Saturday, 1 April 2017

Video Game Character of the Month - April 2017 - Sports Managers - All Sports Manager Games

Video Game Character of the Month
April 2017
Sports Managers
All Sports Manager Games
From MLB: The Show to Football Manager and beyond, Sports Manager games have been instrumental in the notion of a person being able to say that a game is bad even with over 3000 hours played and critics being able to copy and paste their reviews each year (it's about as much as the companies do to their games each year). However, I do feel that these games deserve some recognition of their achievements, and by extension all of the managers who get their teams to the top each year. So here's the Video Game Character of the Month award!
And now some information on the numerous Sports Managers:

They can manage football teams
They can manage basketball teams
They can manage baseball teams
They can manage F1 teams
They can manage American football teams
They can manage ice hockey teams
They can manage rugby teams
They can manage athletic teams
Some managers play online in 'Fantasy' versions of their sports
Many of these games have yearly releases
They can face off against real people or NPC's to train their skills
Some games have evolved to allow them to buy players from other managers in a global marketplace
It's never their fault if their team loses
Other teams are constantly using drugs or 'hacks' to get in front of them. Right?
They swear there's little variety anymore with their job, but they carry on anyway
They can't remember the last time they went outside but they are also always outside

Origin of Sports Managers:
The earliest example of a football manager game (and perhaps the first management sim) was Football Manager in 1982 which was released over a period of 5 years on Video Genie, Dragon 32 and Sinclair ZX80/81 as a text only game, then the ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and PC with animation. It was also released on the Acorn Election, Atari 8-Bit, Commodore Plus/4 and MSX with text only graphics. This paved the way for many other sports management games.

Evolution of Sports Managers:
These games have evolved over the years with simulated matches/games/races to watch, better graphics and animations, more features, the aforementioned global marketplace and more sophisticated AI. Yearly releases now include updates to their rosters using real world information and statistics allowing for even more realistic simulations.

Now, I'm not going to write out every sports management game, we'd be here until they release the next version of Football Manager. If someone has the time or has a list and wants to share though, then please comment!

Well, that's it on the Sports Managers of gaming but, as always, if I have made a mistake or missed something, please don't hesitate to comment! Also, if you can think of another character that is worthy of winning the Video Game Character of the Month Award, then please comment as well!

Thanks for reading, Satamer.


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