...When you have interviews with yourself in your own head. I always find it more interesting than the in-game press conferences. I feel wierd admitting this, I know I do it but now I've typed it out it's finally dawned on me what a pathetic human being I have become.
You know you're addicted to Football Manager when..... the forum goes down and you check if it's back up yet 10+ times a day religiously until miraculously one day it IS back up and you can't stop grinning ear-to-ear because now you can finally find those stadium background pics you've been waiting for for ages.....
(Note. When I say "you check if it's back up yet 10+ times a day..." I obviously mean the forum, the website.... not me kn*b.... so I don't need viagara thank you very much bloomin' SPAMMERS!!!)
... when your entire day at work is wasted drawing new and improved formations/tactics, possible transfers, planning training regimes for a potential wonder kid and of course reading this forum for new ideas.
My problem is playing in Full Screen Mode. No watch so no concept of real time. I have lost about a year over the life span of CM and FM. My record is 3 days straight without realising. Whilst unemployed loaded a save up on Friday morning and the next thing I know is my apartment block fire alarm test was going on a Monday morning, only felt like a few hours.
When you are watching the draw for one of the cups taking place you imitate the voice off the BBC i.e:
FA Cup 3rd Round
Arsenal will play Tottenham Hotspur
AFC Wimbledon are at home to Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool against Everton etc.
I'm doing that every time for a cup competition.
Also, when you go to a live match or watching match/ highlights on TV you are on a scouting mission for your FM game.
When you try to employ a 4-3-3 Counter attacking tactic to your Sunday League side....
Asking your mate Bob to learn to "Shoot with power" like Paul Scholes only to realise he's actually overweight, hungover and extremetly unfit and nothing like Paul Scholes at all...
When your out or at work, and hear or see the words 'Football Manager' your mind starts a countdown as to when you can continue playing it again.
When you point the middle finger out of nowhere at the screen and screams 'That was a f^%&ing goal! Damn them refs! They hate us!'
When you quickly switch to 'only commentary' and fast forward a game you're down by 3 goals.
When you play football manager sitting down on the train's floor, for the journey to and back from school.
When this year's FM comes out on your birthday and that is your ideal birthday gift. (yay)
When you are seriously considering naming your future son Lionel.
...When you begin to consider using shouts while making out, mulling over whether to tell her that you have faith or even -- depending on her morale -- impress me or prove a point during an interlude, and when all is said and done deliberating over whether to say well done, delighted, or disappointed.
When you call your girlfriend late at night because the club is going to build a new stadium named after you. Then you go back to the game and start read the message many times, imagining how it would look like. Finaly, you draw it on piece of paper.