An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary
Featuring some of Football Manager’s creators and famous fans from the worlds of football and entertainment, 'An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary' examines the game’s enduring appeal and how it has seeped into and influenced the culture of the world’s favourite game.
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Positive (48 reviews) - 95% of the 48 user reviews for this video are positive.
Release Date: Mar 24, 2015

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Featuring contributions from some of Football Manager’s creators and famous fans from the worlds of football and entertainment, 'An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary' examines the game’s enduring appeal and how it has seeped into and influenced the culture of the world’s favourite game.

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    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
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    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Positive (48 reviews)
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Queerus
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
Relatable <3
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Guybrush Threepwood
2.3 hrs
Posted: January 27
A superb and entertaining documentary adressing all fm / cm addicted gamers; the funny things they've done for the sake of a virtual reality, players; along with the real people and footballers who are into the game and how they use it. Any football fan who are into games would like this, good work SI!
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Lio
2.2 hrs
Posted: January 23
If you think FM ruin your life, ruin it a little bit more watching this Documentary :)
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Jon M
1.2 hrs
Posted: December 2, 2015
A good documentary about the game.

That is if you can stand the horrible product placement by Apple. Really cringeworthy.
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HEISENBERG
0.3 hrs
Posted: November 10, 2015
UYEEE
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Blanchflower
1.3 hrs
Posted: November 3, 2015
I finally know how Paul and Oliver Collyer look like. Jokes aside, I wished that there were English subtitles for this video. Reason being, there is a guy who speaks in Italian for about a minute and I cannot understand what he is saying.

Apart from this, this is a great documentary on Football Manager. I highly recommend this for the hardcore Football Manager players.
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joe
2.1 hrs
Posted: November 2, 2015
helps the wife understand the world, (serious) business and obsession with Football Manager
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SoloMan
0.8 hrs
Posted: November 1, 2015
nice
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Joe
0.2 hrs
Posted: October 28, 2015
Brilliant watch for any football manager fan! Even had my beloved Derby County featured! UP THE RAMS!
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Lule graves
1.3 hrs
Posted: October 27, 2015
FM is love, FM is life
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
151 of 182 people (83%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 25, 2015
I'm not sure why people are so negative on the forums about this documentary, because it's quite good. To be clear; this is not some crappy fan project, it is very well shot, has good narration and has been edited professionally. If you are complaining about the price, that's fair. But I will get to that later.

What is it about?
At first I thought this would be a documentary about fans and their experiences with Football Manager. Turns out it's about way more than that. It is about pretty much everything regarding the game. From actual football managers (like Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Demetrio Albertini) using data from the game to scout players and create tactics, football players (like Andros Townsend and Will Hughes) who play the game and desperately try to buy themselves. It's about how the developers had to transition from Championship Manager to Football Manager, how Electronic Arts rejected their initial pitch for Championship Manager. It's about the motion capture involved with the game now it features a 3D engine, how there are a lot of people from all over the world working for Sports Interactive to help them put data in the game. It's about hidden gems in the older FM games and how their actual real life career turned out. I can go on and on, but you get the idea.

Is it any good?
Yes! I really like how much variety there is in this documentary. They never get stuck on one subject and it's got a nice flow. For a 70 minutes long documentary I think that's quite impressive. It also has a nice variety in the people getting interviewed. There's the fans obviously, but also football players, commentators, developers, researchers, etc. This documentary can be watched by people who don't know anything about Football Manager while still being interesting enough for the hardcore fans. It won't bury you in statistics, but the experiences the fans share will be very recognizable for people who play the game. Talking about the fans, I have to say there are some cringeworthy scenes from people supposedly playing the game and reacting to it which seem a little exaggerated and feel forced. What I like most about the documentary is the stories people share and how it all connects to Football Manager. From a guy who one day decides to start playing with a Bulgarian squad and ends up going there on his honeymoon, to Alex Mcleish asking Barcelona if he could loan Messi when he was coach at Rangers at 2002 because his son saw his stats in Football Manager (and almost ending up with Andrés Iniesta!). It's all these stories that give it character and make it worth watching. It's very recognizable for me personally as well. It reminds me of the time my friend was really into Football Manager. He was always playing with Yeovil Town, he knew all the players and was leading them to the Premier League each year. When I was on holiday in England I decided to go and visit Yeovil and was teasing him about it, posting pictures and such. He couldn't be more jealous. It's amazing how a simple videogame can help create all these great experiences.

Conclusion
If you're a Football Manager fan, you should buy this. It gives you a great insight in your favorite game and it might surprise you along the way. You might be thinking that the price is too high right now and I would agree. I bought it during the launch sale with a 30% discount which I think is worth it, but I don't think it's worth the full price. I would have liked to see a big discount for people who own a Football Manager game on Steam to give something back to the loyal fans, which there are a lot of. Ultimately it's up to you if you think it's worth it.

Pros
  • Well shot
  • Good narration
  • Variety

Cons
  • Some cringeworthy scenes
  • Price

(It says 0 hrs on record because Steam doesn't track it properly. Don't worry, I did actually watch it!)
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
"I go upstairs and mum knew I wasn't looking at pornography. She knew i Was looking for wing backs" FM is love, FM is life..
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
For those who never really understood the obsession with the game, this documentary really hits home. Great job, really interesting stuff. A lot I didn't know such as that the software is used by real teams. Loved 2015, can't wait to play 2016. Bye bye money, bye bye girlfriend, bye bye degree, bye bye life.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
A superb and entertaining documentary adressing all fm / cm addicted gamers; the funny things they've done for the sake of a virtual reality, players; along with the real people and footballers who are into the game and how they use it. Any football fan who are into games would like this, good work SI!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
light hearted documentary, good laugh if you're in the FM circle. i got it free with the pre-order of FM16 though if had to pay £8 for it, I'd say no.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Now when I first found this in my inventory after pre-ordering FM16 I thought it was going to be a silly fan project but it turns out its much more than that. It’s a very interesting documentary that even includes real managers such as former Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær and how he uses it to scout players and create tactics using the game, there’s also cameos from professional players such as Tottenham’s
Andros Townsend and Will Hughes who play the game to waste time on trips and joke about buying themselves on their saves. You can also learn about some of the history of the game like when they originally had the idea way back then and pitched it to Electronic Arts but they declined as they felt this game wouldn't succeed and how Sega bought the rights to the game and how the developers transitioned from Championship Manager to Football Manager and took the engine with them, It also talks about the tech in the game and how you needed a lot of imagination back then since what was happening was only written as text and then the graphics evolved from dots to 3D graphics. It also talks about the transition from handmade animations to motion capture after the transition to 3d and shows you how motion capture works with some AFC Wimbledon players. One of my favorite topics is probably the large database and how many clubs use it due to the large number of people that scout and get information for Sports Interactive games. One topic that many long time Football manager players might enjoy is about some of the In-game legends such as Freddy adu and how some of them were fan favorites in the game but haven't had the same success in real life.

This is a brilliant documentary with a lot of variety that all types of FM fans will enjoy. It’s very good for a 70 minute documentary and it has excellent flow and transition. There’s a great variety of people getting interviewed such as players of the game, developers, players, commentators, scouts and even professional football managers! What's great about this documentary is that it’s good enough to get people who have never played the game interested but there's also some very interesting information for hardcore fans and I feel many of the experiences shared by the fans can be relatable to hardcore fans though some moments are too cringe worthy and forced. The most wonderful thing about this documentary is how it’s able to connect the game to many real life experiences. There’s a fan who plays with a national team in Europe and one day travels there with his wife to watch a 2nd division game, to former football manager Alex McLeish of Glasgow Rangers, inquiring Barcelona if he could get Lionel Messi on loan because his son saw his stats in Football Manager and told him "This youngster will become the greatest player in the world" and almost ended up with current Barcelona captain Iniesta! It's these stories that make it charming and relate-able to many fans.


So in short, you should definitely looks into this if you're a FM fan as it’s a brilliant insight on the game and its history. If you haven't played it before but want to get into it, it’s a wonderful way to learn about the game and its community and how it's even used by many professionals in the sport. The price is a bit too high in my opinion but you can get it for free if you pre-order FM16 but if you aren't planning to pre-order it I’d recommend waiting as I feel it’s a little high.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
give subtitle please :c , i dont understand what people say on this documentary
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
Lovely Video. Football Manager is Life, Life is Football Manager
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
this is what football manager needs to know, this is how Sega need to make fm known. Great job in the documentary.

All hail FOOTBALL MANAGER DEVS :d
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
"It is made by football fans, for football fans."

A well-crafted documentary of how a computer game could have a big impact in real life, and how real life could help improving the game's quality every year. A must watch for the CM/FM series lover, i.e., everyone.
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