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Football Manager 2014

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The Football Manager Documentary Is Self-Descriptive

Football Manager is an odd cultural duckling. Its nerdy, number-heavy presentation holds it back from the ooh-it's-like-a-film mainstream acceptance of Call of Duty, et al. Meanwhile, its being about football stops it from being embraced with the same open arms as, say, EVE Online, despite it inspiring similar levels of passionate brain-crazy among its far larger audience. Its far less talked about than its vast…

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Scouts Honored: Football Manager Data Being Used By Pros

Oldboy is a pretty great film. No spoilers, but I like the scene in which the main character, after years of private practice, first confronts a group of street toughs. "Can 10 years' worth of imaginary training... be put to use?" Apparently it can. Hopeful players of Football Manager have been wondering for a long time whether their expertise would convert to the real world,…

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Feature: A Game Of Two Half Thrones

Team Talk: Football Manager 2014 Mid-Season Chat

RPS used to be a bunch of foot-to-ball fearties, but times change, and Adam and Graham are on a mission to make sure there's no one left at the site who doesn't understand the offside trap. Adam wrote the WIT. Graham made us into regens. They compared notes. Now the pair have gathered again to discuss their thoughts after a further six months of intensive…

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It Does Mata: Football Manager Updates Database, Tweaks AI

One of the world's most popular RPGs just added Gibraltar for free! Wow, a whole new landmass to explore. I wonder if it'll be set during the War of Spanish Succession, allowing keen commanders to invade and cede the territory to the British Empire in perpetuity. Oh wait it's the Gibraltarian football league added as part of Football Manager's mid-season update... Even better! The patch…

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5 years ago

Feature: Facing Foot-to-ball

Why I Love The Hot Prospects Of Football Manager 2014

Look at this man. Look into his dead eyes and feel your soul begin to curdle. He's hideous. He has no pores. He's a person suit. He's a stocking full of yoghurt. After matches, Football Manager 2014's coaches let the air out of him, fold him up and put him back in the cupboard. He's Emperor Septim's son, here to tell you that Jauffre's gone…

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Feature: Clean sheets and spreadsheets

Extra Time: Football Manager Interview Part 2

As we enter the second part of a marathon conversation with Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobson, I begin by checking that the half time oranges have done the trick. Once we're both warmed up and ready to go, talk turns to Football Manager's place in the wider world of games and Miles' background in the world of music. When we're not discussing Jesus Jones and Blur,…

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Football Manager 2013 Pirated 10 Million Times, Says Devs

We always approach piracy figures with a healthy skepticism, but this is interesting. Sports Interactive says that Football Manager 2013, the previous iteration of the game, was pirated 10.1 million times. The report they've just sent out goes on to break down those figures by country, and estimates the likely lost revenue as a result of illegal downloads. The best part is that Sports Interactive…

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Feature: Men United

The RPS Verdict: Football Manager 2014

Adam already told you Wot He Thunk about Football Manager 2014, but foot-to-ball is a team sport. For the second half, he's drafted fellow ball fancier Graham onto the pitch to discuss Sports Interactive's latest old-guy-in-a-warm-coat simulator. Spoilers: it ends a draw. Football puns out the way? Read on for the John Barnes rap, the ethics of pigeons, and the Speedball management mod for which…

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Feature: Foot-to-ball Notes

Football Manager 2014 review

Football never stops. At this very moment, as you're reading these words, people are playing football all over the world and every kick of the ball massively matters to someone. Presumably. Perhaps the football is happening too far away for you to see though, or perhaps you'd like to have more control over the actions of the men playing with the football. If that is…

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Foot Like A 3D Engine: Football Manager 2014

Have there ever been two foot-to-ball posts on RPS during a single twenty four hour period? I'd go back and search through the archives but I can hear Kenneth Baubles, the ill-fated librarian, dragging his pegleg around back there. Best not to disturb him. Whatever the case, we're almost back-to-back with balls today. First it was Graham's turn to give FIFA a good kicking, although…

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Tune Into Football Manager 2014’s Classic Mode

I am busy lazy man, so I don't always have the time to simulate the life of another person and take on that person's job and be good at it. I'm basically the person that Football Manager 2014's classic mode is aimed at: it streamlines the manager's duties, focusing on tactics and transfers, and not bothering about the consistency of the gravy on the pies…

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Quick Pitch: Football Manager 2014 Trailers

I exist outside of popular culture*. I've only just started to watch The Shield, and I mostly listened to Use Your Illusion II this weekend. So I had to Google 'Gareth Bale' to find out why everyone was talking about him, which in turn reminded me that Football Manager 2014 is coming out, and that I should get with the times. The managerial machination sim…

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