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I want to make a pong game. However when I moved the paddles with the key board I only get a smooth movement and the key had been down for say 0.5 seconds. Similar to the way in a word document if you hold a key, the program waits for a short time before a running sequence of letters get printed: eg

sssssssssssssssssssssssss

does anyone have any ideas.
 
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use a timer to move the paddle

keyPressed starts the timer (also checks if timer is running, or boolean flag keyDown)
keyReleased stops the timer (resets keyDown to false)
 
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Thanks for that advice Michael

I have another question.

If I want 2 players, is it possible to avoid the keyboard conflict when 2 or more buttons are pressed, or will I have to resort to using a mouse for 2 players
 
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seems to work OK for a couple of keys (in example left and right keys).
if you develop a conflict, try wrapping the actions in a SwingUtilities.invokeLater()

 
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in the following code


is it possible to avoid triggering public void keyPressed in a certain condition so that the event would not be fired.
 
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it's going to fire if a listener is aded, but the code within keyPressed()
can be conditional

 
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