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Episode 57: Taking the Next Step in Python Game Development

The Real Python Podcast

Apr 23, 2021 1h 15m

Are you interested in creating video games but feel limited in what you can accomplish within Python? Is there a platform where you can take advantage of your Python skills and provide the benefits of a dedicated game engine? This week on the show, we have Paweł Fertyk. Paweł is a Real Python author and has been creating games as Miskatonic Studio for several years now.

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Paweł has worked with PyGame. We recently featured his article on creating a clone of Asteroids in a previous episode. After working with PyGame for a while, he also tried a visual novel engine named Ren’Py, and Panda3D.

After struggling within these Python libraries, he started to look for an open-source game engine that could help him create the types of games he was striving to create. He found Godot and its Python-like scripting language of GDScript. We talk about his creations, the tools, and how game development is not exactly like most other types of development.

Topics:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:55 – Writing for Real Python
  • 00:02:58 – Asteroids PyGame Article
  • 00:11:05 – Do you think programming games is a good way to learn programming?
  • 00:13:46 – What game technologies did you try before PyGame?
  • 00:18:35 – Trying out Ren’Py, Panda3D, and looking for an engine
  • 00:27:16 – Sponsor: Digital Ocean
  • 00:27:56 – What appealed to you about Godot?
  • 00:33:42 – Working with a GUI editor
  • 00:37:03 – GDScript, programming game logic, and similarities to Python
  • 00:42:46 – Creating Molecules: Osmos clone
  • 00:48:21 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:49:33 – Creating Intrepid: 3D Escape Room
  • 00:55:47 – Creating 3D assets and finding collaborators
  • 00:58:18 – Exporting the finished game
  • 01:01:24 – GOAT: Godot Open Adventure Template
  • 01:08:27 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 01:12:39 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:14:57 – Thanks and goodbye

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