Posted on August 17, 2011
So long, paper manuals!
I recently purchased Mortal Kombat 9 – or is it Mortal Kombat (2011), or maybe Mortal Kombat: The Second One, but not II – and noticed there was no instruction booklet that came with it. Thinking that I had been somehow short-changed, I shrugged it off. No huge deal, I guess!
I ended up reading that games are slowly phasing out the paper instruction manuals in favour of online help, perhaps heading in a greener, more cost-effective direction.
I may not have kept all (or pretty much any) of my early video game boxes, which is a damn shame. I did, however, feel the need to keep my instruction booklets for EVERYTHING I could. Being a Francophone – which is just an embellishment of “‘Cuz I’m French” – I learned to read French long before I did English. In fact, it wasn’t school that taught me English reading.
That’s right – I’m self-taught, thanks to instruction manuals and their eye-catching images and tips! You just never knew what you’d find that might help you with the game, or perhaps even just a tidbit on characters.
I’ll re-hash Super Mario Bros. one last time, but that’s it. Check out these two gems from its instruction booklet!
“It’s not a glitch, per se. It’s just that the Koopa Troopas are more agile when stunned than one might think.”