I need some help from the videogame-inclined out there in the audience. Thanks to my accidental discovery of the Fox Soccer Channel on my cable system, I've become somewhat enamored of the futbol. I'd like to play it the way I play all sports I enjoy - in my pajamas, on my couch, preferably with a Jones Green Apple Soda or tasty beer (Magic Hat #9, Newcastle Brown Ale, Guinness... whichever is available) within reach. So I'm wondering if anyone out there can recommend a decent footy game for me?

Keep in mind that I'm looking for something I can just pick up and play every now and again. I don't need an insanely detailed game with nine million obscure control configurations for each possible game situation. I'm looking for more of an arcade-style soccer game than a sim, you dig? Not that I'm opposed to the likes of the FIFA or Winning Eleven games, mind you, they just look really difficult.

Also, affordable would be nice.

So anything people could suggest would be great. Thanks.

In other video game stuff you could care less about, I rented Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction today, and it's easily as fun as everyone says. You can make with the "HULK SMASH!" very easily in the game, as just about everything you encounter can be smashed and/or thrown. Even people and wildlife. Hee!

Here's a recreation of a fun thing I did on the game this morning:

(Hulk charges a soldier shooting at him)


SOLDIER: OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Hulk picks up soldier and throws him at approaching helicopter)


SOLDIER (voice trailing off as he flies through the air with the greatest of ease): AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh....


(soldier hits side of helicopter, does no damage whatsoever)

SFX: fump.

PILOT: Um...


And that was the Bill Doughty PS2 Players' re-creation of "The Fun Thing I Did on the Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Game This Morning. This programming was brought to you by an Unready To Learn / No Teacher Left Standing Grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education and Readers Like You. Thank you!

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