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24th Oct '16 9:36:45 AM Dinjoralo
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* ''[=TIS-100=]'' is a game about [[ProgrammingGame writing in mock assembly language]], and has an extensive manual in the style of a hand-me-down user guide explaining how the language works. You ''will'' need to have this on hand if you want to progress, since there's no proper tutorial or explanation in the game at all. Having to read the maual is even listed as a selling point.
** ''Shenzen I/O'' is much the same, using a similar faux-assembly to ''[=TIS-100=]''. It also has an extensive manual explaining the language, and the circuits you'll be writing the code onto, that you are expected to keep on hand. One of your co-workers even sends you an e-mail before you can do your first assignment simply telling you that you should be reading that manual.
15th Oct '16 8:59:05 PM nombretomado
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* Excessively snarky news aggregator [[{{fark}} fark.com]] frequently features comments that are derived from the famous RTFM acronym: posters will advertise when posting that they DNRTFA ("Did Not Read The Farking Article") they are commenting on, or be told to RTFA ("Read The..." [[FigureItOutYourself Eh, you can guess the rest.]]) when making a comment that is obviously addressed by the article in question.

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* Excessively snarky news aggregator [[{{fark}} [[Website/{{fark}} fark.com]] frequently features comments that are derived from the famous RTFM acronym: posters will advertise when posting that they DNRTFA ("Did Not Read The Farking Article") they are commenting on, or be told to RTFA ("Read The..." [[FigureItOutYourself Eh, you can guess the rest.]]) when making a comment that is obviously addressed by the article in question.
15th Oct '16 4:33:57 AM EDP
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* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]] [[SubvertedTrope makes a point of reading the manual of his gadgets]] (as shown in the first series issue "Trauma", where his inner monologue mentions that the [[CoolCar PKar]] runs on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomethylhydrazine monomethylhydrazine]])... [[DoubleSubverted But he will forget about the less-used features]] as [[RealityEnsues there's no continual use to keep the memory fresh]] (as shown in a second series' story where he has to search on the manual for what the [=PKar=] runs on, something he never had to deal with before as One took care of it).

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* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]] [[SubvertedTrope makes a point of reading the manual of his gadgets]] (as shown in the first series issue "Trauma", where his inner monologue mentions that the [[CoolCar PKar]] runs on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomethylhydrazine monomethylhydrazine]])... [[DoubleSubverted But he will forget about the less-used features]] as [[RealityEnsues there's no continual use to keep the memory fresh]] (as shown in a second series' story where he has to search on the manual for what the [=PKar=] runs on, something he never had to deal with before as One took care of it). At least he's GenreSavvy enough to keep it just in case...
** Apparently played straight in the classic (non-''Paperinik New Adventures'') stories, as the gadgets are simple enough they don't ''need'' a manual... [[SubvertedTrope Except they may need it for continuous use, and Paperinik read it off-screen]] (shown when the Beagle Boys managed to steal some of his gear and found out the worst way that his fearsome paralizing gun is single shot and needs cartridges they didn't have with them). Also played completely straight in one story, [[JustifiedTrope because as the manuals Gyro wrote for the latest and more complex gadgets were enormous and he just didn't have the time]] (in the end Gyro puts together a miniature computer that will tell Paperinik what he needs to do... Complete with its own DoorStopper-sized manual).
2nd Oct '16 5:51:22 PM ryanswan2
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* A Hoops and Yoyo Administrative Professionals Day e-card has this line when you ask Hoops about fixing the copier:
--> "Allow me to introduce you to Mr. Manual. Read him. Love him. Fix it, you got that? Chop chop!"
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31st Jul '16 1:57:20 PM GuyIncog
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* The climactic sequence of ''Film/XXx'' has Xander Cage driving a gadget-laden muscle car in pursuit of a submersible filled with deadly nerve gas, while his BondGirl {{Expy}} searches through the car's handwritten, barely legible instruction manual for something they can use against it.
27th Jul '16 9:40:53 AM GunarmDyne
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11th Jul '16 10:10:55 AM billybobfred
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* pannenkoek2012's {{memetic|mutation}} ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' video of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpk2tdsPh0A collecting Watch for Rolling Rocks in 0.5 A presses]] opens with an explanation of what exactly "half" a button press means[[note]]Short version: it's the ''second'' half.[[/note]], somewhat exasperatedly pointing out that he always gets comments about that, despite having a full explanation of the concept in the description of every video that relies on it.
4th Jul '16 1:07:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Haseo in ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Roots]]'' stubbornly ''refuses'' to read the manual for ''The World: R2'' for no real reason at all. [[TheObiWan Phyllo]], (after politely suggesting multiple times that read it) eventually gets fed up, and recites this line almost word-for-word right in his face.

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* Haseo in ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Roots]]'' stubbornly ''refuses'' to read the manual for ''The World: R2'' for no real reason at all. [[TheObiWan Phyllo]], Phyllo, (after politely suggesting multiple times that read it) eventually gets fed up, and recites this line almost word-for-word right in his face.
12th Jun '16 11:11:20 PM TheCuza
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* ''Series/HomeImprovement: Power Tool Pursuit!'' provides perhaps the ultimate aversion possible: it doesn't come with a manual, instead coming with a slip of paper which states that "[[CatchPhrase real men don't need instructions]]".

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement: Power Tool Pursuit!'' provides perhaps the ultimate aversion possible: it doesn't come with In true Tim Taylor fashion, it's "manual" is just a manual, instead coming with single folded sheet that opens up to show a slip huge sign covering up most of paper which states the text, declaring that "[[CatchPhrase real men don't need instructions]]".REAL MEN DON'T NEED INSTRUCTIONS]]".
16th May '16 10:30:21 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Subverted regularly in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. In a typical example, Friend Computer assigns you a highly-advanced multi-ton killbot to use to complete your latest Troubleshooter mission. Assuming that it is even available, and not completely blacked out by censors, the information contained in the 'bot's manual will be above your security clearance, and even asking for information above your clearance is treason. Which is, of course, punished by summary execution.
** Subverted in a meta sense as well - the players are expressly forbidden from reading the actual ''rules'' section of the rulebook. (Of course, the parts they're ''allowed'' to read admit that it's entirely in the spirit of the game to read the rules, and then lie like a Persian rug if anyone tries to call them on it...)
*** It is ''likewise'' in the spirit of the game for the GM... err... Friend Computer to vaporize a clone for suspicion of reading the rulebook (as the parts that the GM is meant to read explicitly condone this, too.)

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* Subverted regularly ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''.
** A standard joke
in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. In a typical example, Friend Computer assigns you the game is for players to receive a highly-advanced multi-ton killbot to use to complete your latest Troubleshooter mission. Assuming weapon that is dangerous or unusable without proper training, but the user's manual that comes with it is even available, and not either heavily redacted or completely blacked out by censors, the information contained in the 'bot's manual will be above your the characters' security clearance, and even asking for information above your clearance is treason. Which is, of course, punished by summary execution.
making it a crime to read it.
** Subverted Played with in a meta sense as well - well: the players are game manual expressly forbidden forbids players from reading the actual ''rules'' section of the rulebook. (Of course, the parts they're ''allowed'' to read admit section, but also admits that it's it would be entirely in the spirit of the game for players to read the rules, rules and then lie like a Persian rug if anyone tries to call them on it...)
*** It is ''likewise'' in
deny it. By the spirit of the game for the GM... err... Friend Computer to vaporize a clone for suspicion of reading the rulebook (as the parts that same token, the GM is meant to read explicitly condone this, too.)can accuse and punish players of doing so without proof.
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