Design Behind The Mask:Lost art of Video Game Manuals

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Design Behind The Mask

In this Design Behind Mask episode, we reminisce on the lost art of Video Game Manuals. What is a game manual, you ask? Years ago, gaming manuals were great booklets that came packaged with your favorite video games. They were jam-packed with incredible art, profiles, maps, tutorials, and more.

Today, you are lucky if the single-page insert with generic controller instructions is printed in color or there at all.

Let’s look at the golden age of video game publication designs and why they inevitably went the way of the dinosaur.

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In the next episode, we discuss console UI.


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