Popping back into Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) recently, just to blow the cobwebs off my characters, I was reminded of the issue of control schemes in different MMORPGs. If you’ve ever swapped games with any regularity then you might recognise this one too.
A familiar location but half-forgotten controls
MMORPGs have pretty varied default controls – that mix of keybindings and mouse configuration that we use to guide our character. There’s a fairly stark split in the genre between action and non-action games in this regard. Traditional non-action MMOs have the mouse buttons for interaction and movement functions, whereas in action MMOs the mouse buttons are usually used for basic attacks.
Beyond the basics, though, there are lots of actions that I have bound to various keys over the course of the years and in various games. For years I had Shift+4 as my mount/unmount key in LOTRO and…
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