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5th Aug '17 11:44:55 AM DaibhidC
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* It's a RunningGag in the City Watch ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels that Sam Vimes never reads the manuals of the imp-powered organisers Lady Sybil keeps buying him, resulting in mutual exasperation; Vimes gets annoyed that the imp isn't doing what he wants (which is usually just being quiet) and the imp gets annoyed that Vimes can't be bothered to find out how to ''tell'' it what he wants.
4th Aug '17 4:06:44 PM Geoduck
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Magic: the Gathering}}'' has an equivalent saying: "Read the Freaking Card", and the more professional translation "Reading the card explains the card"

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Magic: the Gathering}}'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has an equivalent saying: "Read the Freaking Card", and the more professional translation "Reading the card explains the card"
4th Aug '17 7:36:00 AM xcountryguy
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[[spoiler: [[Film/{{Patton}} "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, ]]''[[Film/{{Patton}} I read your book!]]''"]]

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[[spoiler: [[Film/{{Patton}} [[spoiler:[[Film/{{Patton}} "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, ]]''[[Film/{{Patton}} I read your book!]]''"]]



* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' Jongleur is annoyed at having to [[AsYouKnow explain their own]] EvilPlan to one of his co-conspirators due to his chronic failure to do this, and when the man expresses concerns that their [[spoiler: scheme to become immortal via BrainUploading will fail because they can't upload the soul]], he curtly tells him he should have been spending his money on something else if that's a concern to him. Indeed, ''after'' investing billions of dollars in illegal research and development it's a bit late to be questioning the fundamental mechanism everything else was based on.

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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' Jongleur is annoyed at having to [[AsYouKnow explain their own]] EvilPlan to one of his co-conspirators due to his chronic failure to do this, and when the man expresses concerns that their [[spoiler: scheme [[spoiler:scheme to become immortal via BrainUploading will fail because they can't upload the soul]], he curtly tells him he should have been spending his money on something else if that's a concern to him. Indeed, ''after'' investing billions of dollars in illegal research and development it's a bit late to be questioning the fundamental mechanism everything else was based on.



--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler: Well itís not plugged―in [to any power source].]]


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--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler: Well [[spoiler:Well itís not plugged―in [to any power source].]]

25th Jul '17 12:46:59 PM Linda58
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Lucius Fox is showing Bruce the latest batsuit, Bruce is examining the gauntlets when he unexpectedly launches the blades in them across the room. Fox is quick to chastise him "Perhaps you should read the instructions first?" to which Bruce replies with a sheepish "Yeah". Doubles as a ChekovsGun, [[spoiler:when he uses it to defeat the Joker at the end]].
17th Jul '17 12:08:57 AM Nicoaln
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* Related, as more and more games become digital (even rereleases), some actually have an electronic manual. However, it's highly possible to never even ''know'' that it's there.
16th Jul '17 6:27:17 AM SteveMB
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* In ''JanesWorld'', she says she can't live in a dumpy rental trailer with her friend, explaining that it says so in the Gay and Lesbian Handbook, which she has in the Jeep she bought (it was tucked under the owner's manual). Her friends, a couple of straight guys, leaf through it, muttering "so that's how that's done...wow..." before she peevishly pulls it away.

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* In ''JanesWorld'', she says she can't live in a dumpy rental trailer with her friend, explaining that it says so in the Gay and Lesbian Handbook, which she has in the Jeep she bought (it was tucked under the owner's manual). Her friends, a couple of straight guys, leaf through it, muttering "so that's how that's done...wow...[[GirlOnGirlIsHot wow]]..." before she peevishly pulls it away.
15th Jul '17 11:33:44 PM Bugfragged
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* ''VideoGame/SeraphicBlue'' has a manual in the form of several HTM files included in the game folder. The game itself has few if any tutorials and expects the player to read the files to learn complex mechanics like the element system.
6th Jul '17 11:55:22 AM Bugfragged
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* In ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'', half of the manual is in the "Manual" option in the main menu while the other half is provided by three mercenary [=NPCs=] in the village. The few ForcedTutorial events in the first dungeon don't cover nearly as much as the manual and [=NPCs=], making it easy to struggle with the mechanics if one doesn't consult these sources.

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* In ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'', half of the manual is in the "Manual" option in the main menu while the other half is provided by three mercenary [=NPCs=] in the village. The few ForcedTutorial events in the first dungeon don't cover nearly as much as the manual and [=NPCs=], making it easy to meaning players will struggle with the mechanics or be completely unaware of them if one doesn't they don't consult these sources.
6th Jul '17 11:54:02 AM Bugfragged
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* In ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'', half of the manual is in the "Manual" option in the main menu while the other half is provided by three mercenary [=NPCs=] in the village. The few ForcedTutorial events in the first dungeon don't cover nearly as much as the manual and [=NPCs=], making it easy to struggle with the mechanics if one doesn't consult these sources.
15th Jun '17 1:02:38 PM ZombieAladdin
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** If you are an owner or operator, the manual is very important in ensuring the machine is set up and maintained correctly. However, with [[Pinball/StarTrekStern a]] [[Pinball/TheWizardOfOz few]] [[Pinball/FullThrottle exceptions]], pinball manuals do not explain how to play the game, containing only information about initial setup, the mechanical aspects, and contact information, like the manual for an appliance like a TV or VCR. Nevertheless, it has been distressingly common through pinball's entire history for someone to have a machine in public and not have it set up correctly, such as uneven legs, improperly installed lights, or incomplete software. For this reason, pinball machines in later decades would have the machines shipped as fully assembled as possible, knowing there would be too many incompetent or lazy operators who'd put a badly-working machine in public.

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** If you are an owner or operator, the manual is very important in ensuring the machine is set up and maintained correctly. However, with [[Pinball/StarTrekStern a]] [[Pinball/TheWizardOfOz few]] [[Pinball/FullThrottle exceptions]], pinball manuals do not explain how to play the game, containing only information about initial setup, the mechanical aspects, and contact information, like the manual for an appliance like a TV or VCR. Nevertheless, it has been distressingly common through pinball's entire history for someone to have a machine in public and not have it set up correctly, such as uneven legs, improperly installed lights, or incomplete software. For this reason, pinball machines manufacturers in later decades would have the machines shipped as fully assembled as possible, knowing there would be too many incompetent or lazy operators who'd put a badly-working machine in public.
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