It's in the game...
So, FIFA 06 is released today, to the sound of much joy from every Tom, Dick and Scally PS2 owner the country over. But walking into Gamestation today, with them playing it out over screens all over the shop (we never had big plasma screens in Gamestation Southport when I worked there, let me tell you!), something about the game struck me - longtime FIFA commentary man John Motson (who's been on the games since FIFA '97, and has got through Andy Gray, Chris Waddle, Mark Lawrenson and Ally McCoist as commentary partners) seems to have been replaced with... Clive Tyldsley.
I wonder if they've recorded and programmed in a load of occurrences of him going on about "that magical night in Barcelona"? Irrespective of whether or not you're playing (a) a European match or (b) as Manchester United?
While we're on the subject (see post title), what the hell kind of a stupid slogan for a games company is "It's in the game?" It originally used to be "If it's in the game, it's in the game", which was pretty neat - you know, if it's in the "real" game, it's in the computer game (although the FIFA games have never had players spitting at each other, throwing stuff at the crowd or sarcastically applauding referees, but it can only be a matter of time). Apparently, though, the aforementioned Tom, Dick and Scallies can't cope with an advertising slogan longer than a couple of syllables, and given that these are the sort of people these games are aimed at (cf the lamentable FIFA Street, an attempt to make a footy game with hip-hop "street cred"), the slogan that actually makes sense has to go, to be replaced with a meaningless buzz phrase.