Exclusive FM2011 blog with Miles Jacobson day four: new press conference questions revealed!

Yesterday I blogged about the new news system and some of the new media in FM11 and today’s continues from there by talking about the revamped press conferences.

Press conferences are what Id describe as a 'marmite' feature of the Football Manager series. You either love 'em, or hate 'em. Which is why the option is there to ask your assistant to do them for you if you fall in the latter camp!

âMe, I love them. But I also acknowledge that in last year's release they weren't as good as they could have been.

For those of you who've never played Football Manager before, the way press conferences work is that a bunch of journalists turn up from different publications, including MirrorFootball of course, and ask you questions, giving you five choices of answer.

They were actually one of the first features we worked on for Football Manager 2011, with an early decision made to go through every single question (well over 300 of them at that stage) and make sure that the answers were more in keeping with the situation that your club was in. Basically, there weren't enough possible answer sets, and now there are.

We have also changed the way you reply to the questions. Previously you chose your answer and then pressed the confirm button, and our usability studies showed that this frustrated people, so we now use a 'one click' system. Make sure you think about your answer before choosing it, or you could find yourself with some very unhappy players!

We've also added a bunch of new questions - well over 100 - meaning the total amount of questions is over 500 now, including many that are triggered by the new system we have in place for working out how well (or badly!) your team are doing, to ensure that the questions you are asked really are specific to your team, rather than being generic.

The new system is also a lot more 'clever'. It can recognise when you've rested a player, how fans feel towards new signings, when you've re-signed a player, how important the forthcoming match is and the above mentioned better logic for choosing the answer set.

One of the complaints that we've had on the system is that it gets a bit repetitive, so hopefully the extra questions will make it less so - although as someone who spends a lot of time doing interviews each year, it happens in real life too. You wouldn't believe how many times I get asked exactly the same questions each year, including many in every interview!

So I can't promise that you won't see questions more than once because, simply, you will - but we're trying to simulate real life here, and it happens!

There's not nearly enough space on the internet to go detail every new press conference question that's in the game, but here are a few of my favourites:

- Questions about the club's ex-manager when you take over a club (particularly if they've been successful)

- Questions regarding new signings after they've played for a few matches

- Specific questions for special competitions, like the Community Shield.

- A new press conference following draws for major tournaments if your team are involved with them.

- Questions regarding team selection when the manager may be considering rotating and/or resting players.

- Signing former players and the reaction that will have around the club and amongst the supporters.

- Questions asked when milestones have been reached both by clubs and players.

- A whole host of new Cup-related questions.

Right, that's it for today, and for this week! I'll be back on Monday to reveal some more secrets about Football Manager 2011, but you'll have to wait and see what it will be!

One thing that I'll be blogging about properly in the coming weeks is the new social network features that are in Football Manager 2011 for the first time.

If you want a sneak preview of how they work, you might want to follow me on Twitter if you are on there, as I’ll be “testing” the game this weekend, and the Twitter functionality is one of the things I’ll be testing. You can follow me @milessi

Have a great weekend, and good luck to all of the teams you support everywhere in the world. Except for Sheffield United, who are playing my beloved Watford….

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