I’m a pretty serious Apple geek. There’s just something about the external simplicity and internal intricacy of their products that I find fascinating; not to mention that they are increasingly helpful in every day life. My most recent ‘app’ purchase was certainly interesting enough to warrant its own blog post.
Less than satisfied with my fitness, I’ve used multiple running apps over the last year. They are brilliant – not only do they track your time but also your route. It’s incredibly clever…but even with this clever technology, I still found running boring. Last night I downloaded an app called ‘Zombies, Run!’, a running/game combination that that places you into the centre of a zombie apocalypse. Having chosen your music, you run around your neighbourhood whilst listening our for fictional radio broadcasts that tell you where the zombies are and what you need to collect for the last remaining human camp where you live. You collect the items automatically, but the real twist is when zombies start attacking. You hear the mumurs and growls of the zombies and have to run for your life (go with me on this, we’re playing make-believe)! Once you complete missions and arrive back home, you can use the items you’ve collected to upgrade areas of the camp. Genius.
I’m aware at this point that some of you might not be sold on the idea of running from zombies at 07:00, but I found it a fantastic incentive to run and ultimately, keep fit. At £5, I can openly admit that the sky-high price is ridiculous for an app, but I was thoroughly impressed with it nonetheless. I find it hugely encouraging to see that technology is combining with the gaming world and the health and fitness market to create a product like this. Perhaps I won’t feel so guilty playing FIFA any more!
What do you think? Is this a step too far? Is this the right way to go? Am I the only person who thinks that it is a good idea?