Football Manager Stole My Life: 20 Years of Beautiful Obsession Paperback – 10 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Iain Macintosh writes about football for numerous publications in Asia, USA and the UK and is one of the Football 50, the top football writers on Twitter according to TEAMtalk. Kenny Millar is a sportswriter for The Sunday Post. Neil White is a former sportswriter for The Sunday Times. All three are Football Manager addicts.
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It is a mix of a book, with some interviews from the games creators The Collyer Brothers, which take us from the beginning up until around Sports Interactive get involved. We hear from players who had been given great potential as youth players, and see how their careers turned out, and how recognised they still are thanks to what is essentially a computer game. There is a fascinating section about the charities aided by sales of Football Manager - War Child and Kick It Out. There are anecdotes of how Football manager has affected many people, and there is even some fan fiction.
It is a well put together book, that is entertaining, and can easily be read in short spurts, as the chapters and sections are all relatively short. There is even the original pitch document that was used to pitch the first iteration of the game to games publishers in which you can see a lot of the base concepts are still present in the game itself.
I loved reading this book, due to my long running love affair with the subject matter, I was grinning when I saw a brief mention of a forum challenge that I've participated in myself. However if you are not a fan of Football Manager (previously Championship Manager in its early days), or have no interest in footballers, then this probably isn't the book for you, as it really does feel like a pure love fest and a proper celebration of at the time it was published, 20 years of this fantastic series.
The book is a mixture of stories and accounts from everyone who has been affected by this award winning addictive football management game.
The book also has career accounts from some of the players that this games massive data base of players knowledge has highlighted as WONDERKIDS on the game, some players have indeed gone on to become world beaters others have struggled with the wonderkid tag.
Overall this is an interesting read but then again I am probably biased as I love the game anyway much to my girlfriends annoyance, although in my defence I have been playing the game longer than I have been with her!
A great wee read about how about how I and many others wasted a lot of time obsessed about a game in which nothing really happens. Nearly gave me the bug to go out and get the newest game, but I existed the urge. There's a great fictional piece at the end which entertained me no end. If you spent manys a night/early/morning/morning/afternoon/evening/night/early morning hunched over a computer moving small red disks about a screen and imaging a load of people with note books taking down your ever read and twisting them for a paper - this is the book for you.
However this book is just a collection of uninteresting tales that are similar to yours but really.... don't impact you because they aren't your stories. realistically as satisfying as going unbeaten for a year or finding a hidden gem and selling him for £50million is for you.... no one else cares about them. And herein lies the problem with this book.
Must admit I skipped Iain Macintosh’s fan fiction at the end - which is perhaps testament to the book. Enjoyable as there’s very little FM content in this format - so probably only by default.
I would recommend this to any football or championship manager fan.