.:: replacementdocs ::The original web archive of game manuals ::
 
::.
Main Menu
Welcome
Username:

Password:


Remember me

[ ]
[ ]
[ ]
Search replacementdocs
Top Contributors
Author Requests
1. Vimm  556454  (5.5%)
2. afc  462914  (4.6%)
3. SimonU  390690  (3.9%)
4. aiguo  339467  (3.4%)
5. drewbar  299519  (3.0%)
6. Electric Fungus  244962  (2.4%)
7. marklodi  218860  (2.2%)
8. Paul  200207  (2.0%)
9. dave13  186926  (1.9%)
10. reincarnated_lego  172571  (1.7%)
 
Total Downloads: 10061736
Recent Additions

Downloads
05 Oct Hardware - AV Cable by: djukon in: Game Gear
05 Oct Hardware - AV Cable by: djukon in: Game Gear
05 Oct Hardware - Sega Game... by: djukon in: Game Gear
05 Oct Mortal Kombat 4 by: Paul in: Nintendo 64
05 Oct Clay Fighter 63 1-3 by: Paul in: Nintendo 64
05 Oct Hardware - Sega Game... by: djukon in: Game Gear
05 Oct Hardware - TV Tuner by: djukon in: Game Gear
05 Oct Hardware - TV Tuner by: djukon in: Game Gear
05 Oct MySims by: waimea75 in: Wii
Sites we like
 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
 

Comments

 
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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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
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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



You must be logged in to make comments on this site - please log in, or if you are not registered click here to signup
 Sponsored Links
 
 Chatbox
 
You must be logged in to post comments on this site - please either log in or if you are not registered click here to signup


...: sketaful :...
01 Nov 17 : 18:58

Oh, Im obviously to drunken stupid at this time... gah.. ignore all please. holy....
...: sketaful :...
01 Nov 17 : 18:56

Something messed up my OS's clock
...: sketaful :...
01 Nov 17 : 18:55

Ah ok. It just shows the wrong date on things posted. 02 Nov 17 even thought it's 2th of November 2018
...: sketaful :...
01 Nov 17 : 18:54

Is this site even alive anymore?
...: Asagoth :...
26 Oct 17 : 16:10

Master of Monsters Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Manual Uploaded...
...: DarkShadow73 :...
19 Oct 17 : 13:33

Looking for Diablo game manual for PS1. Saw the banned manuals list and altho this was on the list, Blizzard eventually let their docs to be posted back here.

I've searched and can't find it, only find PC downloads and such.

Any help greatly appreciated.
...: Alastair :...
08 Sep 17 : 14:48

Dann,
what about "PSP Legend of Heroes III Song of the Ocean manual/booklet"? Have you uploaded a copy, or are you making a request? If the latter then please use the Requests forum.
...: Dann :...
08 Sep 17 : 14:01

PSP Legend of Heroes III Song of the Ocean manual/booklet.
...: Azrahn :...
13 Aug 17 : 19:11

Anyone have or know where to get the manual for the Playstation 2 game Monopoly? (NOT monopoly party)
...: ishmael2u :...
10 Jul 17 : 14:31

Please use Forum to post Requests!

 Online
 
Guests: 28, Members: 0 ...

most ever online: 1168
(Members: 0, Guests: 1168) on 05 Jan 17 : 15:16

Members: 39389
Newest member: adriancho74
 RSS Feeds
 
Our news can be syndicated by using these rss feeds.
rss1.0
rss2.0
rdf
  Top


All game documentation is their respective owners, all other content is replacementdocs.com.

Disclaimer: replacementdocs.com does not intend to infringe upon the copyrights of publishers of the documentation listed herein. replacementdocs.com also does not condone software piracy. For more information on our stance on this topic and reasoning behind it, please check our FAQs page.

If you are the copyright holder of anything listed herein and still want your documentation removed after reading the FAQ page, please send feedback and it will be removed.