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Old November 5 2012, 02:17 AM   #1
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WASD

I'm sure most PC gamers use this for their keyboard layout. Ive always used ASDF. D for forward, S for backwards, F for strafe right, and A for strafe left. WASD just isn't comfortable for my hand. I don't know what my point is, I just feel under represented.
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Old November 5 2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh.... just thinking of playing like that is making my head hurt
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Old November 5 2012, 01:46 PM   #3
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The thing with WASD is that it leaves your little finger free to hold down Ctrl or Shift to do thing like crouch and run. It also leaves various other buttons like TAB, Q, E, F, R & X in easy reach for things like Use, Reload, Switch weapons, Flashlight etc. etc. and all while keeping your thumb resting on the spacebar.

I've known of some people that use "ESDF" (same as WASD moved over one space) to free up the Q,A,& Z keys for extra functions, but never heard of anyone using "ASDF" before. Frankly it sounds cumbersome and I imagine with that arrangement you'd have to keep switching positions if you want to do anything other than move jump and shoot...which I suppose to be fair is all some games involve...
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Old November 5 2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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Took me a while to re-learn how to move with modern games, having grown up using the arrow keys on the right hand and sometimes other functions on the left. No mouse.
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Old November 5 2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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I use C for run and V for crouch. I use my index finger for those, so I can still run forward or backwards.
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Old November 5 2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Old November 5 2012, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'm sure most PC gamers use this for their keyboard layout. Ive always used ASDF. D for forward, S for backwards, F for strafe right, and A for strafe left. WASD just isn't comfortable for my hand. I don't know what my point is, I just feel under represented.
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Old November 6 2012, 06:47 AM   #8
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If you can use ASDF I don't understand how WASD makes your hand uncomfortable...you are coming at WASD from the bottom of the keyboard, right?
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Old November 6 2012, 07:53 AM   #9
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I absolutley HATE WASD! And I hate it if its hardcoded into a game that doesn´t have the option of setting the keys yourself. I prefer to use a gamepad anyway.
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Old November 6 2012, 09:17 AM   #10
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I've never been able to use WASD. I'm always getting lost and have to search out the buttons again. Not good in a fast paced game. So I'm strictly an arrow key user. With Shift,Control, and Enter for crouching, jumping, etc.

and of course the mouse.
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Old November 6 2012, 03:35 PM   #11
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Re: WASD

I got used to the arrow keys when I was a kid. Later on, I got accustomed to WASD. I do think for things like first-person shooters, WASD plus a mouse is the only way to go. As some others pointed out, WASD lets you also hit E, Q, Tab, Left Shift, and Left Ctrl, without missing a beat. Gives my pinky a good workout.

That said, I also like games that I can control mostly with the numeric keypad (like the Civ games.)
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Old November 6 2012, 03:50 PM   #12
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I've never been able to use WASD. I'm always getting lost and have to search out the buttons again. Not good in a fast paced game. So I'm strictly an arrow key user. With Shift,Control, and Enter for crouching, jumping, etc.

and of course the mouse.
Yup. As someone that uses the mouse with my left hand, the arrow keys make the most sense for me. For a very small number of games where I need direction and roll keys (such as Kerbal Space Program) I use 4-9 on the num pad.
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Old November 6 2012, 04:58 PM   #13
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If you can use ASDF I don't understand how WASD makes your hand uncomfortable...you are coming at WASD from the bottom of the keyboard, right?
Right. How does everyone else use WASD? Do you use the ring finger for W and the middle finger for S? That's what makes my hand uncomfortable.
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Old November 6 2012, 05:02 PM   #14
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You use your ring finger for the A, your middle finger for the S and W (leave it rested on the W), and your index finger for the D, and your thumb rests on the space.
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You use your ring finger for the A, your middle finger for the S and W (leave it rested on the W), and your index finger for the D, and your thumb rests on the space.
Yup. And my pinky normally sits on Left Shift (to run) unless I need it elsewhere.
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