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If anyone believes this cost-saving measure will translate into price-savings for you, you are sadly deluded.

Even digitally distributed PC games with nearly zero marginal cost have risen to $60 thanks to these publishers and the mindless drones who keep their cash cows on life support.

In other words: this is bad.
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Originally Posted by Soggy_Popcorn View Post
If anyone believes this cost-saving measure will translate into price-savings for you, you are sadly deluded.

Even digitally distributed PC games with nearly zero marginal cost have risen to $60 thanks to these publishers and the mindless drones who keep their cash cows on life support.

In other words: this is bad.
No one ever even mentioned anything about that?

This is honestly just for the publishers themselves to save money and win points from environmentalists.

I personally don't care since I've never read the manuals since, like, 10 years ago when I was a kid. If you need the manual then just go read it online.
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If Dragon Age II is any indication they are also ditching level design, engaging combat, thoughtful storytelling, pre-release QC.....
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post #34 of 104
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Originally Posted by Capwn View Post
This..
I enjoy reading those books while Im sitting on the john..
Finding out things about a game Ive been playing for months lol.
This is true. I never read the manual, then I'll read something that I never knew existed in the game.
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You can still access the manuals, not like they dont make them anymore, its just all digital, you can read the same content, just done a different way now, can be found online.
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Oh No!!
What about the smell we all used to get a whiff of when we opened a new game? Gone.... (well, most of it)
I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm gonna miss that so much!!!!!!!!
 
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I disagree, I like having manuals. #1. So I can see what the controls are for certain games without having to exit the game and #2. So I have something to read before I play the game.

Shame, devs being lazy.
Devs are not being lazy. You can always print it off yourself. Or you can printscreen and then print it off.

I think this is the right way to go. It helps them keep the cost of their distribution down a lot. They must spend loads on just paper and ink alone. Good for them, I think they are heading in the right direction.
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Please read the article...
What ever gave you the idea that I didn't?
    
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dont really care honestly, but sadly we wont get that new game smell anymore.
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Please read the article...
Would you have been satisfied if he had stated "I like the physical manuals?"

A physical manual is just one of the perks of buying a physical copy... Is it a necessity? For most, probably not. I can't tell you how many books, magazines and even game manuals I have read - on the commode, traveling, passing time during a power outage/hurricane, for fun ect. A good physical manual is always a positive. So I'm hard pressed to see the elimination as even a neutral step. Since I have no inclination towards embracing digital this is just one more nail in the coffin for anything made by EA. People need to vote with their wallets(that goes both ways, buying what you like and avoiding what you do not).

There is something special about holding/reading a physical copy, of any printed media... It is a completely different experience.

And no, printing a copy of the manual myself would not quite be the same(for me).
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