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  1. Default skin - very good. Beta version stability - excellent. Match engine - best yet. New features - will see how it goes, early impressions are good. You know what? This might be the best FM Beta ever, possibly the best FM ever. Top work SI.
  2. My cousin's nephew's neighbours saw Miles at a Watford game a couple of years ago and apparently Miles said "Hi, nice to meet you, you enjoying FM19?". So based on that, it will be today.
  3. According to Flightradar....callsign Beta22 on final approach now.
  4. That late? Crikey, it must have been one heck of a busy work day if I went sailing through dinner time without noticing.
  5. It was later in the Autumn and after the clocks changed to GMT now I think about it. So it would have been dark by 5pm
  6. I seem to think it was between 4 and 4:30 BST (British Summer Time) as I was just finishing work when it popped up as "Queued" in my favourites last year.
  7. Yes, I think Arsenal's home (as in UK) reputation should help us capture all but the best English players, I reckon that a wave of a Captain's armband would get James Ward-Prowse to sign. He has been consistently outstanding in every FM save I've signed him in for the last 3-4 years. If I can shift AMN and Xhaka I might have enough money to put a deposit on JWP. We won't take Kane or any other Tottenham rejects, Sterling is a Gooner (price is a problem though), Aarons may have to wait until next Summer.
  8. It'll certainly be a change of pace for Gooners in FM22. No European matches should make the season fly past, I'm actually looking forward to being able to genuinely focus on upcoming league opposition without having to worry about post-midweek match fatigue and resting players for big knock-out round away matches. How many times did Man Utd (A) seem to crop up before those crucial Europa/ECL away legs in past editions? I'm also fascinated to see how FM manage to make a credible version of our 3rd shirt if they've not updated the kit templates.
  9. With Beta Day nearly upon us, I'm starting to wonder what this year's Arsenal database has in store. On paper it's a pretty good squad, I'm expecting a slight improvement in the abilities of Gabriel, Xhaka, Ramsdale, Tierney, Tavares and ANC. Significant improvements for Saka and Smith-Rowe. Reductions for Laca, Auba, Pepe, Holding, Cedric, Chambers and Leno. I think a young striker, Dortmund's Moukoko maybe, and Max Aarons will be top of my shopping list. I'll see how our midfielders do, but Partey really hasn't been all that in FMs 20 & 21. I'll report back once I've had a gander around the Beta tomorrow (all being well at SI)
  10. It's usually a Thursday, been on this ride about 20 times now. Obviously SI want to have as long a Beta phase as possible as this maximises fix detection for release day. So if things are going to plan at SI, it will be tomorrow. If things aren't, it'll be after that. Does that help?
  11. Besides, touchline staff usually have tablets (as mentioned in game) and the can therefore review events in real time. The timeline removal has not help players in the slightest, nor has the ability to find what your assistant just told unless you can catch it for the 2 seconds it's up. I've usually moved on but the lack of easily available advise resulted in goals concede.
  12. Totally agree (this time) Jordan. It's a tightrope that SI Games have trodden to bring us a game that gives us so much detail not to mention the community element that allows for mods. I will be working with and against lawyers like Jordan on IP claims for an insurance company [ducks for cover] as we've just added Copyright/IP/deformation/other things cover to our small to medium business policies. I'm expecting some David v Goliath battles, first one in was the old "photo from Google image in company prospectus/didn't notice the watermark" trap. I think we'll look back at these as being the good old days in terms of modding games/real names etc.
  13. With Flight Sim 2020, for example, you get the fixes roadmap. So you actually know what is reported, what has been looked at and where improvements are being made. Rather than the SI game of chance. At least the Flight Sim team have the confidence and transparency to have issues out there rather than pretend that all complaints are "bugs" and therefore allow justified concerns and criticisms from seasoned players to be marginalised. "Like all change, it is mostly not wanted". Wrong and highly disingenuous. The ME changes are not "mostly not unwanted". Let's not tell customers how to think.
  14. Again, I'm putting together a full list but this is a bit more urgent. Match UI Good and bad. The more matches I see the more flaws I see with the design of the match UI. There's so little functionality, I've become an observer and had to delegate shout outs to my AM so as not to miss incidents and urgent adjustments. I like the player strip, the ease of sending individual instructions is actually genius, but the means to get there via the feedback from the assistant manager and physio (if that's still a thing because it should be) renders its use somewhat redundant. Also, fairly urgent in my opinion, CAPITALISATION EVERYWHERE! EXCEPT THAT THIS FONT IS CLEARER SO YOU CAN READ THIS UNLIKE THE, sorry got carried away there, blocky font used in high contrast on the basic skin. We don't read every letter of words when we read. What we see are the shapes of the words and if the brain recognises it your eyes move on and so on. When words are capitalised they become more difficult to read quickly, putting strain on the eyes as they have to focus fully so the brain can register each word. The trend for capitalisation in FM seems to have not let up, my 48 year old eyes already struggle with too much bright contrast (like purple, white and yellow) and I found the basic skin was too much after only an hour. Thank Bergkamp (or your supplication of choice) for the Poland Dark skin, it's so much easier on the eye. Put the new UI layout with last year's UI's ease of functionality with this year's match engine and the Poland Dark skin with its calm presentation and FM21 is perfect. "Less" is sometimes "more" .
  15. Crikey, that's poor. I guess it's trial and error with a revamp. Someone in the development team will currently be whatsapping the group highlighting some of these comments saying "I told you". The best idea would be a Dugout button bottom left. It could be flash and take you to a camera above and behind the dug out and a slightly larger bottom bar with more options. A small optional adjustment would provide additional so much more absorbing game play. Also, why has there never been a "tell sub/subs to warm up" option? Again, tiny feature, could have consequences if not managed well.
  16. A question from someone who's scratching his head too much here. While in 3d match I notice my assistant has suggested something, I move my pointer up to it and, whoosh, it's slipped south and disappears as the next highlight plays out. I can't see any way of finding what he or she said to me until it appears between highlights again. By which time I'm taking a mouthful of coffee and......ugh it's gone again. There's no option to add Assistant Feedback to the "in match tablet" which would be really, really useful. Unless of course, I'm an idiot and need showing.
  17. So those dreaming of a world class stadium named in their honour, might want to take a look at "sleeping giants" with a stadium that's unusually small for a club of their former stature. So think Chelsea in a couple of years. Only joking Chelsea fans, you'll always be my 10th favourite league club in London.
  18. I'll do likewise, I'd popped in to see if this was reported yet. Looks like lovely weather out there today Jordan, I've seen lots of lucky people going for a walk.
  19. I've had to get the editing 'pen' out for my main save. The youngsters on my save will struggle to get signed for Spurs when they're at the top of their game. Some Potential Abilities are out of date given performances this season (from after when the data for FM was collated for the initial version). Don't forget, it's not as simple as CA/PA though. If you're looking to, let's say "Modify" your team, save a version of your new game and have a play around. CA of 150 is about an average EPL player as a guide and I don't think in real life any of our 1st team youngsters have breached that yet, maybe Saka, just. I won't go into my side's CA/PA that's for you to decide whether you want to know your own squad's or not. Besides every new save is slightly different.
  20. Jeez, sorry to hear that. I bet that changed your outlook on life, scary as hell. At least mine is a slow-burn, yours must have shaken you to bits.
  21. Hahahaha. 48 year old Gooner here. This cheered me up for the rest of the day.
  22. FM21 is the latest for me, CM93 being the first. I've had Windows PCs all the way. FM15 onwards have distracted me from 2 debilitating pain diseases (Dejerine-Roussy Syndrome & Fibromyalgia) and the depression and insomnia that come with them. FM21, with Microsoft's sexy new Flight Sim and my old favourite Train Simulator will get me through days and nights when life is difficult to carry on with. All I can say is I couldn't have been luckier to have had this condition when I did. I mean imagine having a condition that keeps you at home before gaming, the internet, videos even. Good luck my friend. Maybe see you back once you've crossed the divide to Windows. Not as good as fashionable as an imac maybe, but cheaper to buy, modify and update.
  23. He might be one of those types who'd rather hold out for the sort of pay/level that he thinks he deserves. Many players retire waiting, rather than drop down a few leagues and earn a bit more towards the retirement fund. Seems silly to me but then I'm not vain.
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