The world of Scrabble has changed greatly since it was first invented by an American architect Alfred Butts in 1938. Originally called “Lexiko”, Scrabble has been a popular board game ever since it was released. However, in the past ten years, we have seen an explosion of Scrabble-fever that has taken the world by storm as millions play daily. Scrabble is currently the ninth best selling board game on Amazon and this popularity doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
This is all, due in part, to a little phone application game called “Words With Friends.” Words With Friends is a Scrabble-like game that you can play on your phone or tablet. Right now, there are more than 1.6 million people are active users of the app Words With Friends. What makes it so addictive is you can’t just play it by yourself, but instead you need another person (whether it be a friend or stranger) to play a game.
While Words With Friends does have a slightly different board and rules from the traditional Scrabble game, it has helped get younger people obsessed with the game. Some people who are traditionalist don’t like Words With Friends because of a lack of strategy that some players use. If you enter a word that isn’t seen as a “real” word, then you just get an error message telling you to try again. This can lead to people trying random combinations of letters until they find the highest point combination possible. Players aren’t required to know the actual words but instead can play through trial and error.
Regardless of the flaws Words With Friends has, it still has contributed with the revival of Scrabble. 53% of British households have a Scrabble set in the homes and there are more than 4,000 scrabble clubs in the world, keeping the tradition of playing in real life alive. The game has expanded beyond just the original English addition and is sold in 121 countries and is available in 29 different languages. This lexicon game isn’t just for grandparents anymore; thanks to phone apps like Words With Friends. It is obvious that Scrabble is here to stay.
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