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.