Hi. My name is Jeremy. Two of my favorite things are basketball and programming, so I created [Basketball GM](https://basketball-gm.com).
Basketball GM is a single-player basketball simulation game. Make trades, set rosters, draft players, and try to build the next dynasty, all from within your web browser.
But this isn't Basketball GM, it's Football GM! Basketball GM is the original, but [at some point](/blog/2019/04/welcome/) I decided to take on the challenge of building two sports simulation games rather than one. I hope Football GM grows to be as awesome as Basketball GM has been!
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I actually haven't played a ton of other sports simulation games, but my favorite one is Baseball Mogul. I haven't played it recently, but I played it a lot many years ago. My favorite thing about Baseball Mogul was that it was pretty simple. It didn't force you to micromanage everything. Although there was a lot of power under the hood, you could also just jump in and start playing right away.
Based on this concept, my goal is for Football GM to be a simple yet realistic simulation. If simplicity and realism butt heads, simplicity will usually win.
The NFL is an influence of course, since it is by far the most prominent professional football league. But Football GM is not an NFL simulator. There are myriad nuances of NFL rules and regulations that would be incredibly tedious for players, so I avoid them.
Finally, I am strongly opposed to the "freemium" trend in gaming, recently popularized by FarmVille and Candy Crush and tons of other insanely profitable games. These games are not designed for maximal enjoyment. They're fun enough to keep you playing, of course, but the real goal of them is to be annoying enough that they convince you to buy artificial power-ups within the game. This is a complete perversion of market incentives that normally should be perfectly aligned with the user's best interest: the more fun the game is, the more people will play. Football GM will always have that as its primary goal.
If you want to know more about the development history of Basketball GM (which Football GM is based on), read this blog post.