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Hello, like i said, im just starting out with programing with the hopes of making games. i've already started learning python, though still new to it.

As for why i am posting this, I am looking for some advice per say. Im looking for any information on how i combine python coding, with graphics, to make a game. Also, im looking for a any guides or programs anyone has on how to make 8-bit games, similar in style to the final fantasy games on the GBA.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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PyGame should have just about everything you need to know. Yeah, the website is ugly as hell, but the library does everything you need to make the game style you are describing, and there are plenty of tutorials. I have a few links to resources in the python section of my getting started post, but frankly if you already have Python installed and running, PyGame and a few tutorials are all you really need at this point. Beyond perhaps a couple graphic apps, of which there are some freely available like The GIMP or Paint.NET.


You are pretty much on the right track otherwise.

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I love Python/Pygame. It works wonders. Download Pygame ASAP!

The only thing I don't like about Pygame is that you can't change an image's alpha levels if said image already has an alpha channel, at least not with any built in methods. So for something like a stealth animation, you'd have to make an entire new sprite sheet at xx% transparency for it instead of just adjusting the alpha levels in a walk sprite sheet or something, somewhere. (Problem I've already ran into.)

I also recommend GIMP as well. Awesome open source image manipulation software. The interface is wonky to get used to at first, but I find it surprisingly easier than most others to work with.

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