I’m pretty bored this Sunday evening, so here’s a blog post that no one will actually read.
I picked up Metal Gear Acid 2 on PSP with the extra little scratch I got from trading some games in (more on that in a future article). First thing I noticed was the manual was a five or so page black and white pamphlet. I’m used to pieces of crap like this from EA, which seems to be pushing just how close they can get to three page manuals including the first page of warnings. But Konami doing this with one of their (as they call it) signature series? It didn’t make any sense, especially since the art inside the case is wonderful.
My answer came up on the first page of the manual – the real instructions were a pdf found on Konami’s website. This isn’t the first online manual I’ve had to download for a game, but it is another trend that I really don’t like. Strike two.
The truth hit me when I read the PDF, which was not black and white but beautifully colored and illustrated. They really did make a nice manual. They just couldn’t fit it in the case.
You see Metal Gear Acid 2 has some sort of wonky 3d graphics gimmick going on, and they allow to enjoy it using some goofy cardboard goggles setup that comes with the game. Adding these goggles into the case insert likely wouldn’t leave enough room for the full manual, hence the measure taken.
I’m not sure what to make of this. It doesn’t really matter considering how few gamers these days care about manuals. I know I’m reading them less and less over the years, despite a once blatant support for them. I suppose I still find that those who put some time into making their manuals look nice generally put the same or more attention into their games. Clearly Konami still did, technically, and I’m sure the game will be very good. I’m just not sure if they actually removed it to stuff their cardboard monstrosity into the case, or to cut costs. Am I understanding things correctly, or giving Konami the benefit of the doubt?