Hi, I'm Alex.
I know this topic pops up every now and then, always going through more or
less the same process,
but I want to try a (hopefully) different approach.
About seven years ago I learned python in my school and after finishing a
two year course in programming
with a handmade graphics module by my teacher that was really easy to learn
but not very rich in performance,
I wanted to get to the next level of game development. So my teacher told
me about pygame and sent me the URL.
And until today I still remember how I saw the website and I thought that
it was just a little students project that couldn't really do much,
as I needed like an eternity to find the download package I needed, not to
speak about finding a good tutorial.
Till then I red a lot more about pygame, I got to know the API and found
tutorials, I got more experience in programming overall,
but I had such a hard start, that it took me like 3 or 4 years to really
like pygame and to find out that it is the framework-to-go-for
if you want to do game development in python.
And all that just because of a not up-to-date website?
Well, of cause there were many different factors, but the website is to a
project what the first impression is to a person:
it is what stays in the peoples minds forever and is hard to change.
By now Python and game-development are "just" a hobby while Web Design and
branding is my main discipline.
And because of all that I wanted to suggest a redesign of the pygame
homepage, thinking that nobody ever thought of that.
And just to get a bit into the heads and thoughts of pygame developers, how
they'd love their website to be, I started reading.
I red through a lot of mails in this list and on various sites in which
various people discuss
- about what is good and bad about the current and the old website
- about features the website must and could have in the future
- what framework(s) should be used by a python-community driven website
- and, most important: If the old site should gradually be changed to fit
the new needs,
or rather be abandoned and replaced by a new one
The more stuff I red, the more things I discovered:
- A huge statement from a leading developer about what this site is all
- a complete redesign that never got launched (11-2009):
- another redesign with an API-doc lost by students (08-2015):
- how much people "hate" the new hifi version (08-2015):
- the importance of the pygame history and that it should be present online
- quite emotional game-developers talking about how "broken" the website is
- a feature whishlist for a new website:
As you can see, all these things are kinda spread over the whole internet,
the oldest one (I mentioned) being over 7 years old and the website being
under development for 11 years.
I got another approach. More slowly. More conceptual (hopefully).
I don't know if this will work and I don't know if this will result in a
(new) better website, but I'd really like to try it with this awesome
I'd like to collect visions for "the perfect pygame.org". If you want to
contribute, you cann fill out this form: