Submitted by -Mezzo- 994d ago | opinion piece

The Game Manual, a Disappearing Presence in Gaming Culture

Gi - As the gaming industry has evolved and matured over the years, it has also lost a dear friend and faithful companion: the game manual. Growing up in the 90s, gamers were exposed to a wide variety of games from many different developers both large and small. Nintendo and Sega duked it out for consumers’ dollars and the race for the higher bit machine took many companies to their graves. At the end of the day, despite whichever experiences and titles were chosen, gamers were able to sit down and crack open that box to enjoy that all too familiar “fresh game smell”. (Culture)

Snookies12  +   994d ago
Yeah, the boxes look so empty without manuals...
admiralvic  +   994d ago
Yes / No.

A lot of games include online passes (so there is a card there) and I've come across a few with advertisements in there. Not saying it makes up for the missing manual, but it does make the box feel less empty.
AznGaara  +   994d ago
I've never bought a boxed vita game until December and when I opened the case I had the saddest expression on my face. I love manuals. Having that removed just makes the whole package less complete.
Snookies12  +   994d ago
I was especially angry when I bought Disgaea 3 for the Vita. I KNOW the Japanese version had a really thick manual with color art and stuff. The US version didn't ship with anything in the box other than the game.
Nevers  +   994d ago
I'm not a fan of the in-game manuals we see now. The whole process feels clunky compared to just flipping through a tiny booklet. Also, I'll never forget just how magical the booklets for old NES games were... still love to see the monster art.
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gillri  +   994d ago
I remember getting gaming amnuals and reading them back to front I always remember the original Gameboy ones and counting the amount of pages it had I loved the Metroid II one

I dont even open them now
hiredhelp  +   994d ago
Amazes me that publishers can get away with this and still get away with charging same price.
Nope i still love a good thick manual even if i dont read it its apart of the package.
Am i the only one who loves the smell of a new game and manual ok did i just say that ....
2pacalypsenow  +   994d ago
That and Digital games being the same price as retail are the reason why i hate All digital among other things
isarai  +   994d ago
Shit like this pisses me off about the game industry. "B-but we're saving the trees" yet you give us trifold pamphlets of legal information, cards with advisement and online passes that could have easily just been on the receipt when you get it from the store, that to me is more of a waste of paper than having actual useful info on the game itself so don't give me that "going green" bullshit this is nothing more than something to put more money in your greedy ass pockets publishers.
nevin1  +   994d ago
Are you people saying the Vita cartridges doesn't come with game manuals?
MmaFan-Qc  +   994d ago
all the ps vita games have game manuals, they simply are digital.
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cyclindk  +   993d ago
Manual? What's a manual.. oh you must mean Manuel, our gardener.
TotalHitman  +   993d ago
There's nothing like that new manual smell ;)

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