The Evolution Of Strategy Guides For Video Games

When we were younger there was something so magical about picking up a strategy guide alongside a video game. Many video game retailers knew there was a subsect of gamers who always had to walk out of the store with the strategy guide for their game in hand. Some didn’t even open them. Some only picked up strategy guides just to physically have one for their collection. Nevertheless, strategy guides have been a staple of the gaming industry for a while.

What Content Could You Find In Strategy Guides?

Since there are different gaming genres, there wasn’t always a cut-and-paste template for strategy guides. Each video game genre’s strategy guides came with different templates, but normally, each guide contained:

A Complete Walkthrough

Many games had side quests or extra things for the player to do that wasn’t so obvious in-game. Some content in games were Easter eggs that many players didn’t find on their first playthrough. A gaming guide was the go-to gaming assistant for a complete game walkthrough.


Many games had complicated maps that were not very intuitive in the game itself. Other games didn’t even have maps at all and it often left players wondering where to go next. Many strategy guides came with hand-drawn or computer-drawn maps that helped players identify where they were or showed secret locations for them to explore.


Oftentimes, the individual stories of each character in the game aren’t fleshed out in the game itself. A gaming guide usually did a good job of filling in the blanks for character’s stories from their age to their origins.

List Of Enemies

The weakness and origin story of enemies sometimes aren’t described in the game. There were bosses, especially in older roleplaying games, that gave no major hints or indication on how to defeat them. Gamers would eventually figure out a pattern to defeat said bosses, but having a strategy guide next to them as a handy gamer assistant was a great way to find out exactly how to defeat specific enemies.


There are some gamers who want to go deeper into a game’s lore and story and those who just want to play the game while skipping through the cutscene. Games have done a good job recently of mixing gameplay and storytelling, but games in the past often had the two separated. A gaming guide was perfect for filling in the blanks for those who wanted to go deeper into the story.

Checklist Of Items

It’s difficult to know how many items one can obtain in the game. In the case of games such as old Resident Evil titles, items were so scarce that gamers often had to turn to a gaming guide to see where they could find items to craft medicines and ammo. Normal strategy guides had an entire checklist of items a player could obtain in the game.

Ways To Cheat

Khm…oh yeah…cheat codes are a thing of the past, but they were sometimes included in a gaming guide. Games such as older Grand Theft Auto titles had certain cheat codes that allowed the player to obtain various items or abilities. Some strategy guides simply gave away Easter eggs for players to find hidden items or other secrets normally not found through a player’s first playthrough.

Issues With Printed Guides

Strategy guides are starting to become a novelty anymore, but some games still do come with them. However, they are few and far between as the main strategy guide publisher, Prima Books, ceased printed operations. Printed guides are mainly for collectibles more than anything now. However, even printed guides were sometimes inaccurate because many were published before the game’s release. That meant some gaming guides had different information due to changes made to the game upon its final release, not to mention the post-release updates, buffing and nerfing characters, etc..

The Move To Online Strategy Guides

Even before Prima Books decided to cease printing guides, many strategy guides were unofficially posted online, mainly by fans. Video game Wikipedias – hello Fandom – started popping up everywhere that were full of advertisements to keep their pages going. However, using online guides is not the most efficient way if you think about it.

What Makes Online Guides Inefficient?

Simply put, whether you were playing on PC or Console, it just broke the gameplay by forcing you to leave the game. Console players for example who needed to look through an online guide had to pause and look up a guide on a computer. Either that or they had to try to open an online gaming guide on their phone and it would take time to load due to the massive amount of non-personalized advertisements on these websites. Online gaming guides were also not very intuitive most of the time as the information was not organized as well as they were in printed format. This often led to gamers accidentally spoiling a story for themselves when they simply wanted to find out strategies for a certain boss. For the past two decades, gamers have been stuck without a handy gaming assistant to help them when they were stuck. Fortunately, we’re in the age of AI-powered gaming.

What Is The Next Level For Video Game Strategy Guides?

The next level for video game gaming guides is through AI-assisted voice assisting and Fridai is ready to take your call as a gamer. With Fridai, there is no need to open your phone to scroll through guides or minimize your game to look through websites. Everything you need to assist in your gaming life can be handled by this AI-powered gaming assistant. Gamers can stay immersed in their game while having an AI-powered gaming assistant tell them where to find specific items, how to counter enemies, or just simply sharing more on a character’s background to get the richest experience the game could offer – by using their voices.

The future is finally here with Fridai, your new Gaming Companion.

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