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Please add game manuals for EVERY game.

Added bySpiderFighter's avatarSpiderFighter

While it's nice to have bonus goodies for games, it's a bit ridiculous not to have at least a game manual. Your users shouldn't have to conduct web searches to find out how to play the game they've just purchased.

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Bob_Meh_HDR
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Thanks for that link. Back in the days before EB pretty much took over retail games, you used to be able to go to your local game store and pick out old 2nd hand games and the didn't all have manuals.. damn seven kingdoms. Kinda like a lucky dip really. at least i can stop buying cheapie games on gog so i can figure them out.

Mar. 26, 2014
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SpellSword
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'This' is a feature I'd really like to see, all games with their manuals. ^_^

If you can get the right to sell the game, why not acquire the rights to bundle the manual with it 'and' even if they do not provide one 'find' a physical copy and scan it yourself. (I'm sure some of the GOG community would even donate manuals to the cause...)

It really sucks when there is no documentation included. T_T

Sep. 19, 2013
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DRM_free_fan
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@ LauraOliva: It could create problems for GOG and nothing it for them. Replacement Docs is the most active game manual website on the net but it has problems with certain game publishers (mainly Bethesda Softworks) requesting removal of manuals. See: http://www.replacementdocs.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?6

Aug. 13, 2013
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LauraOliva
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I have quite a few older game manuals that I was planning to send to the trash that I would be willing to donate to GOG.

Feb. 19, 2013
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bvguthrie
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If GOG can't get access to a manual for the game, they should at least create a list of controls for people to download.

Feb. 9, 2013
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DRM_free_fan
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This is probably obvious to most people reading this but for the rest of you - if you cant get hold of a manual, I have found a good FAQ will usually list the controls for the game. I recommend: www.gamefaqs.com (No registration required. Just type your game title into the search bar near the top right hand corner).

Feb. 4, 2013
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DRM_free_fan
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BTW there is a site that does host copies of old manuals. (@ any Moderator reading this: I hope this is OK to post this site. Please remove my post if not). Check out: http://replacementdocs.com/download.php (No site registration is required to download). I add that it has a very small selection of manuals and it mainly concentrates on consoles.

Feb. 4, 2013
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tripleccreation
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Klem have a point, which I think software industry should have some sorf of rule on very old games materials and it's rights if the software have been abanden or something, much like in music.

Dec. 30, 2012
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RWarehall
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One example is no manual for Ultima 1. Took a bit of searching to find all the commands as well as the special bonuses each class gives.

Dec. 29, 2012
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pseudonarne
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yeah but even if it isn't the original manual at least this bit " shouldn't have to conduct web searches to find out how to play the game they've just purchased." from his wishlist is definitely doable for all of them. so maybe add "and if for some reason you can't get one make one"?

Dec. 6, 2012
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Klem
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If there is no manual it's very probably because the GOG team couldn't get a publishing right on a digital/scanned copy. Old games had physical manual and most of the time the publishers only had the rights for physical distribution (because digital distribution wasn't even a thing back then). The publisher would have to find who's holding the rights (the artist(s) who did the drawings, the writers and the devs who wrote the manual, etc) and get a new deal, it would take months.

Aug. 28, 2012
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omndra
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Not all games have manuals. Though most games do have Wiki's.

Aug. 13, 2012
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