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    Hello All,

    Does anyone miss having manuals come with games? Or Strategy guides for that matter? I really liked having manuals. It was always nice to look at the artwork and read the characters bios and other details about the game. I noticed towards the end of the seventh generation, a lot of games stopped coming with manuals. Pretty much no PS4 games have no manuals. I know a few games these days have manuals, but it is few and far in-between. I know manuals and guides seem a little pointless today, but I miss them and I think having them included today would be a nice touch, cases feel too light without them. I'm big on physical copies.

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    I wasn't a big fan of strategy guides, but yes, I do miss manuals. They were a nice addition. I would spend a great amount of time reading them before playing.
    Some Wii games had great ones like the first No More Heroes comic book manual.

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    Yes strategy guides were hit or miss, but there was still some good ones. Yes I really miss manuals too. I wouldn't always read them before I played a game, but usually after. The sixth and early 7th generation of gaming were the last to really have gaming manuals.

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    Yeah. I think some of the latest Xbox 360 games already had very thin manuals. Nintendo then started making electronic manuals.

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    Yeah the later Xbox 360 and PS3 games had very thin manuals. Basiclly just a tiny booklet explaining the controls and maybe the story of the game. Yeah I know the 3DS has electronic manuals, I assume the Switch does as well? I wish physical copies of games still came with manuals. I know some Steam games have digital manuals in the form of a PDF file.

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    Yeah, I guess so, even if I can't tell for sure since I don't have any Switch games (of course I don't have the console either).
    PDF manuals are a good idea though.

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    Yeah I plan on getting a switch, but I don't know if the games have physical manuals or they're digital. It is nice that the game has a manual even if digital in PDF form. I will of course always like physical manuals.

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    Me too. However, as long as I know, Switch games come out with nothing else than the game cartridge. The cover is double faced though.

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    Yeah. I plan on getting a Switch when I can. I would hope that physical manuals make a comeback, but that doesen't seem likely. I know Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash on the Ps4 and Monster Boy: The Cursed Kingdom came with physical manuals which was also on the PS4. Though they are kinda simple compared to manuals of the older generations.

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    Me too. Yeah, physical support for games is going through the same way, but, you know, never say never.

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    Yeah I really hope the PS5 will still have physical copies of games. I really don't want games to be all digital. I don't have the Internet for all physical gams. Who knows, maybe manuals will make a comeback.

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    Yeah, however sometimes digital games are cheaper. Anyways, I totally prefer physical copies. Artbooks in limited editions are a good compromise for the lack of manuals.

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    True, digital games can be cheaper. Yeah some limited editions have cool artbooks and may even manuals and might come with a strategy guide. I also always prefer physical copies.

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    Yeah. However, I still don’t like the new trend of some late games, which come out in physical copies but require almost the whole game to be downloaded.

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    True, good point. I also don't like that as well. The game comes in physical form, but you have to download a large portion of it. I remember Red Dead Redemption II came with two discs, an install disc and a gameplay disc. I would rather prefer that then downloading a ton of the game.

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