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Dost thou read game manuals?
Yeah! I must know how to play!
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%{&@#$ I read any €/&@$&'n manuals!
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I just check controls.
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486 player
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 3:08 pm     Post subject: Read manual? Reply with quote

It's very importand to read, at least readme.txt or gamename.doc. They may solve technical problems and tells right controls etc.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:57 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

i play game first, usualy i can pick it up without having to read anything, but sometimes if i get stuck i check the readme. and i always read the cool manual on the way back from the game store, on the bus.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 9:44 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

It is totally revelant to the platform that the game is made for.

Consoles
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When I buy a console game (whether it be for my NES, SNES, GameGear, DC, or PS2) I am usually too anxious to read the blasted book. I throw the game right into the console and start playing. Then later on, when somebody is watching the TV or something, I'll take out the book and start reading it. That way I can get a better grasp on teh game and learn some hints and such.


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I NEVER read the instruction manuals for PC games. I usually read the strategy games and such. The only real time I read the book is if I need the keymap. But I usually configure the keys prior to playing.




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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:25 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I always read so I know the controls and story.

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%{&@#$ I read any ?/&@$&'n manuals!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 3:34 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Only if it's a 300+ manual filled with stories, weapon stats, calculations, and backround history of all the racing like in Starfleet Command or if the game has really complex controls like ADOM. (over 120!) If it's just an insert or a Readme.txt file, I'll skip past as I enjoy learning the game myself and besides, I never remember the keys just by looking at a manual-I have to "feel them out" on the keyboard, and I never look down when I type or play games.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 11:47 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

In PC Games, I'll just check the controls screen before playing.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2003 4:58 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

a good example of game manufacturers understanding our needs is RTCW. it has a big, juicy manual (50pages) with cool info about wolf3d (it took 4 guys 6 months to make!) but also has all the useful stuff, like a multiplayer gaming 101. but the real good thing is it has a small keyboard layout thingy, aboput the size of a cd cover folded out twice. it's just great to put in fron of the screen if you are the forgetful sort.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:56 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I love reading manuals if they have information about the characters, weapons, story etc. Otherwise, I will consult only if I need to know what key performs such and such a function or something like that. Otherwise, I just go play the game.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:18 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I generally start playing the game straight away, unless for some reason I'm not able to; then I read the manual.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:37 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

very technical games like flight sims definately need a good read, FPS forget it bung the disc in and play it straight away like i did with splinter cell. but i do like manuals that contain a very good background story... one i will always remember is dungeon master by ftl... the manual contained a very good story like a book and after reading it it said something along the lines of 'you are the one go find the bad guy and kill him' and i actually wanted to read more of the story Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2003 5:54 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

I always read the manual, but not immeadedly! I start playing the game without reading, but then later I do read the whole book.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2003 11:01 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2003 2:59 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't read the manuals first, but I always read the manuals to fill in empty time.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2003 1:33 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Da_Goat wrote:
I don't read the manuals first, but I always read the manuals to fill in empty time.


Same here...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 6:50 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto... *whack* (shh, quiet Rush).
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 7:28 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

nastypoisonspikes wrote:
I generally start playing the game straight away, unless for some reason I'm not able to; then I read the manual.

Same here!
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