3 days an addict: Championship Manager 03/04
My vison is weak and blurry. I've a headache from staying up late and my hand is cramped into some kind horrible claw.
As I've said before Championship Manager 03/04 isn't a game it's an excel spreadsheet with interesting sounding row and column names. In fact it fails one definition of being a game as it has no victory condition and should instead be called a simulator.
Just one short game I said. Friday evening. three days later, with twelve hours of sleep I blearily look around, wondering what day it is.
But yet, somehow, it manages to grab your interest, and hold it for hours on end. It induces the "just one more go" syndrome as never before. The problem being that "one more go" means waiting for up to 5 mins while other game results are calculated. In fact, a very large portion of the game is made up of waiting for completely inconsequential matches to be resolved. But yet it works.
It's not like I havn't got better things to do. My thesis, due in a months, is only half done and I still havn't sorted a job for when I'm finished
And that's what the games all about. Superimposing hopes and expectations on database entries. Hoping this set of numbers will go up, or don't drop too much. But it dosn't seem like it when you're playing. You want to see if that young striker you picked up on a free transfer comes good or if that aging center back can grind out another season, holding the defence together.
I managed to beat it. I managed to finish the nevering cycle. After being fired by the teams board due to an ultimatum issued over lack of funds to pay players. I was done.
I uninstalled the game. Deleted the saved games (a culmination of several hundred hours of gameplay.
Went downstairs, drank a beer and lapped up the emissions from the non-interactive audio/visual entertaiment device.
The flaw with the game is that it is too much of a time consumer. It's no good to play for 10-30 mins. Nothing happens. To get into it, you've gotta give 2-3 hours of play time. So that's why I'm saying goodbye to this game.
Hi. My name is Eoin. I'm a championship manager addict.
It's been three days since my last game