Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 24 Jun 2010.
default setup for me in almost all cases
I use the cursor keys, num 0,1,4,5,2, ctrl, shift, return, page down up delete etc. I however have no excuse to not use WASD, and how I came around to using the cursor keys? Who knows!
depending on the game i some times like to bind [F] to Grenade
but other than than default generally
I used to used the Cursor Keys until quite recently. I think the last game I played that way was the original FEAR when it was released - WASD just didn't seem sensible to me. I only changed when I was bullied into it by friends.
The reason I stayed with cursor controls was simply that, when I first got into 3D shooters, namely Quake, the default controls were Cursors, plus PG-Up and PG-Dn for looking up and down. I just wasn't comfortable using mouselook for starters.
Later, when I had started to use the mouse, I still stayed with the Cursors for movement, then Ctrl for duck, Num-0 for Use, Shift for Jump and End for reload. That was mainly because I'm very clumsy and I have very big hands - I don't need to stretch to reach those keys and the gap means I didn't fumble.
Nowadays though, I'm just a vanilla WASDer.
I use a PS3 controller.
Back in the early days, this being Doom/Quake, before mouse look, I used to use the numpad 8462 to move, space to jump, A to fire and SD to strafe left and right.
Worked wonders, also gave you complete use of both hands for the keyboard.
Curse you mouse look!!
About 5 years ago, I used to play Unreal Tournament with the cursor keys. But I changed to WASD when one day I lost really badly in a Counter Strike Tournament and felt quite embarassed about it.
I might just try your control scheme, Paul, to see how it feels.
I always set the A to the C and the shift to the R just find it more comfortable that way.
One of my old school friends played like this on Quake and was epically good at deathmatch, again roughly the same reason (we used to play Doom and I believe that cursor keys was the default setup, but I am certain that by the time Quake rocked up WASD was also bound by default, I have certainly been WASD since Quake). Weird thing was he was right handed but played with a normal MS intellimouse southpaw, a bit like the Hendrix of Quake, very odd.
I use the cursor keys, num 0, 1,4 num 0,1,4,5,2, ctrl, shift, return, page down up delete, home and end. The reason for this, I'm lefthanded, my mouse is on the left side of keyboard. AND in the yesteryears all the arcade joysticks where left handed and buttons right handed. So kinda taken over from that
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A guy once applied to join a guild I was in (I think it was for Aion?). He said he'd lost an arm in an accident but had taught himself to use just one hand to control games, and was adamant that he'd got to the stage where most people didn't notice his disability in-game. It's amazing how the human body can adapt.
I used to be an ESDF man (means your hand sits on the home keys and you have more buttons in reach). Right click to jump, space to crouch (makes duck jumping and crouching endlessly behind cover easier). I have these because I started playing FPS before WASD was the norm (and think it's a better setup).
However these days I have a Belkin n52te and a g9 so rather than remapping my keys for every games I have the controller and mouse button positions moved to convert the standard WASD to how I like it.
I actually use ESDF myself even today. This harks backs to Tribes, which defaulted to ESDF.
Its not hard to transition to the right by one key, and it gives you a whole other set of useful keys around it.
I jump on my mouse side button, reload on scroll click, and W and R become lean, where the developers bother to implement it these days. A is usually to activate zoom, and space to crouch.
I use WASD but I tend to customise the key surrounding it away from defaults to my own settings depending on the game
anyone use a nostromo or similar?
Movement - Cursor Keys
Fire - LMB
AltFire - MB4 (aka mouse back button)
Jump - RMB
Duck - RCtrl
Run - RShift
Use - Enter
Reload - BackSpace
Melee - Num 1
FlashLight - Num 0
Talk - End
Grenades/Special Moves - Insert/Home/PgUp/PgDown/Delete
Have you ever thought about switching the mouse and keyboard? Since you seem to have trouble only with some fingers on your left hand, using the mouse with that hand would free the other one to use whatever key layout you'd like.
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