Tuesday, May 16, 2006

BBC Football - World Cup Online Wall Chart

BBC Football and the World Cup

“The finest online wallchart.” FHM.com

“A marvellous invention," FourFourTwo
"This team drags ancient tradition into the 21st century..." Web User

Despite the very positive reviews from these publications, I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting much from this Wallchart, except just an onscreen version of the usual newspaper or magazine wallchart. But I have to say, I LOVE IT!

The Fibonacci Online World Cup Wall Chart was invented by a small software house in time for the 2002 World Cup. They had an amazing 25,000 downloads – pre-broadband!

So what’s the 2006 version like? New, improved and brilliantly updated. The World Cup Wall Chart is basically an interactive, electronic version of traditional paper wallcharts that have been so popular for decades. But to call it a wallchart is really doing it a disservice – its soooo much more. It’s actually a brilliant piece of interactive software, with which you can:

· Keep track of all the scores, or just click to download them.
· Record all the goals scored and penalties taken.
· Get the groups automatically updated
· Get the winners automatically progressed to the next stage
· Set up your own “What if” scenarios
· Get ALL the info on the teams and venues, including web links.
· Check out an overwhelming amount of stats, which you can customize to suit yourself
· Even play a built-in game that is cleverly hidden in the chart!
· Organise your office or club sweepstakes. The chart will keep track of who has paid and who hasn’t!

And much, much more…

I’ve got to say that this compares to the usual newspaper wallcharts, like a Ferrari F360 compares to a horse and cart. As we get closer to the start of the World Cup, all the newspapers will be releasing their gimmicky World Cup wallcharts, and usually, I would be one of the first to pin one up on my work desk, use it to organize the office sweepstake and then painstakingly fill it out after every game. But to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to take them seriously again!!

The Guardian newspaper – not exactly the most excitable publication - sums up this great little piece of software brilliantly when it said about the original version; "It's not quite as thrilling as shouting yourself hoarse on the terraces, or as moving as feeling the blazing oriental sun drying the inevitable tears of disappointment as they cascade down your face, but its the next best thing."

Download your copy of the Fibonacci Online World Cup Wall Chart HERE.

BBC Football and the World Cup


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