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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
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bulletSimonU
Comments: 19
Location: Australia
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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
Location: Australia
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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
Location: Inside your bra.
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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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Please note: I cannot send manuals via e-mail to anyone. Requests for me to do so will cause my old computer and my dial-up connection to laugh at you.


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

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bulletadf
Comments: 6
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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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ignore me just saw your post below he he
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Alistair, I'm looking in the forums and only seeing the first post, but none of the replies. Is this a bug or am I missing something
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I would take a quick look on the ftp how much is to be posted but ill need to bring myself back up to speed.
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Sleepy used to do a recruitment drive every now and then, but I suspect we need one of the old editors to step back in.
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unfortunately editing and uploading is very time consuming and eventually leads to burnout. I speak from experience being one of the editors a few years back :)
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the last upload is 05 oct from 2017. This is to need change. Very much people never return because lose the hope to find a new manual here
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Whatever, i reported all of them lol, took less than 3 minutes. But the forum still doesn't work well with threads...
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The first two pages of the Site Suggestions section of the site are filled with spam. Not even worth the time to report all of them, i hope you clean it, though.

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...: mateus :...

give me a chance, I'll not disappoint you
...: afc :...

ignore me just saw your post below he he
...: afc :...

Alistair, I'm looking in the forums and only seeing the first post, but none of the replies. Is this a bug or am I missing something
...: afc :...

I would take a quick look on the ftp how much is to be posted but ill need to bring myself back up to speed.
...: afc :...

Sleepy used to do a recruitment drive every now and then, but I suspect we need one of the old editors to step back in.
...: afc :...

unfortunately editing and uploading is very time consuming and eventually leads to burnout. I speak from experience being one of the editors a few years back :)
...: mateus :...

the last upload is 05 oct from 2017. This is to need change. Very much people never return because lose the hope to find a new manual here
...: Alastair :...

Update for viewing threads.

To view the whole thread append .last (note the full stop) to the end of the URL.
...: Cicciolo :...

Whatever, i reported all of them lol, took less than 3 minutes. But the forum still doesn't work well with threads...
...: Cicciolo :...

The first two pages of the Site Suggestions section of the site are filled with spam. Not even worth the time to report all of them, i hope you clean it, though.

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