Saturday, March 1, 2008
Scrabulous - is that a word?
The NYTimes reports today about the online game Scrabulous, a virtual knockoff of the real Scrabble board game. You need to know that I am a Scrabulous addict. I play with my Scrabblegifted older sister all day, every day. Well, not that I play all day, but every time I am at the computer, I check to see if she has completed a move, and then I make my next word. It takes us a few days to complete a game – but believe me, the competition is fierce (damn, she is a good player). It appears that there are over 700,000 other obsessed players a day (most users play on the Facebook, the social-networking site) and there are nearly three million Scrabulous registered users. If YOU signed up, you could play against me (hint, hint) or against your co-workers, friends or family – and you can have many games ongoing at the same time.
The problem is that the creators of Scrabulous don’t own the rights to Scrabble: Hasbro, sells the game in North America, and Mattel markets it everywhere else. In January, these companies denounced Scrabulous as piracy and threatened legal action. Scrabulous is still up and running and it appears that sales of the actual board game have improved since the introduction of Scrabulous. Try it out – you’ll enjoy it……
For me, it is another thing to be obsessed about……..