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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 10:46

EA dumps manuals for digital

Written by David Stellmack
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Follows UbiSoft’s lead on future titles
Electronic Arts has become the second publisher to announce that for future releases they will be more environmentally friendly by eliminating printed manuals and going digital.

The move makes Electronic Arts the second big publisher to follow UbiSoft’s lead and do away with the paper manuals included within future releases. The just-released Fight Night Champion is the first title to go with digital with its manual.

So far, the news has met with mixed opinions from the gaming community at large. Some already have expressed that they will miss the paper manuals, while others have said that they don’t care one way or the other.

Sources tell us that we should expect other publishers to move in this direction going forward, which actually comes as no real surprise; besides being more environmentally conscious, it also saves the publisher the significant cost of printed manuals for each title release.


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+7 #1 123s 2011-03-22 13:05
OMG EA loves environment so much...
 
 
+9 #2 Harry Lloyd 2011-03-22 13:16
Yes, it does save cost, only games still cost the same. What are we paying for, a PDF file? Awesome.

And they can't do that with console games, not everyone has a PC.
 
 
+10 #3 123s 2011-03-22 13:20
Well, most console players cant read anyway, wont be a big deal. (isnt even a flame, I dont know any console gamer who reads the manuals from next gen consoles besides Rockstar ones)
 
 
+6 #4 Deanjo 2011-03-22 13:24
Not really surprising. This at least makes more sense then buying something like an home theater receiver and getting the instructions only on pdf on a cdrom.
 
 
0 #5 TechHog 2011-03-22 22:33
Quoting 123s:
Well, most console players cant read anyway, wont be a big deal. (isnt even a flame, I dont know any console gamer who reads the manuals from next gen consoles besides Rockstar ones)

If you need to tell people it's not a flame, it's a flame. "cant (sic) read" and "don't read" are far from the same thing.
 
 
0 #6 ViperSpec 2011-03-22 23:13
Quoting Deanjo:
Not really surprising. This at least makes more sense then buying something like an home theater receiver and getting the instructions only on pdf on a cdrom.

I can relate to this. Add to that, my Yamaha's firmware updates with a cd player over digital optical.... Was it THAT hard to install a simple usb port?
 

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