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Book Review: Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, 2nd Edition by Al Sweigart

Mar 07, 2011, 13:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"The best recommendation I can give for this book is simply this: just a few days after I gave a copy to my 13-year-old son for his birthday, and without any more intervention from me, he showed me his first completed game program.It was a simple numbers guessing game â€" the first major exercise from this book. Since then, he’s been following along and tinkering with Python. The book has kept him motivated and built up his confidence in his own skills, which is a tricky thing to achieve (something I’ve tried myself with mixed success).

"The book is written with younger readers in mind, although it appears quite readable for adults learning the language as well. All of the examples are games of one kind or another â€" starting out with text games and ending with some basic sprite-based graphics games using PyGame. This Second Edition has been updated for Python 3.1."

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