Remember the days when you didn't have to have an internet connection to activate your newly bought game?
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The only reason I really liked the instruction manuals was because they gave me something to read on the train home from the game shop. Now I get them digitally, and that need is removed. If I really need instructions, the manual is always close at hand via PDF.
Also, disks have a short lifespan. Keep 'em as pristine as you like, they'll stop working on you eventually. True story.
On the other hand, there are still some products that come with awesome in-case content, Witcher 2 being the last one I got. This one image speaks more than thousand words really:
Then you have games like Assassin's Creed and Skyrim. I've noticed that AC has gotten a lot of hate over the past few years, but I still love those games with a passion. It's not something I can finish in a day, and being a history buff, provides an exciting, enthralling setting in which you're in the middle of an important historical event or time. Skyrim, well theres not much else that needs to be said on that. The average Skyrim player has something like 300 hours of play time on that game? Theres just so much to do, and their DLC actually offers something substantial, so I truly hope they live up to their promise like they said and continue to put out DLC so long as enough people are still playing it.
I remember the Age of Empires (and AoE2, plus all xpacs) manuals that were included in the game box having an absolute PLETHORA of information, including historical information related to but not directly involved with the game.
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As much as I would love a nice case and manual I really don't care that much about it as long as I at least get a physical copy of the game. If we were to go back to PS1 style CD cases with just a sheet of paper in front and back and the manual on the disc I would be fine with it, heck I would even accept a disc in a paper sleeve. But digital only games? Fuck that to hell. I will NEVER support digital games for as long as I can. I'm proud to say that out of the thousands of games I own I can count the number of digital ones I own on one hand (and I got them for free). I just refuse to go/support the digital route, I see no benefit from it (personally), I could never justify paying full price for a download and in the long run I think it will have a big negative effect on people who wish to replay older games that are no longer supported online. Pretty much the only digital content for games I can stand are patches and user generated content/mods. Anything else I pretty much instantly hate.
So beyond that rant there is one thing that really disappoints me with digital manuals. You would think that with not needing to be restricted to a couple printed pages that game designers could create some really awesome in-game instruction books that show character art, make the manual seem like something out of the game and give in depth descriptions of characters, items and regions in the game. Only game recently that sort of did this was Ni No Kuni with its in-game version of the Wizard's Compendium. While I can accept not having a physical manual, it just really disappoints me that they don't try and at least make a niffty in-game one.
console still has those manual FUCK YEAH I was/am collecting those I have over 400 (I was takign the one in the blockbuster boxes on release lol.
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I still remember when my dad used to play silent hunter, the manual was huge and i always liked taking a look at it, while games like sc2 are just "hey here's the game, 3 guest passes cd and ta-dah~" while adding pictures of units that never get past the beta stage (warhounds)
Game manuals and other paper stuff are now DLC.
Pay additional $100 to get them with a "collector's edition".
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i think physical copy and digital copy should be paired.
I do enjoy a well illustrated, nicely printed game box and manual plus extra (reference card, map, artwork printout, poster...)
I also enjoy digital distribution, not having pop DVD in drive to play the game, update check, being able to re install game on any computer anywhere in the world from a steam/origin/uplay/greenmangaming account.
I also like the fact that digital distribution allow for rather heavy discount (steam sales...)
seams to me that physical copy should be tuned for collectioner, with tons of plus, sor of like a collector edition, but reasonably priced. Physcal copy should automatically qualify you for digital distribution of the game (which is mostly true nowadays), but i still have to pop DVD once in a while (last in mind was bioshock 1)
and digital copy should be aim at lower budget, bare minimum game + manual in PDF but a lower cost.
Last edited by Vankrys; 2013-03-18 at 01:20 PM.
With physical gameshops closing left and right (a lot in my land), you can't have even game case, as your only real option is to get game digitally (unless you want to pay double of price and have broken CD being sent to you).
I pretty much only read the manual on the toilet. Now I have a Kindle for that.
I understand from a collectors point of view it is a disappointment but it's hardly practical these days with the whole internet thing. If a company can save a few cents per game, they will.
I just picked up SCII: HotS and got a one page "manual" with 5 freaking guest passes. "You bought our game? Well here's something to help us get MOAR MONIES". If you're getting so much fucking money then at least put some effort into your boxes.
At least standard edition Skyrim came with that awesome map even if it's manual was smaller. Bigger companies focus way too much on the bottom line. I honestly don't understand why consumers (including myself) are putting up with their shit.
Last edited by Flaks; 2013-03-19 at 12:41 AM.
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