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A painful and jarring adjustment period

This is probably the hardest time of the year, and in fact I have just figured out why I’ve felt so utterly out of it for the last few weeks. You see, once a year, every year, without fail, this comes around and messes with my head. It causes stress, consternation and a general feeling of uncomfortableness with ones surroundings.

It is, of course, the Football Manager Adjustment Period.

You see, to the untrained eye it may appear that each instalment of Football Manager is little more than an incremental update in a yearly series guaranteed to sell millions. To you plebeians I say this: shut up and get out of my face before I have you gunned down by my own private military unit I will have set up solely to have you, as mentioned, gunned down.

For you see, while there may often only be incremental updates between a lot of Football Manager games, anyone who plays the series knows that it’s a lot more than that. Tweaks to the user interface mean you end up losing one or two buttons. Changes to how you sign a player mean you miss the new, exciting option to offer them a different clause in their contract. And, of course, there’s the fact that your tactics never work from one edition of the game to the next.

Every year, without fail, we committed players have to sit down and work out a new way of winning everything with Everton. Every year we have to go through countless variations on the same 4-5-1 theme until we come up with something workable. Either that or we have to wait until the really talented people release their own tactics online.

But it’s a dance we love. A dance I love. It may be difficult and stressful, having to cope with such an adjustment period, but all the same – it is a beautiful thing.

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Leaving on a jet plane again

THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM THE DESK OF IAN DRANSFIELD BA/BSC (HONS) (2:2) NCTJ PRE-ENTRY QUALIFIED AND ABOUT 6’ 3’’ TALL. DICTATED, NOT READ.

I will be out of the country for a few days on business. Haha, business. I’m going to Summerslam. As this is the case, I am not sure if I will be able to keep up on the daily updates thing. There will be free time and I assume they have some spare internet going in Los Angeles, but I think it’s safer to assume I may fail for a few days.

Rest assured, however, the updates will be made in full and in good time on my return. Should I miss any in the first place, that is. I managed okay last time around, after all. Though that was mainly motivated by the amazing pulled pork sandwich I had, which I still have erotic dreams about to this day.

As I am well beyond the halfway mark now it would be foolish to simply let myself slack off, so please note that even if I don’t manage to get my updates in every day it’s not through lack of trying. I will try to pull myself away from whatever it is we’re going to do over there to give you 300 or so words that lose their focus 100 in and never recover. I won’t, however, try and include a hilarious image like normal, as my tiny laptop simply can’t handle the concept of… umm… I’m trying to stretch this lie out and it’s not working.

I am hungry, so I think I will have scrambled egg now. Or some other form of egg. That’s ‘now’ as in last night to you people reading this now now, as ‘now’ for me is when I was writin… I mean ‘dictating’ this statement. But not reading it. Oh no, I wouldn’t waste my time reading it.

So long, suckers!

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One previous owner

Having picked up Terminator 2 (Skynet Edition) on Blu-ray recently, I am now the proud owner of the Greatest Film Ever Made in no less than five different forms: pirated VHS, purchased VHS, director’s cut recorded from TV on VHS, Ultimate Edition DVD and finally this latest addition. I know you’re impressed. I am. After all, who wouldn’t want to have lots of different versions of what is essentially the same film, just with added bits here and there and different audio tracks or varying visual fidelity? Only a fool, quite clearly. Though I’m obviously not totally committed as I’ve missed out on a couple of other releases. I’ll blame a hangover, or something.

This made me think of all the times I’ve ‘traded up’ on something that really didn’t need to be changed or improved upon at all. One of the best examples was buying series one to four of South Park on their original UK releases, only to dump them when the American releases came about years later. Why? Umm… five minute commentaries on episodes? Yes, that’ll do as a reason, I’m sure. Granted, the UK versions were essentially retired at series four, but I’m sure even if I’d owned more of them I’d have been more than happy to trade up.

But why? What’s the point? Some barely-recognisable benefit over the original? Terminator 2 is the best example of this, with the Blu-ray release offering nothing over the mega-super-ultra DVD which was re-released about fifteen different times, beyond an increased visual quality that’s not that much of an increase over the upscaled DVD on my not-that-great TV.

And you know what? I couldn’t give two sods about it. I’m going to keep on buying these incremental updates to the movies I love. I would make that into a magical List of Three, with something like ‘movies I love, games I play and albums I listen to’ but, well – that would be a lie. It’s only movies that really get away with this behaviour. I’m still waiting on the Aliens series to be released on Blu-ray so I can upgrade my already upgraded-once-from-VHS-twice-from-DVD series, and as for Star Wars? Well that’s pushing into T2 territory for Most Updated award.

It could be argued that games fall into this trap, mind you, with the incremental yearly updates of sports games (and lately things like Call of Duty). I do tend to upgrade once a year, on the dot when something with next year in its title comes along. See: FIFA, Football Manager, Smackdown vs Raw etc. This, of course, ignores the likes of Resident Evil which – while it has been re-released countless times – hasn’t seen much in the way of incremental updates. More: no updates at all. I still haven’t let them off for the Gamecube versions of Resi 2 and 3.

It’s interesting, but I can’t be bothered analysing the behaviour or why I do it. Nor am I going to bother trying to correct it or limit it in any way. After all, they might release another version of Predator soon, and that’s something the whole world needs.

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