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Ubisoft to discontinue Paper manuals in PS3 and Xbox games

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04-20-2010, 04:39 AM
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Ubisoft to discontinue Paper manuals in PS3 and Xbox games

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I notice that they didn't include the real reason for not printing a manual...how much money they will save in printing costs.

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The manual is one of my favorite things about games... particularly when they're well done like in Square-Enix games.

I suppose this was inevitable. It is better to have less waste.

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Nobody does them like Nintendo. When they stop I'll consider the whole idea of the game manual dead. Ubisoft in particular was horrible. Most companies now-a-days just give us 5-10 pages of very general information. It's a lost art to be sure.

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Nobody does them like Nintendo.
The manual for Super Smash Bros. Brawl is practically a small book.

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I never read the manual

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If Ubisoft really wanted to save the environment, they'd allow PC users to turn off the cable modem when they want to play single player.

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Manuals for console games are usually useless, considering decent tutorials are mostly always included and the games themselves aren't overly complex.

For PC games, I don't really mind PDF files, since it makes searching easier.

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damn what am i gonna read when im taking a numba 2

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Good. This way if I lose the manual I can still trade in the game for a decent value.

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I love the manuals wtf

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I notice that they didn't include the real reason for not printing a manual...how much money they will save in printing costs.
Negligible. Manuals do seem kind of a remnant of a bygone era, considering all the tutorial you want will either be the first thing you do in the campaign or available from checking a Controls menu... and all the art and story fluff you might want is probably available in an art book/miniguide that would come with your pre-order or collector's edition. If you didn't pre-order or get the s****y edition, it's doubtful whether you gave a crap art anyways.

Most manuals now are black and white and have up to 10 pages that are just boilerplates and legal necessities to protect against lawsuits from idiots who try to eat their discs.


The only time I generally open up a manual is if I've played through about half the game and just want to doublecheck the controls to make sure I'm not missing some function that could improve my efficacy.

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