It’s only a game…isn’t it?

As many of you will know, I am a football fan and of course as part of that, will come the various football orientated games. My favourite PC game is the Football Manager game and the favourite console game is FIFA. Anyway I love to play the game but recently I have been having a few issues. Not with the game as such but the merging of gaming and reality, I tend to always play as Liverpool F.C naturally of course with me being a Liverpool F.C fan. Up until recently Liverpool had a run of bad form and certain players were not (and some may still not) be playing as they should. That’s fine as in reality they will be dropped, rested, evenually sold. Unfortunately for me ,when it comes to playing the game, I have taken these real life issues and taken them to the game instead of just playing it as is.

Whilst in reality, Simon Mignolet has turned a corner in form and kept 5 clean sheets away from home, I still find myself wanting to drop him, This though means I have to buy another goalkeeper. I would have to sign another goalkeeper before doing that as I really don’t wish to be left with Brad Jones as my number one. The Australian goalkeeper has also fallen foul of my real life thoughts being transferred into the game. Unfortunately for me I am playing FM14. This means that I really dont have the opportunity to sell Mignolet if I wanted to as he has scarcely been at the club long enough to ship him out, but I do try and ship out Brad Jones as soon as possible,  I am also playing with the latest patch which means I have Mario Ballotelli This is another problem as because the Italian enigma has not been at the club long enough, selling him is impossible as he would have barely been there long. I try not to play him as much and sign another striker. It doesn’t help that even in game Ballotelli is as useless as the real version (although lately he started to find the back of the net) I don’t even think highly of Lambert either, based on their real life performances, but yet again there is not much I can do.

Joe Allen on the other hand, I find myself trying to offload as soon as possible, yet again I find myself basing my in game opinions on real life. I just cant fit him into my team how ever much I try because my mind is already blinkered ha ha. I have to say though I am able to make exceptions, Jordan Henderson who has this season picked up from last seasons increase in form, has found himself bench warming, In one game, I think it was on FIFA though, I shipped the midfielder out as part of a swap deal. I still dont end there as I have been known to ship out the Brazilian Lucas Leiva.

Im not sure if these decisions would have had any bearing on the performance of the team as in one season I had progressed well only to get sacked after losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea. It was literally win or bust, no matter whether I lost on penalties or by cruel luck in the last minute, they were giving me the boot. The most amusing of it all was the fact that they would appoint Andre Villas Boas as a replacement. One game I played, he took over and made more of a cock up than I ever did, so when he got the sack, I applied for the job again… to say they didn’t accept my application.

Maybe one game I will keep them all and sell other players and see where it gets me, maybe I might make it to a second season….Do any other FM players out there have the same method of madness?

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