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Reaching for the … Halo?

April 19, 2010

I was lucky enough to get an early play of Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta today. As usual I am under embargo, so I can’t really go into details about it. I will later on, but it was fantastic fun and I really enjoyed playing it! I’m not the biggest Halo fan, so I was shocked to see that I was enjoying it more than I was expecting to. Can’t wait for the public beta to begin!

I also got to meet Jason Bradbury of Gadget Show fame. Wonderful bloke, very enthusiastic, which was just what I was expecting really. Can’t wait till the embargo breaks because I got some fun snaps of my scores. I did pretty well in my first game beating everyone by.. well… just wait and see!

I’ve also been finishing off the P.E.C challenges in Splinter Cell: Conviction. God damn that game is so much fun! Can’t wait to finish off the co-op multiplayer and start my review. I’ve been addicted to the game since I got it pretty much. Well worth a look at if you have not checked out the new sexy Fisher.

Speaking of Ubisoft games, I was shocked to see that they are ditching paper manuals in games. When you pick up games without manuals, they always feel a little too light. Like, why am I spending £40 on this very light box with a disc in it? I’m sad to hear them go and can only imagine what an inconvenience this will cause stores. It is always annoying trying to find CDs without the manuals! I tend to excitedly open a game up on the way home from the store and flick through the manual, I guess I won’t be doing that for much longer. I’m very sad to hear this news!

On the other hand, I’m happy to see Ubisoft taking the initiative and going eco. Does this mean I’ll be paying less for my game? Probably not. What do you think?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashton Raze permalink
    April 19, 2010 8:44 pm

    Who buys Ubisoft games anyway?

  2. April 19, 2010 10:01 pm

    Yeah, going green. That’s definitely why they’re doing it. Looking forward to their games being a bit cheaper because of all the money they’ll save on designing, manufacturing, and the extra in shipping for those manuals.

    Oh wait…

    While I love that new game smell, including the manual, most game manuals I see these days are a joke. Little more than a couple of pages explaining a game’s menu and controls, with another page thrown in for some credits and legal stuff. For the environment it’s nice to see this being done, but it’s just another sign that the days of the manual that was actually worth reading are mostly gone. 😦

    I traded in ODST, so no Reach beta for me. Ah well.

  3. April 19, 2010 11:12 pm

    I was not lucky enough to get an early play of Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta today, because a stupid volcano blew up and cancelled my flight. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Sad but not surprised to hear them scrapping manuals, anything to save a buck. The did that with DVDs about four years ago, detailed booklets went to inserts with scene listings on them went to nothing, although the two prongs to hold the absent booklet/insert remain. Insulting really, but then I’m easily offended.

  4. Jordan Appleton permalink
    April 21, 2010 2:51 pm

    There’s no way that games will drop in price just because you aren’t getting a manual. Take Steam, Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation network for example, you don’t get a box, or a manual or a disk and it still usually costs as much as the real deal from the shop. You could blame that on running servers and things, but compared to running the printing plants for the disks, boxes and manuals, that will be very minimal.

    In short, prices won’t go down for the consumer, costs will go down for Ubisoft and anyone else who follows suit. Sorry to say that your days of reading manuals on the ride home are probably numbered 😦

    Not providing a manual, though, how is that going to affect games being delivered through services such as amazon, where there is a rather big possibility of the package being dropped causing the disk to come off the spindle…without the manual there to help hold it in place, the disk will rattle around rather freely and get scratched, possibly quite severely.

    On another note, who’s bright idea is it to put MS live points and PSN credit vouchers in DVD/Bluray cases? Great, replacement game cases….I haven’t lost or broken any yet, the days of brittle plastic CD like cases have long since gone.

  5. woodeecouk permalink
    April 28, 2010 4:47 pm

    I remember the day when games came in BOXES… not flimsy plastic cartons! The manuals were an inch thick, and not just filler material they had something worth reading. Gaming is becoming more mainstream, shelf space hasn’t increased, games have got smaller so they have more in stock (which is a good thing!)

    Games have become simpler to cater for the casual gamer who wouldn’t have the attention span to read a manual! Controls have become more intuitive and will do even more so in the future with the motion controllers like Natal on their way this xmas.

    I get what you mean about the games staying the same price, it just doesn’t sit well with me… if I pay £30 I want something at least worth that much… not a case that costs 20p and a DVD for 50p. That is a hell of a markup price! With the amount of units sold… how much really goes to the developers? I suspect more goes to the publisher when in fact they haven’t even created the game.

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