Truth has to be said Football Manager is an absolutely fantastic game.
I want to share my story with all of you and I want you to learn from it.
I am not young, I am actually 31 but unlike players aged 31 in Football Manager, I learned a lesson that significantly increased my attributes
I'm the kind of person that always tries to save, always has the "I'm not gonna spend my money on that... even though I would really want to have it" mentality planted in his head. Unsurprisingly this was mirrored in many aspects of my life and one of them is piracy.
I have to admit, I have not bought any Football Manager game nor any other game in the past 6 years or so as speedy internet connections became affordable and I download everything from the internet, Including Football Manager (I have downloaded pirated versions every single release and never considered buying).
I know that posting this, on the main website for the company that I have stolen is such a ridiculous idea and might get me in real trouble as IPs are logged for every user but I do not really think this is going to stop me from expressing my self about how I feel towards Football Manager and giving my advice to people who are just like me.
So whilst playing this latest release FM08 I joined this community and saw that it is really wonderful, but I made my decision to stop being a cheap idiot after I watched the FM09 videos on Youtube. Hearing directly from the source of FM was incredibly satisfying, I felt that the developers are so close to the fans and I started feeling that I do not deserve this as I am like hundreds of thousands of other people who do not deserve this, I am pirating the game and not giving back to SI what it deserves.
What I am trying to say is, I will never stop being a cheap ******* and I will never stop downloading games.
Now tell me, EA that refuses to create a next-gen version of FIFA for the PC (because they fear it will not be good financially), like in XBOX and PS3, deserves my money?
NO. I will never stop downloading their games and the pleasure of harming them will only feed my experience and make it better.
But, Football Manager is a different case. The dedication and passion of the developers has really got to me. I can't not buy this game. I cannot keep downloading it anymore. I vow to buy an original, retail copy of Football Manager 09 and all the future releases of Football Manager in the future, and never pirate them again. And I will update this topic once I got my version with screenshots of me with my copy to prove that.
Because SI deserve the money, simple as that.
Now a general advice for people who are like me, and I know for fact that many of them are reading this right now...
Think of what I said and decide what companies deserve your money, and you know which category SI is in...
If someone treats you good, treat him good, that is all I want to say...
Buy future releases or you will be contributing to damaging your favorite game that eats hours and hours of your life...
You are risking losing a part of you, this community and the legacy of CM/FM...
Please, buy the games.
Thanks for reading, you have every right to hammer me in you replies, my beloved community. (I'll be reading)
Note to SI: If I will be banned, at least keep this topic alive and do not close it, I am sure many will benefit from reading.