Like many teenagers, I wiled away hour after hour throwing my life into making Torquay United not only a force in the Premier League, but the European Cup too.
This was, of course, not in real life but on football management sim Championship Manager – the greatest videogame of all time.
After a series of CMaholic Anonymous meetings, I managed to give up the addiction. (I knew things were serious when I was left in charge of my sister’s cat for a weekend. RIP Princess Fuzzykins.)
But now Infogame24 has released a beta version of its Golf Manager Live – the first golf management game which is now available for public tests.
Designed and created by golfers for golfers, says Infogame24, Golf Manager Live gives a unique opportunity to build a successful golf club where you will take charge of a team of up to ten golfers, training them and setting their tactics as they embark on a career on the fairways.
So, we asked the creators, who could be specifically interested in this game?
Well, it is said that only 5% golfers will break 80 on a regular basis, while not even 1% will turn pro. But everyone would like to. The game has been designed with these golfers in mind; those who would like to feel the thrill of the professional tour.
And how does it work? The user lead his or her virtual golfers from zero to hero, choosing sponsors, hiring coaches, enrolling in tournaments, buying equipment and setting different tactics for different true to life golf courses. If they’re good enough, they’ll make the Tour.
And that’s not all, because just like in real life, when your golfer starts winning tournaments, he or she also starts winning real money prizes. But unlike real life, it’s the manager who gets all those Swiss watches, iPads and gift cards, among others.
There is also a special ranking for managers. Because it would be difficult to monitor the list of a couple of thousand managers, they have been divided into Tours, each consisting of several sub-groups. And at the end of each season – a calendar week of Monday through Sunday – some managers advance to a higher Tour while some are relegated. This competition is also rewarded.
While in the beta version, strokeplay is the only format available, but the developers are already working on matchplay mode and team competitions.
But why are you still here reading about it? Go and try it out at www.golfmanagerlive.com.
Just don’t forget to feed the cat.
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Cant see this taking off. Like Alex I think Championship Manager is the best game of all time. I lost many a weekend to this in my youth, I remember my mum coming into my room as she hadnt really seen me for 2 day i would tell her its all revision for my exams.
But a golf management sim, cant really see how it would appeal even to golfers.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 13:03
Like I say in the piece, I played so much CM as a kid. A worrying amount, when I think back to it...
I remember going to my friend's house after school on a Friday night and we played it all through the night. His dad came in at about 8am and said: "You guys did go to bed, didn't you?"
I hate lying. I really do.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 17:29
I dont know how much time I lost to this game. I remember the first versions where you had to wait nearly 2 hours for the new season to load. Chris Bart Williams could play Defence,Midfield,Attack RLC. Then the programers put themselves in the game as Everton players, 2 of the best players in the game.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 17:35
I had that aswell Paddy. Remember the days of waiting 1 hour for a game to load only for it to crash just before the end.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 17:46
Back in 80s I wrote a BASIC program that simulated a tournament.156 players, staggered tee times, text commentary for key players and anyone in contention. Regularly updated leaderboards. A round took about 2 hours to complete.
And I wonder why it took me so long to find a girlfriend......
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 18:33
Champ Manager / Football Manager is great but pc version has too much going on for the casual gamer. However the ipod / iPhone version is similar to mid 90s version and great for gaming on the go. I'm travelling to and from London today and have been playing. Great fun.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 18:37
yeah im waiting for the iphone version to come out on Android. But I might be lost to my youth again, I wont have time for Golfmagic anymore. Quiet at the back
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 18:41
used to play football manager on the zx 81, loved it. Will have to have a go I think.
Bang goes my marriage.....
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 18:47
Paddy / Wes, what was the C64 game called? I had one on the Amstrad 464 (yeah, thanks dad!) and it was called something like The Match.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 18:59
The Match rings a bell. But im not sure what it was called. They were the days, kids now a days havent got a clue, my 4 year old niece has just got a 3d DS what the deuce
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 19:06
This is one of them, but I think I had another.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 19:08
We also had this. It took about 1.5hrs to load, and when kept crashing after take off. Took me and my dad about a week to realise you had to press U to bring the undercarriage up.
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 19:17
Looked at my gaming hours for last couple of football manager games, reads thus:
2009: 116 hrs - not bad!
2010: 299 hrs - getting worse...
2011: 488 hrs! Terrible
2012 36 hrs and counting and I'e not played it for ages!
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 23:26
Is FM coming out on Android?
Posted: 09/02/2012 at 23:57
i hope so, i dont see why not. I dont think some people have caught on that more people have Android phones than Apple. Sky should listen to this.
The only problem they have with Android is that there are so many phone specs to try and work on.
Posted: 10/02/2012 at 07:08