People are constantly discussing digital distribution of media these days, but no one stops to think of the important issues. The issues that really tug at the heart strings and make you question the sanity of a world without hope...a world without physical instruction manuals.
Today I purchased Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance. Upon opening the case, before taking out the game I removed the manual. Not the two page leaflet telling me about health and safety, not the shadow of a manual you'll find for some games now and most definitely not the absolutely nothing I find in a lot of vita cases.
(An assortment of manuals from different platforms, there's even an elusive vita manual and one of those eco EA booklets which are distinctly unimpressive in the world of manuals.)
This was a proper manual. Small in dimensions obviously but large in information. My first thought wasn't about how I'd have to boycott buying Square Enix games because of this monstrosity against ecology. My first thought was "A proper manual...an actual manual. I'm going to love flicking through this before I play."
No idea about the rest of you here, but physical manuals are important to me. I can get the same info from a digital manual and I can get even more info from looking up specifics about the game in google but reading through this manual gives me something the digital manual or random googling can't. Paper cuts, I just can't get those digitally no matter how hard I try...
(Go physical and you too could sport a temporary badge of honour)
Seriously though, it might just be nostalgia for the days when all manuals were wonderful physical trees worth of paper that were an introduction to the world you were about to enter, right in the palm of your hands. It could also be similar to how I feel about games themselves, I prefer to have them physically than digitally too. Either way when I pulled out the KH 3D manual I felt a sense of rightness in the world just for a moment.
Perhaps you disagree, perhaps you hate reading manuals and just want to tear into the game. Maybe you love everything digitally and a physical instruction manual is a relic of the past. Maybe though, somewhere in your soul you feel the same, and a physical instruction manual gives you more than random papercuts too, gives you that sense of enjoyment you don't get from the digital equivalents or the emptiness of a vita case. Or possibly you just don't care at all.
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