# Manufactured Distraction

Thread in 'Strategy' started by DonAtreides, 11 Oct 2013.

1. ### DonAtreides

So one thing I've noticed about myself is that I play better when my conscious mind is distracted. For instance, listening to music while daydreaming or listening to audiobooks seems to improve my play. I was wondering if the same is true for anyone else and if so, what do you use to distract yourself?

2. ### Pineapple

Humming the music through my teeth.

3. ### Qlex

I try not to think about distracting myself volountarily, even though when it happens that not thinking about my game 80 90% of the time makes me more consistent.

I just play and play. I also try and enjoy the sound of the game, even if I have no idea if the sounds of the blocks actually help me focus or understand more stuff.

Technically, if I play all day long, my performance graph during a day does something like this (scientifically proven) :

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0 minutes 1 hour .... Lots of hours

So yeah, I have a distraction in my opinion, but I would say it's made by the game's distractions themselves

4. ### wasmachstdugern

my curve is almost the exact same! i listen to music or a TED talk or radiolab when i play and it works well to distract me, but not too much.

5. ### DonAtreides

So I did some testing with this over the weekend and I found that a low-level distraction works the best. I tried an audio book, music with lyrics, music without lyrics, and mind-numbing silence. I found that a combination of music without lyrics and a liberal amount of daydreaming seemed to yield the highest scores. I tried the in-game music, but after a while it melts my brain, so I replaced it with movie soundtracks.

6. ### Qlex

Hmm the French like their brains to be melted.

Much like Cyberguile would say : "Do not THINK, FEEL!"

7. ### wasmachstdugern

i couldn't agree more. i even got it tattooed on my wrists a while ago...

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8. ### BDCowe

Truth. Use the Force, Luke...

(Not to be confused with analysis and experimentation. Those are good times for thinking. )