## How to not go diagonally!?

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stanmarshd
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### How to not go diagonally!?

My game uses WSAD controls. Whenever you hold, say, w and d, you go diagonally up and right. I want this to go away. Please help me.
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Plu
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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

Either before you move check if multiple keys are pressed and then don't move, or put the moves in an if-elseif structure so that only one keydown is registered at most.

The former is a bit more code and means your character stands still if you press both "w" and "a", the second is a bit easier but it means that if someone pushes all the buttons at once, they'll still move in one direction; whichever is highest up in the chain.

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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

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if LEFT or RIGHT then
UP = false
DOWN = false
end
if UP or DOWN then
LEFT = false
RIGHT = false
end

if LEFT then x = x - 5
if RIGHT then x = x + 5
if UP then y = y - 5
if DOWN then y = y + 5
This is how I would approach it. However it will favor left/right over up/down because it's for loop is first. And, of course this isn't actual code. You need to add the keyboard key checks in the beginning.

EDIT:
To eliminate the favoring part, try something along these lines...

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if (LEFT or RIGHT) and not (UP or DOWN) then
if LEFT then x = x - 5
if RIGHT then x = x + 5
end
if (UP or DOWN) and not (LEFT or RIGHT) then
if UP then y = y - 5
if DOWN then y = y + 5
end
Of course, ANOTHER PROBLEM with this one. If more than one key is pressed the player stop completely.

My last idea for this is to get the LAST key pressed and just use that with an if statement for each seperate key.

Hope this helps in some way.
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mickeyjm
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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

XHH wrote:

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if LEFT or RIGHT then
UP = false
DOWN = false
end
if UP or DOWN then
LEFT = false
RIGHT = false
end

Those two if statements are redundant because no matter what by the time you reach the second if statement there will only be (UP or DOWN) pressed or (Left or RIGHT) pressed but not both, meaning the other if statement will never change anything
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DaedalusYoung
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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

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if up then y = y -1
elseif down then y = y + 1
elseif left then x = x - 1
elseif right then x = x + 1
end

This way, the if...then loop will stop at the first true statement. That does mean that there is a bias, if a player holds both up and right, the character will go up, because that's the first check in the loop.

To fix this, you can do something like this:

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if up and not left and not right and not down then y = y - 1
elseif down and not up and not left and not right then y = y + 1
-- etcetera
end

Then again, the character will stop moving completely when more than one arrow key is pressed, which can be annoying.

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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

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if up and not left and not right and not down then y = y - 1
elseif down and not up and not left and not right then y = y + 1
-- etcetera
end

Then again, the character will stop moving completely when more than one arrow key is pressed, which can be annoying.
Yea this is what I was thinking, but there must be some better, less tedious way.
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Omnivore
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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

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local MOVE_KEYS, move_key = {w = 'w', a = 'a', s = 's', d = 'd'}

local function on_keypressed(key)
move_key = MOVE_KEYS.key or move_key
-- whatever else
end

local function on_keyreleased(key)
if key == move_key then move_key = nil end
-- more whatevers
end

local function on_update()
if move_key then
-- do the move
end
-- and even more whatevers
end

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T-Bone
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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

Stanmarchd, it would help if you told us what you want to happen if you press for example up and right at the same time, Should you move up, right or perhaps not at all?

stanmarshd
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### Re: How to not go diagonally!?

I got the problem fixed thanks to DaedalusYoung, but before the image would up and right diagonally.
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