Why gamers use WASD to move

Follow by Email
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

Comments from Youtube

lmao : Let's give WASD a meaning, maybe Widely Applied System of Direction?

Ian Murphy : im a gamer myself and i use my limbs to move. y’all are weird

Charles Wang : because WASD is an acronym. W-Walk A-Aleft S-Strafe D-Dright

Holiday Pup : _My F key goes to you_

DecimusYna : WASD is kind of a cool word tbh.

Lunatic Lunala : the same reason we press F to pay respect

Lanceランス : The reason why we press X for doubt.

solid - vape 5 : What is this? A Gamers Guide for single parents that can't connect with their kids?

yeppiyep : Thumbnail looked like filthyfrank

mangoman : who else here is a GAMER? -meme made by Gangweed

Mlg pro player 291 : All you need to know: WASD - Move Space - Jump R - Reload 1;2;3;4... - Guns F - Respect G - Taunt X - Doubt E - MEDIC!

Seven_Eight_Nine Dude : Am I the only one who still uses a typewriter for my keyboard?

Pac Lenny : When I was a Flash Gamer I use Arrow keys!

ValoTheBrute : I thought that was filthy frank in the thumbnail

ARandomYoutuber : the W in wasd is for wumbo.

Mighty Comics : This man aged 22 years and he still looks the same.

BigGoldenYoshiFan : Good luck using Dvorak keyboards for games.

Matthew_Cash : Correction: Fortnite DOES set default movement keys to arrow keys and wasd. It does both.

trash. Acierto : Epic gamer moment: Your dad tells you that he and your mom are getting a divorce and you dab on the hater and cover your face so not to show him your epic gamer tears. N O W T H A T S W H A T I C A L L A V I C T O R Y R O Y A L E

White Frozone : You needed to make an entire video to explain what WASD is just easier to use than arrow keys?

MisterM2402 : Dennis "Thresh" Fong 1996: He looks about 20 years old. 2018: He looks about 28 years old.

Rekryts : I play Wii u with a calculator now I'm very satisfied with playing Minecraft

Jack 01101110 01100101 01110010 01100100 : when someone asks what a meme means so you have to explain 50 other memes so they get it

Xanzs : Category: News & Politic What

Adolf Hitler : 0:25 kilroy was here 2:19 illuminati is watching you

Steve Gitundu : He still looks the same as in 1996

PaperHat : How bout Alt+F4?

pentolp : We use WASD is on the left side of the keyboard and can utilize your thumb in an even distance to the space key and close to the shift and ctrl key which has action function. It makes a comfortable place to put your arm in without interference and for comfortability. You don't even need to watch the video to figure this out.

Jadden : It’s been like that since y8.com was still relevant :)

MM8Titan : Wait, so that wasn't Joji in the thumbnail?? :Dd

Josuto Rudupra : imagine using wsad and mouse in a tournament where people only used keyboard xD

Kim Beam : Long story short: It was easier and comfortable use.... (edit) and they copied Thresh

Mute : It’s comfortable, that’s it end of video

Care for Environment : Even I used the same since I was 4. I first used it in GTA San Andreas. It gives high improvement.

TheGamerForeverGFE : The Gamer Plays : More like ''The ORIGIN of WASD''

dethswurl117 : _Just use two mouses_

Chris : I press TAB to order a tab before my nuclear plant safety inspections.

Emerson Yu : I was a bit irked about how he kept saying WASD but it was always displayed in those games as WSAD. PICK ONE!

Clay Soggyfries : Because arrows are for noobs

CZ Swiss 12 : This is a lie and i and my family use alt f4 to move

SsparnniF : Actually its because each letter stands for its movement Worward AIght Sback Dleft

BerKKK : who searched "WASD" because they're bored?

SymonSaysWhat : Being left-handed, i never used WASD. I always configure my movements/strafing in FPS games to the arrow keys. Yeah, I'm one of those kids. 😂😂😂

Marci Apple : Jokes on you, I still use arrow keys. That's because I broke my 'A' when I last used it. 1 'F' press = 1 new keyboard

Cenia Candra : I was confused, i saw the game and thought "hey... how old is he?why he looks like 20 ish" Turns out he's 41 , my mind just blown away

Ricez : Video mentions fortnite. 'First person shooters'

AB0R : Because thats how the keyboard is arranged.... If it was alphabetical, then it would be "BKLM" instead of "WASD"

Vladimir Lenin : saying fortnite 5 times in one sentence OH LORD TACHANKA SMITE DAT CANCEROUS GAME DOWN

Explorador : Short answer: Because we gotta use the mouse and would be uncomfortable to use the up down left right keys while having to click too