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What happened to Game Manuals?

Posted on 3/22/2013 by with 3 comments

GameManualSo you have just bought the latest game. Everything is very cool until you open the DVD case. Where did the manual go? Is the game that simple that you don’t need a manual?

You see this more and more these days. I guess this is going to be a thing of the past with all the digital download versions of games. I understand the ease of being able to download a game, you don’t have to stand in any lines and that is great. Please send me my manual by mail, I want something I can hold. Yes I will pay extra for it!

What it really means its more money in the pockets of the game companies. There still charging you for it, but never printed it out. I understand that they have to make money, but at least give me an option to get some good documentation.

Does anyone out there remember what it was like to be able to flip through the manual while you were playing the game? Or back when there was something that was helpful in a manual besides just how to control the game.

Just an idea would be to have some background story that is longer than a page or two like most manuals have today. Unless you shell out for a collector’s edition you get nothing of any value, hell those don’t have much of value in them either.

What happened to the manuals? My guess is greed happened, but that’s just an opinion! I have written game manuals and I can tell you that max quality is not what they want today, they want speed and ease over quality.

I wish at least one company would throw this old dog a bone, so I wouldn’t have to alt + tab out of game to read the pdf version manual. Maybe I’m the only one who still reads the manuals of games.

3 responses to What happened to Game Manuals?

  1. On April 4th, 2013 at 8:06 pm , Marcella said...

    I miss the old manuals! For me, it was a part of the game I was buying just as lyric-book is a part music CD’s. I even remember those ones, where you could read something about game, game character or story line… And now it’s just gone. And that’s a shame

  2. On April 4th, 2013 at 8:08 pm , nick james said...

    I remember the good old days of sitting around the house with my two young boys and playing games. When we got stuck all three of us would dive at the same time for the manual and try to find out what we are meant to do and where we were going wrong. We had so much fun fighting over the manual. I think nowadays a lot of games are easier to play so if they gave a manual you would be able to finish playing the game in record time. Considering how much you pay for some games this would make the cost hard to justify for parents.
    In the mean time give me my manual back i miss it.

  3. On April 4th, 2013 at 8:09 pm , Junior said...

    Great article. I too have noticed that they never seem to give manuals anymore. I would also pay extra for a hard copy, I hate having to google every time I want to know something.

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