An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary


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Vicky McClure as Narrator
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25.000 fps
1hr 12 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FcPoliFan 7 / 10

A Player's Nostalgia

If you're part of the Football manager clan, there's no way this documentary won't bring back quite a few emotions and chuckles. Whether you first came across it in the mid nineties, when it was first released, or on some random day in the early 00s when a friend called you over to show you "this unusual football game", as I did, Football Manager has probably played some part in your life.

This documentary looks at exactly that and it all felt very true to me. I've had my own share of mysterious Conference affairs, and I've visited countries to watch teams or players I felt I knew so well from seasons upon seasons of the game. The fact that real life football players enjoy it is no surprise, because it appeals to anyone who loves football. The immersion is spectacular and the experience is both scientific and visceral. You get this sense from an "Alternative Reality" and the road to validation was longer than it perhaps should have been.

On a different level, this documentary shows how much Football Manager and Sports Interactive have evolved. From outsiders to insiders, the journey all virtual players are yearning for, topped by deep ties with the football world that they've recreated. The level of professionalism and depth that FM now entails is astounding and rightfully so, the game database is seen as a treasured resource. And this extends beyond its obvious value as sets of data, and goes into how the data can shape reality simulation and generate descriptive algorithms thereof.

However, once you become as high profile a player as Sports Interactive, balancing the demands of the fans and the commercial priorities becomes difficult. Not to undermine the fact that Football Manager is incredibly complex and this complexity makes perfecting it a daunting task, but that's why focus is important. Even walking the line of the passionate creator-gamer, however much truth it may hold, has a dull ring to it. Looking objectively at where Football Manager is at now, there is a definite sense of stagnation and every new edition, released on a yearly basis, strives to do little more than act as an update to the database. In their search for realism and under the pressure of justifying new releases year in, year out, SI have buckled and lost focus on improving the core elements of the game mechanics, while blowing their own trumpet worryingly often.

Once I step back from the nostalgia, I can see that in the documentary as well, which is a one-sided ode to the greatness of Football Manager. And that might be fine enough on one level, but it ultimately works as an informative and humorous look into the phenomenon and not much else. Perhaps it is the right time for SI to push for the boldness it showed early on in their history and ensure that they can create the same experiences of awe, joy and despair in the future and not rely on their dominant position in the market to keep playing it safe. Because Football Manager is a legacy worth preserving and improving upon.

Reviewed by doublenbenn1992 10 / 10

Only Football Manager Gamers Will Understand

Since playing Football Manager, I have clocked up countless hours trying to be the best manager I can be, whether it would becoming a local hero or national revelation. Tweaking the formation, doing all nighters trying to find the best players I can afford for my teams, just to name a few things of what is required to become a top class manager, virtually.

Watching An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary makes me glad I am not the only one that gets sucked into the game that it has become and being able to understand how it's become a tool for real life football clubs. The documentary is well structured with the use of real life players, managers, staff and fans of the game to illustrate how powerful a game it has become.

Kudos. You really have done a cracking job. Will recommend to all Football Manager addicts, providing you are not required to do a pre-match conference before the Manchester derby!

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