The History of Keyboard Movement Controls

A recent question on Reddit asked how and why the WASD control configuration became dominant for moving the main character ( WASD refers to the keys commonly used to govern a player character's movement either up-left-down-right or forward-left-backward-right (depending on perspective). Since there's very little solid material on the subject, I thought it would be interesting to at least catalogue the use of WADS and WADS-like control systems in games. Some alternatives to WASD are: ESDF, IJKL, 8456 and the arrow keys. You can contribute by filling out the form below. Did I miss something important? Please direct questions or feedback to
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