When we showed up to the University of Texas at Arlington, there was this fear that no one would be playing Words with Friends during the lunch break. That fear quickly disappeared.
“We have little challenges, competitions, and see who wins,” said Freshman Saif Al-Shmaisani.
Students were playing…
“I usually play with my boyfriend because he lives in Austin,” said Sophomore Rocio Garcia.
“I play with my uncle from Idaho,” said Freshman Jennifer Harvell.
“Right now, I’m playing with my aunt,” said Senior Amanda Davis.
You can thank (or blame for all the lost face-to-face social time) Paul Bettner for our addiction. He created Words With Friends and is the current Vice President of Zynga with Friends out of McKinney.
“The reaction to Words With Friends has been overwhelming,” said Bettner.
One of the recent reasons to its popularity is that people are connecting through the game using the chat function.
“We’ve heard these amazing stories of people connecting together and meeting their future spouses, getting married, proposing to each other,” said Bettner.
Who needs to call or text anymore? Start up a game and just start chatting.
“It turns from playing a game of Scrabble to talking about life,” said Freshman Larry Green.
Bettner says while playing those double or triple words is entertaining, the game is a way (or an excuse) to catch up.
“Normally they might only talk with that person a couple times a year, but now, they’ll tell us, ‘I get up every morning and play Words With Friends with this person,’” said Bettner.
The folks at Zynga with Friends are keeping in fresh. A new game called Scramble was just released. The game is similar to the board game Boggle.
“It’s fast paced, it’s challenging,” said Davis.
Zynga With Friends stays tight lipped about future games, but they say they have a few surprises up their sleeve that will keep us all connected.
“We’re really excited to keep building more games for it,” said Bettner.
Folks playing these games are like family, but there’s an easy way to get disowned.
“Don’t use Google! That’s cheating,” said Green.