This portfolio entry was originally written for Jagex (for their game RuneScape). The original piece is available here. Please note that the original may have been edited, and if so would differ to the content below. The last update I made to the original post was in July 2013.

Camera Controls

Introduction

The in game camera allows you to determine how you see the game, whether it is from a distance or close up. It aids your navigation, allowing you to look all around you for incoming enemies or obscured objects.

Rotation

The left arrow key rotates the camera view clockwise, while the right arrow key rotates the camera view anti-clockwise. You can also hold down the middle mouse wheel and move your mouse left and right to turn the camera.

camera rotation
LeftRight

You will have to adjust the camera to get a good view of your surroundings and all the possible objects you can interact with. Using the camera properly will ensure you do not overlook important items. In the images above, the player has rotated the camera in order to see the burning building in the distance.

Height

To adjust the height of the camera, press the up arrow key to tilt the camera downwards or the down arrow key to tilt the camera upwards. You can also hold down the middle mouse wheel and move your mouse up and down to tilt the camera.

camera height
Maximum heightMinimum height

The image on the left hand side shows how tilting the camera downwards allows for a much wider viewing area.

Zoom

To adjust the zoom of the camera, press the page up key to zoom the camera inwards or the page down key to zoom the camera out. You can also scroll the middle mouse wheel up and down to zoom the camera.

camera zoom
Maximum zoomMinimum zoom

The image on the left hand side shows how zooming the camera out allows for a much wider viewing area.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Main article: Controls interface

Accessible by pressing “Esc” on your keyboard, the controls settings interface will allow you to customise the controls described above. Note that you cannot customise the primary camera movement keys (marked in red).

KeyDescription
Up arrowMove camera up (primary)
Down arrowMove camera down (primary)
Left arrowMove camera left (primary)
Right arrowMove camera right (primary)
Page UpZoom in
KeyDescription
WMove camera up (secondary)
SMove camera down (secondary)
AMove camera left (secondary)
DMove camera right (secondary)
Page DownZoom out

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