Video game manuals, they were given with every game and held instructions on how to play the game. It was so essential to have a manual back then that most of us were excited to open up a new game and look at the manual before we even played.
I remember the time when I use to play Crash Bandicoot (an action-adventure platform game), and I looked at the manual several times trying to figuring out how to play the game. I enjoyed looking at the manual; the only problem was that I looked at the manual more than playing the game.
I actually thought that the directions were wrong once, but it was actually how I was playing the game. Today, most games have in-game instructions that are mentioned in the game so there is no need for manuals. Other games have a mixture of manuals and in-game instructions.
In game instructions is used in many games to save paper and because it is easier to focus on, rather than pulling out a manual. A great example is Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. This epic-adventure game has a manual that teaches gamers the way to play with weapons, ships, and how to run Ratchet and Clank.
There is also in-game instructions that provides gamers with the same knowledge.
Just like manuals memory cards have seemed to vanish, with the advance of video game systems such as Xbox and PlayStation 3, memory cards are no longer needed. Back in the 1990’s and early 2000′s, memory cards were small devices that allowed gamers to save or delete data.
They were essential if you wanted to pick up where you left off. It was nice that gamers could bring their memory cards anywhere and play games on different systems. The only flaw with memory cards was that if the game froze or if you forgot to save, you would have to start completely over.
Memory cards are just a thing of the past since auto saving has taken over. Auto saving is a unique function that allows gamers to have their progress saved automatically throughout the game without having to manually save. Gamers tend to appreciate this function especially when you don’t have to keep constantly worrying about saving. Even though auto saving is a commonly used function, games still allow manual saving too.
I believe since memory cards were a gamer’s only choice back in the early 1990’s, they want to give gamer’s choices to save. The only flaw that I see in no memory cards is that you can’t continue the game when on a different system. The commonality between auto saving and memory cards is that they both take up a ton of space. Both manuals and memory cards were an essential part in my childhood and I will never forget those days, and even though manuals and memory cards have vanished, I am embracing auto save and in-game instructions. I wonder if we will ever go back to memory cards or manuals one day just for fun, or if there will be a step beyond in-game instructions or auto saving coming in the near future.
Who knows? All we can do now is enjoy technology and embrace the new generation that is ahead of us all.