Our friend Will Halse of footykicks explains how a simple game is ruining his productivity. Replace Football Manager with Cricket Coach and it’s basically the same story for me as well.
Originally posted on footykicks:
As I sit here writing this, I have just won promotion with Brighton from the Championship to the Premier League in Football Manager, and it has taken 20 hours of my life to do this. Those twenty hours have come when I am supposed to be revising, or doing something constructive, but yet I have chosen to play this game. But why is it so addictive?
To be honest I’m not really sure. I think that there is something addictive in leading a club to glory, or battling to the death in a relegation scrap, and coming out on top. Grabbing the next big star for 100k and transforming him into a ‘leading Premier League striker’ feels great. But don’t worry, if you’ve played Football Manager before, you are not alone in this. We all know what it is like to lie in bed playing around with formations and future transfers until gone 3 o’ clock in the morning. Or the frustration when your key player gets injured, so promotion will have to wait for another year.
Football and emotion are linked together in harmony. It is the same for Football Manager as well. We have marathon playing sessions which can stretch over several days, and it just takes over our lives. It turns the though of failing GCSEs into a terrifyingly real one. But it genuinely captures real emotion, the over riding joy of winning the Premier League with Crawley, after rising through the leagues for the last month. The inexplicable rage when your star striker hands in a transfer request after saying ‘the club lacks ambition’ and joins Norwich City.