The trend started just under a year ago with Ubisoft. Last April the publisher announced that it would no longer include manual booklets for its Xbox 360 and PS3 games. Now that EA Sports has announced that it’s doing the same thing, it appears the no-manual movement is gaining some steam.
EA Sports spokesman Rob Semsey says the decision was made in order to make game production more environmentally friendly. Of course, ditching the paper manual would also slightly reduce production costs, so it’s a win-win situation for game producers and Mother Earth. Players will likely be informed of instructions in the future via a digital version of the manual included on the disc or with an in-game tutorial that many games already feature in addition to the manual.
I’m kind of going to miss the paper manuals. There’s a whole pile of N64 and SNES instruction booklets hanging around in my parents’ basement. I really had no idea what to do with them before we had these handy-dandy cases to hold the manuals for us.