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The QWOP interface screen says :

QW : thighs
OP : calves

However I still do not understand which actions, under which conditions, result from hitting those keys.
For example when I press P sometimes the right calf extends, sometimes it bends, sometimes it's the other calf.

Has anyone thought about writing down the rules of that game ? That might "break" its difficulty.

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After playing and watching for a little while, I believe the following functions are constant:

  • Q: Right thigh forward, left thigh backward
  • W: Left thigh forward, right thigh backward
  • O: Extension of left calf, flexion (bending) of right calf
  • P: Flexion of right calf, extension of left calf
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