Cutting that corner properly
In fact, some DooMers end up doing a form of strafe-running that gives only two-thirds as much of a speed-up as theyshould get, because they never understood the particulars of strafing in DooM. The thing is, in DooM there are actually two kinds of strafing.
No, no, not left and right. There’s a more subtle difference of flavour than that. If you activate strafing (the default control is to press
ALT) and then use the control you would usually use to turn left or right, you move to the side with a velocity of 50 units. That’s true strafing, the sort which I’ve been talking about.
However, DooM also gives you two separate controls that allow you to strafe with a single keypress. These controls,
straferight, function as
moveright do in Quake. Especially if you are a mouser, you will probably find this method of control slightly easier. Unfortunately, these only give you a side velocity of 40 units, not the 50 you get from doing proper strafing. This means you get rather less value out of strafe-running.
Again you will move along the diagonal of a rectangle, but this time it is not a square with equal sides; one side is 0.8 the length of the distance you cover by moving forward normally. The length of the diagonal is hence sqrt(12 + 0.82) the length of the forward movement side. This gives you a speed-up of only about 28% rather than the 41% afforded by proper diagonal-running. And the angle you move at will not be 45o, but rather 36o to the direction you are facing. So if you’ve ever noticed yourself not going at the angle you thought you should be, then that’s why; you’ve probably been doing it wrong!