I opened up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD yesterday and aside from the game disc it was depressingly empty, which describes exactly how I feel every time I pick up tellingly lightweight retail game. I miss instruction booklets something fierce.
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.
This piece by artist Maskull Lasserre takes the impending demise of the printed computer manual quite literally, pressing a number of old pieces together and then carving a skull out of it.
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.
There was a time when a game manual wasn't just a place to print out what each button did. Manuals were, at one point, the first step of the journey into a intricate fantasy world.
As Ubisoft today bids farewell to the printed instruction manual, other publishers will surely follow suit. I, for one, am a little saddened by this, as some of my best memories in gaming involve...reading the manual.