iPhone Life magazine

True Confessions of a Draw Something Addict

I’m really proud of myself, iPhone Life-ers.

I’m just getting over an addiction to…

Draw Something.

What is it about that game that’s so incredibly fun?

For those of you who don’t know, Draw Something is an app that’s sort of like Pictionary. It’s non-competitive in that you don’t play to beat your friends; you play to earn “coins” for both of you. If you draw something and your friend guesses it correctly, you both get the reward. You can then use your “coins” to “buy” more colors to draw with, or “bombs” which you use when you’re stuck. I guess if you want to be competitive, you can look at your stats to see how quickly you guess things or how long it takes for you to draw your masterpieces.

You can play with friends on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and you can challenge your friends on Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t have any friends who are awesome enough to play with you, you can be automatically partnered with new gaming buddies.

I’m terrible at drawing things, but somehow, I love this game! I still play sometimes, but I had to have an intervention with myself. When your heart leaps to see that someone has sent you a drawing, and you just can’t help but take a look, you need to stop.

Because this is ridiculous behavior.

But that’s not the only ridiculous Draw Something behavior I’ve noticed myself doing. There’s a whole list of stuff. Maybe those of you who share my enthusiasm for the game will be able to see yourselves in here too. Ahem.

Choosing to draw a word not because it’s worth a lot of coins, but because you know you can draw it funny. I once chose a two-coin word over a three-er because it was “arm pit.”  There was no way I was going to pass up the comedy value on that one. Because I’m still 12 years old. That’s right.

Tearing off a sheet to write an apology note to your friend after a miserable drawing because you’re awful and you know it. Or because you’re drunk. Not that I would ever drink and draw, but I’m sure some people do.

Ever try drawing while riding in the car?  Makes even the simplest drawings a superchallenge!

Cheating and just writing the word because you started something you couldn’t finish. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I make an overly ambitious choice. After scrapping it several times and starting over, I have to at some point give up and tell the person what it was that I was trying to draw. Occasionally, I accompany this with an apology for my suckage, because I’m considerate.

Accidentally using a precious bomb and cursing out loud about it. Sometimes I get distracted and I use a bomb by accident, which gets me so mad at myself! Those things are pure gold at that moment when you’re stuck with word choices like death, happiness or WuTang. You gotta bomb that and get yourself some new choices!

Agonizing over which colors to spend your hard earned coins on…do I want the Mardi Gras package or the ice cream package or oooo NEON! Oh, the pressure! Too many choices!

Feeling like a Jackwagon for not guessing something incredibly obvious. Tell me, iPhone Life-ers, how do you not guess “leg?”  I don’t care how poor your drawing partner is, there is no excuse for such Jackwagonry!

So that’s it, you guys. I just thought I’d share some of my Very Deep thoughts about Draw Something.

What was your proudest Draw Something moment?  Have you checked out The Best of Draw Something yet?  It’s totally out of control. It makes my stick figures look like…stick figures.

 

 

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While most kids were playing with Transformers and Stretch Armstrong, Harvey was coding on his first computer. And he's never looked back. Harvey helped develop some of the Internet's very first websites. He was an information technology director in the corporate world before bringing his technical expertise to GLAD WORKS in 1999. With a background in systems architecture, database development, programming, e-commerce, search engine optimization, social media, mobile development and all things technical, Harvey keeps GLAD WORKS at the forefront of the e-Industrial Revolution