Delete The Distraction
I’ve never been less productive as I have been in the past few months since downloading Sim City Build It and Konami’s Pro Evo Football Manager. It all started when I lost my voice and was at home wrapped up in bed watching Jeremy Kyle on the ultimate chill because due to my job being customer facing I can’t exactly be mute. I thought I was going to write a lot of stuff something, update my blog, create and record some new music and do a new mix perhaps, but I found myself exploring the App Store with all of its quadrillion applications for do all the great and good things you may or may not need but download anyway to forget about on the nether regions past page 2 on your home screen.
What began as a novel pastime during shows like Under The Hammer and Cash In The Attic, spiralled out of control into every passing moment switching between the two games, getting lost for hours on end. At first it was all “this is pretty cool” and “my team won there first championship” to “I’ve gotta build the materials to send off the shipment to get the golden keys” and “I’ve got to log in to receive the daily gifts”. It was an abyss of distraction, I’m not even being dramatic here. As soon as I had some downtime I’d be building shit in Sim City or watching a match in PES, you have to sit through the matches too so what starts as one match will suddenly turn into five, before you know it a few hours have gone by and you’ve spent your evening or day off on the iPad as opposed to doing something constructive.
I’m not going to sit behind this touchscreen and lie like it weren’t fun at first. I won the league several times, inducted players into the hall of fame and put Deptford FC on map. I even pooled all of the taxes and built schools, hospitals, a high tech Police station and ensured the residents of Khaliville were always happy, but when you receive a notification from Game Centre congratulating you on your 100th game, it’s time to stop. Each soccer match in PES works out to be 10mins in length and I’m not sure I can sum up how I get lost in Sim City, although when you’re constantly waiting for materials to be produced by a factory that ranges from 1 minute to 4 hours, the constant checking in and out of the app is time consuming.
As fun as these apps seem, a lot of time has been wasted screen watching, tapping and swiping. I’ve actually been meaning to sing their praises for a while but I feel like it’s time to delete them if I’m honest. Since discovering them I haven’t written much, nor have I made as much music as I usually would. When I had the idea to write about these apps I didn’t mean for it to be a lament about how I became hooked, I hoped to write a review but hey, I’m fresh from removing the apps and listening to demos I’ve created over the past few months for a 2017 collaborative release.