Most of the eighties
computer games fell into 2 categories.. the IJKM games and the AZ left right games
These letters of course refer to the controls for moving whatever game character
you were using. When I got a new game, it invariably was copied off a friend and the first few hours with it were spent trying to work out the keys to control it.
Games like Aztec
on the Apple II
took ages with it 20 or so control keys.. until you worked out the help key and had it all in front of you.
These days we all have numeric keypad
s and they have taken over as the default control keys for a game... but then again I buy all my games now and so don't need to muck around keyjamming
for the first few hours. I just read the manual.
Besides, imagine trying to work out the keystrokes for something like MechWarrior 4
, or Age Of Kings
without a manual. Kids these days must be all amateur cryptographer
s. Either that or have nothing better to do than sit at their computer
for 12 hours a day.... oh ... yeah....