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No Paper Manuals For Vita Games?

The first step towards fully digitizing video games is to ditch the paper manual.

This has already been done by some publishers, but it's still a rarity. Most times, when you purchase a game from a retail store, it comes with a paper copy of the instruction manual.

But times are changing fast and according to an Andriasang report, it appears that no PlayStation Vita games will come with a paper manual. They know Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom won't have one and another Japanese source, Inside Games, got their hands on a Vita retail copy and again, no paper manual. It seems all manuals will be included in digital format, although we can't say for certain just yet.

It could just be a coincidence that the few games we've seen don't have paper manuals, but some are thinking this isn't just a trend, and that it will apply to all Vita games. I'm not quite as annoyed over this as I am over the loss of the box itself but even so, I'm definitely gonna miss my manuals.

Tags: vita, playstation vita, vita manuals, paper manuals, digital manuals

12/16/2011 10:37:33 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

Cesar_ser_4
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:53:28 AM
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It would be a good idea to make the manual in pdf so you can store it on your pc

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:55:54 AM
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paper manual to me, for some games, just like a mini-strategy book and sometimes it includes cool concept art in the booklet, so to me it serves the purpose of collection.

Digitalise the entire gaming industry, to me, is the start of the ending of traditional video gaming, which is very very sad imo.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:03:48 AM
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Some manuals now are a sad excuse for a manual... 2-5 pages of not useful info...

I remember FFVII's manual.... like.... 50 pages. Those are worth keeping. A breakdown and history of each character was awesome. It's how I know Cloud has the same birthday and blood type as me.

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Beamboom
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 12:04:32 PM

Oh man. Back in the days games came with huge manuals, world maps, posters, collectibles... Those days are long gone. :(

Nowadays you have to pay extra for that. It's called "collectors edition" and "special edition" and stuff.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 12:24:52 PM

Very true. I used to spend time with the manual just for enjoyment. I'd skip the button layout page and read everything else and look at the cool pictures, etc.

Nowadays, I never look at the manual... because I'm pretty sure it'll suck.

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slugga_status
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:07:44 AM
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The days of paper manuals are slowly dying. This doesn't surprise me..Manuals today only offer basic controls anyway and nothing else..Best manual I've seen personally is the SSFIV..That bad boy is thick..

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Oxvial
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:18:48 AM
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Dunno, hope they are detailed at least, Batman AC and U3 manuals were disappointing.

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kb8mvp81
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:23:45 AM
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I youtubed Dynasty Warriors Next and that one has a manual

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jimmyhandsome
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:31:56 AM
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go green!

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telly
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:33:04 AM
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End of an era, if it's true. Paper manuals have become increasingly useless over the years, to the point where I rarely even open them anymore, and regret the waste of time every time I do. There was a time when manuals were AWESOME -- they had all sorts of backstory on characters, gorgeous artwork, tips for playing, maps, etc. All of that stuff can just be included in the actual game these days, so it's natural for game companies to try and save money by eliminating paper manuals. But I mourn the loss nonetheless -- anyone remember Phantasy Star II, which came with a STRATEGY GUIDE BOOK FOR THE ENTIRE GAME? God that was awesome.

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ace_boon_coon
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 1:35:07 PM
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the best manuals I 've seen lately have been Catherine and king of fighters 13.

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jjlive168
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 1:36:22 PM
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kotaku has a unboxing video up for the japanese vita and the game cases have manuals but that is japan it may very well be different for north america

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CaptRon
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 2:02:58 PM
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Oh no, God forbid we conserve trees and paper... Cause we have an unlimited supply of it and everything..

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Jawknee
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 5:33:22 PM

New trees are replanted in harvested areas. We're not going to run out of trees anytime soon so you can relax.

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Temjin001
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 3:12:11 PM
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Black Ops had a slip of paper for a game manual.
Black Ops happened to be the most Google'd gaming term.
Google and Activision wins again.

=p

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huh1678
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 3:51:14 PM
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Well for portable handheld games i think it is in the right direction.

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Warrior Poet
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 4:10:01 PM
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Manuals are real cool, but digital manuals would allow larger and more detailed manuals, and they wouldn't be in black-and-white! Besides that, you wouldn't have to worry about losing them or buying used with no instructions. The physical Vita games are expensive to manufacture, so this would be a way to save money - and also download users would get a manual too.

I'm all for staying with physical media. I don't buy downloads. But I don't have a problem with this, as long as the manuals are included in a physical game.

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Warrior Poet
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 9:40:31 PM

However I think manuals do have one purpose that would be lost...the printed artwork. Sure you can see that in game, but it doesn't look the same as it does on paper. The manual for Valkyrie Profile? Man. That game has gorgeous art. Real art, dude. Elaborations on the story, too...I would love to see a game that came with a backstory novel ;P

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 5:23:47 PM
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Just look at the Uncharted series. The first game had a decent size manual. Uncharted3 is a fourth of that size.

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frylock25
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 6:30:00 PM
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anyone look at the batman arkham city manual? it was nothing but ads for other products. nothing about the game. we wont be getting manuals at all soon.

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 6:47:12 PM
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****WARNING: LONG RANT****


(OK, don't say I didn't warn ya)


NO!
I'm getting to hate digital more & more.
This gen it seems as everything is slowly being stolen away from us bit by bit so they hope we don't get pissed enough to rise up against them as one unified collective voice.

First, on-line passes for MP, then id does the same for SP modes by taking away at the very least, 3 sewer missions, and now EA & others want to take away our manuals under the pretense of going green.
NO, they're not doing it to go green at all (I'm all for green BTW), they're only doing it to make lots more money at the expense of all their customers. Just how many other types of businesses would continue to keep their customers after stealing away parts of your purchases time after time????

BTW, I previously ranted about the SP mode Wasteland sewer missions being locked in "Rage" and as my boycott against it, that I refused to ever buy it NEW because of that.
Well, I'm happy to say that I still got my hands on the Rage Anarchy Edition, and got it "USED, with both the sewer missions, & the Anarchy Edition bonus pack codes included & intact, and all for only $3.50, so, eff em.

Anyway, I was able to pick up the codes out of 3 different used boxes too, so sometimes the codes are used & sometimes the twitchers haven't even bothered to input the codes.

So with that said, here's couple of extra codes I have. FYI, out of the 3 sets of codes I had, the 1st set had already been used, but the 2nd set worked perfect for me, so hence I still have this third code that somebody can try.
Just remember, they may have been used already so don't get your hopes up to high yet, but alot of times I find that the used game codes weren't used at all before being traded in.

Rage "Wasteland sewer mission" SP mode code
9FLB-L4N7-BD6A

Rage Anarchy Edition bonus Pack code
CTMR-9KN4-RFRH
Good luck, & let me know if they worked for you.


Now right back to this "no manual" BS....

I'm a gaming collector, so I want my games with everything they've always had, & that includes their manuals.

And even though I don't read the manual first before playing most games, there's times where I get to a spot that nothing seems right, or I might need a question answered, so I'll refer back to the manual. Also, I might need info on a secondary weapon function, about having hidden pic-ups/loot/etc, secret locations, different player choices(sniper, assault, engineer, etc), or various load-outs.

So having a manual in my hand makes perfect sense, rather than having to go to the computer & dick around for a 1/2 hour or more just trying to find what I want.

FYI, I had bought BF2 & ME2 BRAND NEW, only to discover they were both now manual-less & had I known that, they would've automatically became USED buys only from me.
And maybe some of you haven't realized it as of yet, but if the site where the manual's supposed to be at is all fudged up, then good luck even trying to find that manual at all.....case in point, the BF2 game insert said to go to EA's "Origins" website to get the D/L'able manual.
Well, their site map is all f*cked up so it took me over an hour of hunting inside it to even find the damned BF2 manual.
So I finally D/L it to my computer & open it up....WTF, it's not even the PS3 version, it was for the PC.
So after all that time & energy wasted, I just gave up on it entirely.

In some ways, I wish I was back in the PS1 days where things were much simpler & some of these cash-cow money grubbers out nowadays, were still thinking back then about making a game as great as it could be instead of trying to milk us for everything we've got, and then some.

Hell, back during the PS1 era, at least I got great single disc games that had manuals so damned big, that the they came in double-disc sized boxes.

And I just decided to look through a few of my own PS1 titles & this list below is just a small sampling of games I found as single-disc games that came in double-sized boxes JUST to fit their thick manuals.........

Elemental Gearbolt 50 pages (manual being beautifully foil-etched in color)
Fade Top Black 42 pages
Kartia: The world Of Fate 68 pages
Ogre Battle 58 pages (plus an extra character map fold-out)
Persona 56 pages
Space Hulk 50 pages
Syphon Filter2 42 pages (plus another 14 page weapons guide)
Tales Of Destiny 70 pages
Wild Arms 70 pages

Need I say more????

*Longer than usual rant over*

Last edited by BikerSaint on 12/16/2011 6:54:56 PM

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firesoul453
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:18:05 PM

Digital may be inevitable, but I will miss real games...

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 7:16:42 PM
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Speaking of manuals, just found this piece on Matrix Games, while surfing, a company who loves their manuals (not sure if their a social, web, or PC company though, their name doesn't ring a bell ATM)


These Game Developers Are *Gasp* Proud of their Instruction Manual......

The people at Matrix Games think video game instruction manuals are cool. Forgive them for not knowing any better.

They didn't get the memo that instruction manuals are over. I think Sony sent that memo. Or maybe Nintendo did. Or was it Ubisoft?

(The full story here.......

http://kotaku.com/5868900/these-game-developers-are-+gasp+-proud-of-their-instruction-manual?utm_source=Kotaku+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5de9ac6928-UA-142218-8&utm_medium=email




Last edited by BikerSaint on 12/16/2011 7:19:22 PM

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ZenChichiri
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 7:22:08 PM
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I hate digital manuals. I have to pause the game, find in the options where the manual is, scroll down instead of instantaneously flipping to where I need to be. It's just a pain in the neck!

The lack of artwork, story, etc, in digital manuals is a downer too.

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firesoul453
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:17:04 PM
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I open up an old ps2 menu and its thick, in color, and full of useful information on everything from support, warranty, contact controls, back story, character or location information and everything! (even often have a couple of pages for notes lol)


Modern manuals are usually pretty useless, a 6 page booklet that contains the most basic information....


But even so, I'd rather have a 5 page, crap manual than no manual.

My few games without manuals just seem like they are missing something.

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___________
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 1:18:19 AM
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so why the $#@$ are they so god dam expensive!?
never thought id see the day where portable games are 70 bucks!

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firesoul453
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 10:37:54 AM

What the heck are you talking about!???


Vita games are going to be like $40

not 60 and definitely not 70

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___________
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 9:48:13 AM

sigh.
how many times do i have to say the world does not revolve around the states?
i think i need to change my username to NOT EVERYONE LIVES IN THE STATES!
with flashing neon lights.
ben, could you do that for me?
thanks!
that way i dont have to repeat it a thousand times a week.

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Qubex
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 7:58:08 AM
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Here are some internal pictures of what the Vita looks like. Looks like it has been well constructed. Seems all the processor chips are well sealed up too...

http://pocketnews.cocolog-nifty.com/pkns/2011/12/ps-vita-pch-110.html

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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BikerSaint
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 11:23:53 PM
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Qubex,

Cool, I'm non-techie enough to not know exactly WTF I'm actually looking at, so It all looks like a couple of Goggle Earth map pictures of a small industrial mining town....
but still cool to me, never the less LOL

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Beamboom
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 3:44:18 AM

Lol!

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Furrymann
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 12:15:24 AM
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If i didn't have to pay for the service then maybe, depends on the software too!| If they were gonna have more Halo, Gears of War or Call of Duty then the whole unit would be a huge waste of my time, They would really need to push some new Ip's.

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harchibald1
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 2:00:31 PM
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going on what my xbox friends say to me on the matter. microsoft could release xbox720 with a new gears and they would be on board. Me personally i ill get a ps4. Mainly because i trust sony. It was the main reason why i brought a ps3 and i've never been a follower. All my friends had xboxes and i chose ps3 .

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PharaohJR
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 3:22:48 AM
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fable look koo & Gears raw the rest....... its not me i play systems for games nintendo with kids & micro seem like they in for money .... Sony got the supply & since freetime is limited with age cause of more responsibilities i keep investing.

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