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12th October, 2007 at 00:58:57 -

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12th October, 2007 at 01:23:05 -

ZX and arrow keys

 
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12th October, 2007 at 01:40:58 -

ZXC & Arrows

 
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12th October, 2007 at 05:53:44 -

I always use arrowkeys, never understood the WASD thing.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 06:56:01 -

For keyboard only games, The arrow keys of course.
For Mouse and Keyboard games the arrow keys aren't comfortable, so WASD is the perfect solution in this case.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 07:17:57 -

LOL, I'm using WASD and arrow keys for Tormi. with Q and E for item switching and ESC for menu. Well it's the default anyways.

Or the face buttons on a 360 controller and the 2 bumper buttons for item switching ^^

 
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12th October, 2007 at 07:30:37 -

The main problem with setting ZXC in games is that for german players (or anyone with a german keyboard), the Z and Y keys are switched around, so it makes it rather annoying to use without changing key mappings

Personally I tend to use WASD for gaming, no idea why, used to use arrow keys more often but I sorta switched over after I started playing WoW, probably because the spell bar mappings are on the numeric keys by default

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12th October, 2007 at 07:40:45 -

I almost always use the space bar for attacking, and the shift for jumping (if there is any jumping to speak of.) I read about that whole foreign keyboard thing where the Z and X are far apart so I never used that combo.

Of course, what I really need to do is have a customizable setup to avoid any future problems I can't predict.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 09:01:10 -

For keyboard games, I use the arrow keys and ZXASQW for buttons (SNES emulator style)
For mouse+keyboard games, I use WASD like LIJI said.

Also it's usually a good idea to let people change the controls in your games, so German QWERTZ layouts can play fine as well.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 09:29:48 -

WASD for keyboard+mouse games.
Shift and control are fine for keyboard games. I also use combinations of ctrl, alt and space (Apogee style), and AS is fine too (WADF/Knytt style).

 
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12th October, 2007 at 10:12:10 -

There's also French Azerty...

 
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12th October, 2007 at 11:53:41 -

That's the reason Z should usually do the same as W, in my opinion.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 12:27:05 -

Tribes style:

WASD for arrow keys

Space for jump

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12th October, 2007 at 12:33:48 -

DaVince, I think you mean that Z should do the same as Y.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 12:34:54 -

Unless the game specifically uses the mouse (or a sundry lot of buttons), I generally map it to a joypad instead.
So the only thing I've got against control schemes is when the game uses shift to jump (with no way of changing it) and employs a variable jump height. This is the perfect recipe for JoyToKey incompatibility.

 
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12th October, 2007 at 13:01:11 -

I just don't see why games remove the CTRL+Y menu command. Stuff like Knytt Stories. I haven't updated or played it since launch so they might have thrown that option in now?


 
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12th October, 2007 at 16:06:47 -

I don't like Ctrl Y, because it doesn't allow you to remove buttons and extra controllers for other players.

 
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13th October, 2007 at 07:38:59 -

I think more people should use the space bar in their games. I mean, just look at it. It's HUGE! It's basically asking you to pound on the thing, IMO.

 
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13th October, 2007 at 07:40:38 -

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13th October, 2007 at 10:20:00 -

In my more recent games I use Z+X+C, but allow an option to swap Z for Y.

 
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13th October, 2007 at 19:38:23 -

I'll expand on what I said first... lol

For keyboard only games Arrows and ZXC or ASD for actions.

For mouse games it has to be WASD, I can't use arrows without moving my keyboard over the edge of my desk .

 
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13th October, 2007 at 20:09:26 -

Using the WASD keys makes no sense, you have perfectly good Arroy Keys right there. Using WASD is like using the Gear stick to steer your car.

 
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13th October, 2007 at 21:51:10 -

Well, as I see it, there are two good reasons for when to choose WASD over the arrow keys:

- You're using the mouse with your right hand, and thus want a more comfortable alternative to the arrow keys for your left hand, or

- You're used to controlling the directions with your left hand (like with any game controller), don't want to fight the backwards feeling of using your right hand on the arrow keys.

Overall, though, I'd say give the player a choice, and he will not complain.

 
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