FIFA 18: The Immersion Problem

There’s been a lot of talk on the blog recently about FIFA and microtransactions, which after reading I thought “Hey I know, I’ll do a blog about FIFA”. That’s because we here at I Can’t Believe It’s Not Blogger can’t stop, It’s a serious problem but for now respect our addiction. Seriously though microtransactions are obviously bad but they’re not fully to blame for a why game series is getting worse or why a game on its own is bad. Even in FIFA, the microtransactions can be completely ignored, even more so if you’re a career mode player as they’re not a part of that mode, yet. I feel the main problem with FIFA has been around for a while, it’s been more noticeable in last few years where the game hasn’t changed too much and that problem is immersion, or as I like to call it, The Immersion Problem.  Continue reading

How Much Does Gaming Cost the UK? (Or How Gaming Took Our Time & Energy)

Okay, dramatic title, let me explain. I recently met up with my co-blog-writer for a few beers and a chat about life, football and obviously gaming. Amongst all the talk about how gaming can be saved from the big-bad that is microtransactions and what episode of Simpsons is the greatest ever (maybe more to come on this), I wondered just how long each year the UK spends on gaming per year. The reason this came up is that neither of us recently have had much time to play anything at all really and it seems to be getting harder to play anything, what with more commitments and the constant need to update games when you haven’t played them for three days. The thought also come to mind that how much money could the UK earn from using this time working instead (please don’t get any ideas future government), and also just how much does our gaming habit hurt our environment. Continue reading

To Hammer Home a Point

On Sunday I wrote a post titled ‘Why Have FIFA Games Got Worse?‘, the purpose of this article was to try to pinpoint what has caused this decline that I perceive as happening (I’m sure some disagree). After a brief talk with the blogs other resident words guy, he made his feelings on the topic clear, pointing to microtransactions as the downfall of the series. This links into EA neglecting other areas of the title – such as career mode. Also, evidence backing up this point of view is clear through the numbers: each copy of FIFA released in 2016 made $121 off a $60 initial price tag. Continue reading

Why Have FIFA Games Got Worse?

For long-term followers of the blog, you may have noticed a couple of things about the two resident writers of the blog. Amongst the heaps of negatives, you may have noticed we are massive football fans, as such we love our football games… naturally, well to a point. You see, I’ve played football and sports games for a long old time, I remember playing FIFA ’98 and Tiger Woods PGA tour on Play Station 1. My co-writer has owned every FIFA game since like ’98 or 2000 or something (if this is wrong, I’m sure he’ll correct in the comments) – that is until this year. This year we both decided to take action for a trend that has been worrying to us, and perhaps all too apparent to those outside the sphere of football titles, and not buy this year’s instalment of the FIFA series. That is not to say we have not picked up sports games this year, we both have Pro Evolution Soccer and of course Football Manager. But something had to be done about FIFA… Continue reading

Football Manager 2018: The Man Utd “Challenge” Part 4

It’s part 4 of the Man Utd “challenge” and so far it’s going well, I even won manager of the month in October. Hopefully this month we can win that again, if we hit our target of maximum points then I’m sure we will.  Continue reading

Football Manager 2018: The Man Utd “Challenge” Part 3

Welcome back to the Man Utd challenge we are in October now and this month we have some big games including the Manchester derby in the league as well as Liverpool in the Carabao cup. At the end of the last part I said I wanted 6 points from our 3 league games and 6 points from our 2 Champions League games so hopefully, we can meet those targets. Continue reading

Football Manager 2018: The Man Utd “Challenge” Part 2

Welcome back to the Man Utd “challenge” today will go through September but before we start there are some things I forgot to mention in part 1. Continue reading