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It's funny seeing how many gamers are resistance to progress..

paper books are doomed....



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IMO, most gamers don't bother reading the game manuals, although there is still a significant percentage of gamers who do, even if it's just while reading them on the can.

In-game manual/tutorials are pretty standard as is with the print manual largely serving as a hard copy to reference while playing. Typically while the game is paused, which is also when the in-game manual is available.

Also consider there is no "standard" for game manuals. Some of them are flat out useless, while some probably appeal to the collector of "stuff" if they have pretty layouts and artwork in addition to useful information.

It's just one more step to eliminating physical distribution of information based goods IMO.



Ail said:

Can't disagree with them...
I just got a Kindle2 this week end, and despite being a huge book collector ( over 1300 scifi/fantasy books in my collection) I've decided to do away with books and only read e-books from now on...
It's easier to carry around, makes managing my collection easier and at any time anywhere on earth i can order a new book and get it within 60 seconds...( when reading the 7th part of a huge fantasy serie it is very easy to go back to previous books and get up to date very fast...).

And every book written before 1923 is basically free ( integral of Shakespeare work : 2.50$...)

Lets face it, 20 years from now most bookstores and newstands will have disappeared and the e-book market will represent the huge majority of sales..

Collecting books can be pretty inconvenient past a certain point. Even worse than digital media like CDs, DVDs, etc.

I've imagined a future for quite some time where all those books would be available in digital format once the ability to access them became ubiquitous (beyond e-book readers, etc.) although there is still something to be said about having a physical book to reference by thumb, or high quality plates that don't have to be zoomed in upon to see the detail (art books, visual reference books and the like).

But as far as novels go...

Bookstores are already feeling the pinch. Face it; physical book inventory is not the most efficient means of getting the product to consumers. Borders is on the verge of bankruptcy and will likely be absorbed if they don't find a way to adjust their business model fast (much like Blockbuster with movie rentals).

Who knows? If e-book technology becomes cheap and common enough, traditional books may be on their way out as the primary means of distribution in less than ten years.



sjhillsa said:

Saving the trees... yeah right.. more like it saves them making the manual whilst charging the same price. If you do go ahead UBI-SOFT I'll expect a deduction in the price of the game, seeing that you are saving money by not producing any paperback manuals.

Okay, so the pslinter cell conviction, new game example, Prima strategy guid is 256 pages.....on average, id say, a video game MANUAL is 15 pages? Okay, so the strategy guide is $20 so if we divide the actual page numbers its about 1/17th of the size page wise. Now, let us take into account other variables. Size of paper, and ink to print. So if its 1/17th in base page numbers and the manuals are about 1/4th the size of the paper with far less ink and usually not colored....can we agree on 10 cents for a paper manual?

Okay, now give me an account i can deposit $1.00 into so it will cover youre whining for the next 10 Ubisoft games in which you still get a manual, just with less environmental destruction. Sound good? Great. Thanks for playing.



This is entirely for cost cutting reasons, but I welcome it



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steverhcp02 said:
sjhillsa said:

Saving the trees... yeah right.. more like it saves them making the manual whilst charging the same price. If you do go ahead UBI-SOFT I'll expect a deduction in the price of the game, seeing that you are saving money by not producing any paperback manuals.

Okay, so the pslinter cell conviction, new game example, Prima strategy guid is 256 pages.....on average, id say, a video game MANUAL is 15 pages? Okay, so the strategy guide is $20 so if we divide the actual page numbers its about 1/17th of the size page wise. Now, let us take into account other variables. Size of paper, and ink to print. So if its 1/17th in base page numbers and the manuals are about 1/4th the size of the paper with far less ink and usually not colored....can we agree on 10 cents for a paper manual?

Okay, now give me an account i can deposit $1.00 into so it will cover youre whining for the next 10 Ubisoft games in which you still get a manual, just with less environmental destruction. Sound good? Great. Thanks for playing.

Ubi-soft will do what they want.  There was a time when people put a great amount of effort into making proper manuals, Quick References, Keyboard Layouts, Rule Books, Journals, Colour maps, History of the game you are playing, eg: playing a sub sim and you would receive a history about the U-Boats etc.  There are also times when having the manual in the palm of your hand to be of use, especially when playing RPGs.  I'm sorry, but this is not about the trees, but about Ubi-soft saving the cost of making manuals.  If they were really bothered about the trees then they or somebody else would have done this a long time ago.  This is just a further move towards digital, where you will at some point not physically own the game you are playing.  Times are changing..

 

I do agree though, that some games don't need manuals - Convictions does spring to mind... but....Silent Hunter 4 & 5 do need one.  It depends on the game in question.  The effort made into putting manuals together recently, especially SH4 & 5 were pretty useless, but it is because Ubi-soft couldn't be bothered in making a proper manual for the game.  It swings in roundabouts..



 

Other companies should follow suit we waste so much shit is the US and the rest of the world every day.

Oh and rich corporations save money. KICKASS win for everyone!



Words Of Wisdom said:
Sad but inevitable.

I will always remember the excitement of opening up a new game as soon as I got into the car and reading the manual on the way home. Good memories.

But you already can't do that... now that you're the one on the wheel XD

 

... unless *imagines*

 

O.o



I just hope you don't have to connect to their servers to download the manual. Because you know how reliable ubisoft has been with that.

"The Ubisoft server is not available. Please Try again Later"



damn, selling ubisoft games on ebay will be harder now =X