Monday, December 7, 2009

What is this blog about?

This blog is going to be reviews and personal opinions of online Sports Manager games. These things are a lot of fun, and are HUGE in Europe, but are becoming much more popular stateside. It's basically like playing Dynasty mode on Madden, only you don't actually play the games, and all of the other teams are managed by other players. You can sign and draft youth players, put players on Transfer, juggle lineups and game tactics, Strive to get your best player on his nation's national team, train up your young'ins, expand your arena, and most importantly, lead your team to championships.

Most of them are set up similar to the European soccer system. Each nation is divided into divisions, and you promote to the next division by winning championships (or sometimes placing 2nd or 3rd). Also, there are not really trades. Most player movement is done through a "transfer market" where you can sell your players and buy other peoples'.

You typically play 2 or 3 games per week on a set weekly schedule. Many have "nation wide" type tournaments, where all of the teams are thrown into a big single-elimination bracket, and they play until there is a national champion. Imagine if all of the USBL, ABA, NBA, NBDL, NCAA, and High School teams were to play in one big tournament. There are also national league teams, which are managed by a separate manager, much like you would see with a Olympic team or other National team where players are called up. Luckily, in these manager games, playing on a National Team won't keep players from playing on their own team.

If you are a sports nut, you will love these games. They are like Fantasy games on Steroids. Let me know what your favorite manager game is, and we'll check it out! I'm currently playing about 15 or 20 of these, so it might take me a while to get through them all, but I'll do it!

From time to time, we'll also check out other types of online gaming, but our main focus will be on these manager games.O

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