Too much spare time

A study into consumable entertainment & desert islands

by Gregory James Wood

I have been known to say that I get all my best ideas when cycling or sitting on some sort of public transport. Sometimes however, an idea so fundamentally stupid pops into my head and despite the fact that it will, in all probability, result in a waste of my time, I can’t stop thinking it until I’ve significantly acted on it. This is one of those ideas — please indulge me.

Back story

Somehow, on the 18:07 from Lace Market to Phoenix Park sometime during December 2009, I got around to thinking about desert islands, and which one of my favourite forms of consumable entertainment I'd choose if I were to be stranded upon said island with unlimited resources of my chosen form of entertainment.

I decided therefore to invent a scoring system to categorically and logically decide which is my all-time favourite form of consumable entertainment (entertainment that is purchased from shops, basically), because as some folks around the internet have pointed out, I obviously have far too much spare time on my hands.

The contenders

  1. 16-bit games
  2. Books
  3. Comics
  4. Film
  5. Music
  6. PC games

Rules

A maximum of 5 points can be awarded for each criteria, resulting in a maximum total score of 25 for each contender.

Please note: As this is a particularly exclusive study, each type of entertainment is judged on how it is consumed by me. For example, PC Games are massively diverse, but because I generally only play shooting games, it gets a 1 for Diversity.

Criteria

  • Longevity
  • Re-usability
  • Diversity
  • Portability
  • Fun

Contender 1: 16-bit games

Notable examples:
  • Longevity: 3 (out of 5)
  • Re-usability: 5 (out of 5)
  • Diversity: 3 (out of 5)
  • Portability: 2 (out of 5)
  • Fun: 4 (out of 5)

Total: 16

Contender 2: Books

Notable examples:
  • Longevity: 3 (out of 5)
  • Re-usability: 4 (out of 5)
  • Diversity: 4 (out of 5)
  • Portability: 5 (out of 5)
  • Fun: 1 (out of 5)

Total: 17

Contender 3: Comics

Notable examples:
  • Longevity: 2 (out of 5)
  • Re-usability: 4 (out of 5)
  • Diversity: 4 (out of 5)
  • Portability: 5 (out of 5)
  • Fun: 2 (out of 5)

Total: 17

Contender 4: Film*

Notable examples:
  • Longevity: 2 (out of 5)
  • Re-usability: 3 (out of 5)
  • Diversity: 4 (out of 5)
  • Portability: 1 (out of 5)
  • Fun: 3 (out of 5)

Total: 13

* Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VHS

Contender 5: Music*

Notable examples:
  • Longevity: 5 (out of 5)
  • Re-usability: 5 (out of 5)
  • Diversity: 3 (out of 5)
  • Portability: 4 (out of 5)
  • Fun: 3 (out of 5)

Total: 20

* Formats: CD, Vinyl, MP3

Contender 6: PC Games

Notable examples:
  • Longevity: 4 (out of 5)
  • Re-usability: 4 (out of 5)
  • Diversity: 1 (out of 5)
  • Portability: 0 (out of 5)
  • Fun: 5 (out of 5)

Total: 14

And the winner is…

Music!

Ta-da. I’m sure you now feel complete, and now you know what to buy me for next Christmas (Fopp vouchers only please).