Friday, December 10, 2010

Game Controls


Switching through games a lot leads to symptoms of control alzheimer's disease. I just died because of it, which is why I'm writing this. Why do some of the standard controls like jump or the action button have to switch around between different games? Playing one game the jump button is Y while in another it is A will only lead to confusion for the first hour or so of playing where, in the heat of battle, you will inevitably doom yourself with the wrong button. My point with this is why don't the game companies have standard buttons for common actions?

I know what you're thinking, there are standard buttons, the left stick always moves you, the right stick always controls looking, right trigger is always fire or accelerate in racing, left trigger is always aim or brake in racing. But look at those standards, they are universal, and look at how our quality of life has improved. You can pick up any racing game within reason and play it with those controls, why can't other games be like that too.

12 comments:

  1. I never really thought about it before.

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  2. mouse and keyboard is still my #1

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  3. you're right - muscle memory for a different controller dooms you to a quick death when you switch between systems.

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  4. i agree with the champ... WASD baby...

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  5. Yeah I know what you mean. I hate having to learn new controls :/ It'd be so much easier if they were a bit more standardized.

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  6. I can't really answer your question and just say that it's the developers discretion. The better question is why so many console titles refuse to allow you to CHANGE the controls to let you do what you want with them. It's not exactly mind blowing to let control schemas be variable.

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  7. Hahaha, just started back playing NfS Shift and couldn't remember how to accel and shift since I'm playing on the manual mode! But man, it only takes 5minutes to remember the controls and after all it give an original and unique touch to every single game! Just think about Skate, it wouldn't be the same with the old THPS controls!

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  8. If you just help one person it will all be worth it. BTW...made you new blog of the day.

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  9. I have died sooooooo many times because of this.

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