Matt's top 5 internet distractions - Matt signs off from NQ
- List in no particular order
We all need a distraction from time to time. Especially at times like these when Boris Johnson is suspending parliament to somehow give control back to the people, presumably in a universe with different logical laws to this one, or Donald Trump is throwing his toys out of the pram because Denmark won't let him buy Greenland and of course Bolsonaro has set fire to the Amazon, just when we thought climate awareness could be about to make a difference...
I lost myself for a moment, there. TL;DR life is depressing and distractions are needed.
Sporcle is an online quiz game that usually works by getting the player to give as many answers in a category as possible within a certain time limit. For instance, there are 197 countries in the world currently, and you have 20 minutes to name them all.
There are many iterations of many quizzes and you can easily get lost in them, but it's quite a fun way to test your brain of an afternoon.
How are your navigation skills? Using Google Maps, Geoguessr will put you in a random location and using what you can see around you, you guess where in the world you are. There are various map sets; there's one for the whole world where you don't have to be super accurate to get a good score, there are maps for individual countries, cities and towns, as well as maps with locations of landmarks or stadiums.
Stick Cricket is an online flash game made for cricket enthusiasts. You control the batsman and the aim is simply to score the highest run total by timing your shots to hit each ball for as much as six. There are a number of different game modes - you can play to simply set a new high score for yourself, or play to overcome progressively harder teams with an innings, and there are even world cup modes where you have to beat a team in two or five overs.
Google Maps Tourism
I'm sure I can't be the first person to come up with this idea, but I've found it to be a good one. If you don't have the time or money to travel, or you feel uncomfortable with getting a polluting flight so far, you can now in the age of the internet see practically anywhere in the world with your own eyes.
For countries and areas that have street view available, you can get the closest thing to walking around a distant land from the comfort of your home and people all over the world have taken pictures of more remote locations you can view too.
Of course, doing this doesn't beat actually climbing a mountain, or discovering an ancient ruin for yourself, but on a dreary day in Manchester, looking at dense rainforest, or the glaciers in Iceland, or wandering around cities I may never visit, such as Tokyo or Delhi can be a nice distraction for at least a little while.
The Pretentious Game
The Pretentious Game, and its sequels, are a bit of a wildcard here, but I feel I should mention them as they have affected me emotionally, which is usually hard for a flash game to do. I won't say more about it, except to go play it and see for yourself!