Things you do/did whilst playing FM that you shouldn't admit to

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Slightly embarrassing moment for me a second ago - playing in Italy for the first time in a while and while glancing at a fixture list got slightly mad at the fictitious incompetent Italian fixture computer for giving me 5 away games in a row before the next cup game. Then looked at it properly and realised that the A was short for Serie A and it was just telling me it was a league game.
 
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Not as embarrassing as throwing a spoon at your laptop screen because of conceding a late equaliser and leaving a small, but definitely noticable crack in it....
 

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Creating complex characters for my manager profiles. Among the most successful were the urbane Italian Giancarlo Milanese, and the dour Glaswegian Tommy McCutcheon. Brasiliero Flairinho's gung-ho spell in charge of Stoke was rather less successful.
I am currently my Spanish alter ego Iansito Hernandez, a gimmick that has started to manifest itself into real life as well.

When playing CM9798, my mate and I set up an obstacle course for when we scored. You had to jump over the sofa, then get down and crawl under the clothes horse before a sort of figure of eight through the legs of my pool table, score into the legs of a coffee table with a little squidgy ball (making sure you replace the ball for next time around) and then make your way back to computer doing your choreographed goal celebration (mine was inspired by the Tino Asprilla roll and triple fist pump, my friend Stephen did some kind of worm). The most amazing feeling ever was when he'd shoot off as soon as "And It's There, Fowler Burries It In The Corner' came up, already be under the clothes horse and negotiating the pool table legs as the final flashes of GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!! were displayed, and be lining up his squidgy ball effort when I'd see that magical Comic Sans MS text saying 'But Hang On. The Linesman's Flag Is Up' 'No Goal!! Fowler Had Strayed Offside!', and then see his little face when he'd bounce up from the final flourish of his Scotty 2 Hottie celebration to see that Liverpool were still losing 1-0 at home to Wimbledon with 5 minutes to go, and the carpet burn on his skinny little knees was beginning to flare up like a second degree burns victim.

I also once used the nicknames option of CM0102 to change all my players names to formulas in an attempt to revise for my GSCE Maths. I think my star striker was x=-b +-root b2-4ac/ 2a.
 

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Me OK. But is it a bad thing that I occasionally imagine conversations with my players?

Dr No, because that’s integral to the whole experience. It’s the immersion that appeals to you, that’s what draws you in. I’ve heard of people giving speeches in empty rooms, shaking hands with doorknobs and pretending it’s a member of the Royal Family. You’re just keeping the situation alive, doing what you need to do to keep the dream going. As long as you’re not hurting anyone else, it’s fine.

Me What about doing press conferences in my head?
Fuck sake. I do all of this, even this year since buying FM15 after a 2 year absence.

Empty room... asking myself questions in my head as a press officer and answering out loud.

FREAK.
 
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I would push my chair away from my desk and stand up with my arms folded. I'd then start waving them about frantically when calling my players over in order to tell them where to go and where to pass to. If I'm honest, I still do this now providing I'm on a decent run...:ffs::fl:
 
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Playing the Champions League theme when I'm playing in it, which isn't that embarrassing until I start to sing along with it in the same style.
 

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I give everyone nicknames. I think it was FM14 where Craig Westcarr was acting up and not signing a new contract, so I named him "twat money grubbing c***". I still giggled every time he scored or was referred to as that.

I get well in FM, then stop for a week or two, and can never get back into them then and start a new game instead.
 

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I've never done this before, and I can't remember how it started, I think the first one just popped into my head, but at my last two clubs I have been creating club songs.

First was "Sligo, Sligo, it's off to work we go..." then "Sli-Go, Silver Lining", then after moving to Ballymoney it became "It's all about Bally Money, Money, Money..."
 

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I've done that with players. Every time Esmael Goncalves scored for me I'd call him Gonckers and have that Dizzee Rascal Bonkers song stuck in my head. Always tried to fit Terrence Kongolo into the Um Bongo song too
 

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If I'm doing particularly well, say on a good win streak and playing nice attacking football, then throughout a game I'll imagine the Sky Sports News team all talking to each other about how effective my system is. Paul Merson is a regular feature in this conversation, saying things like how he's 'never seen anything like' Depay's goal a game ratio and that the management is the best he's ever seen. Even when I lose sometimes I'll imagine them saying that we were the better team and that it was only a minor blip.
 

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In my formative years, taking over Swindon alongside my main save and behaving as badly/incompetently as possible
  • refusing to meet my squad/management team
  • storming out of my initial (and all future) press conference' after the first question
  • transfer listing players without reason before releasing them on a free
  • fining players for fun
  • mutually terminating the contracts of all staff members
  • cancelling all pre-season friendlies to ensure maximum player freshness
  • playing an adventurous 0-0-10 formation with a 15 year old striker in net
  • setting all tactical slider-bars to their illogical extreme
  • Instigating a policy of only signing players with a pace and acceleration below a "3"
  • Instigating a policy of only signing over-35's
  • Immediately signing up as a new manager whenever the board got sick of my Di Canio-esque behaviour and sacked me
Was only fun the once.
 

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  • fining players for fun
This is something that I've always wondered about - if you were to fine every one of your players 2 weeks wages EVERY week, you'd be making money right? Obviously your whole squad would hate you, but it'd work if you were skint? This is more on the older games though, as I think you actually need a valid reason to fine someone on the newer ones which I suppose is fair enough....
 

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I have also taken over as Gills alongside my main save in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation to the Conference
 

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Back in the days of the Coca Cola Cup (can't remember which iteration of Championship Manager it was) me and my friends used to actually drink a can of Coca Cola during every game.

Also, when we played FIFA Soccer Manager circa 1997 we would re-enact the whole matchday experience, including entering through the turnstiles, standing on the terrace, chants, celebrations, etc. FSM was pretty shit as a football management simulation, but it had an awesome stadium builder that made it worth the hours alone.
 

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Back in the days of the Coca Cola Cup (can't remember which iteration of Championship Manager it was) me and my friends used to actually drink a can of Coca Cola during every game.

Also, when we played FIFA Soccer Manager circa 1997 we would re-enact the whole matchday experience, including entering through the turnstiles, standing on the terrace, chants, celebrations, etc. FSM was pretty shit as a football management simulation, but it had an awesome stadium builder that made it worth the hours alone.
There was a great stadium/facility builder function on a manager game in about 2001 but I've no idea about the name and haven't been able to find a sign of it since! Premier League Manager? Or something along those lines, quite generic.

I'd definitely buy a game based around building stadiums, but then again I am quite a sad individual.
 
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There was a great stadium/facility builder function on a manager game in about 2001 but I've no idea about the name and haven't been able to find a sign of it since! Premier League Manager? Or something along those lines, quite generic.

I'd definitely buy a game based around building stadiums, but then again I am quite a sad individual.
LMA Manager? Premier Manager?
 

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Back in the days of the Coca Cola Cup (can't remember which iteration of Championship Manager it was) me and my friends used to actually drink a can of Coca Cola during every game.

Also, when we played FIFA Soccer Manager circa 1997 we would re-enact the whole matchday experience, including entering through the turnstiles, standing on the terrace, chants, celebrations, etc. FSM was pretty shit as a football management simulation, but it had an awesome stadium builder that made it worth the hours alone.
Do you put a Sky bet on before each game now?
 
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I adored LMA, pored way too many hours into LMA 2007. Only thing was the finances got a bit screwy with lower-league sides gaining promotion, I once got Walsall from League 2 to Premier League and had a lower budget in the PL than I did at L1 level!
 

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