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I've gamed since I was little. It started with Sonic and Earthworm Jim and later broadened as I joined the Playstation family with Crash Bandicoot and Medieval. It was when I met RPGs in the form of Pokemon and Jade Cocoon that my world expanded.
My Playstation 2 is full of RPGs and platformers and at present I have nigh unfettered access to all the consoles of this generation. That's my gaming history!
What I want to achieve on Destructoid, is to make a meaningful contribution, so, every so often, I intend to post my thoughts on a topic or review a game. I don't complete things often unfortunately, so reviews may be thin on the ground, but the higher the goal, the more we work towards it.
If you want something specific to be talked about, mail me, and if you want anything else, I'll do my best <3
You should have a quick scan of that article by Dale North(Destructoid.com) first if you don't quite know what I'm talking about.
Ubisoft (famous for the likes of Rayman, Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed) recently announced a plan to "go green" with it's packaging in games. This means redesigned cases on the PC and the removal of manuals from console games in favour of adding the manuals digitally to the disc. I see a problem with this on a couple of different levels, but it's also, another voice can't hurt if you're trying to prove a point.
Every game is somebody's first game
It's a little bit arrogant to think "heh, I can do this, why can't everyone else?" and so this is why manuals exist in the first place. While the intricacies of the button layouts, "old tropes" of video games and the secret code of menus is practically second nature to anyone seeing this, we are most certainly in the minority. I think to my dad, not yesterday astounded by my mastery of control, eking out more masterful combos and features than he's been able to get out of Batman: Arkham Asylum in 15 hours, in my first 15 minutes.
He didn't know you could go first-person/zoom-in by clicking the right stick
To me, it makes sense that clicking the camera control does something new with the camera, but it didn't occur to my dad that it was a button because nobody told him. And nobody told him because the game doesn't demand it. My dad isn't the kind of person to ever give up, but if he gets stuck, he reads the manual, because he learns this type of thing. It would never occur to him to assume it was on the disc.
Not all gamers are us super-hardcore types. My dad is typical of the general gaming populace; casual.
It's about standards
Loving games isn't a pre-requisite to work in GAME or GameStation in England. It helps, but half the staff have never owned a single game where I work. They'll serve you, they know what the consoles do (kind of) and they have a list of 4-5 games coming out memorised, but they won't know who mega man, master chief or solid snake are. More likely they're going to think you're coming on to them, poorly.
Now looking through the comments, I see you Americans with your game stores don't have too much of these, but in the UK, when you trade in a game, you get turned away if there is no manual. If these standards change, good people will be turned away, or more likely, games that should have a manual, will lose them because of Ubisoft's greed.
In an era where these gorgeous HD games are fucking even basic control up, you know for a fact the manual will be on some hard to reach screen that you'll have to quit out of the game to find. It will be on the main menu booting you out of the game, be in text far too small to read on an SD TV, in blocks that hurt your eyes because of the brightness contrast and in a font you despise. You could have gotten the special edition with the booklet in, but that was an extra £10 for a steel case and 4 pages of legalese and a diagram of a controller on the back because it was the collector's edition.
Pessimism? Maybe. Unfounded? Not quite.
The alternative is a downloadable PDF, but this again is a problem. Everyone without the internet, raise your hand. Awesome. Looks like EVERYONE has the internet then. No problems here. I can't see a single person without the internet out there. What do you mean, those people who can;t read this don't know to object? Pshaw.
There are easier ways to go green
1) Stop requiring an internet access to play your PC games. What do you think powers the internet, dumb-asses?
2) CD sleeves use less plastic than DVD boxes. FACT.
3) Flying out game developers to have a sit-in game session creates more CO2 than game manuals' production.
4) Stop having children; Children make TONS of CO2 in their lifetime (it's called breathing) and are more of a hazard, due to overpopulation.
5) French people are smug pricks; unrelated, but I've never met one who wasn't. I've seen some cute German girls though. and Russian accents are the bomb.
6) Let every developer work from home. Transport creates CO2 unless they all walk to work, in which case, well done Ubisoft employees.
It's easy to see why Ubisoft is doing this; tax cuts for going greener and less costs from producing less product, but manuals are a mainstay of gaming and have been for as long as anything. It makes me annoyed to see it being cut for sheer greed under the thin guise of altruism.
Man up, Ubisoft, and leave us the ability to flick through, thumb, make notes in, ignore and pour over our manuals.
Written to Danny Barronowsky's "The Teaching Robot" (dBsoundworks.com)
Peeps had to leave a comment and be one of the last five to have left it. Those guys won a DL code for Johnson.
There was also a prize for leaving something cute or funny. That person got Johnson and the chance to get a Transformers t-shirt.
Kanden Killer won himself the t-shirt (go you)
The following people got codes:
I used JOURNALISM to find out gamertags and sent out messages to those people asking if they love dtoid. Replies confirming I got the right person (they would love Dtoid) earn some codes. (Nukka, Kryptinite, puppy licks and kanden have already been sent codes)
Naim Master needs to either tell me his gamertag or message xbox's Evercaptor, unless he's happy for the code to go elsewhere.
Firstly, thank you seigfried for reminding me to send out the codes. I whole heartedly apologise that it was such shit to wait all that time. Twixt Uni and working everyday of the week, I totally forgot about it.
In order of win, the following did!
you guys have had your codes and instructions sent out.
I would set up another contest here, but I'll wait until I have more time, as I don't wish to forget about it again.
This week it's a content pack for GTA chinatown wars!
I don't own GTA:CW and haven't used one of these packs, but all the necessary stuff you need to know will be explained.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your dtoid name AND post in the comments with something either amusing or not amusing. Contest is open internationally, but I live in england XD
the winner is chosen at random using microsoft excel, cell A1 which contains =INT(L*(rand()))+1 where L is the number of posts on this topic. Post as much as you want, each one is an entry, but only send one email, please.
3 sets up for grabs this time, so tell your friends and loved ones, hell, even your cat! (I love cats)
swag left to give away:
Chris redfield figure
Chun li figure
Mirrors edge shirt
Limited to only GAME (where I am now employed) in the UK, the flaming warthog Decal for your warthogs is kinda cool. It's fun for rushes as it will camouflage your troops in the flaming wreckage of their bases!
First post counts as entry, I'm random up the winner. The 5x5 DLC code will be sent via an email you supply in your post! Contest winner decided on friday.
I might do contests with my job's freebies for a bit, where I can. Bear in mind I am English in England though, so posting times can be a tad dismal, and unreliable, though DLC codes are easy.
I have 3 GTA: Chinatown Wars codes for the DS too. Dunno what it's about as I haven't used them or own the game. I'll set that on friday, after I email the winner their code.
also, I think i have an infection in one of my extremities...