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A scrolling buffer class for a tile-based renderer

(No image. It does what any tiler and scroller should do. Run for a demo.)

ScrollBuffer is a scrolling buffer class for a tile-based renderer where tiles comprise a map that is larger than the screen.

This class is easy to use and much more efficient than re-tiling the screen every frame. It reduces calls to blit by using pygame's Surface.scroll() to scroll previously rendered pixels, and only renders tiles that emerge into view.

This concept came out of a discussion on the pygame-users mailing list. Since fast scrolling is the holy grail of Gummworld2 and a key desire of pytmxloader DR0ID and I wanted to explore it.

This is a work in progress that will likely be integrated into Gummworld2 once the best design is found. So far it is promising, delivering high framerates comparable to Gummworld2's tile collapsing trick, and has none of the downsides of concatenating tiles.



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ScrollBuffer 0.1 — 5 Aug, 2011 account Comments