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|Words with Friends|
|Words with Friends|
Words with Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga With Friends (formerly Newtoy, Inc.). Players can take turns building words crossword puzzle style with an opponent in a manner similar to the classic board game Scrabble (the rules of the two games are similar, but Words with Friends is not officially associated with the Scrabble brand). Up to 20 games can be played simultaneously using push notifications to alert players when it is their turn. Players may look up friends either by username or through Facebook, or be randomly assigned an opponent.
Released July 2009, Words with Friends is available for cross-platform play on devices running the operating systems Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). The game is also available on Facebook, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tablet. In addition, there is a chat feature built in the game that allows opponents to exchange messages. Words with Friends is one of the top ranking games in the iOS application store, available as both a free ad-supported version and a paid version with no advertisements.
The rules of the game are mostly the same as that of two-player Scrabble with a few differences. Players are given seven randomly chosen letter tiles, which are replenished until all 104 tiles have been used. Players take turns forming words on the board or may also choose to swap tiles or pass their turn. Once all tiles have been used, the player with the highest score wins.
The game ends when a player plays every tile in their rack, and there are no remaining tiles to draw. The game also ends if three scoreless moves (i.e. passes or tile exchanges) are played in succession, unless the score is zero-zero. Players are able to re-arrange the tiles on their rack, and can shuffle them randomly either via a button or (on compatible devices) by shaking the device. Games may be resigned, and there are two extra features, the "tile pile" and "word-o-meter", accessible for a premium.
|A - 9||J - 1||S - 5|
|B - 2||K - 1||T - 7|
|C - 2||L - 4||U - 4|
|D - 5||M - 2||V - 2|
|E - 13||N - 5||W - 2|
|F - 2||O - 8||X - 1|
|G - 3||P - 2||Y - 2|
|H - 4||Q - 1||Z - 1|
|I - 8||R - 6||Blank - 2|
Since the game’s launch, the random opponent and chat features of the game have led to a number of romantic relationships. In 2009, Megan Lawless, of Chicago, began a game with a random opponent, Jasper Jasperse, who lived in Holland. The two got to know one another via the game’s chat function and married in July 2011.
Other couples who met via the game’s random opponent feature include Trish and David Palmer of Dacula, Georgia, who married in November 2011, and Stephen Monahan and Britney Hilbun of Texas, who became engaged to marry in December 2011.
In late 2011, it was reported that one of the game’s American players was communicating via the game’s chat function about her Australian opponent’s husband’s medical symptoms. The player relayed the symptoms to her doctor husband, who recommended an immediate hospital visit. The opponent’s husband found he had a 99% blockage close to his heart. On a 2012 episode of the American TV show, The Doctors, the couples were introduced to each other for the first time.
The game has a number of celebrity players, including Chris Johnson (running back), John Mayer, Rainn Wilson, Terrell Owens, Eliza Dushku, Al Roker, and Boston Red Sox teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt were quoted as saying they play Words with Friends together every day. Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America admitted to playing the game “somewhat obsessively”. In December 2011, Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight after refusing to stop playing Words with Friends on his iPad. Several members of the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI champion team are also Words with Friends players, including Ahmad Bradshaw, Chase Blackburn, David Baas, Hakeem Nicks, Jake Ballard, Jim Cordle, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, Steve Weatherford, Travis Beckum, and Zak DeOssie.