While we wait for FM21: a constructive approach

Du Malone writes: Now that the publication date for FM21 has been announced, I looked back to see how I was writing at a similar stage last year. Below is the text of a blog post from that time. I find that my thinking hasn't changed: I believe now, as then, that this time of … Continue reading While we wait for FM21: a constructive approach

Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Du Malone writes: My experience of video games is very narrow. I've played a few in-game seasons of Cricket Captain and a few hours of a shipping game called TransOcean. That's all -- except for Football Manager (FM), which is a different story. What my experience lacks in terms of breadth, FM makes up for … Continue reading Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Music and FM: my failure in Ukraine

Du Malone writes: In Music for #FM20 I sought to identify suitable music for listening whilst playing my Black Sea saves. The selections worked for me -- but that was months ago and it's time to refresh. Since I am now beginning an MFC Mykolaiv save, I decided to take the opportunity to search for … Continue reading Music and FM: my failure in Ukraine

It’s not all down to you: managerial reaction to performance on #FM20 and ITRW

Du Malone writes: In a previous post ('Your performance on #FM20 isn't all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager') I argued that there are stochastic factors built into match performance. If, for example, you play a match, then exit without saving, and the load up again and replay it, you're likely to find … Continue reading It’s not all down to you: managerial reaction to performance on #FM20 and ITRW

Introductory guidance on blogging

Du Malone writes: On the page about guest posts I mentioned that we're open to suggestions for guest posts from people who are considering blogging about FM but who have yet to start. Here, for anyone who's new to blogging, I thought I'd set out some introductory advice. Protocol Here are my recommendations: Decide on … Continue reading Introductory guidance on blogging

Your performance on #FM20 isn’t all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager

Du Malone writes: In my early days on Football Manager, I was manged Stoke. The third season proved unexpectedly tough. By the end of the season, we were staring relegation in the face. In the closing minutes of the final fixture -- I think it might have been in stoppage time -- we needed to … Continue reading Your performance on #FM20 isn’t all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager

While we wait for FM20: a constructive approach

Du Malone writes: So FM20 won't be published until 19 November and even the beta version won't be out until a couple of weeks before that. It's disappointing, since the experience of previous years had led us to expect an earlier date -- though to my knowledge the producers never made any promises about that. … Continue reading While we wait for FM20: a constructive approach