The other night I pulled out my original copy of Halo 2, it had been quite a while since I played it last. Soon as I grabbed the case, I noticed how heavy it was. Opening it up I saw the good size gaming booklets inside. Over the years these things have slowly disappeared, without causing much problems.
It really has no need to cause much concern, as it really isn’t a big problem at all. I have steadily forgotten about them, and you most likely have done the same. Unless you pull out an old game, and those memories come back.
Halo 2 came with two different books, one included each muliplayer map, weapon spawns, charge ups, along with giving a nice description of each map. The second one focused on the story, giving descriptions of a few characters, the weapons, vehicles, the whole nine yards. At the end it had some up and coming releases for new games at that time.
Steadily reading through each one brought back memories of buying a game. Opening the case to grab this booklet, only playing the game once I was done. This made me grab Destiny, since it is a fairly new release, and made by Bungie. I opened the case to see two sheets of paper. 1. Saying get the Destiny Expansion Pass. 2. Game Add-On Download for the Vanguard Armory.
It made me laugh in how pathetic I thought that was, but that’s the direction everyone is going in. It got me curious though to look up what brought the changes, as I couldn’t remember. It didn’t take long for a article on Kotaku to pop up, so I had to read it. Here is a little of what I found
“Ubisoft is often recognized for making great games, but it’s a special privilege to be the industry leader at saving trees,” said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft North America. “Eco-friendly initiatives are important to the global community and introducing in-game digital manuals on Xbox 360 and PS3 is just the latest example of Ubisoft’s ongoing commitment to being a more environmentally conscious company.”
^That article was in 2010, you can read it here if you want. You would think with doing away with these. Ubisoft would be putting out better games, instead of the rehash, technically worlds they have been releasing.
I’m not against saving trees, that’s great if you want too. I myself have planted a few after I’ve knocked some down. But am I the only one that misses these booklets? Now, that’s not to say every company did them right. The older Halo games had interesting ones to read, as did the Grand Theft Auto ones.
This isn’t suppose to be a serious topic, only one to get your opinions on. A lot of newer games probably couldn’t care. But I’m sure a lot of older ones have memories of these, even if you liked them or didn’t care for them.