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Repeating myself: Realism doesn't do any good if it spoils the fun. While lots of the fun in playing FM is due to its realism, people play it for the fun, not for the realism.

If realism equals fun to you because you want a simulation of real life, then you are absolutely entitled to this view, but that's not how most people approach this.

I have been playing sine the 90's and everyone i have met that plays and indeed some people here on the forums, play becasue to the realism, a chance to manage your club in the most realisitc virtual environment currently available. The media interaction has to be part of this. Perhaps it could be altered indeed some of the wording could be a lot better. But the clamour to remove something that takes a few seconds just boggles my mind.

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I don't hugely mind them, they are repetitive but a realistic part of the game. What annoys me is the frequency at lower levels. Part-time clubs do not call dozens of press conferences per season, I think we have called approximately zero in our history! Even stretching things and including local newspaper reports there are way more in FM than real life.

A very good point, they should be made status relative :thup:

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I don't hugely mind them, they are repetitive but a realistic part of the game. What annoys me is the frequency at lower levels. Part-time clubs do not call dozens of press conferences per season, I think we have called approximately zero in our history! Even stretching things and including local newspaper reports there are way more in FM than real life.

That is a very good idea.:thup:

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A very good point, they should be made status relative :thup:

I had no idea La Gazzetta dello Sport had such investment in the selection policies of Belarusian second tier clubs!

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are you guys serious? i have a feeling most of you FM fans only care about is how quickly you can finish a season and how good the 3D Match Engine is compared to FIFA. all you guys complain is conferences, player interaction, management being to complex etc etc

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are you guys serious? i have a feeling most of you FM fans only care about is how quickly you can finish a season and how good the 3D Match Engine is compared to FIFA. all you guys complain is conferences, player interaction, management being to complex etc etc

Sadly this is becoming more and more common people want to digest their entertainment as fast and in as few chunks as possible anything that takes away from that is a hinderance to them. I despair of it but it's not just happening here.

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You don't have to use them, so your reasoning is less than sound.

Play FMC and their entirely irrelevant anyway :)

I really hate this reasoning, i would never touch FMC, cheap way to ignore the fact that press conferences have been the same for years and tiresome

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I used to only use assistant, but after doing them myself in my last save, I've realized how much they add to the game. Plus, it's very realistic. It's the job of the manager, afterall. Only takes a few minutes.

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I really hate this reasoning, i would never touch FMC, cheap way to ignore the fact that press conferences have been the same for years and tiresome

Which is exactly what they are irl but nevertheless they're a big part of football because the media which provides all that cash demands it.

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I really hate this reasoning, i would never touch FMC, cheap way to ignore the fact that press conferences have been the same for years and tiresome

In your opinion. What i really dislike is the agressiveness of the apparent 'no' crowd, it seems that it is fine to complain about them but woe betide anyone that doesn't mind them or even thinks they add to the game.

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Sadly this is becoming more and more common people want to digest their entertainment as fast and in as few chunks as possible anything that takes away from that is a hinderance to them. I despair of it but it's not just happening here.

Exactly, I hope SI is not listening to them.

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I do. I find them very useful & I always have a full bar for that side of the game. Top tip - remember that "no comment" is an option!

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I dont mind them at all, sometimes you get a few good ones, and the others you can usually hammer through with generic responses.

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are you guys serious? i have a feeling most of you FM fans only care about is how quickly you can finish a season and how good the 3D Match Engine is compared to FIFA. all you guys complain is conferences, player interaction, management being to complex etc etc

Personally I hate to rush through seasons and like to enjoy the match, training and tactical elements of the game.

Press conferences though can be repetitive if you are playing a number of matches in one sitting, so I prefer to let my asssitant take them. He is generally quite good, so I let him get on with it and if it has a negative effect on players then fine, that's my fault for not taking the PC myself and I see it as an extra challenge.

It's just annoying when I get a news item saying "Last time out you said Mr Mourinho is rubbish, what is your opinion now?". Well actually I said nothing of the sort, as I never speak about other managers, ever. It was probably my assistant, so ask him!

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It's very clear that there's 2 groups here: people who play FM as a reallistic simulator and people who play more for the gaming side. Both are great ways and I find myself switching depending on my save games. It really highligts how amazing FM is!

The arguement I seem to get from people who enjoy press conferences is "play FM Classic". I understand this as the 'press' issue is far smoother. Unfortunately there are some aspects I despise e.e <50,000 players/lack of scouting depth are just some little hindrances. I love the depth of a normal FM career save too much. I believe they could be fun and not bore many who've posted here but the constant repetition is really tiresome. Sending an assistant as others have mentioned often proves a miserable mistake making affair(improvement here perhaps)

Cheers for responses!

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It's very clear that there's 2 groups here: people who play FM as a reallistic simulator and people who play more for the gaming side. Both are great ways and I find myself switching depending on my save games. It really highligts how amazing FM is!

The arguement I seem to get from people who enjoy press conferences is "play FM Classic". I understand this as the 'press' issue is far smoother. Unfortunately there are some aspects I despise e.e <50,000 players/lack of scouting depth are just some little hindrances. I love the depth of a normal FM career save too much. I believe they could be fun and not bore many who've posted here but the constant repetition is really tiresome. Sending an assistant as others have mentioned often proves a miserable mistake making affair(improvement here perhaps)

Cheers for responses!

"play fm classic" is about as helpful as "remove press interaction becasue it's boring" - in other words not at all. As i have said in this thread the media interactions, press conferences and everything else are key elements of the footballing world. But rather than offer constructive critisism the 'no' camp would rather SI just done away with them. The questions could be worded better, there could be more of them but how many would suffice? I think a better idea was the one in this thread about them being status relative and perhaps SI could look at refining which questions are asked under what circumstance.

I often see a lot of threads with people asking for opinons and views when what the topic starters really mean is "agree with mine or keep out" - i am glad you are not one of them .

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I don't want to get rid and that would annoy many. Yet I started this thread to vent frustrations and create debate. This 'aggressive no camp' is a bit odd. It works both ways. I want to create debate in order to better the already great game/simulator we have by suiting all audiences.

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I don't want to get rid and that would annoy many. Yet I started this thread to vent frustrations and create debate. This 'aggressive no camp' is a bit odd. It works both ways. I want to create debate in order to better the already great game/simulator we have by suiting all audiences.

Which is excellent, as i said i'm glad you are not one of them. But so many don't offer up any alternatives and would just prefer to come and complain.

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Personally I hate to rush through seasons and like to enjoy the match, training and tactical elements of the game.

Press conferences though can be repetitive if you are playing a number of matches in one sitting, so I prefer to let my asssitant take them. He is generally quite good, so I let him get on with it and if it has a negative effect on players then fine, that's my fault for not taking the PC myself and I see it as an extra challenge.

It's just annoying when I get a news item saying "Last time out you said Mr Mourinho is rubbish, what is your opinion now?". Well actually I said nothing of the sort, as I never speak about other managers, ever. It was probably my assistant, so ask him!

i can understand if someone does not want to do all the press conferences due to repetitiveness, that is why there are ways out such as ask assistant, i even use it sometimes like you.

What annoys me is people want to remove the feature which is like punching a hole on a football, you are dumbing down FM and making it less of what it's meant to be

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They're unbelievably repetitive and boring. As long as my assistant isn't a moron, I just send him. Would be nice if you could turn it off.

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No, and even though the tunnel interviews are an improvement (they are short and it seems like they shortened regular pressers instead), it still needs a serious revamp. I have no doubt that said revamp will be one of the main features in a future version. Basically it's a good concept but it needs randomization to keep things interesting. Design an RPG-like dialog tree with lets say 50 different answers, assign an identifier to each of them noting their differences as well and depending on the situation and context, and wording of the question, you should have different answers that actually mean something (choices and consequences). Not just "manager X answered Y the last time" but how about journos and tabloids actually calling you out for something you said a few months ago? I like the journos ringing you up and asking you one or two questions, those are much more interesting than the generic press conferences that ask the same things over and over and over.

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i can understand if someone does not want to do all the press conferences due to repetitiveness, that is why there are ways out such as ask assistant, i even use it sometimes like you.

What annoys me is people want to remove the feature which is like punching a hole on a football, you are dumbing down FM and making it less of what it's meant to be

True. Even though I don't use them myself, I don't think getting rid completely is a good idea. They just need some improvement. At the moment (and since they were introduced) they are repetitive, predictable and therefore boring. But they are a part of football management and I bet Brendan Rodgers is fed up of hearing the same questions over and over again.

What it needs is a major improvement, something which doesn't appear to have happened since it was first introduced.

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I like the idea of press conferences but i really feel we need more questions and i would also like it if they didn't ask you the same questions worded differently in the same press conference.

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Next thing you know we'll be trying to get rid of injuries. Its called Football Manager for a reason and I think the point is to simulate being a football manager..

I think they are meant to be annoying otherwise why else would someone pick a answer that may cause a negative effect. Like telling a guy to back off or storm out of the room? I personally chose one of those just because a guy asked me the same thing.

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True. Even though I don't use them myself, I don't think getting rid completely is a good idea. They just need some improvement. At the moment (and since they were introduced) they are repetitive, predictable and therefore boring. But they are a part of football management and I bet Brendan Rodgers is fed up of hearing the same questions over and over again.

What it needs is a major improvement, something which doesn't appear to have happened since it was first introduced.

i agree with you it needs major improvement, and yeah managers in real life would get annoyed if questions are always repeated, hopefully SI improves it to a more extent for FM 2016, the solution is not to remove it completely though.

That is the only solution i can think of is an OFF and ON Feature when setting up a new game in FM?

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The idea is great, the realization is terrible. As it is right now, it adds nothing to the game and takes away a lot.

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Because of the unavoidable repetitiveness of the questions and possible answers, these press talks do not add realism at all, but quite the opposite. They feel mechanical, automated, phoney. That's my humble opinion. I would like to have an option to play without them, even in the "full" game.

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It takes away the realism, immersion and time from doing other things :) having five predefined answers (plus 'no comment') to any question is anything but realistic (especially since most (all?) answers are basically "I strongly agree", "I somewhat agree", "I don't know", "I somewhat disagree" and "I strongly disagree"). And as I've said, they often (in FM14) miss important events in the game (referee errors, mostly) and focus on some completely irrelevant stuff. Or how I hate when I sell some nobody from the reserves, and then they keep asking me how I feel about him coming back to play against his former club EVERY time we play his new team.

Hmm, I might just as well fast-click 'no comment' to get through the press as quickly as possible. Now why didn't I think of that sooner? :D

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It takes away the realism, immersion and time from doing other things :) having five predefined answers (plus 'no comment') to any question is anything but realistic (especially since most (all?) answers are basically "I strongly agree", "I somewhat agree", "I don't know", "I somewhat disagree" and "I strongly disagree"). And as I've said, they often (in FM14) miss important events in the game (referee errors, mostly) and focus on some completely irrelevant stuff. Or how I hate when I sell some nobody from the reserves, and then they keep asking me how I feel about him coming back to play against his former club EVERY time we play his new team.

Hmm, I might just as well fast-click 'no comment' to get through the press as quickly as possible. Now why didn't I think of that sooner? :D

How about a button that says "Answer all questions with a "no comment", forever and always." And make it the default setting, even.

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How about a button that says "Answer all questions with a "no comment", forever and always." And make it the default setting, even.

You, Sir, read my mind :thup:

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If so I'd like to hear your views. The occasional new questions added every year 'bubble' has already burst. I find them far too repetitive and the pre-match interviewer questions drive me to boredom.

I respect that FM's reallistic etc but above all it's a game...

Views/opinions?

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It takes away the realism, immersion and time from doing other things :) having five predefined answers (plus 'no comment') to any question is anything but realistic (especially since most (all?) answers are basically "I strongly agree", "I somewhat agree", "I don't know", "I somewhat disagree" and "I strongly disagree"). And as I've said, they often (in FM14) miss important events in the game (referee errors, mostly) and focus on some completely irrelevant stuff. Or how I hate when I sell some nobody from the reserves, and then they keep asking me how I feel about him coming back to play against his former club EVERY time we play his new team.

Hmm, I might just as well fast-click 'no comment' to get through the press as quickly as possible. Now why didn't I think of that sooner? :D

Ask Allen Iverson how he feel about irrelevant questions...

Practice? we talking about practice? not the game I just played my heart out, but practice?

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It takes away the realism, immersion and time from doing other things :) having five predefined answers (plus 'no comment') to any question is anything but realistic (especially since most (all?) answers are basically "I strongly agree", "I somewhat agree", "I don't know", "I somewhat disagree" and "I strongly disagree"). And as I've said, they often (in FM14) miss important events in the game (referee errors, mostly) and focus on some completely irrelevant stuff. Or how I hate when I sell some nobody from the reserves, and then they keep asking me how I feel about him coming back to play against his former club EVERY time we play his new team.

Hmm, I might just as well fast-click 'no comment' to get through the press as quickly as possible. Now why didn't I think of that sooner? :D

I would have said it added to the realism, as they are part of a real football managers life, and they add to the immersion, as its another area you can be involve in. As for it takes time away from other things, its such a small amount of time, i really dont know what you your missing out on, by taking part in them.

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It takes away the realism, immersion and time from doing other things :) having five predefined answers (plus 'no comment') to any question is anything but realistic (especially since most (all?) answers are basically "I strongly agree", "I somewhat agree", "I don't know", "I somewhat disagree" and "I strongly disagree"). And as I've said, they often (in FM14) miss important events in the game (referee errors, mostly) and focus on some completely irrelevant stuff. Or how I hate when I sell some nobody from the reserves, and then they keep asking me how I feel about him coming back to play against his former club EVERY time we play his new team.

Hmm, I might just as well fast-click 'no comment' to get through the press as quickly as possible. Now why didn't I think of that sooner? :D

Agreed, it's like a filling a brief survey every 10 minutes.

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I would have said it added to the realism, as they are part of a real football managers life, and they add to the immersion, as its another area you can be involve in. As for it takes time away from other things, its such a small amount of time, i really dont know what you your missing out on, by taking part in them.

I'd say it doesn't add to the realism. The only realistic thing about them is that they exist. Every press conference for me is "OH GOD NOT AGAIN", but I do it because I don't want my assistant manager to annoy my whole squad. I'm actually a "Media friendly boss". Oh, the irony :D

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but I do it because I don't want my assistant manager to annoy my whole squad.

What exactly do you use your assistant for? Get one that's good at motivating and talking to the media then.

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I don't use the assistant for anything... Maybe for team reports and for individual team talks occasionally, and that's it. I've also turned off his advice during the match. Oh, right, I let him set some of the opposition instructions. I set the rest myself. The assistant isn't exactly the brightest bulb there is :p

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What exactly do you use your assistant for? Get one that's good at motivating and talking to the media then.

Yea seem like the on off button is already there. Got a Asst manager with those bad stats then expect bad results. If the asst man has great stats in those areas and you get bad results more often then you should, then you should report that as a bug..

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I noticed the other day, despite almost always responding in a calm fashion and having a full bar for handling the media, some journalists have a "fierce disliking" of me :D

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Yea seem like the on off button is already there. Got a Asst manager with those bad stats then expect bad results. If the asst man has great stats in those areas and you get bad results more often then you should, then you should report that as a bug..

Nobody is going to be perfect, including you. Hire a good Assistant and you don't have to worry about it again.

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Does anybody enjoy Press Conferences? Sometime but they should have options in preference menu where they turn off Press conferences or other things you dont want to make your game faster. Does anyone remember Premier League Manager on Amiga where you turn off some divisions or The Manager on Amiga where you turn off what you dont want :D

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Agreed, it's like a filling a brief survey every 10 minutes.

Great idea! SI could give out the game for free and have us fill in interest surveys in place of press conferences.

Or replace the pressers with football trivia questions instead. Get them all correct for a morale boost; fumble on the easy ones and lose respect from your squad.

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I find Press Conferences a pain as well. I'm surprised they haven't been taken out of the game, or at least players be given the option to hide them from view.

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I find Press Conferences a pain as well. I'm surprised they haven't been taken out of the game, or at least players be given the option to hide them from view.

That option is there, use your assistant and you will never see them again. Honestly it boggles the minds how people can just dismiss a fundamental part of the footballing world, Imagine if i started a thread on removing training or injuries because frankly they annoy me as much as some of you claim press conferences annoy you.

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What exactly do you use your assistant for? Get one that's good at motivating and talking to the media then.

This is what I do. I think a lot of FMers underestimate how useful an assistant manager can be. I let mine do all press conferences and team talks and he very rarely upsets my players and if he does, then it's only ever 1 at a time, never the whole squad.

To be honest, I am more likely to annoy more players than he does by saying something wrong in private chats.

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I like them. I don't buy the game for the press conferences or anything, but they add an important player managing tool, even if there is work on how the players react at times (this goes for team talks too). Anyone who has seen post-match conferences (they show them on a closed circuit in my clubs stadium), knows you don't need 500 questions, because they basically they ask the same 10 ones anyway. Sure, they word them differently every time, but more times than not it's "What did you like about your game", "What didn't you like" followed by a couple of questions about player X and Y. The thing I miss is that at least in Belgium managers would be side by side for them, giving the option to react immediately to what the other one says.

I do agree about press conferences in the lower leagues, they could be toned down. 5 questions about a player nobody but my scouts know or care about is a bit overkill.

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