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6.6: Some Local Variables Used in This Program

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  •     # Initialize some variables for a new game
        pattern = [] # stores the pattern of colors
        currentStep = 0 # the color the player must push next
        lastClickTime = 0 # timestamp of the player's last button push
        score = 0
        # when False, the pattern is playing. when True, waiting for the player to click a colored button:
        waitingForInput = False

    The pattern variable will be a list of color values (either YELLOW, RED, BLUE, or GREEN) to keep track of the pattern that the player must memorize. For example, if the value of pattern was [RED, RED, YELLOW, RED, BLUE, BLUE, RED, GREEN] then the player would have to first click the red button twice, then the yellow button, then the red button, and so on until the final green button. As the player finishes each round, a new random color is added to the end of the list.

    The currentStep variable will keep track of which color in the pattern list the player has to click next. If currentStep was 0 and pattern was [GREEN, RED, RED, YELLOW], then the player would have to click the green button. If they clicked on any other button, the code will cause a game over.

    There is a TIMEOUT constant that makes the player click on next button in the pattern within a number of seconds, otherwise the code causes a game over. In order to check if enough time has passed since the last button click, the lastClickTime variable needs to keep track of the last time the player clicked on a button. (Python has a module named time and a time.time() function to return the current time. This will be explained later.)

    It may be hard to believe, but the score variable keeps track of the score. Inconceivable!

    There are also two modes that our program will be in. Either the program is playing the pattern of buttons for the player (in which case, waitingForInput is set to False), or the program has finished playing the pattern and is waiting for the user to click the buttons in the correct order (in which case, waitingForInput is set to True).