[Pythonmac-SIG] Installing Pygame

arthamax at sbcglobal.net arthamax at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 29 03:14:44 CEST 2009

I am using a Mac PPC with Tiger 10.4.11 and I recently downloaded and  
installed Python 2.6.2. and I am having difficulties getting started.

I purchased "Python Programming, 2nd Ed. for the absolute beginner"  
by Michael Dawson because he uses games to teach programming and the  
book got great reviews at Amazon.com.

When I opened the CD that came with the Python book I could not open  
the software (Pygame, Livewires, etc.) and there was no reference to  
Mac or Windows unless it was in the file names which I don't know.

I went to Pygame website
"Macintosh" to download Pygame

"These are packages for the python from python.org, not the system  
python. These packages work with OSX 10.3.9 upwards.
# pygame-1.8.1release-py2.5-macosx10.5.zip
# pygame-1.8.1release-py2.4-macosx10.5.zip
# pyobjc-1.4-py2.5-macosx10.4.mpkg.zip - pyobjc is needed for OSX  
10.3, 10.4, and 10.5."

and for the first time using this Mac I couldn't install anything.  
All three installation attempts ended with a red exclamation point  
over the Macintosh HD icon and a button saying "Go Back." The  
"Continue" button was grayed out. What am I missing?

Setting up Python to learn through Dawson's book is becoming too much  
for me and I haven't even looked at Livewires and the other stuff.  
Has any Mac users here worked with this book or know where I can go  
for further assistance? I'm just about ready to send it back to  
Amazon.com (along with another book by Dawson called "Beginning C++  
Through Game Programming, 2nd Ed" which I haven't even looked at yet).

Apparently I have a lot to learn before I can even start to learn  
programming through games – my ambitions have greatly exceeded my  

Any assistance regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated. If  
there's a better or more useful place to post this message please let  
me know.

Thank you.
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