Scrabble is possibly the best game invented. It is the creation of a crossword puzzle, an experiment and experience in word use and the commonalities of certain letters in two highly contrasting words. Due to the areas where you can play the word, it makes the player struggle to use words they usually wouldn’t and to expand their vocabularies in the viewing of the more intellectual players’ plays.

But now they are putting out a new Scrabble game that allows proper nouns. Apparently they’ll still be putting out the original version, but the novelty of the game is that you are using and exploring the uses of words using the letters you’re given. With the new Scrabble, it’s more of the use of popular culture to pull you through the game. It doesn’t allow for a lot of vocabulary expansion when the words you are playing are Utah and Pepsi and Tommy.

I suppose in all honesty this makes the game more like a crossword puzzle because in crossword puzzles it’s basically answering clever riddles to find out what to put in the squares, and they’re often trivia to do with the name of the person who played Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City or something of the sort.

I guess what I’m really trying to get at is that Scrabble is supposed to be a study of words and the ability to make words with meaning using the letters you have. I just don’t think the use of proper nouns really contributes to this original motive of the game.

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Sigh. I just did a quick Google research to learn more about the new version of the game and apparently this pronoun thing was a miscommunication over what was really information about a new branch of the main Scrabble game. I’m not intent on writing a new blog, and I think my point still stands that proper nouns ruin(kind of) the nature of the game, so I’m not throwing it to the wind.

I do think it’s kind of hilarious there was sucj a hullabaloo over the new change in the rule. That makes me happy, that there are people out there who want to keep something the way it is because they love it so much.

Well, at this point I’m rambling, and anyways, I’ve got a date with my bookshelf.

DFTBA.

Mood: Passionate

Books read: 32

Currently Reading: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling(reread).

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3 Responses so far »

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    brenuh said,

    Have you ever played Bananagrams?! It’s like Scrabble… with a banana.

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    thezombiekit said,

    Nouns in Scrabble are cheating.

    Cheating that I like to try sometimes, but cheating nonetheless.


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