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Digital Life: How to stop a 'Words With Friends' cheater
Recall the panic when players believed that proper nouns were going to be allowed to defile the game of Scrabble , a close cousin to Words With Friends. They spell words. They earn points. But there are new ways that users will be able to play, which are a good fit for an era when people have the attention spans of goldfish. One is called Solo Challenge, in which players face a changing menagerie of bots that present varying levels of difficulty. The board is a compact version of the classic grid and each player has only five moves, rather than the typical
A few months ago, I wrote -- okay, ranted -- about my decision to quit playing Words With Friends over what I see as its fatal flaw: the way it rewards random guessing over knowledge and skill. My breakup letter touched a nerve, and I heard from lots of other folks who think the insanely popular Zynga game ought to fix this glitch. Well, sorry, folks. After talking with Paul and David Bettner, the brothers who created Words With Friends, I can regretfully report that there's no relief in sight. They like their game just the way it is.
Learn more. I love the game; hate the app. Games freeze, I'm not getting all the coins I'm awarded, creepy people stalk me through chat, and the ads are ridiculous. There are ads at the top of the screen as well as between games; some of them run for more than 30 seconds. I've been playing since but am seriously considering deleting the app because it's become more frustrating and annoying than fun. Shuts down or resets timers constantly!!