Pygame – Event Handling

In this lesson we want to learn about Pygame – Event Handling, Pygame is set of Python modules designed for writing video games. it provides functionality for creating 2D graphics, handling user input, playing sounds and many more. Pygame provides simple and easy API for creating games and it makes it popular choice among beginners and hobbyist game developers. some of the features of Pygame include support for sprite graphics, simple 2D physics simulation,and and different sound and music playback options.


Event handling in Pygame refers to the process of detecting and responding to user input, such as mouse clicks, keyboard presses or game controller input. Pygame provides an event loop for detecting and handling events which you can use to update your game state, move objects, play sounds and perform other actions in response to user input.

To handle events in Pygame, you use pygame.event.get() function to retrieve list of events from the event queue. you can then loop over this list, using if  statements or other control structures to detect specific events and perform the appropriate actions. for example you might check for QUIT event to handle the user clicking the close button on the window or you might check for a KEYDOWN event to handle the user pressing key on the keyboard.


This is simple example of event handling in Pygame:


In this example the game loop retrieves list of events from the event queue and loops over each event in the list. if the event is QUIT event or the user presses  ESCAPE key, the runing variable is set to False , which will cause the game loop to exit and the program to end.


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