ANNOUNCE: Pygame-1.2

Pete Shinners pete at visionart.com
Tue Sep 4 21:03:23 CEST 2001


Pygame 1.2
Python Game Development
http://www.pygame.org

Released September 4th, 2001

Pete "ShredWheat" Shinners
pete at shinners.org


Pygame is a set of python modules written to help create games in 
Python. The package is wrapped around SDL and several of the SDL 
daughter libraries. There are currently several released open source 
games and applications built with Pygame. Version 1.2 adds new features 
with a lot of effort going into solidifying the core.


Highlights of Pygame features are listed:
  * MPEG1 movie playback (NEW)
  * Extended drawing primitives, like Ellipse and Polygon (NEW)
  - Hardware accelerated framebuffers, with pixel access
  - Many file formats: jpg, png, gif, mp3, ogg, mod, and more
  - Full OpenGL support through pyopengl
  - Antialiased Truetype font rendering
  - Multiple sound channel mixer
  - CDROM support with audio playback
  - Joystick input handling

The package also comes with complete documentation, tutorials, and many 
playable examples. There is an active mailing list and IRC channel, 
which makes getting started much more accessable.

Learn more about the different pygame projects finished and in 
development from the Projects Page.   http://www.pygame.org/projects

SDL is a cross-platform media library. SDL is currently used for many 
commercial and open source game projects. Pygame takes SDL's C interface 
and turns it into a more pythonic package. With objects, exceptions, and 
other utility modules. Visit the SDL homepage for more. 
http://www.libsdl.org

Aside from compiling and installing from source, there is also a full 
installer for Windows. RPM support for Linux. Separate DEB and 
unofficial apt repository for Debian. An active FreeBSD port is 
available. Expect the BeOS and Mac compiled packages to be available soon.

Pygame is distributed under the LGPL licese, which is the same license 
used by many its dependencies.




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