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Why gamers use WASD to move

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First person shooters mean WASD. The history of the keyboard default involves a gaming legend and the start of a new era in games. Correction: At 3:36, a previous version of this video misassigned the keys, the error has been fixed Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO To see more of Thresh, check out the eSports episode of Explained on Netflix: www.netflix.com/explained In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the history of a common default keyboard configuration among gamers. Though there’s an inherent logic to WASD — it just works well — there’s also a story behind how it became a near-universal standard. Dennis “Thresh” Fong was one of the first pro gamers to go mainstream playing the first person shooter Quake. By doing so, he set a standard for other gamers to aspire to, including his key control configuration. He discovered that for a new era in which the mouse and keyboard needed to work together, WASD was a great way to do it. Shortly after that, programmers incorporated his schema into their own games, making it a default that millions — whether they knew Thresh or not — would play with. WASD became a standard for a lot of games because of one superstar’s amazing record with it. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (2 months ago)
For more check out our episode of Explained on the history of gaming and the rise of esports, now available to stream on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/explained
Why dis only have nine likes P.s. I didn’t like this comment
Football lover (2 months ago)
Nice channel Def's need more subs....
BrandonTheBoss (1 day ago)
the guy in the thumbnail looks like filthy frank without bumps on his face
Clay Soggyfries (5 days ago)
Because arrows are for noobs
Saiyed tabish (5 days ago)
Ur just awesome! ;)
TTV5 (5 days ago)
Vox has a really wide range of interesting content. You guys are great!
Tina Aoro (7 days ago)
Nick at 5:05
Tina Aoro (7 days ago)
& 0:22
S. Mulder (7 days ago)
1:45, music?
Dr John Zoidberg (8 days ago)
Oh, *hey gamers*
Tsynami Garmadon (9 days ago)
Yo guys, my mum said she's putting me for a "doption" I don't know what it is, but I hope it's a bionicle club
nacho roll (10 days ago)
thats why we press o to spell ostipherosis.
unclejemima0 (12 days ago)
In all seriousness, MUDs were incredibly deep and expressive experiences because as any book-lover can probably appreciate, text leaves a lot to the human imagination and that can be a great thing.
Weapons Grade Gaming (14 days ago)
This is because the right hand is used to operate the mouse and reaching all the way to the right side of the keyboard to use the arrow keys would be uncomfortable. Use some logic guys, come on, its not that hard to answer this question in your own head.
Arminius (15 days ago)
vox = dislike
Simple most people are right handed so they use their mouse with their right hands so they use the left side of their keyboard
Gabriel Hunt (16 days ago)
That article was exactly 2 years after I was born. Wow.....
Erick Arevalo98 (17 days ago)
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fir4ge (19 days ago)
I guess he was involved in popularizing it for Quake and Quake II. Variations like WAXD were pretty common before that.
Randi Matsuzaki (21 days ago)
Iiterally listening to this video on my phone while my fingers are on WASD on my computer.
denvercbtg (22 days ago)
He's cute tho
JELC (22 days ago)
One man can change the world
pero dujic (23 days ago)
Ya'll freaks! Use a STEERING WHEEL, THE SWITCH OFF BUTTON ON YOUR COMPUTER, ALT AND F4 if you want to be a pro player, it's really easy and you will always get you're computer shut down!
I remember q, a, o, p and space bar days.
spy pigeon was caught (23 days ago)
nitehawk (26 days ago)
is that filthy frank in the thumbnail
Ghost Is Noob (26 days ago)
Darkstealthgamer (28 days ago)
What!? do you expect us to use [email protected]??
JC (29 days ago)
Seriously? It's the same pattern as the arrows, except it's on the left side...FOR THE LEFT HAND! Then you use the mouse in the right hand. If you can't figure that out without a video to tell you, maybe it's time to learn about context clues.
ML GAMING YT (1 month ago)
Sean McDonald (1 month ago)
I use wasd to move even though esdf is strictly better. Habits are hard to break.
Yürüyen Ansiklopedi (1 month ago)
i actually have been in a house of my french friend, and when i looked to his keyboard, first thing i noticed was that the "s" key was completly broken. Obviously... :)
RandomYT (1 month ago)
Except if your left handed. (Like me)
Shrun Khan (1 month ago)
Shrun Khan (1 month ago)
Underdog Josh (1 month ago)
As a serious gamer from the same time period, I think it’s very inaccurate and unfair to claim he was the only one that came up with this key combo on his own. Like he said, there were probably thousands of combos, and I’m sure everyone just gravitated to the most logical, not because it was influenced, but because it was the one everyone figured out made the most sense, and game developers realized this need for gamers and for themselves. And there’s no way this guy would have beat me in Quake. So, he must have been a pro. Whoever this random dude is.
Strektly (1 month ago)
Oh Fortnite is in the video? Oh wow, I expected that because, it's pretty much 2018.
Kyle D (1 month ago)
I just wanted to know the different songs used in this video. Anybody know?
Eghist Pranata (1 month ago)
Eghist Pranata (1 month ago)
Help me subscrebe
Nathalie (1 month ago)
Gustavo (1 month ago)
Dude's a legend and don't want to get the recognition for it. What a guy.
k i n g catchew (1 month ago)
I use esdf
OlafttheGreat1998 (1 month ago)
Try mapping WASD to a joystick
super mega memes (1 month ago)
gamers rise up!! we are the most *OPRESSED* group on the internet. we have to rise up against the furries, littles, and the soundcloud rappers!!! *gamers. RISE.*
When you look at this, you see that.
Magnus Kølbæk (1 month ago)
Gamers rise up!
E (1 month ago)
Is no one gonna talk about the fact that he’s cute???
That One Guy (1 month ago)
Mad respect for this man thank you so much for making games easier for people
SleepingLiveStreams (1 month ago)
ESDF for the win 😁
polymetric (1 month ago)
one guy invented WASD? now that's a lotta damage
Gusstavv's Stuff (1 month ago)
Really? This long video for such a simple thing TL;DR: We use WSAD because it is comfortable and easy to use due to the distance of the keys in relation to the mouse and the placement near other keys (not isolated like the arrows) that can be programmed to do other things like change a weapon or cast a spell or use an ability. And it's those 4 keys, not in line, because it resembles the form of the arrow keys (a semicross) and makes it really easy to relate and abstract W as forward and S to back.
QuickScope1597 (1 month ago)
I use esdf
Mohamed Guesmia (1 month ago)
Am I the only One who Use A-W-S-D in Azerty keyboard ( Q-Z-S-D) in Qwerty keyboard
AdamFra (1 month ago)
Press SCROLL UP to slide interact glitch.
Kenxis (1 month ago)
I just use qwer bc I play mobas :3
Jankis (1 month ago)
im using QASD
Chippery 7 (1 month ago)
I gamer’s worst nightmare... Someone using the arrows keys to move or A game without use to the WASD keys
Agnes K. (1 month ago)
I tried playing some apocalyptic shooter, Warhammer or something like that, don't remember, i stopped playing after about two hours, because I couldn't coordinate my hands on WASD and number keys above (my old HP pavilion dm1 doesn't have side keys). Sorry to ruin your world, gamers, but I'll stick with the arrows.
TimeForAShow! ! (1 month ago)
I'm a console players but I'm trying to use WASD
Emerson Yu (1 month ago)
I was a bit irked about how he kept saying WASD but it was always displayed in those games as WSAD. PICK ONE!
An Xiang OLSON GAO (1 month ago)
epic gamers rise up!1!!!!!1!1
Ivan Dikmans (1 month ago)
What song is that at the start? :O <3
Albi (1 month ago)
I dont thibk fortnites a game its to trash
Onyx101 (1 month ago)
Oh, I always used a, b, x, y, not w, a, s, d,.
jokubas vaitkevicius (1 month ago)
Next video: *why gamers use mouse to move?*
Shasko Plays (1 month ago)
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_Vallee _ (1 month ago)
no its because esdf requires a longer distance from shift and does not naturally move towards the edge of the keyboard
CloO_Ouds Games (1 month ago)
- Walker (1 month ago)
Gamers rise up!
Rio Madagascar (1 month ago)
Minecraft and Roblox as well. But they're not FPS in general.
WolfBaneX (1 month ago)
No, no and no. WASD are for plebs, arrow keys are for Super Elite Gamers. Those whom use WASD should be banquished, they can never best arrow key users.
Kuma Toni (1 month ago)
How lovely.
Michael Trost (2 months ago)
why gamers still uses arrowkeys instead of wasd xD cause you cant hit nearby keys by mistake , you even can play kind of quicker cause u could use more quickkeys which are quite more easy to reach ;)
owen baldwin (1 month ago)
What game and tournament “professional”.
Michael Trost (1 month ago)
+owen baldwin cause you know every professional :P dude there is still a bunch of oldschool gamers , at the age of 35 + there are about 50% gamers which never make usage of arrowkeys , was a time without gaming keyboards and stuff ,,,even gaming was not so popluar that you need the fingers of a a 10 year old pianist :P ...the most fails in games i saw so far , is the usage of hitting a false key , that depends on wasd and to many nearby keys , especially if you dont use a gamekeyboard...belive it or not , if you cant effort a gaming keyboard or not williung to buy one , you will be much better with arrows ...did i mentioned i was able to become a professional in two games so far :P ...UT2004 world ranked at first place for about 2 weeks , after that time constantly in the top hundred ...sof2 esl league , and european ranked between place 1-10 ...and well know what total play with arrows ;) ...using a good gamemouse with a bunch of keys helps nowadays for 100gamekey games xD
owen baldwin (1 month ago)
No professional uses arrow keys.
SimpleSumm3r (2 months ago)
Disliked the video right at the beginning just in case. Edit: Yep, it mentioned Fortnite.
Triangulum (9 days ago)
didn't they mention fortnite ironically?
HighFlyer96 (2 months ago)
Why gamers use WASD to move? Because they're not console peasants! :D
SKL potemkin (2 months ago)
li do un tré
TDP_yee (2 months ago)
because were *epic gamers*
FeverGaming (2 months ago)
I am an epic gamer and I relate
CODED (2 months ago)
Intro song?
Preoximerias (2 months ago)
Shout out to Thresh for WASD + mouse.
travlr (2 months ago)
because we can
Malcom Queneau (2 months ago)
You can actually hear the monetization happening as they say "fortnite"
Chris (2 months ago)
I press TAB to order a tab before my nuclear plant safety inspections.
GamingWithBlis (2 months ago)
Do you think that WASD will ever change or will it be the same forever?
Grief Wizard (2 months ago)
Dik dic (2 months ago)
This video is the definition of cringe. Was this made for 70 year olds?
TheDutchMan83 (2 months ago)
I'm not one of them :D i like to use QWES
Rekryts (2 months ago)
I play Wii u with a calculator now I'm very satisfied with playing Minecraft
daihatsumaster (2 months ago)
I wish he was the most famous Icon in gaming
Kurrency (2 months ago)
because most people are right handed. right handed people use the mouse to click.
A 2 Z (2 months ago)
I use qpzm as my movement keys
M.A. (2 months ago)
Anyone else play that free Chex game that came in the box ?
neckhole (2 months ago)
F for respects
SEOGALENGHQ. (2 months ago)
wow so good this vedio is fantastic
SEOGALENGHQ. (2 months ago)
im David Mayo and i approve this message
FaZe AC Gaming (2 months ago)
I use WERT
Dylan Ackerman (2 months ago)
This is an epic gamer moment
The happy Devil (2 months ago)
TheIronIcecream (2 months ago)
in other words, Its just easier to play with.
Immortal Enemy (2 months ago)
Any Azerty players who used ZQSD instead?

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