I have to admit, I’m pretty much an addict at this point. No, it’s not drugs or alcohol (I don’t think), and no it’s not gambling.
Yup, I’m addicted to Words with Friends, the mobile phone word game. It’s basically Scrabble, but with a few minor differences. Most notably, the double and triple letter/word score boxes appear in different places on the board than they do on a standard Scrabble board.
Also, as compared to Scrabble, there is no challenging the other player’s words on the board, and the game will just tell you if a word you attempt isn’t acceptable. In addition, WWF games tend to last hours, days, and sometimes even weeks — since players can pretty much take as much time as they want before making a move.
With Words with Friends, one can play up to 20 games at a time. Now despite my addiction, I’m proud to say I don’t think I’ve ever had more than 12 games going at any given time. Although I’ve never reached the 20 game maximum, perhaps my addiction is highlighted in the fact that overwhelmingly, I’m usually waiting for my opponents to make their moves, and not the other way around.
Perhaps this just means I’m on top of things —- or maybe I’m just on top of my Words with Friends games, and not other, more important things in my life.
I really don’t know what this says about these two groups of people, but nevertheless, there are two kinds of people in life — those waiting for others to make their moves in Words with Friends, and those who’ve yet to make their moves.