I need to rant about the craze that has taken smartphone users by storm: Draw Something. The iTunes website states that Draw Something is currently “The #1 Free App, #1 Paid App and #1 Word Game in over 80 countries!” iTunes adds that Brian R. (whoever that is) gives it 5 out of 5 stars and calls it the “BEST GAME IN IPHONE HISTORY.” Jspronk (???) agreed, saying “keeps me entertained for hours.” If Brian R. and Jspronk are fans, I’m sure to love it!
I love a good game of Pictionary amongst friends, so I hopped on the Draw Something bandwagon. I started small, playing against my friends. Then I discovered the “random” option that arbitrarily connects you with a stranger. The “random” option really opened my eyes. Like Forrest’s box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get, but rest assured it is rarely an accurate drawing. I have decided that Draw Something users can be broken into 4 basic categories:
1. The Wordsmiths – Wordsmiths write out the word they are supposed to be drawing. This might make sense if the drawers got paid for correct answers, but it is just a game for fun. If you’re lucky, a Wordsmith might try to draw a picture before writing the word across the screen. Some Wordsmiths even provide lists of written clues. The game is called Draw Something, not Read a Word and Write It. What the hell, guys?
|When people use words instead of pictures,|
I refuse to guess correctly.
|I'm glad she gave me a heads up with the label. |
I wouldn't have even known where to begin.
2. The Chatroulettes—This is the group of Draw Something artists that limit themselves to one drawing: the male anatomy. At least draw the picture first and then add a penis to it. That way you can get a kick out of shocking me with your clever artwork, and I can play the game I signed up for. It’s a win/win.
|See? I can work with this.|
3. The Rorschachs—These artists draw pictures that are open to interpretation. This is my nice way of saying that what they draw looks nothing like the intended object. When you aren’t able to guess the word, as the picture clearly could mean something different to everyone, the artist often becomes offended and quits the game.
|I borrowed this one from drawsomethingfails.com because I love it. |
The word was "moo."
4. The Traditionalists—Traditionalists are a rare breed. These are the people who actually put forth a modicum of effort in drawing the correct picture. They at least have some respect for the game of Pictionary, and for their opponent’s time. Hats off to you, Traditionalists. I hope to see you on the drawing field soon.
|This is my Ewok. He lives on the forest moon of Endor.|