Football Manager FM is a videogame belonging to the sports management genre. They are—after all—the best sellers in their category, and at first sight, they seem to have much in common.
It was through my eldest brother that I got introduced to the then named Championship Manager series, that would later become Football Manager. The premise was relatively simple. Watching Lichfield City F. C lift a Champions League title after well over a decade of hard work.
I have a fond memory of my earliest interactions with the Championship Manager series.
My brother was playing with me watching. After all, I was probably too young to really grasp something as complex as Championship Manager so I took the role of backseat gamer instead. He was managing Liverpool, the club most of my family supports, and he needed a crucial late goal against Bolton Wanderers away.
He joked that I was a genius assistant manager and that he would ask for my advice for future clutch situations.
My Very Own Copy Times change though. Even though the plucky British developers had lost the name of their iconic brand, most other assets were still owned by them.
Just a quick side note for those interested, Championship Manager is effectively a dead series today. Eidos did try to keep it alive for several years but it became apparent for fans that Football Manager was quickly becoming the superior title. The newer Championship Manager games have very little to do with their origins and have mostly resorted to becoming overly simplistic mobile titles.
Turns out they were wrong. Despite efforts to keep Championship Manager alive, failure to implement features that FM had years before eventually led to a significant drop in sales.
Championship Manager was the last main series title released. By the release of Football Manager , something had changed that enabled me to actually play these games on my own.
I was old enough to understand what the information on my screen actually meant.
Technically, I was still only 10 years old but that was enough to at least have a rough idea of what I needed to do to win games.
Just another game I happened to play from time to time. This was the first title that I managed to sink hundreds of hours into and where I learned most of my trade in becoming the FM veteran I am today.
Judging by the hours I have on the Steam versions of the game as well as an estimate of titles prior to that, I can confidently say I have spent over 8, hours of my life playing Football Manager.
On Football Manager alone, I managed to stack up an impressive 1, hours over the few years I played it. In that time, we managed to complete 15 seasons with between six and fourteen of us managing at a time.
I spent some of my best Tuesday nights fighting it out online with those guys. FM14 is widely regarded as one of the better entries in the series.
Some argue newer games have strayed away from the purist experience and gotten too complicated for their own good. Just this year, I got the opportunity to play true competitive Overwatch for my university team. Times have changed and I no longer can play FM for 1,s of hours every year without repercussions.
Just relaxing with friends and nothing too serious.
After all, I mean no exaggeration when I say Football Manager is one of the most iconic and, frankly, great video game franchises of all time.
After all, FM manages to sell millions of copies every year despite being a glorified spreadsheet simulator. According to the best selling game series wiki page , Football Manager has managed to build up around 18,, sales worldwide since its launch. The latest entry in the franchise, Football Manager , features the cleanest and most coherent U.
I design to date. So what am I really trying to say? For the same reason sandbox games like Minecraft and GTA build life-long legacies and nostalgia for many, Football Manager does too.
When you load up a database you are presented with a world of possibilities. Want to make your local amateur team ridiculously wealthy and play a money bags scenario? Easily done.
Want to only use youngsters from your academy and create a world-beating club with just local talent? Challenging but certainly possible. Oh, and you have to start unemployed with no prior experience or qualifications. Now imagine doing one of these challenges online with a couple of friends.
The heartbreaking defeats, the last minute winners to celebrate and all of the hilarious banter that comes along with it all. Maybe Football Manager really is just a glorified, over-priced spreadsheet simulator but you know what? I consider gaming and writing my two big passions in life.
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