How to Make the Runner Run on QWOP

Written by nicholas zacharewicz
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How to Make the Runner Run on QWOP
Run for your country's glory in "QWOP." (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

"QWOP" is an online game known for its incredible difficulty. In "QWOP" you play as an undertrained Olympic runner from a small, unnamed country participating in the 100 meter dash. Your lack of training comes across in the game's control system. You use the "Q" and "W" keys to move the runner's left and right thighs respectively and the "O" and "P" keys to move the runner's left and right calves respectively. The trouble with this system is that you need to move the runner's calves and thighs in the proper rhythm to keep him from falling.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start the game by clicking on the instructive dialogue window that appears over the game's interface. Wait for one second before starting to control the runner.

  2. 2

    Press the "W" and "O" keys at the same time. Hold down these keys.

  3. 3

    Release the "W" and "O" keys just as the runner's front foot is starting to come back down to the ground.

  4. 4

    Press the "Q" and "P" keys at the same time. Hold down these keys. These keys should be pressed immediately after releasing the "W" and "O" keys.

  5. 5

    Release the "Q" and "P" keys just as the runner's front foot is starting to come back down to the ground.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process of pressing and holding down the "W" and "O" keys and then releasing them before pressing and holding down the "Q" and "P" keys. Keep doing this until you reach the finish line at the 100 meter mark.

Tips and warnings

  • Timing is important in this game. Always ensure that you press the two keys -- "W" and "O" or "Q" and "P" -- simultaneously just as the runner's front foot is about to fall. If you are consistently successful in timing this button pressing properly, the game should not give you too much trouble.
  • If you press the two keys -- "W" and "O" or "Q" and "P" -- too early or too late, you will wind up falling forward or backwards.
  • Missing your timing like this will give your runner some time to recover his stride, but to do so will require very careful button combinations. If you do not manage to input these combinations in time, your runner will slowly topple to the ground in a jumbled heap and you will have to start the race over again.

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