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About git2thachoppa

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    MU, B&HA, Iran, England

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    MU/England - FM 2007 (see my story thread)

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  1. Wait until everyone becomes Anyone But Liverpool (Or City) and Man Utd rise from the midtable to challenge in 2040 and become everyone's #2 team. Toppling the clubs that buy the title every year with help from the clearly biased refs giving so much stoppage time that they call it the Klopp Clock.
  2. All the retro BBC articles about the 1997-ish period (when I got obsessed with football) is giving me ants in my pants waiting to relive my childhood days of Le Tissier, Cantona, Sheffield Wednesday and Man Utd every Wednesday night on ITV facing Sturm Graz or Grasshopper in the Champions League qualifiers. I started secondary school in 1998 and the library had these giants books and I started getting obsessed with all the teams: And I subscribed to Football Magic with its big unwieldy binders telling me all about Neil Redfearn at Barnsley: So that era is my peak. If I wasn't delving into all that goodness, I probably would've started my CM 93/94 story now, getting a few oldies nostalgic about buying Bart-Williams, Strachan or Collymore for a couple million or just 6 figures. (Platt and Gazza cost a few million to take out of Italy though!)
  3. My only exposure to, and interest from, football was FIFA 97 (the PC version). I gravitated to Man Utd because of Cantona, Beckham, Schmeichel etc.. It wasn't even glory supporting as the first football I watched was the 1998 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Newcastle, so was after a disastrous season where everyone thought United were done and Fergie had lost it. I had to get used to the players, as I was used to seeing Cantona, Coton, Pallister, McClair and Sharpe and had no idea who this Stam or Ronny Johnsen was. But I got obsessed with squads and data so it didn't take long till I knew not only that entire squad but everyone down to Sheffield Wednesday's too. Some years later, I realised I should support my hometown club too, but any choices were 10 levels down and impossible to follow since this was before the internet got good and I didn't live there. Brighton were 10 miles away however so made sense to follow them. Support England because I'm English, though I went through a period (about 2006 - 2014) were I didn't feel anything for them and hoped they fail to cause some upheaval. Didn't agree with anything the FA or the managers were doing and the team was filled with unlikeable criminals and chavs picked on name and club. I didn't support Northern Ireland but I watched their matches on the red button instead when they were beating everyone with Healy, especially for the refreshing commentary... not hard though compared to the dour Robbie Earle, Andy Townsend and a complacent BBC. My father is Iranian so I supported them from the start, though again hard to follow after the '98 World Cup until internet made it easy. I also supported Republic of Ireland in 2001/02 because they were a likeable team and my great grandmother was Irish so I was 1/8th Irish, but I grew out of that since everyone is 1/8th Irish.
  4. Play something else entirely. You're probably playing it out of habit at this point, though hopefully not addiction.
  5. My one. It's FM 2007, completed recently, and was the longest running in both forums and got 100,000 views in total: Skip the contents if you don't want spoilers. Story forum version without the suspciously accurate photos: 3-way league titles decided by tiebreakers twice in a row, Ashley Cole and Glenn Hoddle relegating everyone, Wayne Rooney effectively being killed off, and the rise of a certain little national team to one of the greatest in history. And that's just the simulated stuff that didn't involve me!
  6. I'm on a retro tear and building a Windows 98 PC while playing WWE Day of Reckoning 2 on GameCube. Mainly to play all the old Win 95/98 games I kept including obscure management games like EA Sports' The F.A. Premier League Manager 99 with its sleek presentation (yet creepy opera menu music) where you could buy a 37-year-old Maradona and stuff all the away fans in the corner surrounded by home fans at all sides. Also Ubisoft's Football World Manager where you can 'read' newspapers and manage in the Czech third division or some corner of Asia. I remember back then I would regularly go in charity shops as there was always some obscure hidden gem of a management game. I remember getting Zoo Interactive's Premier Manager 2002/03 where you have lots of meetings and watch the news. But the true gem was dinamit's Euro League Football. From the cover it just looks like some naff game: But inside was not only a management game, but you could PLAY the games long before FIFA and This Is Football had lower league football. It was commentated by GamesMaster's Dominik Diamond and had an addictive quiz 'match' game, at a time when football quiz games were being sold on their own on PS1. I got rid of it because I figured out the gameplay, could score curling corners into the goal, and 'instant result' was lies because I could put Michael Owen in goal and Phillip Mulryne up front and we'd win 3-0.
  7. I applied for Universal Credit and JSA. A lot of the hurdles usually there to trick people into getting sanctioned are gone as the government just wants everyone getting their benefits, a '180' to the usual approach of stalking, abuse and bullying. Hence why I've avoided being back on it for many years. Also I found out I didn't get a refund for my taxes 4 years ago, and the deadline is in a week. Luckily the webchat found it instantly and apparently it's in the post. Hopefully.
  8. The problem is where you draw the line and the unknown timeframe. Not just football but generally. If you really wanted to protect everyone, there'd be an order for everyone to stay inside for a few weeks. But that's not viable. Preposterous given we don't do the same for 'regular flu' every winter. But doing nothing looks bad because the news is keeping count of every death for this specific virus. Doing this halfway crap just seems like an attempt to look like something's being done and hope it all tides over. It goes with the general mentality of a politician - don't waste money preventing things that haven't happened yet (only after!) and pass on problems to the next shift while blaming it on the previous. If you're not playing now, we're not playing for months, maybe years, unless a u-turn in logic is made. After a few months, unless people are kept scared enough, they're just gonna get pissed off at not being to live their normal life or even earn a wage. People with 'flu symptoms' in March are going "lol you guys I don't have coronavirus, jokes m8" and going about their business. 1 person who doesn't know they have it pushes a door to a shop, that gets passed onto hundreds after him/her, for just 1 person in 1 shop in a small town. You can't stop it. Stopping winter flus are impossible so forget this. You can lessen it but you can lessen everything if you just stay indoors forever. Yet in winter, if you have a flu that kills old people, most bosses tell you to come in and get arsey if you don't. Where's the line?
  9. The death rate has been pitiful, let alone outside ground zero and of people who aren't old, there's still been no deaths in Europe as far as I know, and we're about to go into March. As someone who lived through the CJD, ebola, SARS, swine/bird/donkey/hippopotamus flu etc. armageddons this hasn't been surprising. Once the flu dies off or a cure is found, way more people will have died of regular flu here.
  10. You're different to most people as I noticed I lost loads of readers when I joined 'Manure' rather than gained them. I'm amazed that you read it over from the beginning and the first posts are still getting views. I appreciate you appreciating my story. It's not Premier Manager btw. The F. A. Premier League Football Manager 99 was EA Sports' management series. 99 was an especially unique one with its weird slowed down opera music, stylish menus and all the fancy stuff you described. I always bought 37-year-old Maradona from Boca as an alternative to Scholes!
  11. Like here? FAPLFM99 doesn't work in virtual machine either. Doesn't matter what Windows, if you're using newer hardware then it won't work. So I have to build or buy someone's old PC just to play it. I did try FAPLFM 2000 in my journey trying to discover suitable alternatives but, although it's similar (as is EA's later 'Total Club Manager' games), FAPLFM99 is a completely different vibe with its bizarre slowed down opera menu music and stylish design. Plus it has that treble-winning Man Utd squad... I always released Wes Brown (not even transfer-listed) and bought 37-year-old Maradona (who was black). Why not buy a new disc from Amazon or Ebay?
  12. THE END An incredible 100,000+ combined views. 2000 views per update. A week from its 4th birthday, I realised recently that I have the longest-running Story (by 2 years!) and one of the longest-running Career threads (there is one from 2015). In 2016, I started a fully loaded FM 07 save, starting from the bottom and not knowing much about the ins and outs of the game. I would be learning as I went. I figured I'd stop when the game exploded from its sheer size. Indeed, last year, save files had become so large (over 2 GB) that they had to be compressed to even successfully save. Now, it takes 12 minutes for a game to save. I also wanted to tell everyone about my save this time (as we all do), knowing it was a unique concept. Evidently you were interested! My story turned out varied, whether it be losing to the Faroe Islands, becoming an Iranian idol, getting sacked while trying to groom Young Boys, finding home in Busan in South Korea, or joining my favourite club and bringing back the glory years. But it was the stories that FM itself threw up that amazed. The Belgian title twice in a row being decided by tiebreakers between 3 teams. Glenn Hoddle relegating everyone. World Cup groups decided by lots. Backstabbing managers leaving for rivals in the title run-in. Never mind all the real life transfers and manager changes. And, of course, Northern Ireland becoming Euro champions and Scotland's rise to the greatest international team in history... then Mother Russia toppling them at the end! While I expected the game to finally die in 2100, when even compressed saves would be too big to save (and would presumably take an hour to save anyway!), my aim was always to reach at least 2030, as I knew that World Cup would be hosted by England. If things worked out perfectly, the England manager would be sacked after Euro 2028 or the 2029 Confederations Cup and they'd hire me. That's exactly what happened! And with that milestone passed, I made the forced move from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It seems to be Russian roulette whether FM 07 works after this 'upgrade', and in my case I lost. There are supposed 'fixes' to try, but I was always going to stop anyway. I'd won the Champions League, then finally overturned the unstoppable Geordie juggernaut and won the Premier League, so I'd done what I came for. I also have lots of other games to play and I'm not someone who plays FM out of habit. I stop for months, even years, until I simply fancy playing again. WHAT NEXT? My next story, whenever that is, will be Championship Manager 93/94. Like FM 07, I've played it a lot as a youngster (but I'm not that old; I bought it at a school sale!) and already had a good career (Man Utd, where the youngsters actually turned out good and we almost won the 1999 Treble... but coincidentally lost to Bayern Munich in the CL final). It's also super fast, so it'll be 2030 again before you know it. But that probably won't be for a long time, as the next football management game I'll play won't even be FM/CM. (Anyone ever heard of The FA Premier League Football Manager 99?) But maybe the fixes will work and I'll want to continue, so don't bet against us one day seeing whether Russia retains the World Cup at Canada 2034 or if I ever return to Busan or Iran or make a wacky move to the lower/non-league for a new challenge. Bye bye!
  13. THE END An incredible 100,000+ combined views. 2000 views per update. A week from its 4th birthday, I realised recently that I have the longest-running Story (by 2 years!) and one of the longest-running Career threads (there is one from 2015). In 2016, I started a fully loaded FM 07 save, starting from the bottom and not knowing much about the ins and outs of the game. I would be learning as I went. I figured I'd stop when the game exploded from its sheer size. Indeed, last year, save files had become so large (over 2 GB) that they had to be compressed to even successfully save. Now, it takes 12 minutes for a game to save. I also wanted to tell everyone about my save this time (as we all do), knowing it was a unique concept. Evidently you were interested! My story turned out varied, whether it be losing to the Faroe Islands, becoming an Iranian idol, getting sacked while trying to groom Young Boys, finding home in Busan in South Korea, or joining my favourite club and bringing back the glory years. But it was the stories that FM itself threw up that amazed. The Belgian title twice in a row being decided by tiebreakers between 3 teams. Glenn Hoddle relegating everyone. World Cup groups decided by lots. Backstabbing managers leaving for rivals in the title run-in. Never mind all the real life transfers and manager changes. And, of course, Northern Ireland becoming Euro champions and Scotland's rise to the greatest international team in history... then Mother Russia toppling them at the end! While I expected the game to finally die in 2100, when even compressed saves would be too big to save (and would presumably take an hour to save anyway!), my aim was always to reach at least 2030, as I knew that World Cup would be hosted by England. If things worked out perfectly, the England manager would be sacked after Euro 2028 or the 2029 Confederations Cup and they'd hire me. That's exactly what happened! And with that milestone passed, I made the forced move from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It seems to be Russian roulette whether FM 07 works after this 'upgrade', and in my case I lost. There are supposed 'fixes' to try, but I was always going to stop anyway. I'd won the Champions League, then finally overturned the unstoppable Geordie juggernaut and won the Premier League, so I'd done what I came for. I also have lots of other games to play and I'm not someone who plays FM out of habit. I stop for months, even years, until I simply fancy playing again. WHAT NEXT? My next story, whenever that is, will be Championship Manager 93/94. Like FM 07, I've played it a lot as a youngster (but I'm not that old; I bought it at a school sale!) and already had a good career (Man Utd, where the youngsters actually turned out good and we almost won the 1999 Treble... but coincidentally lost to Bayern Munich in the CL final). It's also super fast, so it'll be 2030 again before you know it. But that probably won't be for a long time, as the next football management game I'll play won't even be FM/CM. (Anyone ever heard of The FA Premier League Football Manager 99?) But maybe the fixes will work and I'll want to continue, so don't bet against us one day seeing whether Russia retains the World Cup at Canada 2034 or if I ever return to Busan or Iran or make a wacky move to the lower/non-league for a new challenge.
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