I wanted to make myself clear about the ME!
I bought a Gamestar Plus subscription yesterday for € 6.99. Gamestar is a computer magazine that can be viewed as a magazine or online from Germany.
There is actually an interview with McFadden who is responsible for the ME and with Miles Jacobsen! And it's all about the topic! Is the ME a fake and everything staged or not?
McFadden says:"There is no scripted gameplay in Football Manager. None. Players complain that their team has scored 15 times but failed to score, and then the opponent suddenly scores in the last ten minutes. That happens ongoing in reality. "
Ideally, there is no difference between artificial intelligence and human players when it comes to which formulas the game uses to calculate the results. "The Match Engine doesn't care whether you're human or an AI trainer," McFadden explains.
“Both are treated in exactly the same way. The same information is fed in to calculate the match and the same data come out. «
But where does the impression of many players come from that the system would defraud them and give the player and sometimes the computer an unfair advantage depending on their mood?
Examples range from goalkeepers who roll easy returns through missed penalties to stupid fouls that lead to a game-determining red card.
As an attempt to explain, Miles Jacobson points out the unpredictability of real sport, which Football Manager 2019 simulates: »If you play a season in Football Manager, you may need a week to do so. But if you follow a football season in real life, it takes over nine months. If you see the same number of mistakes from such a real football season in a few days, you will of course think something is wrong with the game. ”
Because absurd situations, surprising results and hair-raising mistakes also exist in real football life. Jacobson cites the already legendary dropout by goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final against Liverpool against Real Madrid as an example. Only days before the final, a user had sent him the video of a game in which Karius of all things had made a similar mistake - combined with the complaint that such behavior was completely unrealistic and the game was obviously scripted to the disadvantage of the player.
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For Miles Jacobson, the mistake is not to take the football manager seriously enough: »If the players think like a real coach at this moment, they may not be getting this late compensation anymore. But if they behave as if it were all just a computer game, then there may be a bad surprise. Because we as developers don't think according to the rules of a computer game, we orientate ourselves to reality. And of course it is the case that the underdog in a 0-0 between a small team and a favorite could really try again in the last few minutes and, with luck, get another goal. «
How developers advertise their own product is one thing. Another is the perception of the players and what impression this simulation makes on the people who ultimately sit in front of the computer screen and want to lead their favorite club to the top of world football in their free time. In the Steam Reviews for Football Manager 2019, users complain about too many injuries or the sudden failure of strikers in one-on-one. But Miles Jacobson never tires of explaining why any kind of scripting or, as FIFA 19 says, momentum is just an illusion and not anchored in the code. "The Football Manager doesn't do that," Jacobson swears. If your team made 20 shots on goal in one game without scoring, then your players are likely to be quite tired towards the end of the game, both physically and mentally. But people out there tend to forget the mentality at this stage of the game. ” "If in real football a team was always on the offensive and 1-0 five minutes before the end of the game, what will happen? Will the players try to score a second goal, or will they act a bit more defensively and try to take the time to flay? "
So let's summarize. McFadden and Jacobsen say that the game reacts as realistically as possible to anything that affects a result! I have to clearly contradict that! Then why do such strange statistics come together again and again? Why has the ME changed so drastically into the negative? The old ME's were was so realistic that you could clearly see all the differences! In my opinion, the ME was completely thrown and destroyed with the change in 3D! Better a 2d gameplay and the most important thing it feels logical and real instead of an ugly 3D graphic! @McFadden and @Miles Jacobsen you guys go the wrong way!