Last week I uninstalled Football Manager 2014.
It wasn’t for the first time. The problem with Sports Interactive’s foot-to-ball games are well documented, but 2014 is the first in the series in over ten years to get its cleats into me. It got to the point that I wasn’t being productive in other projects anymore. It got to the point that I wasn’t playing other games anymore. It got to the point where I wasn’t even really having fun playing Football Manager; I was bored, but playing habitually because there was never a natural point to call it done.
So it’s gone, for now. And I’ve been wondering: What games have you had to uninstall from your computer to stop yourself from playing them? What are your problem games?
For me, my relationship with FM14 is not because it’s about football, a sport which can inspire a frightening level of devotion. It’s that the management sim can feel simultaneously like relaxing, in that it’s a pass-time of absolutely no consequence, and like productivity, in the sense that it gives you so much to think about that you always feel like you’re accomplishing something or working towards accomplishing something.
We’ve all uninstalled games because we didn’t like them, or didn’t like them anymore, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the experiences that have become if not “addictive”, with all that word’s awkward connotations, then at the very least an obstacle to your personal happiness and goals. Maybe it’s a multiplayer game that made you unreasonably angry, or a comfort blanket you wrapped around yourself so you could avoid confronting your real world problems. Probably it’s something that was deeply fulfilling and useful to you until one day it wasn’t anymore. Whatever the case, let us know in the comments.