Rampant Games - Manual Labour
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May 3rd, 2010, 11:22
I doubt the lack of manuals is the reason games are streamlined, but they might be a minor factor.
They reduce complexity simply to make games more accessible in an overall sense (not just to exclude documentation), so they don't eliminate anyone from the audience that would otherwise have bought the game.
It's the exact same reason blockbuster movies rarely (if ever) go beyond PG13.