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    Right. Today's blog had to be postponed for various technical reasons, and was (and still will be) up at some time tomorrow instead.

    The blog was to show a promo video for FM08 which I'm somewhat proud of - Frontroom (Sega's creative partner) have done a great job on it.

    So, whilst it was postponed, someone forgot to tell the person who was uploading the video to You Tube. And seeing as a few people seem to have found it now, I thought it only fair to officially "leak" it here.

    It's only the English language version for now - there will be French, Spanish and Italian ones too.

    I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to give the link to whoever you want to as the only people who might mind are the people who should have told the youtube uploader to not upload it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOwybu4IhR0

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    Right. Today's blog had to be postponed for various technical reasons, and was (and still will be) up at some time tomorrow instead.

    The blog was to show a promo video for FM08 which I'm somewhat proud of - Frontroom (Sega's creative partner) have done a great job on it.

    So, whilst it was postponed, someone forgot to tell the person who was uploading the video to You Tube. And seeing as a few people seem to have found it now, I thought it only fair to officially "leak" it here.

    It's only the English language version for now - there will be French, Spanish and Italian ones too.

    I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to give the link to whoever you want to as the only people who might mind are the people who should have told the youtube uploader to not upload it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOwybu4IhR0

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    great advert, will SI be showing the advert on TV at any time or will it be internet bsed

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    That's really good, i like that

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    sorry i wasnt really that impressed.

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    mallen102000 - internet based. Too long for TV.

    Michael Foster - what would impress you then? Dancing panda's playing guitars?

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    Love the Rudyard Kipling influence.


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    quote:
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    Michael Foster - what would impress you then? Dancing panda's playing guitars?


    I'd be impressed.


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    ha ha ha
    that was great!

    Yes, I am! The Manager!

    now where's the game?


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    i think the trailer need more action more power..but its ok..

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    Your deservedly proud of frontroom, great ad, some people will say it's cliched, but it's not going to stop them buying th game, and will have a fair few people chomping at the bit just that little bit more.

    Surely it's easy enough to edit down for TV no?

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    dannyboy24 - nope. We've got an edit for some web ads, but that's still driving people to watch the whole vid. A shame, but such is life.

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    Money spent on the ad could have been used towards bettering the game?

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    quote:
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    i think the trailer need more action more power..but its ok..


    I think you miss the point though.

    FM is about class, not flash.

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    quote:
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    Money spent on the ad could have been used towards bettering the game?


    How?

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    Ironing out some of the god awful bug etc?

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    quote:
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    Ironing out some of the god awful bug etc?
    I don't think that any SI personnel were moved off QA to make this video, so that doesn't make much sense.

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    quote:
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    Ironing out some of the god awful bug etc?
    I don't think that any SI personnel were moved off QA to make this video, so that doesn't make much sense.


    I don't really recall saying they were?

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    Bugs are fixed by marketing money? Right......

    Hey, I've got a good idea for this thread. Let's talk about the video and the subject, with constructive criticism or praise, rather than pithy, pointless comments

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    quote:
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    Bugs are fixed by marketing money? Right......


    I do apologise. No need to get sarcy

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    I thought there was a need. If we don't market the game, it doesn't sell. If it doesn't sell, then there aren't any more.

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    To be honest, I actually really enjoyed it, after expecting it to be quite poor from the opening two seconds or so (screaming fan). Captured quite a few of the things that many of us love about the game, explaining them as really short little FM Stories. Nice one.

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    quote:
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    Money spent on the ad could have been used towards bettering the game?


    Fact is Sega will have allocated a certain budget for promoting the game, that includes things like this, it's not money that would otherwise have been spent on more testing and development or something, if it wasn't spent on this it would have been spent on other promotional materials, or just not spent at all.

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    I like it, it's pretty cool.

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    quote:
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    Bugs are fixed by marketing money? Right......

    Hey, I've got a good idea for this thread. Let's talk about the video and the subject, with constructive criticism or praise, rather than pithy, pointless comments


    Fair play, not a fan of the video.

    It didn't have the added edge to pull me in, make me feel part of it and the most important thing, make me want to buy the game (that could also be down to, in my view, a poor demo).

    As was said earlier, needs more power, more action, more....ummpphhh.

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    quote:
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    Love the Rudyard Kipling influence.



    Is that who wrote the poem it was based on?

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    This kind of promotional video would work better (in my opinion, and not through any market research knowledge) as a teaser for an upcoming version rather than as a trailer for an imminent release.

    I have the demo in front of me, I'm not playing it. I'm waiting for the full version.

    Obviously not to diminish the work done, I think it's pretty fantastic - I just think I personally would have been more appreciative if this was something I could soak in a lot earlier (especially as it doesn't offer anything directly related to the game).

    If you see what I'm saying!? Anyway, congrats. It's an extremely professional and nice piece of work you have there.

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    Quality.

    Wp Sports Interactive. Looking forwards to the game.

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    Jimbokav1971 - yes.

    Cigol - thing is, it's not really aimed for those on here who already know about the game. The idea is that people see it who don't know that the demo is out, as the people who here about it first send the links to friends and stuff.

    I agree that it would have been great to have it earlier - there are so many reasons why it wasn't, but now it's here, I'm very happy...

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    quote:
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    quote:
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    Love the Rudyard Kipling influence.



    Is that who wrote the poem it was based on?


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If%E2%80%94


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    If

    quote:
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!



    Quality .

    Poem and advert.

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    When did The great Mr Kipling (not the one who bakes exceedingly good cakes) ever need more pizzazz.

    I really liked the video. It had a touch of quiet confidence about it.

    Almost like it was holding the best bits back purposefully in order to let the imagination fill in the blanks.

    No flashy gadgets
    No flipping nonsense
    John Sm .... sorry, FM.

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    quote:
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    Quality .

    Poem and advert.


    It is indeed.

    I am not a fan of poetry generally as, more often than not, it is contrived tripe but this is always one that will stick with me.

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    At the risk of turning this into "poetry corner" I've always liked the one that goes on about a corner of a foreign land that will forever be.... England, (or similar).

    Going to have a look now .

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    nice, I always feel that Black and White vids are either hit or miss, this is a hit, very classy.

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    quote:
    If I should die, think only this of me:

    That there's some corner of a foreign field

    That is for ever England. There shall be

    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

    A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

    Gave, once her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

    A body of England's, breathing English air,

    Washed by the rivers, blessed by the suns of home.

    And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

    A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

    Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

    Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

    In hearts a peace, under an English heaven.



    Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

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    Lovin that ad quality work guys

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    quote:
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    Quality .
    Poem and advert.


    Quite funny when Mike Bassett reads that poem on Mike Bassett: England Manager & finishes and says "England will be playing four-four ****ing two" and walks out of the press conference. Should of had that in the FM ad tbh

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    Miles, permisson to send this video as a guide to Davie Moyes, we might actually deserve to win for once that way

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    quote:
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    quote:
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    ..............

    Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)


    Very heartfelt.

    From reading it and the dates he lived between, I would assume that this was written on the battlefield during world war one.

    With this in mind, it gives me a picture of a man with courage. He knew he was not far from death but had the power within to accept it and fight for a brighter future for others that will live on after him.

    Poetry corner it is then.

    Sure beats the usual bickering.


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    quote:
    Right. Today's blog had to be postponed for various technical reasons, and was (and still will be) up at some time tomorrow instead.

    The blog was to show a promo video for FM08 which I'm somewhat proud of - Frontroom (Sega's creative partner) have done a great job on it.

    So, whilst it was postponed, someone forgot to tell the person who was uploading the video to You Tube. And seeing as a few people seem to have found it now, I thought it only fair to officially "leak" it here.

    It's only the English language version for now - there will be French, Spanish and Italian ones too.

    I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to give the link to whoever you want to as the only people who might mind are the people who should have told the youtube uploader to not upload it



    Now if that doesn't get the the blood flowing through the veins, Nothing will.

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    Loved it- spine tingling

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    Really like the advert. Very different to the comedy element of FM2005.

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    Let's be honest.

    It's a serious game and deserved a serious ad.

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    quote:
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    mallen102000 - internet based. Too long for TV.

    Michael Foster - what would impress you then? Dancing panda's playing guitars?


    Call me...

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    Very good that was.

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    TBH it didn't do a lot for me. Not sure what constructive criticism entails exactly, so i'll just say the voice was a bit weak, not inspiring (Sean Bean has the voice and would get the passion across - but costs and everything come into it) And the wording really didn't seem to flow.

    I'm sure many hours went into it, but it came across as if the script was hastily written and then the voice actor was shoved in front of a microphone at the last minute.

    The idea was spot on, no worries with that; it embodies all that being a football manager is about with the right kind of voice thrown over to try and capture the audience, but overall that extra edge in quality was lacking for me, sorry.

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    The video reminds me to much of the Mike Bassett film.

    I'm gonna have to watch that film agan now.

    Quality vid BTW.

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    Is the voiceover guy Ralph Ineson?

    Was the inspiration the film Mike Bassett: England Manager?

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    I can picture tha ctor but I can't name him.

    A long face and mousey hair.

    Quite a tall skinny bloke with a biggish hooter.

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    quote:
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    I can picture tha ctor but I can't name him.

    A long face and mousey hair.

    Quite a tall skinny bloke with a biggish hooter.


    Ralph Ineson who was Chris Finch in The Office

    thats my guess

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    uh oh........it wont load up for me.......hell!!
    Is anyone else finding this?!

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    Yes.


    Yorkshire's Barry White.

    ROFL .

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    Oh and the poem is fffb.

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    The England rugby team used it as an advertising tool back in the early days when Clive Woodward took over. Must have been about 2001.

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    quote:
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    uh oh........it wont load up for me.......hell!!
    Is anyone else finding this?!


    It's fine for me.

    Which browser are you using?

    Have you installed the flash player and Java?

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    i wasnt expecting much to be honest (no idea no why sorry lads) but that was class, got goosebumps watchin it lol

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    quote:
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    Bugs are fixed by marketing money? Right......

    Hey, I've got a good idea for this thread. Let's talk about the video and the subject, with constructive criticism or praise, rather than pithy, pointless comments


    quote:
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    Michael Foster - what would impress you then? Dancing panda's playing guitars?


    Well played

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    Oh and btw, it's an ok advert but far too long imo.

    Could easily be at least half that length, it just goes on for far too long.

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    I loved it. Fantastic!

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    Quality production but oh so dramatic. Don't take yourself too seriously, guys; it doesn't really befit a game like this. If it brings fresh blood to the game I'm all for it, but it kinda raises expectations to an unrealistic level, because the game is nothing like this.

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    cool nice trailer

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    Very good, I think anyone who thinks it sucks erm sucks!
    Yeah it might be dramatic but fm can be too.
    last day of the season you could be champ. you are drawing then you win! That is drama. Thats football manager My son!

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    I really liked that. Shame it won't be on the TV though.

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    Got to be honest, it bored me stupid. I didnt like trailer at all and if i was a someone who had never played FM before seeing it i wouldnt be playing it after either. Seems everyone else likes it though.

    Can we not have the sheep dog back, that was class.

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    I thought it was great, well done to all.

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    In fairness it's a decent ad. It does what it's meant to do, which is make you want to play FM. Got to say though, the acting with the manager doing the celebratory fist-pump at the end is pretty funny.

    Whether FM will deliver on all the things one anticipates from watching the ad is another matter...

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    Good trailer! Well made too...and it gave me something to watch while I'm at work so its all good!

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    Sweet.

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    Nice take on Rudyard Kipling's poem 'IF' and it's even voiced by the bloke that played 'Finchey' in 'The Office', lol. Great job!

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    Maybe you could have also used ...

    If you can get your players to close down, when the match engine won't let you

    Or perhaps ...

    If you can get Milan to accept £100 million for a six month loan of there £12 million rated striker, when they claim the wage contribution is not enough

    Or even ...

    If you can tolerate 7 of your 11 key players being banned at least once before Christmas because of them gaining 5 yellow cards

    And finally ...

    If you can keep your job at Leeds, even when the board don't take into account the 15 point deduction when assessing your form

    Then it would have fell in more with the game.

    Just a suggestion.

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    quote:
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    Oh and btw, it's an ok advert but far too long imo.

    Could easily be at least half that length, it just goes on for far too long.


    War and Peace. Ulysses. The Iliad. Too long. Could easily have been at least half that length. Basing an advert on a literary work means you do just that. Attention spans just aren't what they used to be.

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    Honest opinion?

    It looks nice, but…

    The original poem is mawkish, overly sentimental and overtly political. Really, whoever said we could ‘ager’ to the last line should have been laughed out of the room. Whoever then took that idea and decided to add incredibly clunky football related terms on top of it should never work in advertising again.

    It would have worked if it’d had all been a bit tongue in cheek, but it really doesn’t give that impression. It’s a computer game. It’s meant to be fun. It’s isn’t war. It isn’t serious. It’s not a fundamentally important piece of art. As Dale said above it all seems too earnest and serious.

    Also, it really doesn’t provide any genuine impression of what the game is like whatsoever…and as for the choice of voice over…blimey. Was Andrew Lincoln busy that day? I assume this fella was picked because he’s associate with football via the skybet adverts? Pity, as WCR pointed out that for your primary target audience he’s mainly known as a stupid, bigoted bully?

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    quote:
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    Honest opinion?

    It looks nice, but…

    The original poem is mawkish, overly sentimental and overtly political. Really, whoever said we could ‘ager’ to the last line should have been laughed out of the room. Whoever then took that idea and decided to add incredibly clunky football related terms on top of it should never work in advertising again.

    It would have worked if it’d had all been a bit tongue in cheek, but it really doesn’t give that impression. It’s a computer game. It’s meant to be fun. It’s isn’t war. It isn’t serious. It’s not a fundamentally important piece of art. As Dale said above it all seems too earnest and serious.

    Also, it really doesn’t provide any genuine impression of what the game is like whatsoever…and as for the choice of voice over…blimey. Was Andrew Lincoln busy that day? I assume this fella was picked because he’s associate with football via the skybet adverts? Pity, as WCR pointed out that for your primary target audience he’s mainly known as a stupid, bigoted bully?


    Was it an unintentional tautology to describe it as mawkish and overtly sentimental? As for 'overtly political', I would be interested to see what you mean by this. Are you referring to Kipling himself, the poem, his poetry? You are of course entitled to your opinion though.

    I personally think this is reading way too much into it and changing it into something it's not. It is modelled on a famous poem, as has already been mentioned countless times, and is not intended as anything else but that. It attempts to convey some of the trials and tribulations associated with managing a football team. As with the original, it is all about motivation and inspiration. Also key attributes of football management, would you not agree? As for the comments about the voice-over. You can make any associations you like but at the end of the day it's a voice-over by an actor. No silly walks, no comic gags and certainly no role/character association as you seem to be insinuating by referring to 'stupid, bigoted bully'.

    This sort of thing can be fun until it's over-analysed. Take it at face value.

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    mawkish=bland (I know it's not the normal definition but I'm trying to wriggle).

    The peom is about the Jameson Raid which led to the 2nd Boer War, so yes, it's political.

    The actor has a very recognisable voice. Almost anyone hearing it will think 'ahh, the idiot from the office'.

    As for the 'fun' thing...the advert itself isn't fun. It's not designed to be fun. That's why I don't think it works. It should be fun. It's a computer game.

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    saying that, if I'm missing some underlying tongue in cheek comedy that underpins the entire thing, then fair play.

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    As for the 'fun' thing...the advert itself isn't fun. It's not designed to be fun. That's why I don't think it works. It should be fun. It's a computer game.


    Adverts for games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honour play on the seriousness and sentimentality of war. They certainly don't make war seem 'fun', strictly speaking. But they work.

    As for the political thing, I don't think it's a fair critique to say, 'It's all well and good referencing Kipling, but this advert really doesn't get to grips with the Boer War context that Kipling's work is entrenched in'. The advert shouldn't be expected to do that, and that, if you like, might be the fun aspect you're looking for: messing around with a Kipling poem, putting it in an entirely unfamiliar context.

    And I'd disagree with the poem being 'overtly' political in the first place.

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    adverts that I've seen for things like CofD usually show people shooting stuff, things blowing up etc etc which by their very nature are fun for the target audience?

    I've not said that the advert needs to take the context of the original poem into account...

    How can a poem inspired by a individual who led a raid intended to overthrow a government not be seen as political?

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    I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to give the link to whoever you want to as the only people who might mind are the people who should have told the youtube uploader to not upload it


    Well personally I really, really liked it! "You'll be a manager my son" indeed!

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    That can be easily resolved by getting the Flaming Lips to do the soundtrack next time.

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    It's the 'overtly' thing I'm taking issue with. There's no overt political content at all.

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    quote:
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    The peom is about the Jameson Raid which led to the 2nd Boer War, so yes, it's political.

    The actor has a very recognisable voice. Almost anyone hearing it will think 'ahh, the idiot from the office'.


    I take it that you are not leading the calls for the England football team to run out to "Jerusalem" then

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    Who said computer games are fun? Computer games are distractions designed to engender competetiveness and demonstrate technical capability. 'Fun' is an undefinable abstract concept.

    And taken at face value, it is a suitable homage to a classic popular poem, reproduced for a market of football management simulation fans.

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    quote:
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    adverts that I've seen for things like CofD usually show people shooting stuff, things blowing up etc etc which by their very nature are fun for the target audience?


    Must be different to the one's I've seen. The one I can remember well was a MoH ad which showed non-shooty scenes from the game set to the recital of a Wilfred Owen poem.

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    Amazing advert as posted in the other thread. Inspiring! Will it get on TV?

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    Pity the standard Hollywood voice was missing Could have been something like,

    "this october, a story about a man who faces his dreams, wolflike media attention and a horrible board... he faith of his team rests solely in his hands... and he has only ninety minutes..."

    No jokes, Miles it looks very nice! Even though I have been playing the demo this made me even more eager to get the real deal!!

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    Maybe we should just forget trying to do something different and stick with the farmer and his dog forever.

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    Oh yeah and I also kind of like the panda idea

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    quote:
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    Right. Today's blog had to be postponed for various technical reasons, and was (and still will be) up at some time tomorrow instead.

    The blog was to show a promo video for FM08 which I'm somewhat proud of - Frontroom (Sega's creative partner) have done a great job on it.

    So, whilst it was postponed, someone forgot to tell the person who was uploading the video to You Tube. And seeing as a few people seem to have found it now, I thought it only fair to officially "leak" it here.

    It's only the English language version for now - there will be French, Spanish and Italian ones too.

    I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to give the link to whoever you want to as the only people who might mind are the people who should have told the youtube uploader to not upload it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOwybu4IhR0


    Really well done on this, I reckon it will definately catch on once it hits people's facebook's etc. Snippits surely could be cut for the odd TV/Radio add too.

    The only only only slightest way of making it better would have been to get the real Sean Bean for the voiceover...!

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    Maybe we should just forget trying to do something different and stick with the farmer and his dog forever.


    Is that an Easter Egg in FM08?

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    quote:
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    To parody a Shankly misquote: It's not a matter of fun or enjoyment, its much more.


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    looking back perhaps this previous advert for football manager was better

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZY25fo_pt1g

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    I thought it was really good, don't think it was overly serious, quite a clever idea. Whoever's moaning about it is analysing it too much.

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    quote:
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    mallen102000 - internet based. Too long for TV.

    Michael Foster - what would impress you then? Dancing panda's playing guitars?


    What is it with you and pandas? You've already mentioned them in your blog.

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    Its got a nice little touch to it sends shivers down my spine

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    Loved the ad Miles,btw,you should get an oscar for this...congrats.

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    Evon - I like panda's. Is that a crime?

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    Call me old fashioned by I thought an advert should advertise the product.

    With FM08 being so close to FM07 you need to big up new features etc.

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    quote:
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    looking back perhaps this previous advert for football manager was better

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZY25fo_pt1g

    Very funny! i was sure that it was bleeped before though wasn't it?

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    quote:
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    Evon - I like panda's. Is that a crime?


    i think that more or less depends on how *much* you like them...


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    Fantastic trailer. Simple..inspirational.classic...It inspires us to play the game and manage the team to success...

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