German video games – 2 – Football Manager – Soccer Manager

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I used to play them with my cousins or friends: Football or Soccer Management Games. They are good examples for Hot-Seat-Games. These games let you play together at only one computer, because they are round-based-games.

The most memorable game for me is „Bundesliga Manager Hattrick“.

First you decide which soccer team you want to train and manage. You´re the coach and the manager at the same time.
Do you want to start with a top-team like Bayern Munich, and go for the national cup or Champions Leauge cup? Or do you want to start with a team, which plays in the second or third leauge?

The first thing you see after creating your character is the enormous options you have. You can transfer players, build up your stadium…You decide, what your players do in the training sessions, which tactics they use etc. It has great depth.
Every coach has other priorities and different playing styles will emerge.

The first goal is to win the national cup. If you achieve this, you can become the national coach.

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German video games – 1 – The Settlers

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Germany is famous for beer, bratwurst and BMW. But in the game business, they are also famous for strategy and simulation games.

I like simulations and strategy games. I don´t have a good computer to play the newest ones, like Civ V or Star Craft 2. I have two consoles, but almost everybody will have the same opinion like me: These games are meant to be played on a PC with mouse and keyboard.

Because I can´t play this newer video games, I thought, it would be nice to remember the classics.

Settlers 2

The first game I want to introduce to you, or maybe you know it, is „The Settlers“, in german „Die Siedler“. It´s a game in which you can build your own kingdom. The game has a complex resource tree: There are producing building, which grow crops or mine minerals. These goods are transported to other buildings, which make bread or weapons of them.

Every citizen of your kingdom has a job. Most of them transport goods from one building to another. The other settlers have a profession, like baker or miner.

To expand your little village you have to build barracks. These will widen your borders and you can reach further places from your castle.

In these baracks are soldiers, who will fight your enemies. You can send them to the enemy´s barracks to conquer new land.

Settlers 6

It was a successful game and they reached the 7th installment of it in 2010.

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