Part II - Quake III Controls
Although you may not believe it now, a good controller setup is the most
critical concept and skill a Quake III player must acquire. If you're not using
an effective and efficient control setup you are going to have an extremely
difficult time playing Quake III and other games like it. This section will
introduce to one of the most widely used control methods: the mouse and
Why Use A Mouse And Keyboard?
If you aren't already comfortable with using the keyboard and mouse for control,
you should be. Although it feels awkward and strange at first, the keyboard and
mouse combination is the most popular control method among online shooters (as
of this writing).
The mouse is used for looking up and down,
looking/moving left to right, and firing your weapon. On a three button mouse
use the middle mouse button (or scroll wheel) to zoom in your view, kind of like
The keyboard is used for everything else. Moving
forward and backwards, sidestepping to the right or left, jumping, crouching,
switching weapons, talking, etc. The first question most new players have is how
do I use the keyboard and mouse, together, to move my character? This can best
be explained by example.
Suppose you were in a long hallway, and another
hallway intersects it in the middle. Now let's say you're starting at the
beginning of the hallway. To move towards the intersection you would press the
walk forward key which is W or the Up Arrow key. Now suppose that when you reach
the intersection you wanted to turn left to go into the intersecting hall. While
you were still pressing the walk forward key you would move your mouse to the
left, which would veer your character left into the intersecting hallway.
Alternatively, you could press the Left Arrow key to turn left.
The Default Control Setup
The following control setup is what Quake III is initially set to after you've
installed it. For quick reference you can find this list, plus more default
controls, on page 31 of your Quake III Arena manual.
||W or Up Arrow
||S or Down Arrow
||Move mouse forward or PgDn
||Move mouse backwards or Del
||Mouse Button 3 (on scroll
wheel mice click the wheel)
||Left Arrow or Move mouse left
||Right Arrow or Move mouse
||Mouse button 1 or Ctrl
Changing Your Controls
If you don't like any of the default control settings of Quake III - although I
highly recommend you use them - they can be changed. You can access control
setup from either the main menu or by hitting Esc when you're in a game. Click
"Setup" and then click "Controls." You are now at the
control setup screen.
On the left are different categories of control
types that you can set, for example "Look." Select the category that
fits the control you want to change by clicking it. On the left side of the
screen is a list of controls and the key/button that control is bound to. To set
the control to a different key or button click on the control's name, and then
press the new button/key you want to change it to. If you change your mind
before you set the control you can cancel by hitting Esc.