Welcome to Challenge Number 02.
If you don’t know what the Challenge Series 2009 is all about, please read the Introduction.
Onto the second challenge.
I challenge you to change the keybinding for “use”.
Open the options menu of the mod or game you are playing and scroll down to the “use” item and double click the current key and press/click the new key or button. Alternatively you could use a neat little application called Steam Sauce which can set global key assignments, plus a few other things too. It’s incredibly useful if you play lots of mods and want to avoid setting the keybinding for each new mod you add..
Firstly, let me just tell you that I am not doing this simply to make life awkward for you. Of all the challenges this could be the one that causes you the most problems at the beginning.
The number of different key combinations is almost endless. What you use and what I use are probably very different. To the left is a thumbnail of my current assignments for you to wonder at. I say “wonder at” because you will probably think it’s crazy, and you may be right. My “problem” is that using WASD for movement keys seemed so strange to me that I had to try something else.
I bought but never really tried the Belkin Nostromo N50 SpeedPad (not what you might think) and keep saying I will try it properly next month, but never have. Are there any readers who do use it or something similar?
I have little doubt that you current keybindings feel really comfortable to you and the thought of changing is difficult, maybe even scary, especially if you play lots of MP games and mods.
The reason that I am challenging you is that it’s quite possible the change will make you a better players. By “forcing” you to change, you may completely reconsider all your keybindings and that may make life easier for you in the long term. Of course, it’s entirely possible that what you use now is the perfect combination and this challenge will make things worse. If that is the case, I apologize.
Start with your “use” key and consider changing some other keys too. Don’t forget your mouse may have 5 buttons, so consider using one of those. In fact, I am changing my “use” key to mouse button four and my “reload” key becomes the old “use” key. I am sure I will end up reloading lots of weapons instead of opening doors, at least for the first hour or so!
I think it would be interesting if we share our basic keybindings with each other and even experiment using somebody else’s selections.
I choose the “use” key because I felt that would have limited impact on your overall playing but be important enough to make things feel strange for you. I considered the “sprint” keybinding and am happy if you want to use this one as well or instead of the “use” keybinding.
I chose my key because it allowed me to keep moving and still press it when I am moving. If I didn’t run this website then I wouldn’t have to worry about taking the screenshots and that would free up one keybinding, that I could use for something important, probably even the “use” key.
I also angle the keyboard a little, do you do the same?
Lastly, if anybody wants to send me a photo of their hand on the keyboard please do so and I will add it to your comment. Please don’t upload it somewhere and link to it because your comment won’t appear due to the moderation restrictions.
I did consider a range of options regarding this particular challenge; using you opposite hand for mouse and keyboard, changing the axis of the mouse, changing all the key assignments, but the “use” key seemed the right one to select.
There is another one regarding the input devices, but no more after that. The others are about how you play the game, not how you control the character.
Don’t forget a major part of the challenge series is to share our experiences. Don’t let my questions limit you but here are some to get you started:
- What made you originally select the key you had before this challenge?
- Did you use the mouse for the “use” key?
- Did you use the mouse keys for any new assignments?
- Once the challenge is over will you continue playing without the new assignments?
I planned to take a photograph of my hand position but I don’t have any batteries that work, so for now I will just list the major bindings:
Strafe Left: E
Strafe Right: T
Right Mouse: Jump
Left Mouse: Primary Fire
Middle Mouse: Secondary Fire
Wheel Up: Next Weapon
Wheel Down: Screenshot