Number 1: Introduction

    If you've never heard of python or pygame, I will explain it shortly here. Python is a programming language, like C++, and Java, which are the most popular game programming languages. But, I have found that programming does not need to be extremely hard, needing years of experience. The answer is python. However, python may not be as great as C++, or Java, but it IS just as fast, or faster, very high level(meaning very close to english). So, if you came here for a tutorial, you came to the right place.

    It can be very hard to find a very good, free tutorial, or book. I had a very hard time, too, but if you look hard enough, you can find bits and pieces of useful information. That's how I learned.

Number 2: Getting Python

First, go to Then download it, but python is not the only thing you are downloading. Then, after that, go to Download pygame. Pygame is a module that makes it easier to make games. Then run the setup for pygame. Now, your ready to start making games! Open python, to test whether the download worked, in the python shell, interactive mode, whatever you want to call it, type in: import pygame I will explain this later.

Number 3: Your First Program

    Your first program is to print out text that says "Hello, World". If you are wondering, it doesn't print in the printer. All it does is make the text appear on the screen.

    Type in this text:
print "Hello, World"

    It tells the computer to print Hello, World. It's pretty self explanatory. That wraps up this section of the tutorial.

Number 4: Getting User Input

    To get user input, use raw_input(). It pauses the program until the user presses enter. Examine this             code:
raw_input("Type in your name.")

    It gets user input after it prints the text within the quotations. The program run looks like this:
Type in your name.  Socool274

    Now, we can make it print what you input, but for this, put it in script mode, i don't know what IDE you use, so I can not tell you how.

    Type this code:
name = raw_input("Type in your name.")
print "Your name is: ", name

    It works by assigning the input to a variable named 'name'. Then, it prints 'Your name is:", but... there is another thing added to the end of it. It prints the value of 'name' after it prints the text.

    The program run looks like this:
Type in your name. Socool274
Your name is: Socool274

    That wraps lesson four.

Number 5: Conditional, and Sequence Statements

    In the last lesson, I taught you how to get user input, and print that input. But this lesson will teach you     to make programs that check if this input, or any variable, has a certain value. Look at this code:

name = raw_input("Type in your name.")
if name == "Socool274":
    print "Your name is very nice!"
    print "Also, a very nice name."

    In this program, it has you type in your name, but it checks whether the value of 'name' is equal to 'Socool274', it has a binary value if true, then it does what is within the 'if', but if the value returns false, then it does what is within 'else'.
    The program run:
Type in your name.  Socool274
Your name is very nice!

    Another run:
Type in your name.  Joe
Also, a very nice name.

    These are called if... else statements, you can do the program without the else. Any kind of binary value true or false kind of thing is called a conditional statement. A sequence statement is something that repeats itself for every item in the sequence.
    Look at this code:
for i in range(10):
    print i

    In the sequence range, there are ten items, as you passed the parameter of ten to the function range(). More on parameters later. It assigns the value of i to the current part of the sequence it's on. So if it's on the first part of the range sequence, it assigns 'i' to 1. While there is still a part of the sequence that has not been used yet, it does what is inside, print i. So ultimately, this program counts to ten.
    Look at this code, it's big but not very complicated:

num1 = raw_input("Input the first number to be added to the second number.")
num1 = int(num1)
num2 = raw_input("Input second number.")
num2 = int(num2)

sum = num1 + num2

print "The sum is: ", sum

    The run:
Input the first number to be added to the second number.  528
Input second number. 12

The sum is: 540

    That wraps it up.

Number 6: While Loops

    The while loop is a loop that consistently loops itself if the condition is true.
    Look at this code:
whileCounter = 1
while whileCounter < 11:
    print whileCounter
    whileCounter += 1

    The program run:

    That's right, it's just another way for it to count to ten, I think you can figure it out if you really look at it.

Number 7: Practical Uses

Calculator Program

    It's a little bit too big to fit on this website, so I'm really going to start writing text documents. With the text document, I am going to add the source code of the calculator, open it with your IDE.
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Number 8: Comments

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    This lesson is so simple, I am not adding a .py file.

Number 9: Screen Making

Green Screen
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Number 10: Congratulations! You've made it to your big choice!


    Either one you choose, you will still need pygame. Pygame without anything else can be kind of overwhelming to those who are just starting out with python, so this option is for more advanced people. If you choose pygame, click the top link 'Pygame'.


    LiveWires is much better for the beginner, as it is made from pygame, it is a higher level module than pygame. If you choose livewires, click the top link 'LiveWires'.