Video game manuals! And those 'Notes' bits at the back.

Rayman 3 had a manual. Surprise.
What were they for? I mean, I never used them. Were you supposed to write the little 'Note: You die when you lose 1+ main arteries' in there? 'Cause I didn't. I mean, I'm not going to de-face my manual for something like that. Also, did you guys ever read the manual? I did (Obviously) Because there was sometimes funny stuff in there. I still remember the manual for Rayman 3, which went: "(Press X to hover) (Press R2 to lock on) (I love brackets, don't you?)" And it's nice to read 'em sometimes because it gives you a little bit of backstory or some character stuff. The manual for Vexx had some hints for the game in there, too. So! Some questions. Did you guys ever read the manual? And did you ever use the 'Notes' section?
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Posted by Aaox
Rayman 3 had a manual. Surprise.
What were they for? I mean, I never used them. Were you supposed to write the little 'Note: You die when you lose 1+ main arteries' in there? 'Cause I didn't. I mean, I'm not going to de-face my manual for something like that. Also, did you guys ever read the manual? I did (Obviously) Because there was sometimes funny stuff in there. I still remember the manual for Rayman 3, which went: "(Press X to hover) (Press R2 to lock on) (I love brackets, don't you?)" And it's nice to read 'em sometimes because it gives you a little bit of backstory or some character stuff. The manual for Vexx had some hints for the game in there, too. So! Some questions. Did you guys ever read the manual? And did you ever use the 'Notes' section?
Posted by sketch

I used them for passwords, before games had the ability to save . I was young and had better things to memorise than passwords, and loose sheets of paper always got lost.

Posted by MattyFTM
sketch said:
"I used them for passwords, before games had the ability to save . I was young and had better things to memorise than passwords, and loose sheets of paper always got lost."
Yeah, I assume that's what they were originally for, but now there is no need really. When I've bought preowned games I've found one which had cheats written in, which I suppose is useful, but I've never bothered to do that myself.
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Posted by rivalbro

I never let a scratch on the manuals, how could I write on them?

Posted by Aaox

Passwords! You're right. And cheat codes. Wow. I don't know why I didn't think of that before. Thanks for clearing that up. Been troubling me for a while for no reason.

Posted by MKHavoc

I always used them for cheats but I haven't even been doing that as much anymore.

Posted by Meowayne

Yeah, passwords and cheat codes, that's what they started out being for.

Posted by HHAP

I read the manuals fully before playing a game.  I guess it's become a lifelong habit.  As for the Notes section, I always tell myself, I will write in it (hints, cheats) before I start playing but then I eventually forget and end up with a blank page every time. 

Posted by TheMustacheHero

I've never written in them actually I think I drew a picture in one of them I think it was a GBA game..

Posted by IrradiatedTurnip

I, almost always, read the manual before playing the game. The manual for Fallout 2 was hilarious. I've never used a Notes page, though...I could see why they would be useful, though.
Edited by Iggins
@HHAP: I know one dude that does that everytime he gets a new game. His excuse was allways ''gotta learn the buttons''. You don't!
 
EDIT: Oh yeah install times. Thats when i read the manuals
Posted by Pie

I always read the manual. Although I never write in the manual ive found some funny stuff in those note sections with pre owned games

Posted by empfeix
@Pie: You just gave me a great idea.  Whenever I trade in a game I will make an effort to write something witty in the notes to give someone else who finds it a smile.
Posted by Hockeymask27

I read game manuals usually after they first play session of a game. you know when you stop because you just  been playing all day and you need to take a break. So I read it and go back.

Posted by Pie
@empfeix said:
" @Pie: You just gave me a great idea.  Whenever I trade in a game I will make an effort to write something witty in the notes to give someone else who finds it a smile. "
I leave notes as to where a secret area is when there is no secret area. Shame you cant see the people get infuriated though...
Posted by GunstarRed

i like battle fantasia's it just says "NOTE"
Posted by empfeix
@Pie said:
" @empfeix said:
" @Pie: You just gave me a great idea.  Whenever I trade in a game I will make an effort to write something witty in the notes to give someone else who finds it a smile. "
I leave notes as to where a secret area is when there is no secret area. Shame you cant see the people get infuriated though... "
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Posted by eroticfishcake

I read them before I play or during installation. You find some pretty interesting stuff in there sometimes since some of them have little notes on the story or just general tips. Never wrote anything in them though since I tend to leave my games in perfect condition...bar that one time when I lent a copy of Oblivion and got it back to find a little scribble in front of the manual. They don't make manuals as good they use to anymore let alone printing them out.

Posted by Artemis_D

Recipes.

Posted by Adziboy

With this gen, a lot of games need to install now so I end up just sitting there, hyped up for an awesome game, and then add to that hype by reading manuals. Insomniac are always good - they always keep it on topic (Ratchet and Clank gets a survival guide I think, and Resistance had like a old magazine type thing). Rockstars magazine manual is quite cool, although I hated how it gave lots of false info. 
 
And yeah, I used to write passwords on those bits of paper. Especially when I played World of Warcraft and had to change my password since it becomes such a habit of typing in your old ones.
Posted by korkesh

I like to scan the note sections that look cool and print them out to use as note pads