Like the daily newspaper, the printed phone bill and personal checks, the video game instruction manual is facing extinction in our increasingly paperless world. Hold off on mourning, though. Nintendo has spent the last year or so quietly implementing a digital revival that's been a joy to behold.
It's rare enough that a video game costs over a grand, but a video game manual? As crazy as it sounds, that's exactly what the instructions for this old N64 game are worth.
In the spirit of the new year and all things gaming, I bring to you the Illustrated Guide to MineCraft. This is an instruction booklet meant to capture the spirit of the gaming manuals of old.
Andy and Chris are going to Seattle this weekend. They are going to the Penny Arcade Expo where they will share a booth and let the public, for the first time, try their games. Things are looking good.. for Andy.
It seems we may have been a little premature in declaring the death of the printed manual, with one of the world's biggest publishers going on record saying that there's life left in the printed word yet.
Is the grand tradition of colorful video game manuals coming to a close? It is for Ubisoft, as the company launches an initiative to replace tree-hungry paper manuals with in-game instructions for all PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles.