit the game loop if event.type == pygame.QUIT: run = False # deactivate pygame modules, opposite of pygame.init() pygame.quit()
View code on GitHub (useful for line numbers)

Code Breakdown

If you're having trouble understanding the code, here's a full breakdown:
  • Line 1 - Imports the pygame module.
  • Lines 3-7 - Defines the background color black, the red color that we want our rectangle to be, and our rectangle's 4 attributes (top-left x, top-left y, width, and height).
  • Line 10 - Initializes the pygame module so that we can use it.
  • Line 14 - Creates the window (just like in the basic window).
  • Line 15 - Sets window caption (also just like in the basic window).
  • Line 18 - Sets run to True.
  • Line 19 - The start of the game loop.
  • Line 24 - Clear the previous frame by drawing black over it.
  • Line 27 - Draw the rectangle onto the screen (just like how we did it in move objects).
  • Line 28 - Update the screen. (this must be done if you want to see anything on the screen beside the initial black).
  • Line 30-34 - pygame.event.get() returns a list of pygame events. If the close button is pressed, that will add a pygame event of type pygame.QUIT to the list returned by pygame.event.get(). So, if the event's type is pygame.QUIT, then update the game state from running to not running.
  • Line 37 - Deactivate the pygame module.
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