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Football Manager Stole My Life

This weekend has been somewhat of a write off, I’m sorry to say the guitar learning took a back seat due to some serious gaming time being had.

As you may have picked up from previous posts I not only work for a gaming retailer but I also enjoy playing games, which is handy.

Much as there are many games that I enjoy playing the two that I spend the most time on are not surprisingly the two most “addictive” games out there.

I’ve already mentioned my Warcraft habit, which has its own history of real life consequnaces, but my other obsessions is SI Games Football Manager series, a series that has its own impressive stats when it comes to real life effects.

To the uneducated eye there is no appeal to FM, it’s like playing FIFA but without any control of your players,, essentially its stacking a spreadsheet in your favour to get the outcome you desire. All of which is to some degree true, although the same could be said about just about any video game, the only difference being that they hide it behind some pretty graphics.

To the connoisseur however, your unknown 17 year old wonder kid scoring the winning goal in the FA trophy Final against Worksop, will instil the same level of pride as Drogba hitting the winning penalty in the Champions League Final., some people even take it really seriously!

The thing that sets FM above its other simulation rivals is the level of detail that it goes into, the smug feeling when a real life club signs the unknown player you had pegged from a previously played game, it doesn’t always work out that way though.

My particular way of playing the FM series is to take part in the Dafuge Challange, a player organised challenge that involves taking a previously unplayable team (below the BSN/BSS) and winning both the Premiership and the Champions League with them in the shortest time possible.

There are various degrees of difficulty within the challenge based n which team you manage and a lot of painful hours doing the “reload reshuffle” to get the one you want. For the last few years I have always played as Chippenham Town FC and have got somewhat attached to them, so my Fridays nights gaming consisted mostly of reloading over and over again before they finally got promoted to a playable position.

I’ve started my game now and am well on my way, currently sitting in 11th just after Xmas.

If you too are an FM fan I heartily recommend giving this challenge a go, there really is no other way to play the game like it!

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