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hello everyone this is Jenny Braj and you are watching my channel on video games and video game academics now if you aren't aware of me do follow me on Facebook Twitter on Instagram after this video but let's delve right into this topic shall we take a look at this keyboard right beside me do you notice the missing letters on this board well if you're a PC gamer you probably could these are the WASD Keys but what made the WASD Keys the standard for PC gaming the WASD Keys for those who are unaware are a set of four keys in a QWERTY or quartz keyboard the wns control forward and backward mechanics and the an D control the left and right mechanics the mouse of a computer acts as a turning mechanic for games that allow more free-flowing movement in regards to video games the WASD mechanics work the same way as the arrow key mechanics on your keyboard so why not use the arrow keys instead of the WASD Keys well ergonomically speaking because your right head is on a mouse your left hand is in control of the keyboard if using the arrow keys your whole body would be shifted towards the right thus making an uncomfortable gaming experience with your left hand on the WASD keys however your body is in center with your screen and it's just much more comfortable in general try out the difference on your keyboard and test it out for yourself the WASD keys and mouse app wasn't always the common norm though in 1997 Denis Fogg a popular quake player won the USA quake tournament by using the WASD in Mouse configuration this was quite the odd thing at the time because most gamers would only use the keyboard for their gaming experience but Fong said that by using the WASD and mouse setup his skill level significant increased and therefore so did the popularization of the WASD setup but even then it did take a couple of more years for the WASD configuration to become the standard to PC gaming but with certainty Fong was a huge influence to the WASD standardization especially for FPS games eventually through the WASD placement additional functions were added to these surrounding keys such as space for jump control for duck and shift for run but not everyone uses the WASD Keys PC Gamer dot-com asked valve co-founder Gabe Newell about his preferred config and he replied I personally don't like WASD as it takes your hand away from your typing home keys I always remind to ESC F other gamers prefer the s XE keys or the steam controller but what about you what key controls or what controllers do you prefer when gaming on a PC do let me know and tell me what I'm really interested and if you do like this video please give me a thumbs up it'll be much appreciated Cheers and keep on gaming