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 News::A Short History of Game Manuals
It's not everyday (in fact, it's almost never) that you see an article on game manuals. So when I saw this one I felt it was my duty to share it with rdocs visitors. It's an article discussing the past, present, and future of game manuals with examples of companies that have treated game documentation as an essential part of the package and an art form unto itself.

Full article at Edge Online
Read/Post Comment: 6bysleepyonThursday 06 November 2008 - 06:45:05printer friendly
 

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bulletSimonU
Comments: 19
Registered: 11 Apr 05 : 23:17Location: Australia
\06 Nov 08 : 14:28

One of my favourite manuals is the 320 page effort for Combat Flight Sim 2. Others are Indiana Jones & the Emperor's Tomb, Just Cause, and the 258 page manual for European Air war.

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bulletSimonU
Comments: 19
Registered: 11 Apr 05 : 23:17Location: Australia
\06 Nov 08 : 14:30

And the WORST company for manuals would have to be EA Games. Pissy little gray-scale efforts printed on recycled toilet paper.

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bulletAreala
Comments: 31
Registered: 13 Jun 08 : 19:35Location: Inside your bra.
\06 Nov 08 : 19:33

I have to second Simon. EA is notorious for their insanely low-quality manuals. From grey-scale graphics to an utter lack of anything even resembling creativity when it comes to manual design, these days you're lucky to get anything better than a 6-page document out of them, two pages of which are legalese and warranty information.

Rockstar, on the other hand, is great for creativity in their manuals. It's been said before that a great instruction manual doesn't just tell you how to play the game, it's also great fun to read. And I think it's quite simple to pick up a Rockstar manual and just flip through it and have a laugh or two in the case of the GTA series, or a little shiver at the in-universe style of their Manhunt manuals.

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bulletRRS
Comments: 1
Registered: 19 Apr 05 : 15:09
\07 Nov 08 : 06:40

I also loved "Indiana Jones & the Emperor's Tomb" manual, which looks like a diary - handwritten notes, photos, even things like fake ads from 1930s that appear to be torn out from a newspaper.

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bulletNeuromanser
Comments: 4
Registered: 17 Sep 07 : 10:12
\18 Nov 08 : 16:12

Blizzard also has kickass manuals. The Starcraft one is especially nice

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bulletadf
Comments: 6
Registered: 13 Apr 07 : 03:19
\26 Nov 08 : 21:43

this article is literally quite short, I would like to see a LONG history of manuals someday.. since I begin video gaming late I missed out many early quality manuals. Yes, Microsoft Game Studio has made some impressive ones, like MechWarrior, CFS etc. Sometimes I download manuals of games I don't own just for the fun of browsing

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...: Jarett Davis :...
22 Apr 14 : 20:42

Thanks for the response Serpinium. For the website's sake, I hope they edit it soon.
...: Serpinium :...
20 Apr 14 : 11:33

@Jarett Davis:
Editing is hard work. Expect to wait a long time. It took almost a year before any of my stuff got posted.
...: Jarett Davis :...
13 Apr 14 : 17:43

I tried uploading the manual for Panzer Dragoon Saga. I sent you guys a zip file months ago.
...: Alastair :...
27 Mar 14 : 15:46

Frozen Heart,
it may be a MB limit rather than a number of manuals limit. What that limit is remains a mystery.
...: Frozen Heart :...
24 Mar 14 : 21:31

hmm how many MANUAL can i DOWNLOAD in a day?
...: ishmael2u :...
19 Mar 14 : 09:59

Try here:http://www.replacementdocs.com/download.php?view.9512
...: srhino :...
19 Mar 14 : 05:29

can anyone tell me where to get Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 manual for wii
...: KC Braz :...
11 Feb 14 : 18:51

Just bought an Intellivision 2 with 21 games Great to find a place to print manuals and overlays THANK YOU!
...: tazmo8448 :...
31 Dec 13 : 16:14

Any body have a game manual for PC Tiger Woods 2008? I've heard that the 2005 manual is the same but am unsure. Please advise.
...: JeffRuLz :...
10 Dec 13 : 10:16

Watermarks are to prevent people from printing and selling scans. And the file size restrictions aren't strict at all.

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