Name: [163] Chuck Arellano
Member: 114 months
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Making a Barebones pyGame Program [ID:112] (1/4)

in series: Writing Arinoid using pyGame

video tutorial by Chuck Arellano , added 03/07

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This is an introduction to pyGame games programming using Python, showing you how to write an Arinoid clone. Full source is available.

Note that this video does not stream in the player above (unlike most of our ShowMeDo videos), due to a problem with the SWF file. You can play the original SWF file by clicking on this link.

This code is based heavily on the Aliens example included in the Pygame source distribution and Line By Line Chimp Example. I encourage you to grab a copy of the source distribution - you can learn a lot just by reading the code.


Uploaded on 5th January 2007. Full source-code is available in the wiki. If you like this video and you'd like to encourage Chuck, you can leave a comment for him here and vote for the series over at

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21. anonymous Wed, 27 May 2009 07:48

Very nice!

20. anonymous Sat, 16 May 2009 13:51

yay python

19. anonymous Sat, 09 May 2009 14:17

Interesting so far

18. anonymous Sat, 09 May 2009 11:09

This was a great help. Thanks :D

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15. anonymous Tue, 07 Apr 2009 20:21

I am interested in presenting a lesson in programming to 1st-6th graders in an after school program, and would like to see examples to get ideas. After finding Livewires, but not having time for a progressive approach, I need something that will engage them quickly (games) and be a complete example, in under 40 minutes, that they can tweak.

13. anonymous Sat, 28 Mar 2009 05:12

I am a beginner so I learn.

12. anonymous Sat, 28 Mar 2009 05:12

I am a beginner so I learn.

11. anonymous Fri, 28 Nov 2008 00:14

Hm. No video for step 1. I just hit play and I get this feedback form. Closing this feedback form doesn't seem to help. :)

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa good

thanks for the videos

7. anonymous Sat, 15 Dec 2007 20:35

thanks dude!

Nice tutorials, too bad the author stopped making them.

Correction (the previous didn't contain the first lesson, because thats the general form of a pygame program, so it's not arinoid specific):

You can find those videos here:

Ah, yes, there is a problem with the SWF files - we can't convert them to our usual FLV format. SWF files are *evil* and they break all sorts of video editing packages, so we had to stick with Chuck's original format.

In case you don't know, Florian has a set of 3 pyGame videos too:



LOL, never mind...I see the SWF files!

Hey, I like this video! Helps me with understanding SDL! Thanks.

I am curious of pygame, but the link to the actual flv file is broken. So I can't view this video. :(

This appears to be the same for all other videos in this series. :(

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