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Carl Frodge
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I find that in a lot of games that use the "tap" mechanic from Magic: The Gathering, they almost always show to "tap" by turning the card 90º to the right.

But why to the right? It's so much more natural, for me at least, to tap to the left.

Anyone have any idea why this is?
 
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I would be interested to see why you feel it is more natural to the left, but in terms of rotation, it would be clockwise.

A lot of other things follow this mentality like a screw, the more you turn it to the right, the further it progresses.
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Yes, I think of it as cranking the card clockwise, then loosening it counterclockwise when it's readying again.
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Which hand do you use to tap cards with?

For me it's because it's a more natural direction to twist using the right hand. Tapping to the left with the right hand means your thumb slides under the hand as opposed to the 2nd/3rd finger, which in my case feels more awkward than tapping to the right.

It's the same reason a right-handed spinner will use finger spin to bowl offies and generally wrist-spin to bowl leggies (I may have lost our North American audience with that analogy)
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For goodness sake! You wouldn't want to invoke magic cards by turning them widdershins, would you?
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losfp wrote:
Which hand do you use to tap cards with?
My right hand, usually, but it doesn't matter. It's natural to tap it to the left with both hands.

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For me it's because it's a more natural direction to twist using the right hand. Tapping to the left with the right hand means your thumb slides under the hand as opposed to the 2nd/3rd finger, which in my case feels more awkward than tapping to the right.
Yeah. that's likely part of it.

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It's the same reason a right-handed spinner will use finger spin to bowl offies and generally wrist-spin to bowl leggies (I may have lost our North American audience with that analogy)
You lost me. This sounds like contact-something (juggling, staff, or some other dexterity-based skill) lingo.
 
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I tap to the left when playing Magic: The Gathering. I'm not sure it matters which way you tap, unless it's something where the card can be tapped multiple times and left tapped is tapped once and right tapped is tapped 3 times.
 
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It's because human necks have physiologically evolved to tilt right more easily than left.

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Well, the arrow does tell you to turn it that way...
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agentkuo wrote:
I find that in a lot of games that use the "tap" mechanic from Magic: The Gathering, they almost always show to "tap" by turning the card 90º to the right.

But why to the right? It's so much more natural, for me at least, to tap to the left.

Anyone have any idea why this is?

We're in the Northern Hemisphere.

They do it counterclockwise Brazil and Australia
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I would ahve to agree I always tap to the left without even realizing it!

Is it even still safe to cal it a "tap"!
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agentkuo wrote:
losfp wrote:
Which hand do you use to tap cards with?
My right hand, usually, but it doesn't matter. It's natural to tap it to the left with both hands.

Is it now? I tap clockwise, not widdershins every time, hand regardless (I'm a lefty) I tap with a wrist motion not a finger motion.
 
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Personally, I find one full turn and a quarter to the right works best.
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Tapping to the left would mean the thumb of your right hand goes the wrong way, ie overextended to the left.
 
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Since you untap around about as often as you tap it shouldn't matter if one is more ergonomic than the other since you'll wind up doing a 90 degrees motion in the other direction a bunch of times anyway.

I just stuck a sheet of paper in front of me, turned it 90 degrees right and tried to read the text. Then turned it the other way and tried to read the text. It was just as easy both ways, so it's got nothing to do with a particular orientation being more readable.

I think it might just be convention.
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agentkuo wrote:
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It's the same reason a right-handed spinner will use finger spin to bowl offies and generally wrist-spin to bowl leggies (I may have lost our North American audience with that analogy)
You lost me. This sounds like contact-something (juggling, staff, or some other dexterity-based skill) lingo.

What our esteemed colleague is suggesting is that to tap anticlockwise is simply not Pocket Cricket
 
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Uhhh... you're supposed to rap left? I didn't know there was a correct way. No manners this one!

I've always tapped anti-clockwise. It feels more natural to my hand and is easier to read. Maybe because I've always done it that way. But it does.
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In pokemon tcg, right and left "tapping" represent different status effects (sleep and paralysis) . Upside down is "confusion".

Just an example of them being distinct states, instead of just sideways arbitrarily.
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BeardsandBoardgames wrote:
I would ahve to agree I always tap to the left without even realizing it!

Is it even still safe to cal it a "tap"!

M:TG copyrighted that long ago, thats why every game manual says 'turn 90 degrees' or something similar.
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    I tap with my index and middle fingers. Left turn is easier for my right hand.

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I tear up the card, because once Kip taps a card, nobody untaps it.
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After reading, I see "tapping" to the left. A lot of us read from left to right. I know for myself it would be more natural to scan my tableau with things tapped left.
 
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princemousey wrote:
Tapping to the left would mean the thumb of your right hand goes the wrong way, ie overextended to the left.
I see a few people saying this and I'm so baffled by this. Are you not grabbing the sides of the card?

Standard full hand grip ergonomics would lead to turning left being easier. That said I think everyone grabs cards differently and it comes down to what makes sense from a layout point of view rather than the action. Because of clocks and screws it makes more sense to turn right.
 
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mafman6 wrote:
princemousey wrote:
Tapping to the left would mean the thumb of your right hand goes the wrong way, ie overextended to the left.
I see a few people saying this and I'm so baffled by this. Are you not grabbing the sides of the card?

Standard full hand grip ergonomics would lead to turning left being easier. That said I think everyone grabs cards differently and it comes down to what makes sense from a layout point of view rather than the action. Because of clocks and screws it makes more sense to turn right.
I use just my fingers, not my full hand to tap cards. Probably from when I did cubing, doing finger tricks instead of rotations with my full hand.
 
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agentkuo wrote:
losfp wrote:
Which hand do you use to tap cards with?
My right hand, usually, but it doesn't matter. It's natural to tap it to the left with both hands.

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For me it's because it's a more natural direction to twist using the right hand. Tapping to the left with the right hand means your thumb slides under the hand as opposed to the 2nd/3rd finger, which in my case feels more awkward than tapping to the right.
Yeah. that's likely part of it.

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It's the same reason a right-handed spinner will use finger spin to bowl offies and generally wrist-spin to bowl leggies (I may have lost our North American audience with that analogy)
You lost me. This sounds like contact-something (juggling, staff, or some other dexterity-based skill) lingo.

As I think Ian Bennett pointed out, if you tap left "Well then, it wouldn't be cricket would it".
 
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