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#1 xotheusedguyox
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the internet and youtube has made these just about useless. prima is the only company left that makes them and most are digital only with very few getting a hard print copy. so now guides are rare instead of common like they were in the past. i would like every game to have a guide even if they were very limited prints because most people who have a fav game series would like to buy it for collection purposes if nothing more then for the artwork. yes they are always fill of typos and errors but the art in them i think makes it worth it alone if you just buy them for your fav game/series. thoughts, comments, agree?

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#2 MirkoS77
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Yea, they're pretty much relegated obsolete given the Internet. Sometimes I'll buy them, but most time I'll just look on the net, or maybe even print out the webpages I need.

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#3 lamprey263
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for me yes, for the the last decade and more for the most part, internet sure took care of that... though, they still keep making them, so I feel there must be some market for them

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#4 lostrib
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pretty much

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#5 NyaDC
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I've started collecting them for my older games, I like the physicality of it, all the pictures, I don't know it's just different.

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#6 m3dude1
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this thing called the internet kind of killed them off

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#7 SonySoldier-_-
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Just like instruction booklets that came with games are dead.

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#8 Boddicker
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Meh, I just look on GameFAQS if I get stuck for more than a few hours. Also games are getting balance patches and/or new content all the time now. They're not relegated to their current state at launch anymore. That pretty much makes game guides obsolete.

Don't get me wrong, I used to love my old game guide collection, but I think the only genre they have on lockdown are DEEP fighting games. Even that might be changing soon.

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#9  Edited By uninspiredcup  Online
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Pratt much.

Aside from the advent of the internet most modern games are hand holding tours fearful of demanding anything strenuous from the player.

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#10 SpinoRaptor24
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Are they? Because I keep seeing them in stores, especially the collector's edition ones.

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#11 dragonfly110
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Guidebooks are as alive as most of my dreams. I'll let you take that for what you will.

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#12  Edited By Randoggy
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I see them all the time. Lots of game have collector edition guides as well.

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#13  Edited By cainetao11
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@xotheusedguyox: I own quite a few for the art work. I agree on that.

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#14 HalcyonScarlet
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There are times when I think they'd be really helpful, such as Fifa/Pro Evo or Forza, but I didn't find it for those.

Fifa/Pro Evo, because they can be a little complex for the casual football player, especially Fifa with the management stuff in the season games.

Forza I wanted it for the advanced tuning options. I like spending time optimizing my cars.

But they just don't really exist I think.

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#15 DrSpoon
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Think I only ever bought one, for TR3 back in the day. Certainly the print versions are on their way out...

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#16 wis3boi
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a combination of the internet, and game updates, has rendered them useless

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#17 PsychoLemons
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Sadly, yes.

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#18 xotheusedguyox
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i think most people buy them for collection and art purposes only. i dont think too many people acturally use it cause they need help.

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#19 thereal25
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You can get one for fallout 4. But would you want that though?

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#20 Matthew2016
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@xotheusedguyox: its just easier online than having a book the book you can spill stuff on it and it takes up space and it get's dusty i guess people just like the convenience of storing it on there tablet or pc

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#21 Ant_17
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Kind of useless when you can search the problem on anything connected to the internet.

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#22 aroxx_ab
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@SonySoldier-_- said:

Just like instruction booklets that came with games are dead.

Yeah sad but true, i miss old days when you actually got a instruction book in your disc box.

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#23 Jaysonguy
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They're bigger than they've ever been with more versions for the same game than ever before.

I have no idea why this thread was created

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#24 silversix_
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I bought one when i was 14y old cuz i liked Joanna Dark boobs on the cover. That's my experience with guide books lol

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#25 FinalFighters
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Pretty much.

i still own a few from back in the day like Clock tower 2, Resident Evil Outbreak and Zelda OOT.. The most recent one i bought was the collectors edition of Arkham city.

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#26 aigis
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As collectors items they are alive, but as guides no, thats what the internet is for

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#27  Edited By nintendoboy16
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Not for me. They're great to have should you not have the internet and are playing a game.

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#28 deactivated-57ad0e5285d73
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Guidebooks are built into the games....button prompts.

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#29 khoofia_pika
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Yep. Walkthrough and Youtube videos render them more or less useless.

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#30  Edited By davillain-  Moderator  Online
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For me personally, the only and only guide books I still buy is just the Pokemon Pokedex guide which shows just Pokemon location, states, level of evolution and other helpful titps which I like and still have there usage. Sure I can always go to Selebii.net for that but I have always profer the books in the palm of my hands and it's easy for me to look at the pics of Pokemon as well so the Pokedex guide books comes in handy and it's still the best guide to buy nowadays despite Selebii does it well.

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#31 deactivated-5acbb9993d0bd
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Your about 10 years too late on this subject....

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#32 PSP107
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Man I remember back in the 90s, if you want to know Mortal Kombat moves/fatalities, someone would have to get the strategy guide.

Now a days, every move is showed to you by pressing start. lol

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#33  Edited By bforrester420
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I love them; they make great #2 reading material, but I find them to be incomplete vs. what you can find online.

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#35 Heil68
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Yup, since you can find guides online now. Really only reason to get them now is if they are some sort of CE or are included with game.

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#36 speedfreak48t5p
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Not really necessary these days with the internet and all.

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#37 enzyme36
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Patches everywhere... rendering printed guides useless

They are more for collectors than anything these days.

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#38 intotheminx
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I think the SFV guide is doing pretty well actually. Seems like a lot of people bought it for the frame data and such.

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#39 Mercenary848
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Guide Books for dummies

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#40 blazingfire0
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In my opinion, guide books are somewhat dead. The World Wide Web has rendered them useless. Youtube, IGN, GameFAQ'S, you get the idea. Then there's the patches that balance things, the player base finding better ways to do things, etc. Sure, they help if you never play online and never patch the game. And speaking of instruction manuals, the fact that those are electronic are stupid. I get the fact that they dont take up much space on say a disc where there is enough room to put those things. But take the 3DS into perspective. Those cards don't have nearly as much space as compared to a disc, basically wasting valuable space for other items (another level, for instance). Everything is digital when it comes to these things, and it's making the game worse.

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#41 360ru13r
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They are on the very last legs. I'm suprised to even see them still out with as many let's play, video walkthroughs, and wiki guides.

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#42 sayyy-gaa
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@360ru13r said:

They are on the very last legs. I'm suprised to even see them still out with as many let's play, video walkthroughs, and wiki guides.

I second this. Also, several games are so darn helpful that if you wander around too long it tells you what to do.

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#43 deactivated-58183aaaa31d8
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@xotheusedguyox: I'd say so. Most games are so easy you don't need a guide any more.

Not to mention everything else can just be found on Google.

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#45 glez13
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Since my school got internet, like in '96 or something like that, they became almost obsolete to me. The only guide I ever used after that was when a friend lend me a copy of Pokemon Blue, Super Gameboy and it's guide. I can see how they survived those initial years of the internet, but I don't know how they survived stuff like Gamefaqs and then Let's Play/Video Walkthroughs and Wiki pages.

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#46 naughtyottsel
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Don't see the point of them in this day and age admittedly.

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#47 Skelly34
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When we're they alive?

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#48 bussinrounds
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@uninspiredcup said:

Pratt much.

Aside from the advent of the internet most modern games are hand holding tours fearful of demanding anything strenuous from the player.

Yea, was gonna say most games these days (especially AAA) are so piss easy and basically play themselves, why would they even be needed anymore ?

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#49 GarGx1
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I've never bought a game guide in my life, even before Youtube you could get walkthroughs for pretty much anything going right the way back to bulletin boards.

I feel old now :(

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#50 Ryan_Som
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True, the internet has all but rendered strategy guides obsolete, but they do still have their purpose. Avid collectors will pick them up to add to a library. The fact of the matter is (as somebody above mentioned) even paper instruction manuals in games aren't really a thing anymore. I'm actually amazed when I open a new game and it has something other than ads in that spot.

I think only certain games really need strategy guides though. Any linear FPS doesn't really need them and fighting games pretty much give people all the information they need in Training Mode. However, open world games and games with a lot of collectibles or RPGs can benefit from them, such as Fallout, the Souls games, etc.