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Does anyone miss the color booklets with character bios and story info from the 90s?

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Do you miss the high quality instruction booklets from the 90s?

Yes, greatly. 29 82.86%
 
No, you are reaching here. 0 0.00%
 
Who cares? 1 2.86%
 
Nostalgia got the best of... 5 14.29%
 
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Shadow1980 said:
The vanishing of instruction manuals this decade has been something I've truly lamented. I still remember the last few 360 games I got circa 2012-13 lacking an instruction manual. The first time I thought to myself "Well, maybe they just forgot." But this generation made it abundantly clear that manuals were going extinct. And it wasn't a gradual extinction. It was abrupt, as if the industry as a whole dropped a comet on the concept of printed game manuals.

From childhood to my early 30s, the first things I ever did with every new game was read through the manual. I just always expected them to be there. And then one day they weren't there. Another tragic casualty of the internet age.

I couldn't agree more.



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I remember one of the reasons I actually got Cave Story on Switch was because they included an instruction booklet inside it. First thing I did was devouring it's inside.

Sadly, big compagnies and publishers don't care about this aspect anymore ... so I'm hunting for art books from various JRPG's I'm playing instead :P



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Mar1217 said:

I remember one of the reasons I actually got Cave Story on Switch was because they included an instruction booklet inside it. First thing I did was devouring it's inside.

Sadly, big compagnies and publishers don't care about this aspect anymore ... so I'm hunting for art books from various JRPG's I'm playing instead :P

I remember Ocarina's booklet, it had a color map, character descriptions, artwork.  Collector's value on games were higher too because if this. Today we are paying more for less. Then internet shouldn't be an excuse for the companies. 59.99 even if it is a standard edition should net you some fan sercice you are still a paying premium fee.



Now you gotta pay extra for the goodies. Red Dead Redemption 2 costed $100 just for the map (Well, the bigger more detailed map). And an extra $40 for the book. It was all worth in the end, the big map helped me throughout the game and made it feel more personal.



TheBird said:
Now you gotta pay extra for the goodies. Red Dead Redemption 2 costed $100 just for the map (Well, the bigger more detailed map). And an extra $40 for the book. It was all worth in the end, the big map helped me throughout the game and made it feel more personal.

I don't mind special editions as long as Standard editions still have a booklet with artworks and usual story details. I used to pay a little more for Working Designs packages, but they really out did themselves in those days.



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When it comes to booklets , the game that sticks out to me is an Amiga title Hired Guns, from lemmings creators DMA designs who became Rockstar North , it came with 4 booklets that included a short story, comprehensive character bios a general history etc , at the time tabletop roleplaying was expanding to include numerous genres beyond D&D style fantasy, and some of the sci fi ones came with great book intros that really fleshed out the world or worlds, where your role playing scenarios occurred, so giving you a real sense of being immersed in a living breathing place , and that's what I got from Hired Guns booklets,to get that today you usually have to pay extra in the form of limited edition's like the excellent diary in the Halo Reach LE .

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Last month I got soul calibur 6, opened it and there was nothing. I looked at my cousin and we both talked about what a neat thing it was to buy a new game and read the manual and watch the ilustrations and stuff, even if they weren't in color



Very much so.



Nope. I don't even have a single physical copy game on my PS4. Except assassins creed I think which is the first and only used game I bought. Think it was unity. I hardly even know what a PS4 game case looks like.



Yes.

However, it also makes the transition to digital so much easier. Digital is better in a variety of ways, where normally the only advantage of buying physical would be the stuff you get. But if all I'm getting is a cheap box with nothing in it but a disk (or cartridge), eh... digital it is.