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Instruction manuals...

Post by Morkin » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:45 pm

Whilst reading Chris Kohler's blog this afternoon, I saw a link to 1up.com's Instruction Destruction feature. It's a look at how instruction manuals are changing over time & it's quite a good read.

Anyway, I've always enjoyed instruction manuals - to me it's part of the whole gaming experience, plus I just love the smell of them. :oops: A game wouldn't be a game without a manual & I just hate these el cheapo ones that crop up every now & again.

So what has stood out for you over the years, in the way of instruction manuals ? Do you/did you read them or head straight for the game ? Would you be bothered if they disappeared altogether ?

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Post by Cornelius » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:58 pm

I love instruction manuals. Anyone remember the Super Mario Land one? It lists all the japanese names of the enemy characters.

I have loads of my instruction manuals and they have really nice artwork. Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters for example have a cartoon representation of every enemy next to a screenshot of their pixely in game selves :)

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Post by OriginalJax » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:00 pm

I think "Elite" on the C64 was the first game I bought where I was grateful for a manual. There was so much in that game it was actually *needed*.

Most other games around the time (maybe with the exception of the Ultimate games) didn't need to guide the player much - they tended to be condensed into a few lines in the cassette inlay:

Move player with joystick. Press fire button to shoot at enemies.

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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:11 pm

Stunt Car Racer had an excellent manual. You didn't really need it, but it provided interesting background on why the racing came to be as portrayed in the game. Silent Service and Elite also had pretty fine manuals, although those ones were rather more essential!
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Post by mel the bell » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:14 pm

i never really bother reading manuals tbh i just jump straight in, normally arse first
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Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:15 pm

A lot of Nintendo games teach you to play in-game
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My favourite instructions/manual were definately Ultimate games
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Post by Opa-Opa » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:39 pm

I wont buy a game if the manual is missing, ever.. but I only read them if I get really stuck.

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Post by mel the bell » Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:06 pm

Opa-Opa wrote:I wont buy a game if the manual is missing, ever.. but I only read them if I get really stuck.
so you dont hav emanay secondhand megadrive, snes games then

they always seem to be missing, why is that?
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Post by Opa-Opa » Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:25 pm

153 MD titles and 55 SNES

I find the Nintendo ones are hardest to find with the manuals, I dont understand how people "lose" them.. They must be right thickies to "forget" to put them back in the box..?

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Post by LeeT » Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:51 pm

mel the bell wrote:i never really bother reading manuals tbh i just jump straight in, normally arse first
Me too! :)

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Post by mel the bell » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:06 pm

LeeT wrote:
mel the bell wrote:i never really bother reading manuals tbh i just jump straight in, normally arse first
Me too! :)
c00l im not the only flaming edjit here then :)
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Post by roberthazelby » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:08 pm

If you have to read the manual then the programming team have failed, in my opinion.

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Post by redleader28 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:23 pm

I love the manuals especially Grand theft auto vice city. It's presented as a tourist guide.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:42 pm

redleader28 wrote:I love the manuals especially Grand theft auto vice city. It's presented as a tourist guide.

Manhunter is something similar (Rockstar again)
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Post by AC » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:44 pm

I really enjoyed the manual for Fallout 2

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