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Draw Something Users Seem Drawn Elsewhere

Posted by penelopae Saturday June 2 2012 at 10:15PM
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As a graphic artist, when I learned about the game Draw Something of course I was interested. Not only did I enjoy showing off my talents to both Facebook friends and random users, but I also enjoyed mentally poking fun at their lesser attempts. Take for instance this one by Uncle Jackson. That man can whittle wood into realistic animal shapes like nobody’s business but when sketching something for someone to guess his skills are lacking. (If you read this Uncle Jackson, I’m sorry but you know it’s true!) It took me a few tries to guess that this was a Pegasus. My first thought was "barfly". Oops!

Uncle Jackson's Pegasus
WARNING – Draw Something is Highly Addictive
The first week saw me playing Draw Something every spare moment. I slacked off on studying; I slacked off on working; but most importantly I slacked off on gaming. Friends from my favorite RPG inquired about where I’d been and instead of pulling me back into the game, their attempts only resulted in me introducing them to my newfound addiction. When Draw Something came out with new words, cheats were my new best friend. Me, who preaches against cheating in any form, was reduced to using an app that helped me decipher words for sketches that were less than helpful. (For cheats that help with Draw Something, just Google search it. There are a few different ones now.)
Here are a few of my favorite words: Gandalf, jigsaw, Rhiannon, dubstep, Tom Hanks, daftpunk, Titanic, and firefly. If you play Draw Something and are as addicted as I was at first, try these tips for better success with your sketches and guesses:
  • Google Images – When in doubt about how to draw something, search on Google images. Country flags, cartoon characters, and other people’s Draw Something sketches are all great ways to find inspiration for and improving your own attempts.
  • Google Search – You’d be surprised how easy it will be to guess when you use Google to search for clues. “ANIMAL HORSE 1 HORN” brings up the Wikipedia entry for unicorn on the first try.
  • Scrabble Word Finder – This thing is genius, especially if you’re not ready to sacrifice a bomb to erase unnecessary letters or worse, if you’re out of bombs altogether. Enter the letters and it brings up suggestions. Of course, I doubt it will bring up something like Angelina or Iron Man, but you never know unless you try.
It seemed I wasn’t alone in my obsession. WebMediaBrands tracks showed that about ten weeks ago, around the time I started playing, Draw Something was easily one of the most popular social networking games available. That’s probably why Zynga shelled out a whopping $200 million for it, saving the game’s developer (OMGPOP) from bankruptcy. This made it easier to find and play with Facebook friends, as well as random users. I loved reconnecting with old friends again. Draw Something was like mobile Pictionary without the time limit. And because it was on my phone I could play anywhere – during work, while waiting for my food in restaurants, during a routine checkup at my dentist’s office, and even in church.
Slackers Gonna Slack
I liked the free game for Android, but absolutely loved the paid version. Before Draw something I had a policy, only free Android game downloads. This one had me hooked, for at least three weeks. Then I discovered that the producer of my favorite MUDs had an Android app, and I began drawing less and roleplaying more. The ways I could describe things through sketches was nothing compared to how I could describe them in cold, hard text. And the pullout keyboard on my LG phone made it very easy to keep up with the various chat channels. Like 4 million others who quit playing Draw Something between April 2 and May 2, I had found something else to occupy my time.
Have you played Draw Something? What are your feelings about it? Do you still play as much as you did when it first started? I’d love to hear your thoughts!