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#1
Am I the only person to notice that game manuals have gotten smaller and smaller over time. Some games nowadays just come with a piece of paper.

Btw, this isn't really a complaint or anything (save the trees. etc.) but, it's kinda strange how they're doing this.

Personally, I think it's a way of padding the game out. Instead of telling you how to play the game in the manual, they make you play through tutorials which seems like a cop out to me.
Oh well, maybe I've just noticed it in certain games, I wouldn't be surprised if there are still some games which have bibles inside the case
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#2
You were lame for looking at them in the first place.
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#3
I liked manuals because they gave the case some weight.

Now not only are the manuals just a few sheets, but the case is much thinner and has holes cut in it. Every time I open it i'm afraid it will bust.
#4
I haven't purchased a video game in years. This is news to me.
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#5
They're awesome to read while taking a poop.
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#6
I love and miss manuals. We've had this discussion in the gaming thread before, going home and reading the manual before the game started is part of the gaming experience that's sadly lost these days.

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Am I the only person to notice that game manuals have gotten smaller and smaller over time. Some games nowadays just come with a piece of paper.

Btw, this isn't really a complaint or anything (save the trees. etc.) but, it's kinda strange how they're doing this.

Personally, I think it's a way of padding the game out. Instead of telling you how to play the game in the manual, they make you play through tutorials which seems like a cop out to me.
Oh well, maybe I've just noticed it in certain games, I wouldn't be surprised if there are still some games which have bibles inside the case

Why? I can guarantee you that it takes a lot more human effort and man hours to make an in-game tutorial than it does to put the info into a booklet and send it to the printers.
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#8
I remember giant game manuals with backstory and character bios and things like that. Now you get a sheet of paper saying "This circle is where you fire the bullets at, right trigger to fire, try not to get shot".
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You were lame for looking at them in the first place.

I'm guessing you've never played Black and White
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#10
Eh, never bothered with em. If i want to play a game i'll figure out the controls while playing.
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Why? I can guarantee you that it takes a lot more human effort and man hours to make an in-game tutorial than it does to put the info into a booklet and send it to the printers.

Pretty much this. Someone needs to animate the character and everything around him, an artist to make it all look pretty, modelers to build it, voice actors to narrate it, and some poor smhuck to program it.
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#13
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Am I the only person to notice that game manuals have gotten smaller and smaller over time. Some games nowadays just come with a piece of paper.

Btw, this isn't really a complaint or anything (save the trees. etc.) but, it's kinda strange how they're doing this.

Personally, I think it's a way of padding the game out. Instead of telling you how to play the game in the manual, they make you play through tutorials which seems like a cop out to me.
Oh well, maybe I've just noticed it in certain games, I wouldn't be surprised if there are still some games which have bibles inside the case


my brother and i talked about this.

I miss the days of reading the manuals which usually had character bios, little neat stories, or some funny whatnot. like those found in GTA3 and twisted metal etc etc
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#14
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kexNH1H8qJM here's a real life game manual

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OT: What's the largest manual you guys have seen before? I heard The Witcher had a large manual.
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#16
It makes me sad. I remember back in the day when I would rent a game, I would always be psyched if the game came with a manual. I loved them.
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#17
oh yeah, reading the manual as the game was installing was always fun.
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#18
The best thing used to be reading through the manual on the way home from the store when you buy the game. As a great blues man once said, "The Thrill is Gone"

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I noticed the 'In Rainbows' poster. You got the job buddy, YOU GOT THE JOB!

OT: What's the largest manual you guys have seen before? I heard The Witcher had a large manual.

I'd probably have to go back to the N64 to find the biggest I own. I remember Ocarina of Time having a pretty big one.
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#20
I remember when me and my brother bought L4D at our dad's. We didn't have the Xbox at his house so the anticipation for playing it was great.

I just ended up reading the manual like 3-5 times on the train back.
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#21
I used to love reading the manuals to games. I would read them all the way through before even turning on the game, that way I had some idea as to what I was doing.

I find that a lot more PC games are lacking in size or don't even come with one. Im hoping skyrim has an very detailed one.
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#22
I liked when manuals had a lot of concept art. It's a shame they sell them to you as "deluxe editions".

Example:

http://es.scribd.com/doc/6166395/Chrono-Trigger-Manual
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#23
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The best thing used to be reading through the manual on the way home from the store when you buy the game. As a great blues man once said, "The Thrill is Gone"


Yup, this sums it up for me too.
#25
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I haven't purchased a video game in years. This is news to me.

Same, I haven't really noticed this. The last game I bought was Forza 4 and I was so excited to play it I didn't even look for a manual.
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#27
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Nostalgia


Pretty much.

Ocarina of Time, Banjo-Kazooie, Diddy Kong Racing. At least, those are them for me. None of these modern cookie-cutter FPS games.
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#28
Quote by doomded
Why? I can guarantee you that it takes a lot more human effort and man hours to make an in-game tutorial than it does to put the info into a booklet and send it to the printers.


It serves as game padding to make it feel longer.
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#29
New Super Mario Bros Wii comes with a huge manual, but mostly because it's in English, Spanish, and French.
#31
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The best thing used to be reading through the manual on the way home from the store when you buy the game. As a great blues man once said, "The Thrill is Gone"


This.
#32
It's expensive to make big, thick, and pretty manuals. Kids don't use them nor care about them these days and only a small percentage probably ever really did. Seems video game developers are finally acting on this reality.
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#35
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Longest manual I've had was Neverwinter Nights 2. Thing was a ****ing novel that taught me how to play a game I swear.


Yep all that D&D thing couldn't exactly fit in a tutorial. That game is awesome.
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#36
I always remember reading game manuals as soon as I got a new game. Then they started turning black and white, and then they just got tiny and now they're terrible
#37
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You were lame for looking at them in the first place.

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#39
There are quite a few games that have digital manuals too, along with the in-game tutorials and such.
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#40
I used to love reading the manual. I remember that when Gears of War 3 came out, I got quite pissed at that "manual". It was like two sheets of paper.
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