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How I started.. Playing Sports Sims

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Fifa 98 was my first Sports Game I remember. I'm from germany so Fifa and Soccer was the most important Sport/sgame. After I watched Football the first time, I started playing Madden 15 I think.

But the Manager-Mode there is very bad, and I started to get into College Football as well. This was how i stumbled across CTFM and I'm looking forward to play!

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NBA Live 95 was one of my first sports games, beside a couple of classic (german) football/soccer management games, that are still fun to play (at times). For NBA Live 96 - that I asked to get for christmas - me and my brothers were searching our parent's house to find it prior to christmas eve. And we did - and we actually were playing the game a couple of times (secretly) and put it back, just to receive it back on christmas day.

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Originally started with Baseball Mogul when I picked up from Big Lots when I was a pre-teen. I was less interested in management, not a big baseball fan quite honestly, but loved watching seasons unfold and the little paper headlines peppered throughout. And while sure, would love to be successful in my sports sims, I want to feel like I'm part of a league that creates history. Where you get to see little wrinkles throughout a given season that don't go in the records books.

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I started playing Championship Manager 97/98 around the year 2004 and was hooked ever since.

No other simulation games comes close to Football Manager though.

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I had to have spent legitimately like 400 hours on my first OOTP save, been hooked ever since. I like the creativity text sims allow you when it comes to editing and customizing teams. Console sports games don't have that luxury most of the time.

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Being a sportswriter who recently turned 41, I've always loved the universes and narratives that I could create in video/sim games; going back to the very simple Tiger Electronics Baseball game from 1987 that I still own (and it still works!). If I can be honest, the notebook stories I wrote after playing any sort of sports video game likely convinced me that I should just become a journalist. Well, that and the fact that my athleticism never caught up with my growth spurt during my middle-school years. 

In 1997, I created my own dice baseball game* with index cards, a calculator, a season-end copy of Baseball Weekly and eventually dice. It got me extra credit in the mathematics course that I was in, even with the teacher marking on the attached report "You lost me at baseball, but it looks like you worked hard! +25!" 

Since then, I've been gaming on so many different platforms with an eye toward just making the games as fun as possible while generating that escapism that we all crave when playing any game. There's a NCAA Football 06 save on a PS2 memory card that is about 20 seasons deep. Outside of the console-type games, I hopped back in with GM-type games with OOTP 16. Football Manager and Franchise Hockey Manager followed before recently tapping into the Wolverine Sports titles. It's only fed my obsession to play these games more, despite having less time to get into these games on top of the consoles that I insist on owning. (At least the cats are very low-maintenance) 

*-compared to Strat-O-Matic, this game was about 1/10 as involved, but it took like 30 minutes to play a fairly realistic game as evidenced by the 80-82 record that I achieved with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were the primary team for actual game play

 

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My favorite basketball team keeps losing.  So I'll take them all the way on my own! Hmpf!

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As a Brit born in the mid 70's I didn't discover NFL until the mid 80's.  I sat with my mom and watched a Denver Broncos game featuring John Elway.  Later on I caught a San Fran and they quickly became my team.

Tried to follow it sporadically until I emigrated to Canada a few years ago.  Now I can watch all the football I want.

I played the Madden games to death but when it came to management games I could only find Football (soccer) management games, which I tried, but they never scratched the itch.

I just discovered DDS Pro Football and am trying the Demo though I must admit, none of the rosters are filled so I am at a loss.  Trying to figure it out.

 

Wish me luck.

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The original Football Manager from 1982, I started playing it on my Commodore 64 around 1990. Then Championship Manager the original on my Amiga around 1992, played a few versions until they rebadged it Football Manager (different to the Commodore one) on PC.

Since then I've played EHM and FHM as a big hockey fan, OOTP Baseball which introduced me to the joys of baseball, Starters Orders and now DDSPB 21 I'm trying my hand at. There have been some Aussie Rules attempts but I'd love to see a really good AFL one someday.

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