Posts Tagged ‘Football Manager 2012’

Byte vs Brick: Week Ending Nov 4

Every single damn week, I can’t remember if it’s called ‘Byte vs Brick’ or ‘Brick vs Byte.’ My failing memory terrifies me. Though my girlfriend is vaguely appreciative of it, as it allows her to tell me the same anecdotes repeatedly with me having no clue I’ve heard them before. At least, she claims she’s my girlfriend; I can’t rightly recall if that’s the case or not. There’s just this person in my house who tells me to do the washing up and feed the cat, and it seems to prudent to play along and hope my memory kicks in at some point. And why are all these words tattooed on my torso?

Anyway: Brick vs Byte, our weekly, unscientific look at how the top 10 best-selling games on Steam compare to the top 10 at UK retail. What mysteries will be revealed? Will Battlefield 3 still be king of the hill? And who the hell are you people? What’s going on? Where are my trousers?
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Byte vs Brick: Foot-to-ball vs Battle-to-field

Last week was a big, big week for on-off gamer-enrager EA, with the absurdly highly-promoted Battlefield 3 finally launching – but to mixed reviews, technical woes and bewildering media outlet favouritism. Was it enough to put DICE’s latest at the top of the charts? In the UK, that’s a resounding ‘yes’ – it topped the all-formats charts as well as the PC chart individually, with list-compilers Chart-Track revealing that its week-one sales exceed those of all 17 previous Battlefield games/expansions put together, and that it’s the tenth biggest-selling week-one game of all time in the UK. Crikey. And an alarming sign of how little reviews, or the lack thereof, can affect the success of heavily-marketed games. C’est la billboard-based vie.

What about Steam? Well, with EA and Valve still at quiet loggerheads, BF3 didn’t show up there – leaving the way clear for a game about a man in a tie to take the top-slot instead.
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Wot I Think: Football Manager 2012

Foot-to-ball managers do not require heads, only patience and plenty of cones

My proud home city of Manchester still trembles from the result of the weekend’s derby, with legions of red-shirted, red-faced men weeping openly in the streets and doubting all that they previously held true. There are far more seisimic events in the world of foot-to-ball though. I’ve been attempting to overturn the order by means of Football Manager 2012 and here’s Wot I Think.

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In Need Of Management Now: Football

What ungentlemanly, even brutish attire

Emergency! Emergency! A demonstration version of Foot-To-Ball Manager 2012 has inserted itself into one the tubes of the internet, and needs you to remove it then safely store it upon your own personal computer. If you are bold and daring enough to attempt to resolve this crisis, I beseech you to point your browser device here forthwith and then take any steps necessary to download approximately two gigabytes of English-made data. Then we will all be safe. And you can play half a season putting the feet of one or all of England, Australia, Scotland, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Sweden onto a ball.

God speed. You are our only hope.

Football Manager Fans Give DRM Red Card


The news horn of Eurogamer sounds a clear note of DRM alarm as it points out this voluminous thread on the Football Manager 2012 forums. The situation nothing like as venomous as other DRM solutions we’ve seen of late, being a one-time only Steam activation, but it has nevertheless been greeted with scorn by thousands of players. Publishers Sega have responded defending the DRM solution, and saying: “Make no mistake, if a quarter of the people that usually pirate the game switch to purchasing Football Manager 2012, the sales of the game worldwide would more than double. This would lead to increased development budgets and more benefits for all of you who do buy the game.”

Oh dear.

Foot-to-Ball Manager 2012th Edition

Would you rather have seen the numbers? I don't know what the etiquette is for sports management games

You foot-to-ball chaps sure don’t get bored easily. I’d get fed up of any game after 2012 years – why, I’d even be willing to bet my ardour for X-COM would have cooled by just the 819th sequel. There’s no stopping plucky Brit studio Sports Interactive though: they’ve just announced Foot-to-Ball Manager 2012, which as is the custom contains a raft of new features, improved graphicsability, a whole lot more foot, and much more ball.

In the years to come, 50% of men will only buy one game each year – whatever the new Call of Duty is. The other 50% will only buy Football Manager. By 2018, the two will combine into Weapon Unlock Manager, and no other game will ever be required.
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