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EA drops paper game manuals

By Matthew ยท 55 replies
Mar 23, 2011
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  1. Following Ubisoft's example, Electronics Arts has announced plans to stop including paper instruction booklets with its games. The publisher initially launched the initiative in January with the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 and the change went into full effect earlier this month with Fight Night Champion.

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Good. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  3. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    They may consider not including manuals at all :\
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,309

    Zippa-de-do-dah..... Oh, happy, happy day. And once again the guilt and burden of "going green"" falls on the consumer. The manufacturers pocket the savings, but don't commensurately reduce the price of the game, (or whatever).

    It's like the credit card companies expounding on all the, "great things they were doing for you, that is, great things they were doing for you AFTER the Fed cracked down on them.

    Still in all, it's no mean feat, getting bull s*** to spin like that.

    Wow, you're a corporate dream child. BP dumps a billion gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, while you save a few pieces of paper, then equate that with saving the world.

    "Reduce, reuse, recycle"! Isn't that the same crap they were spouting at "carosel", in the movie, "Logan's Ruin"?
  5. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I don't know anybody who actually reads the manual. Everything is pretty much explained in-game nowadays. No manuals needed at all, it seems.
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I'm a little sad to see them go. I have at least flipped through the manual for all the games I own, read several of them. When picking up used games I like to grab ones with the manual.
    If its a fighting game I usually look there first for a basic move list.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Headline next week:
  8. codefeenix

    codefeenix TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I am sure they will pass the savings on to the consumer by dropping the new game price from $60 back down to $50... not.
  9. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 143   +19

    I am fairly critical on EA and other game distributors/developers... but I am ok with dropping manuals, they should make them available digitally though.
  10. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    Damn...I always love the smell of a new manual.

    I hope this don't catch with all the major game companys.
  11. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Yes, because game manuals are like plastic bottles, right? You buy one and throw it away the first chance you get?
  12. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    Pretty sure he is talking about the first R the reduce. Not reuse or recycle.

    I miss the old game manuals that did tell you about all the different things in game. Now they are called strategy guides. I remember finding my Sim City 2000 manual just the other day and was surprised at how big it was.
  13. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    I'm pretty sure he's talking about all three.

  14. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 127   +8

    I agree, we need no steakin manual for no video games. Most are crap anyways!

    Not like you are trying to build something real.

    Not only a waste of paper but a waste of development time in my eyes. Time and money better spent on making the game better.
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,028   +197

    Me too, and yeah I do like to browse over my game manual. Recycling is cool and all but for 60$ I want a damn paper manual. While other people are playing the first day you get a game looking at the manual while you wait is great.
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    They made them crap. Older game manuals were much better. I like being able to sit back and read them first.

    I doubt that any cease and dissist of the game manual is going to have us get better games.
  17. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    Sweet. Save some trees!
  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    While I'm happy with the tiny environmental impact this will have, it's clear this has absolutely nothing to do with it. I'm still not fond of the fact that us PC gamers have to pay the 'console tax' and receive nothing in return. No doubt once we go all digital we won't be seeing any of those savings either ;) .
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,309

    Right. Why not plant some trees to make paper from? Does that sound like a plan? No, wait a minute, we need that ground for a housing development and strip mall.

    Oh, and before I forget, land for low income housing in furtherance of unrepentant and uncontrolled breeding of the social entitlement set. Wow, they make some paperwork.

    In the meantime, why don't you set up a memorial for the trees that died to make your copy book.
  20. demonlord721

    demonlord721 TS Member Posts: 23

    Sad days ahead

    What was better back in the day...opening up that heavy PC game box, the game you were waiting months if not years for inside. As a child you were so eager to see the game that you couldn't wait to get home. You open the box to find the shiny new jewel case inside along with a several inch thick manual that you can read on the way home (or for the adults a bathroom reader) to know exactly what you plan on doing when you get the game first installed.

    What class were you going to pick? What play-style were you going to go for? Who were the characters you wanted to unlock? All of these questions were answered with the manual and I'm sad to see them go, even if they are just getting turned into e-manuals. Games used to be hard enough or require a memory that most couldn't hope to obtain so they allowed notes in the back of the book (seldom used of course but games like myst gave you that place to write) Games like everquest were so expansive that a 135 page atlas was actually published and used by many gamers. Even now I see a walmart version of assassins creed sitting on my desk that came in a 4 sided printed piece of cardboard with the cover on it, a Styrofoam insert with the cd (no case) and a single slip of paper saying who the lawyers were for the company in four different languages..... I was sincerely disappointed.

    Sorry EA and Ubisoft, I feel you made the wrong move.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,309

    They'll never change my love for paper and the printed word, not even if they show me pictures of baby spruce trees being clubbed to death in the Arctic......!!! :mad:
  22. demonlord721

    demonlord721 TS Member Posts: 23


    That and for me concept art books cannot be replaced by digital copies.
  23. techb0t

    techb0t TS Rookie

    Well... if they want me to save paper then I guess I should avoid their special edition games. Just think of all that packaging I'll avoid. That'll save some trees... WAIT money is printed on paper! 2 birds, 1 stone. I'm all about saving trees.
  24. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,028   +197

    Save our eyes, reading a paper manual is way better for your eyes, reaching aside Demonlord hit the nail on the head.
  25. Acespaces

    Acespaces TS Member Posts: 85   +12

    Ahhh, I remember the PS2 game manuals that were 1/4 inch thick

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