Creativity Without Limits

Our focus on creativity without limits is about supporting users at all skill levels, and to help guide them from their first lines of code through contributing to open source.

From a game perspective, we don’t want to discourage any genre of game against any other. We don’t want to discourage any given scale.

That isn’t to mean we don’t have some limitations: ppb is a 2d sprite-based engine, it’s built in Python, and it is code first.

Code First

The primary reason we want ppb to be code first is because it allows the primary long term limitations set on users is the limitations of the Python language itself.

Code first also means that learning ppb means learning patterns that can be applied to other kinds of software. A student who learns with ppb shouldn’t need to ask “what comes next”, the answer should apparent: Whatever the next project is that interests them.

No Early Optimization

This is one of those general rules of software development, but it’s something that creates limitations. If we over optimize our toolset for one genre of video game, it adds friction to others. New features should be generally applicable or explicitly optional.

The primary example of this is in the basic setup for ppb as a simple event loop with the update pattern at its core. This is because it’s the most generally applicable pattern we have available. We provide a multi-phase update system in features for games that need the ability to stage updates instead of immediately shifting the state.

Support All Users

We’re Students First, but students aren’t students forever, and we want ppb to grow with them. From their first tutorials through to their first shipped video game, and hopefully: to their first open source contribution. This is about making sure the resources and community are there to help develop ppb users.

From the user perspective, clear tutorials and example code. Open discussions about the design of the system. Type hinting to allow the tools to help guide. Progressive revelation of complexity. All of this is meant to guide a user from student to pro.

Once they’re ready to contribute we care about well defined processes and guidelines. A strong description of how documentation is laid out. Where code lives and why.