When favorite son Colby (I have only one son) suggested yesterday that I sign up to play Scrabble with him online, I immediately reacted. I love Scrabble and thought it would be fun to play with him since he’s a guy who likes words.
Well, here we are, 24 hours later, and we’ve yet to finish one game. I’ve never had so little fun playing Scrabble since I started playing almost 50 years ago. Imagine sitting at a table playing with someone who got up after every move he made and left the room for hours. You could take your turn, but you’d have to wait for him to return to continue the game. Today, people play multiple games of Scrabble online, with multiple partners, and they take their turns when they’re good and ready.
The fun of Scrabble, as far as I’m concerned, is being in the same room as your opponent, socializing between turns and actually playing. What joy is there in taking one turn every hour or two? Technology has greatly reduced face-to-face or voice-to-voice socialization. Now it’s turning board games into BORED games.
I have one letter left in this marathon game I’m playing with Colby and I’m 49 points ahead, so I guess I’m going to win. To make matters worse, technology also is taking away the fun of gloating.
P.S. Colby takes issue with this blog and calls me a Luddite. “Would you have played Scrabble today if you didn’t play online?” he asked me. “No,” I answered. His premise is that more of us have more opportunity to play, in more places, now that we don’t have to be on the same planet as our opponent or carry around a board and a bag of tiles. That may literally be true, but this isn’t chess. On or offline, Scrabble is more fun when you don’t have to wait two hours to take your turn. I don’t like taking forever to play a game, especially when I’m being deprived of the socialization aspect. I can play with the computer.
One of Colby’s friends, a writer for TV sitcoms, likes using a typewriter to create her scripts. She says it helps her focus. I wonder if Colby thinks she’s a Luddite, too!