GameDynamo - "In an effort to go green -- more likely to save some green -- Electronic Arts has announced that it is phasing out all in-box, printed manuals from retail copies of all its video games in favor of in-game digital manuals..."
its gonna get to the point where all you get is the CD and nothing else not even a case
and no print on the disc either. somebody just gets a sharpie and writes the name of the game on the disc with a smiley face underneath.
First they get rid of the manual, next they get rid of the disc.
Go green, lol. Yeah, more profit! That's the only green that they care about.
LOL Like the borat DVD :D But on Crysis 2 i got a manual....
A laser printed slip of paper with a code to download the game.
soon we are gonna have to walk to the store, and the cashier will tell you the code and you have to remember it, because writing on paper to note things down is not allowed in order to be green.
A text reminder of the code can be requested at a charge of 100 EA points.
Meh ill stick to toilet paper its a lot cheaper. Plus when your done with it you just flush it down.
i remmember when games came in sandwich bags with crudely drawn artwork on a piece of paper. sometime it wasn't artwork at all just the name in sharpie.
Damn!!! Sorry but how old are you?
Ah yes, those were the days. My commodore and Apple II were always well stocked with the best floppies -- Dr. J vs. Bird, Sword of Fargol, Karataka
i'm 32 thank you.
Ah.. I see. Much respect to you sir..
And without manuals EA can save a couple of cents XD
multiplied by millions.. it adds up.
For most games, you learn everything you need to from the tutorial mission as it is. The only kicker is that this savings on this end is never reflected in the price of the game, only as a few extra cents in their wallets with each game.
I can see just DD in the future, and there is no real game stores, you just buy cards from like wal-mart and buy the games online from xboxlive/psn.
Pretty soon you won't even get the case, just a cd sleeve.
I don't really like this, open a case without a manual and it just seems empty. It's something I've always found crappy about DVDs etc
Yeah, it looks cheap. Like counterfeited music CDs.
There's just no weight to a case with no manual. When you get a game you've been waiting for for weeks/ months/ possibly years, and you finally have it in your hands - well without a manual it feels less like the complete package, and more like a waste of plastic with a disc in it.
And so dies my memories of riding home in the car after buying a new game and reading the manual. <3 how MGS had a comic in the manual visually showing everything you could do.
Ima miss that .. just brought a game and walking home or driving, bus and checking out the booklet. :( online codes and no booklets >:(
The next gen will be download only anyway. I don't care about the boxes and manuals as long as i can buy games for a reasonable price.
ISP's dissagree. 99% of the people don't have the internet speeds and bandwidth we do.
Why do you think microsoft want to keep the 360 until 2015 and sony the ps3 until 2016? Why do you think there are more than 90% with DLC? That you can buy complete games from psn or xbl? You'll see, you'll see. Deny it for now if you want. lol
Funny, considering the trees used to make paper are planted with that purpose in mind, if my memory doesn't fail me. But yeah, let's act like the reason behind this isn't saving money at all. Fuck you, EA. Fuck you.
But you were on the up EA... why would you do this?
I fully understand that people will miss reading manuals when they first open the game in the car, (or flipping through and looking at pics and only reading characters profiles like I do) but let's be honest, no one looks at them more then one or twice. I know this may seem miniscule compared to the total cost, but add that up over the million+ copies of a game printed and they do. Besides this shouldn't come as a surprise, soon games WILL be digital on consoles (next gen after this upcoming one) whether you like it or not. I know I don't but if they charge full cost $50-$60 for digital, then we can bitch. I feel like a rambled oh well, just more time for me to procrastinate this paper.
They already do that. Look at Mass Effect 2 on PSN. Look at the upcoming DC Universe coming to PSN. Then look at all new releases on Steam etc.... Going digital and cutting back isnt going to lower prices, its just going to put more money into their pockets. Fact is people will pay 60 dollars for a game. They had to justify it this generation by saying costs was going up, but not its gonna stick. Just cus it costs 1 dollar to make it doesnt mean they should sell it for 1 dollar.
So in order to remember controls we are going to either have to go through the training missions/levels again or pause the game every ten seconds and find the manual....Hell who wants to bet they soon get too lazy to even include the manual with the game, thus you have to download it off the store or something. Imagine learning a new control scheme like NHL introduced without having the manual by your side for a least one or two games....
Not surprised to be honest, you get told everything what's in the manual on the game anyway... It even caters for the even most spacktards who turn their consoles off while the game is saving, tells them "hey buddy, not yet, wait till my spinning icon goes away" I used to like walking home after buying a game reading the manuals and drooling over what I was in for when I got home
Will this mean cheaper games?...... Sadly no.
Their saving green by going green.
The Manuals will be sold apart.
i remmember maybe two years ago, game informer has a yearly issue of the game infarcer were they jokingly said ea would charge extra for air in the football of madden.
its only EA sports. Misleading article title Has nothing to do with 99 percent of EA games
HA HA. some you made my night. funny so how about a price cut then on the games. naa thought too much to ask. make things smaller raise the price.
Watch, we're going to start to have to pay for instruction manuals under a new name. Instruction, I dunno, PAMPHLETS or something :P
I know a lot of people are going to say, the manual doesn't matter, blah blah... you can access it on the disc, but the point of buying a physical copy of the game is to get EVERYTHING, including a paper manual. Besides, if EA actually put any effort into their manuals, there would be more to it than "how to play" instructions.
They dont care about going 'green'. They just want to lower their costs.
Wow EA... just wow. *sigh*
EA also embraces new environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, and water-conserving technologies in the manufacturing and distribution of its products. Wow, blown away! This is just upsetting and will just get worse! You can thank all the ex hippy baby boomer morons for stuff like this! What a bunch of hogwash all this save the environment crap is. Its a money making scam. Don not buy into this people!
Manuals for the past several years have pretty much sucked anyways. I remember the days when manuals were actual books and the box was heavy (e.g Gunship on Commodore 64).
this is kind of disappointing for me to hear. the manual and case are just as much a part of gaming as the game itself, at least for me. i dont trade in my games so i like having the complete case and i actually read the manuals/booklets. im real particular about my games. i wont buy any game whether used, ebay or from a friend unless it has the manual and original case. im not necessarily referring to this gen but even old gen games, its just a must for me. opening an ea game to see no manual and maybe a piece of paper for some dlc instead is just not the same.
Next is no Box-Art. Watch this space.
I think this is a good idea, I mean with the Internet you can find most of what you need manual wise so it really is a waste, be it money or resources wise. But....the inside of the boxes do seem kind of bare without them, so having some code slip or something simple on the inside to fill the void would be nice.
I will miss the smell.
EA game manuals were always pretty cheap anyways so it wont hurt.
If you buy a used EA game, they will make you pay for the nonexistent manual.
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