Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Make Cool Game Menus with SGC

SGC (Simple Game Code) is a new project that describes itself as 'A GUI toolkit for PyGame, to ease game development for Pygame developers'. The idea being that it takes care of menus, checkboxes, inputs etc so you can get on with the game itself. I have been following this project on the PyGame mailing list and had the idea to create a skeleton 'game' to try out the menus. They look great and even have nice transitions! So we have a simple functional menu with an options screen with one option. Start the game with the option on/off for a different number of bad guys (boxes in this case). Press q to quit the game screen. Will definitely be using this for PyWeek!
Code is available from the DaftPython Google Code Project. The menu is loaded from the dmenu file so you need that as well as the .py python file.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Returning To The Stars

My previous post with a simple starfield has proved to be one of the most popular posts on this blog so far. I thought it was high time I gave the 'solution' to the challenge of a 'layered' version.

Having several starfields on top of each other running at different speeds in order to give the idea of depth. This required no changes to the starfield code (though I did tweak it not to use tuples anymore - more to avoid confusion). A screenshot doesn't do it justice - run the demo to see the movement!

All examples from this blog will appear on the new DaftPython Google Code site. The latest star code is here.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Screenshot Viewer For Minecraft - Now Released

The screenshot viewer is now available! Only tested on Windows for now so Linux/Mac users (who make a good proportion of visitors to this site) be warned. I have created a Google code project for all the code on this blog at 

You can get the latest Screenshot viewer here. It is a single .PY file tested on Python 2.6.6 and wxPython 2.8. We have been trying out a CXFreeze version with a Windows Installer and it is looking good. I'd like to look at maintaining aspect ratio for the thumbnails and display.

If you run it on a non-Windows platform I would appreciate a screenshot. Any other thoughts, please leave a comment!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Minecraft Screenshot Viewer in wxPython - A Preview

There's a lot of Minecraft going on in this house! The boys all love it and come up with some creative designs for houses, statues, machines and roller-coasters. Minecraft has a built in feature for taking screenshots 'F2' and I encourage them to do this if they have made something. Eventually we will make a slideshow video of them.

But there is no easy way to view the screenshots in the game and it is a bit 'hidden' under .minecraft so what a great excuse for a wxPython program. Not quite ready for the prime-time (needs Linux tested at least) but my eldest was impressed by the demo of it and is keen to get it installed on the main family PC.

Here's a screenshot until I get some SVN sorted out:

Ideas for features welcome - leave a comment!