I’m starting to worry that College Football 25 could destroy lives, jobs and families.

The decade-long wait for a new college football video game is almost over. In less than two weeks, EA Sports will finally release College Football 25 to a loyal video game fanbase hungry for the franchise’s first update since 2013. It’s a day many never dreamed possible until NIL entered the sport, providing the opportunity to relaunch the game with real student athletes. The deluxe version will be released on July 16; the regular version will be available on July 19.

As a preview, EA spent the past few weeks teasing us with trailers, first looks, and a dynasty deep dive on Tuesday. The deep dive provided the first look at Kentucky football in-game. Though brief, we did get a look at Kroger Field and the Wildcats’ team standings.

Tuesday’s dynasty deep dive also raised a concern:

Is this going to be a full-time job?

As I watched Kirk Herbstriet narrate all the new features of dynasty mode, my excitement for the game turned to the realization that this was going to be a lot of work. Kirk mentioned tasks like recruiting high school players, retaining players, recruiting portal, retaining assistant coaches, hiring new assistant coaches, and maintaining a coach archetype — whatever that means — to run this dynasty. That seems like a lot to do beyond just playing the football game itself, but it’s the commitment many of us will eagerly take on later this month.

Some will stay up late during the week to carry on fake relationships with fake recruits under fake names for their fake football team. Others might get up an hour early to catch an important game before work. Then a third group, including me, probably won’t sleep at all.

This raises another concern:

How will it affect our families?

It’s important to leave work at the door when you get home. Don’t bring the stress of your 9-to-5 to the table with people who aren’t involved. Family time is family time. That being said, how can we stay calm at Sunday breakfast if our star linebacker is watching the transfer portal on a TV in the other room? Can I take long walks around the neighborhood with my wife if I’m two games away from leading Kentucky to the SEC Championship? I don’t know. I’ve never been faced with that decision before. That’s why I’m concerned about this work-life-college-football-25 balance looming over me.

One more concern:

Will my wife like the person I become?

I stopped playing video games many years ago, right around the time we last played a college football video game. I didn’t know my wife back then. We hadn’t met yet. So, she’s never seen me play video games. She doesn’t even know that part of my past.

But that person is on their way to our house. They’ll be here on July 16, probably disappearing into a dark room for several hours at a time, mostly during the hours they should be sleeping. How will they react when that self replaces the self they married, the only self they know? Will they support my fake participation in a fake College Football Playoff? Or will they think I’m too old to be pulling all-nighters with a PlayStation? What if I start to look like Tom Hanks in Castaway? Will I even remember to eat?

Again, these are concerns I didn’t have until recently, but I’m now aware of what’s in store for me as more information about College Football 25 is released. I’m starting to feel like I paid EA Sports $100 to work a full-time virtual job that’s going to be disruptive to other aspects of my life.

And I can’t wait to get started. On July 16, the college football world will be turned upside down by the dawn of a new dynasty. All other responsibilities take a backseat.