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Do you read game manuals before playing?

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The Nexus of a Crisis, and The Origin of Storms
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Greetings,

Well, it depends on the game. RPGs I usually read the manual, or at the very least flip through it to get key config and a general gist of the combat/magic system. With FPS, I usually just look in-game at the key config while I am tweaking the graphic/sound settings. Fighting and/or adventure games I usually dont bother looking at all, and just learn as I go.

Sincerely,
TastEPlasma
 

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I did back when I played games on NES and SNES. Most games today put you through in-game tutorials so I usually get the hang of a game when I finish them.
 

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heh, i want to say no, but i just bought FFIV advance yesterday, and i found myself reading the manual before i turned the game on, heh
 

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Canadian Spaceman
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I leave it up to the in-game tutorials, and refer to the manuals later if I get stuck.
 

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I read everything including the stuff on the box too >_>

I usually go through the manuals for the story stuff (I grew up on text adventures :p ). As you say, most games nowadays include some sort of tutorial. Also, I hate fumbling around and missing out on secrets or neat tips.
 

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I never ever read the manuals. I like to find out things by trial and error.

There's one exception and that's wizardry games, it's one of the few games imho where you can gain something by using the manual. But it is also the only game where I spend the entire first day of having bought the game on creating my characters. OO, I wish Sirtech still existed those games are so great :(
 

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The Hunter
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It depends, usually I do, but sometimes I don't feel like reading through a PDF file when it's a budget game. On NES I used to start playing immediately and read the manual later when I wasn't allowed to play anymore because my parents wanted to watch tv :p

Now I always read the manual first, just to pick up a few things about the game, and because I'm interested what they actually say :)
 

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Only for the story summary and game tips. For the rest, I think it's not too
hard to know how to install/run a game and learn the controls from the option menus... unless they're very complicated of course :p
 

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sometimes i read them but really only if they're console games and if its a book manual.
 

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Normaly yes, while installing the game. But usually not all of it
 
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