DigitalSingalX, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the complexity of sports and the investment required to compete at a high level. One of the reasons I find the polarisation that clearly DOES exist among many daft is that I was once a relatively high level sportsperson, but one who identified most with a crowd generally associated with music etc rather than sport - it really did work that way to an extent as a school student. Of course, anyone with a brain could see beyond it, but the ‘popular’… um, jockish types? They themselves tended not to be excellent at the sport, just played it because it was what was expected. I’ve played football to an OK level too, and follow a team, but do find that some of the stereotpyes about football fans are with some foundation. I was just speculating as to why it’s not really an en-vogue topic at RPS, though I see the fantasy football league exists!
Mothbones, I’m sure you weren’t the only one. This is shades of grey and so on, but there are general trends. Of course, ironically, many of the ‘jock’ types spend far more time on consoles than self-proclaimed gamers… And in you not finding a contradiction, that was my position. I was just saying that for many, you seemed to have to be in one camp or the other. Some of my friends were actually anti-sport, which is no less pathetic than ‘sports-types’ being fundamentally opposed to anything vaguely leftfield.
As for the competition… I think PES is a genuine improvement this year, but while I’m grateful for that, I think Konami never make enough progress with each iteration. I’m assuming this could be a budgetary or staff team size thing, but wonder if it might be a japanese development culture issue. I fail to see why they have never worked on commentary (not that important to me but so vastly superior in Fifa) and presentation, or better LOD settings and so on, but the thing that bothers me most is that many things could be a lot better with what I believe to be minimal effort. It’s as if they only have one area they can focus on each year. They vaguely murmur about architecture of the backend causing this kind of issue, but if that’s the case there’s no excuse… As an example, how hard could it really be to include third kits? They have gone backwards in some areas which is baffling. The licensing they can’t help, but why not have LOADS of empty leagues and let you structure them any way you want? That, coupled with an editing community that does exist, would massively improve the scope and appeal of the game for many. One of the key reasons I’d consider FIFA, apart from it being 100x better than three years ago, is that it has lower leagues. I like Master league, but why not have a proper 4-tier structure possible? It simply can’t be that difficult to add, yet they don’t.