Prima Launches In-Game Steam Guides

By Brian Leahy, May 20, 2010 6:00pm PDT Prima, longtime provider of video game strategy guides, will now be offering digital guides through Steam. Using the Steam overlay, guides can also be accessed within a game. The digital guides also include videos, which are obviously not available in print.

Images from the Left 4 Dead 2 digital guide from Prima
Regularly priced at $19.99, all guides are 50% off to celebrate the launch. Currently, guides are available for: This is a great idea, but the Steam overlay also includes a web browser, which can be used to find the most up-to-date strategies, walkthroughs, cheats, and more for no additional charge around the Internet.

Still, as a consumer, it's nice to have the option of purchasing a professionally made digital guide along with a digital game.

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  • I know not everyone shares the same outlook, but one of the reasons I play a game is for the discovery involved in playing it, mastering it's systems. Buying a strategy guide would ruin that, making the game less valuable to me.

    If I had bought a guide for, say, Deus Ex, and played through it according to the guide, I can guarantee that I wouldn't have near as many fond memories of it. I would have most likely completely forgotten about it.

    Also, isn't it a failing of the game if it requires someone who's reasonably intelligent to consult a guide to proceed past certain points? Why should I pay even more money when it's most likely a bad design decision on the developer's part.