As a gamer its true that the instruction booklet is always an extra treat, and it is a shame to lose them, but the truth is that it's been a long time since old style “instruction books”, making the instructions far less interesting. Though criticized as of late, this measure is a needed one, though it would be nice to see it applied in other areas as well. North American president of Ubisoft Laurent Detoc commented on the decision:
“Ubisoft is often recognized for making great games, but it's a special privilege to be the industry leader at saving trees. Introducing in-game digital manuals is just the latest example of Ubisoft?s ongoing commitment to being a more environmentally conscious company."Shaun White's Skateboarding will be the first of many games on console with an in-disc manual and Splinter Cell: Conviction is the first to be in the new recycled plastic boxes.