tiistai 22. maaliskuuta 2011

No more printed game manuals?

According to Kotaku EA follows footsteps of Ubisoft and no longer releases printed manuals for games.
Instead of instruction booklet games will include a version of instructions that gamers may page through from within the game.

EA Sports spokesman Rob Semsey says making games without printed game manuals is more environmet friendly and saves printing costs.

Even though I rarely read the game manuals I considered them as a nice "bonus" when I bought a game.
What do you guys think about this?

30 kommenttia:

  1. Hm.. I'm not sure. On one hand it is more environmentally friendly but on the other I liked collecting them way back when for some reason. =p

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  2. printed manuals aren't really necessary anymore

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  3. I like the printed manuals, I like to hold them and read them... it makes you think the game is more than just a virtual thing happening in a mess of electrons travelling back and forward in a processor

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  4. :( Manuals are both a nice accessory, but are also quite helpful. I hated when they started removing the inserts in DVDs, and now this!

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  5. In my opinion, this would probably make people more inclined to pirate games, seeing as how the physical manuals were one of the reasons why I liked to buy games.

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  6. Very sad :( Old game manuals are very nostalgic for me..

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  7. This is sad. Even the smell of a new game's manual when you first open the box brought into a good mood, not to mention getting to read through it and learning about the game world. But then again, they've been dead for a long time, I can't remember when was the last time I have read a manual that wasn't just a 3-paged paper saying "insert the disc and don't turn the power off."

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  8. I want a book with cd when i buy a game. what is this? i am serious, what IS THIS?

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  9. hmm:::not sure either...

    Nice post tho :)
    +following :)

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  10. That sucks. :( I like printed manuals (and everything else cool stuff that comes with the game) very much. It's nice having a manual next to you the same time you're playing the game.

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  11. If thats true, that's a damn shame...surely an economical decision more than an ecological one I'd assume

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  12. It's good for the environment, and we don't read them after the first one these days anyway.

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  13. great, i already know what's going to happen. games without manuals will remain 60$, but you'll need to spend an extra 10$ to get the collectors edition just to get the damned manual now... since clearly only collectors care (

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  14. i never heard that stupid book anyway as long as they still have walk though books tho i'll be happy

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  15. Oh i love that game but stoped playing due to high prices for unlocking new areas shame me and my friend were really in to it

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  16. I'm not to sure on how to feel about this, I always enjoy reading the character bio's and stuff in the booklets :[.

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  17. I don't remember the last time I looked at a game manual. So no real loss to me if they stop making them.

    Followed!

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  18. I wish they would just stop playing the "green" card, and admit they are just trying to increase their profit. they may only cost a few cents each, but those few cents add up when your selling millions of copies of a game. and its not like the game is going to become any cheaper for the consumer due to this "green" initiative.

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  19. This is actually a major disappointment to me. One of the best parts of buying a game is being able to get the hard case, and a booklet to go with it. This just give pirates another reason to not buy the game because there isn't any worth in it. And I feel like thats how this got started, too many people pirate, so it got to expensive to make the books, and in the end the honest consumer gets punished because of pirates.

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  20. Always loved game companies that put together really comprehensive manuals ... Blizzard manuals are always a joy, would be a huge shame if they were done away with for good!

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  21. Would it possibly bring down the price of games, even the littlest like maybe 0.50$?

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  22. I'm all for saving the environment and saving costs, but EA does NOT pass the savings on to the customer, rendering their efforts useless. All it does is increase their income, and they should state that upfront. EA is charging $60 dollars for Battlefield 3 digital downloads! Absolutely No shipping or manufacturing cost, yet the game's price has increased over traditional releases. Amazon is offering a physical copy of the same game for less money. EA is just GREEDY.

    ~H. Coct

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  23. It's only a matter of time before GAMES become digital-only along with these manuals...

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  24. That's when retailers stop carrying direct-download-only consoles like when they got rid of the PSP Go. Retailers aren't dumb, why waste shelf space that wont yield as much returns as some other product that requires customers to make return visits.

    The day I cannot buy a physical game is the day I stop buying games.

    ~H. Coct

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  25. With the technology that we have today, it's just best to save the trees. Great post!

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  26. I think it sucks. Never read the manuals, but they're part of the experience

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  27. might work with computer games, putting a pdf on the disk or something. but what about console games like on a wii.

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