pip install pygame

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March 6th, 2017 4:49 pm

A little update for the Ludumdare community about pygame.

Over the last many months a bunch of us has slowly been toiling away at pygame. Remember pygame? It’s an SDL for python, but with a pythonic API.

Seven years or so worth of changes in this little release. What’s changed? Even I don’t know really. Sort of lots, and sort of not much. I’ve been meaning to write a series of blog posts describing things, and will eventually.

But one thing is that it integrates nicely with the python package manager. Meaning games can be distributed to tens of millions of python users with a `pip install yourgame`.

We’ve also been experimenting, and working on other packaging tools. Like windows installers, linux installers, and zero configuration packaging amongst other topics. Alongside this work has been trying to raise awareness within the python community, that yes, game developers and artists actually exist who use python. We’re still here. Plus there’s a new website (well, it’s still in beta testing, but probably will replace the old one any day now). Well, it’s more a continuation of the old websites. It’s been an act of slowly migrating old content (the earliest files are from the year 2000). Like all the cool kids, we’re moving to github.com/pygame (fashionably late as usual).

As someone once said Punk’s not dead(and neither is pygame).

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4 Responses to “pip install pygame”

  1. Bobsleigh says:

    I’m a big fan of pygame, we used it in all our previous LudumDares! Very glad to see development is not dead, as most of the stuff seemed to be old on the site. Python is such a great, user friendly language. Keep up the good work!

  2. Decentsauce says:


  3. g12345 says:

    I have been using pygame a while ago until I found it was a bit of an overkill to package pygame games into a windows package…

    Nowadays I write in html5/javascript but I’m glad this gets an upgrade.

    Python remains a very easy way to make games quickly and I hope to look at it again one day.

  4. framioco says:

    As someone interested in developing games in Python, awesome! Does pygame already uses SDL2, or is it planned to?

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