Sports Stories: Why are there few of them?

Wow, that’s not good. I’ll look at it and sort out a patch to fix that.

Edit: it seems to reset to the start the first time you choose a player, then work the second time. I’ll get it fixed.

Edit2: I’ve found the error and corrected it. Now to submit it and wait for apple to approve…


Thanks Andy. I’ve tried playing it a few times but can never get past the player selection. Look forward to it.

Football (soccer) one would be brilliant.

There would have to be a fine balance between the on and off pitch exploits, on top of the time frame as well. I mean you’ve got from 13 years of age in the youth academies to 35+ if you were to really push it. That’s a lot of years to cover, a lot of stories that would need to be contained within the story if it was done as a yearly chapter…

My way is probably a bloated way though, but I wouldn’t be too comfortable with a story that skips stages or elements of a sporting career, unless it was extremely well written enough to make me forget that!

It could take time for the update to go through. In the meantime I’ll post an alternative link in The Race thread. Expect to see it in a few hours when I can get to a PC.

Edit: here’s a link to The Race thread and the game.

im working on a title right now, but the next one i have planned is a football (soccer) management game, management is the best for choice stories as you dont need so much math easier to code. Games like football manager have a big following and you could steal some customers from a place like steam with people looking for sport sim games ( i have been looking for a good one for a while hence were the game idea came from)

So, what the over all opinion is that a sports game that would be centered on story, not the actual sport, would be welcomed?


EDIT: just realized that this was 7 months ago… Sorry for reopening thread!

It’s okay to post on topics such as these which are discussions. Although, when doing so, it’s best to ensure that your post adds something to the discussion.

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Actually kind of glad this floated back to the surface while I was browsing.

To answer the original inquiry, yeah I’d play a sports game. I watch a lot of different sports (football, NFL, NBA, some tennis etc) if not a lot of a single sport.

I think in any of those and more besides there’s a story to be told, willpower, self discipline, camaraderie, all that good stuff. I don’t think though that it necessarily needs to come at the expense of the game itself, even in a team game like basketball there’s decisions that need to be made by individuals, whether they play their role or maybe try to adjust their game for whatever reason and all of them have potential off court consequences if your team perhaps don’t feel you’re holding your end up.

I could go for anything in those first three examples, though to be totally honest I’d love to see a killer narrative centred around basketball if only to put that Spike Lee joint in NBA2K16 to shame.


Don’t remind me about NBA2K16 .They brought in a story but for the most part killed player choice present in previous games. I guess 2k has to find the right balance between story and player choice for their next release.

Does Slammed count as a sport’s story? But yeah I’d be interested in a sports based game.

Most people would say it’s borderline on account of the whole pro wrestling kayfabe thing (did I mention I used to be something of a smark?) but I’d say the spirit is more or less the same.

Ultimately you can make a good gane about almost anything. The closest to a sports setting I have seen would be Slammed, professional wrestling. I am not into the subkect but I loved the game. The biggest problem I would see with a sports oriented game would be the relatively low stakes. No end of the world if you lose a game (even if the BRONCOS FREAKING LOST TO THE FREAKING RAIDERS)

Is there any football manager choice of games out there or soccer manager ones out there

There was a football/soccer game WIP, but the game was never complete… the demo is still working

Penalty kick-A football/soccer story

Edit : Here is the link


Yea I like to see different sports stories than the very well done and short baseball one. I saw a wip for basketball I think it was call swish and it start nicely and I liked the build up, but it was never completed.

So, due to current circumstances, I’ve started to wander around the forums to find interesting reads. Can’t say I’m disappointed l, the writers here are vey creative and inspiring, and I’ve stumbled across some very good contents in the process😁.

One thing I’ve come to notice is that, there is a curious lack of sports-related contents. There are probably four completed games that have sports as a fundamental base (those being The Fielder’s Choice, Slammed!, Street Jam: The Rise and Drag Stars). There are some interesting ideas in the forums, but sadly the authors have left those unfinished.

So my real question is, why there is a lack of sports content here? Is it due to the lack of interest or is it simply too hard to write?

PS: Since I typed this on mobile, typos are unfortunately, inevitable.

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Although I’d enjoy basically any sports related stuff, recently I’ve began to be take interest in racing, F1 to be precise. I would love to see a racing game, bc there’s a lot more in racing than just driving fast. There’s strategies, rivalries between pilots( in the same team as well), politics involved, disparities between big scuderias like ferrari and small ones, rifts between drivers and staff. To end, I think this field offers a lot of content to be explored, and I imagine I’m not the only one who feels like this.


I think some of the earlier posts have gotten the gist of it – a mechanics-heavy game focusing upon the player’s actions in the sporting event would be rather clunky, and a more narratively-driven one focusing on “behind the scenes” stuff with determined sporting event scenes would probably be feasible. While a management game can be pretty exciting – I know I’ve put enough hours into Motorsport Manager – the amount of stuff to be covered in such a game, I think, is a bit too much to code or cover.

A sports game might also run the risk of having too many characters to have to keep track of (especially team games, or those over multiple seasons), which can hamper their development and player attachment. Another downside might be each sporting event feeling a bit too “samey” to non-fans, so you’d need to make sure each one is clearly distinct. And there’s also the issue of making sure non-fans understand what’s going on, while being accurate enough for fans to not take issue.

I would like to see an F1-inspired game though, come to think of it. It’s certainly had a load of strange things occurring in races that would be ample fodder for switching things up and would artificially explain why certain races are such high stakes. I think it would have to be largely restrained to one or two seasons in detail (probably with a flashback to Not!F2/Karting), though, and probably to one team, so that you could develop the Team Principal and Engineers as characters. You could still have politics and driver rivalries, though.