Halo 4 and the Death of the Instruction Booklet

Mike "Scrimshaw" Potts discusses the sad decline of the instruction booklet, as demonstrated by comparing Halo CE's manual to Halo 4's.

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Neonridr1960d ago

I used to love reading the instruction manual. I agree with the author, I wasn't always with my game console, so sometimes I would read the instruction booklet to tide me over until I could play the game. Or sometimes I just liked to learn more about the story before I jumped in and started playing.

I guess some kids nowadays don't have the patience us older gamers have. They are all in guns blazing without a care in the world. What story they say.

I understand with companies trying to cut costs where they can, they figure that all games share the same basic controls now, so why show them when they can just learn it on the fly. Plus, they figure they can just give us a story synopsis during the opening credits of the game.

May the instruction booklet Rest In Peace.

-GametimeUK-1960d ago

When I was young I used to read all the character information in the Resident Evil instruction manual.

Now I'm a bit older I don't really care that much.

I do still enjoy all the R* instruction booklets and the free maps. I hope they continue.

Irishguy951960d ago (Edited 1960d ago )

I remember RE1 explaining stars and having newspaper clipouts and stuff about the backstory to RE> Halo was good like that too

Metal gears little comics

NeverEnding19891960d ago

I agree, but I don't feel it's about lack of patience, I think it's more the advent of technology.

I read the Halo 4 Instruction booklet (and a lot more) 2 weeks before release here:

Although I still enjoy a small instruction booklet, they aren't really needed and in this day and age arguably quite wasteful.

iamnsuperman1960d ago

The were nice but in theory a waste of money and time. It does make sense to put them on the disc now/ have a good tutorial

guitarded771960d ago

I prefer an in game guide in the menus. I'd rather pause to look something up, instead of grab the case and pull out the book. Plus most games first levels hold your hand with a tutorial... which is getting old in itself. How many virtual target ranges do I have to visit?

silkrevolver1960d ago

I noticed this last night.
It's sad, to be sure, but at least it's cost effective and saves trees.

moneybag1234561960d ago

I don't think I have ever used one of those "manuals". But I think we can all agree that when we were younger we tried to find "cheat codes" or "level walkthroughs" in the manuals. Or maybe that was just me.

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