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Do you Quake mouse-less?

Poll ended at Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:14 pm

No
9
64%
Keyboard only
2
14%
Touchscreen only
0
No votes
Keyboard and touchpad or touchscreen
0
No votes
Game controller
2
14%
Trackball or other non-mouse accessory
1
7%
 
Total votes : 14

Playing without a mouse

Postby qbism » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:14 pm

Does anyone regularly play Quake (or other FPS) with keyboard only?
Maybe even one-handed? A related question, does anyone play on a device without a keyboard, like a touchscreen?

What kinds of binds or settings do you use?

Besides auto-aim, what kind of "helpers" in the engine or in qc would help mouse-less play?

Quake has been ported to wide variety of platforms. Looking at the growth of mobile devices, phones, pads, and netbooks, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
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Postby Dr. Shadowborg » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:09 pm

Keyboarder here.

w - Jump
as - strafe left / right
d - secondary (or primary if theres no altfire)
f - Primary fire

numpad - movement / turn / lookup / lookdown

Touchpad / mouse only when playing games that have headshot sniping, or when I have time to do long range shots.

Pissed me off to no end that Unreal 2 didn't give you the ability to bind turning / looking from the menu...
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Postby Error » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:22 am

I used keyboard only for about 2 years starting in 1996, due to it being the first game where you really want to use the mouse. Doom1/2 didn't really need it, neither did duke. Hell, did anyone really need to look up or down in either? Then I discovered the wonders of mouse look. God, it's never been the same.
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Postby Lardarse » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:54 am

I think LordHavoc plays using gamepad sometimes. I know that Polarite (QuakeOne regular, runs a few servers in Europe) used to, not sure if he still does.
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Postby qbism » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:53 pm

Dr. Shadowborg wrote:Keyboarder here.

w - Jump
as - strafe left / right
d - secondary (or primary if theres no altfire)
f - Primary fire

numpad - movement / turn / lookup / lookdown

Hadn't thought of the numpad. Some of these little laptop/netbook keyboards without a numpad could be bound with a similar cluster of keys on the right side.

Thinking of those little slide-out keyboards on phones or PDAs, seems like thumbs could move quickly. Although it feels like some phones lag a bit on keyboard input.
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Postby frag.machine » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:44 pm

Lardarse wrote:I think LordHavoc plays using gamepad sometimes. I know that Polarite (QuakeOne regular, runs a few servers in Europe) used to, not sure if he still does.


I used to play with arrows + mouse, later I changed to numpad + mouse (the extra keys for non-Quake things like reload, crouch, etc).
I know FrikaC made a cgi-bin version of the quakec interpreter once and wrote part of his website in QuakeC :) (LordHavoc)
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Postby mankrip » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:52 pm

I've beaten Quake (the whole game) for the first time on my Dreamcast, using the DC's controller. It was really fun, specially with the controller vibration, which can't be had with a mouse/keyboard combo.
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Postby daemonicky » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:48 pm

Quake, pfff. Working in Windows without mouse can be a huge pain and therefore a challenge. :) For example Firefox with keyboard only is masochistic experience of clicking tab key to get to a link/textarea/button.

Speaking of challenge, I once played Tomb Raider trying not to kill anyone. I almost finished 2nd level. Does anyone played Quake or some other shooter this way :?: There will be problems doing so, because sometimes a path is locked until You kill all monsters ... I also played Thief The Dark Project this way. :-D
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