Unfortunately manuals these days often get so trimmed that publishers are even chopping out the credits pages from them. Of course it reduces cost, and also allows publishers to claim that they're being more "green" due to using less paper. It just feels weird when you open up a game now only to see 6-10 pages of technical information than anything truly about the game itself. I suppose some manuals were a bit excessive back in the day, but damn were they fun to read during off-time or before bed. I still have all my old PC games from the 80s and 90s, and some had manuals that reached as many as 150-200 pages. Considering how much information some of them provided, there were times I even felt as if I were getting a $10-15 book along with my game especially when it came to sims. I think I'll always prefer the bulky manuals of old, and even though you can get just about any game digitally now I still buy physical copies of everything. Collector's Editions usually offer at least a fancy art book, so I buy those up like hotcakes. I'm currently trying to inspire Elizabeth at 2K to get behind at least a Civilization V Collector's Edition, assuming one is not already planned. I feel that Civ V is significant enough in the series to warrant one.