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Electronic Arts Gets Rid Of In-Box Game Manuals

by Rainier on March 22, 2011 @ 2:54 p.m. PDT

Electronic Arts announced a worldwide environmental initiative to eliminate printed game manuals and replace them with easily-accessible digital manuals, a move that will reduce its printed materials in packaged products by 40%. 

The green initiative is being applied to all titles on PC, the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The program launched earlier this year with the release of Fight Night Champion on the PS3 and Xbox 360 and Mass Effect 2 on PS3 and will continue with all EA titles shipping across the globe. 

EA’s on-disc manuals will be easily accessible via the main and pause menus. This will allow players to conveniently view instructional information on the fly as they play. Customers can also find EA digital manuals in multiple languages online.

“EA is committed to a healthy and sustainable environment," said John Schappert, Chief Operating Officer at Electronic Arts.  “We are reducing packaging materials, eliminating printed manuals and increasing the availability of digital content at”

In addition to this digital manual initiative, EA also embraces new environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, and water-conserving technologies in the manufacturing and distribution of its products.  Recently in North America, EA executed a full implementation of Reduced Material DVD Style Cases (RMCs) for PS3, Wii™, Xbox 360, and PC-DVD retail products. RMCs require less material and energy to produce than a standard DVD case, are made from 100% polypropylene, and are easy to recycle. EA has also made great progress by eliminating bulky shipping materials and implementing recycled materials whenever possible. 

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