Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps Transcripts
Chapter: App 7: Wizard Battle App
Lecture: Building the game loop

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0:00 Over here in PyCharm, let's knock out the first pass on our initial game loop.
0:04 Now, it's probably not going to end this way,
0:07 or probably refine it and add some enhancements,
0:09 but let's just get started in kind of the same way we have with other apps.
0:14 So, again, we are going to add our program.py file
0:18 and we are going to have our main() method, we'll have our print_header(), as always
0:26 and in this one we are going to have what we are going to call a game_loop().
0:30 And then in our main let's just go and say print_header()
0:32 and then we'll just run the game_loop().
0:35 And finally, let's use our PyCharm live template to call the main()
0:41 only if it's actually being executed rather than imported.
0:45 So header is pretty standard as always so let's just do this,
0:55 ok, standard header now let's focus in on this game_loop() we have here.
1:00 So the concept of our game_loop() is we just want to go around and around
1:03 getting input from the user until the game ends
1:07 so let's just start really simple with the concept of going around and around,
1:11 and so we'll just say while true and we are going to do some work here.
1:15 First thing we are going to do is get some input from the user,
1:18 so we'll call this cmd for command
1:22 and this is pretty standard we'll say you attack, run away or look around.
1:28 Like so, and let's give the users hints on which they can do
1:31 so we'll say attack, run away or look.
1:36 And then we have four basic outcomes here,
1:38 one could be they actually said they want to attack
1:41 and let's just print out some things we can kind of test a little loop here,
1:45 then we'll rewrite the behaviors.
1:47 So if they say a we'll say attack, elif if it's run away we'll just print('run away'),
1:59 if they are going to look around we are going to print('look around'), and finally,
2:04 if they hit something else and we don't know what it is we'll just say
2:07 all right, you must want to exit the game,
2:09 like if we just hit enter with no command that means you are gone,
2:12 so we'll just say something like this, ok, exiting game. Bye.
2:17 So, let's go ahead and run our app just to make sure everything is hanging together.
2:22 Now, no run configuration, so we kow how to get that going.
2:26 All right, so down here we can attack, we can look around,
2:30 we can run away, or we can say enter and we should exit.
2:33 Now, oops, we didn't really exit we just printed exit, right,
2:36 that doesn't mean anything to Python just that we printed exit.
2:40 So we can exit out of this infinite loop by just saying break
2:43 and then we'll come down here and basically
2:46 run the next line which is empty and we're done.
2:47 So look around, enter, exit, perfect.
2:51 So our little loop is running, it's time to build up the data structures
2:55 with classes and objects it's going to be great.