They used eye tracking devices to study how people using the Ouija board move their hands. When people have their eyes open, they’ve noticed that people tend to look ahead at what the next letter to be pointed to happens to be. Easy-peasy.
But when people are blindfolded and can’t indicate in advance where the point will go, it ends up being a collective “group think” mentality that ultimately moves the pointer around the board.
You’ll have to read the article for the more technical details, but let’s just say that they didn’t actually say there WEREN’T ghostly spirits guiding the pointer around…
Web Watch, as we’ve declared previously, loves playing board games with friends.
There’s something about sitting around a table and taking part in a group activity – laughing, drinking – that you just can’t get from the anonymous (and cheat-filled) ways of playing knock-off word games with friends via cellphone.
Is SCRABBLE the best game choice for game night? Sometimes yes, sometimes not. It partly depends on how many people are playing, and whether they enjoy playing word games with you. If you’re the kind of person who TiVos the NATIONAL SPELLING BEE, then chances are you’re not the type of person that others will want to engage in a casual Scrabble game with.
With HASBRO’S RECENT NEWS about how they’re asking for Monopoly fans to choose which game piece / token that they want to add to the classic board game (Web Watch is hoping for the Toy Robot, ourselves) – they really are ignoring the bigger question about the Monopoly board game.
No, it isn’t “why don’t people actually like playing it as they get older?” Frankly, Web Watch would love to have a Monopoly game night on occasion, if only we could find other similarly minded folks to join us.
We’re talking the real-for-real rules, that nobody ever bothers to read. As Web Watch has mentioned before, the official Monopoly rules are designed to make a standard game of Monopoly be played in just an hour or two – no need to grind out the $1 from your friends over a weekend of slow playing.
We’re talking about how to cheat at the Scrabble board game, the one with the actual tiles and fabric pouch that you play at the kitchen table on Saturday nights with some friends and a nice bottle of wine or two?
Well – Web Watch has a way for you to CHEAT at Scrabble, and make it a legitimate part of your gameplay.
Yeah, you’re a word game competitor, and you’re always looking for an edge. Something to really carry your gameplay to the next level, because you’re sick and tired of losing out on that Triple Word Score because you couldn’t come up with a more creative way to use that “P” in your rack.
Web Watch has something for you. We can help you win.
All all you have to do is one simple thing…
So what is the ULTIMATE SECRET TO WINNING “WORDS WITH FRIENDS”, Scrabble, or any other popular word game?
Web Watch would like to take a moment to salute the marketing geniuses at McDonald’s for continuing the McDONALD’s MONOPOLY PROMOTION. It combines two great things into a singular quest to find the special missing sticker that will complete your game board. Boo-ya!
Let’s cut straight to the chase: there is absolutely nothing for you to do that will affect your ability to win this contest… other than doing everything you can to obtain as many game pieces as possible in the hopes that one of them is a rare chaser piece. Continue reading HOW TO WIN THE MCDONALD’S MONOPOLY PROMOTION→
First, some perspective. How exactly is the game being modified?
Celebrity names and other proper nouns will now be allowed. What comprises the proper spelling of specific proper names will be left to the discretion of the players at the time the play is made. In some families, for example, the name “Micheal” may be the proper way to spell the name “Michael” – to them, that would be an acceptable play.
Players will be able to spell words backwards on the game board, reading from right-to-left or bottom-to-top instead of the traditional directions. Web Watch kinda likes this idea.
Players will now be able to play words that aren’t connected to any other words on the board. Web Watch is not such a fan of this.
The rules are only being applied to a special edition of the game being released in Britain – the traditional game and its rules are not being modified at all.
The hard part about playing Hasbro’s MONOPOLY is trying to find other people who are willing to play with you.
All your friends who normally love to play games all complain that it takes too long to play, or nobody really wants to be banker, or your rules are different from the way want to play.
Web Watch says that you can leave those friends behind.
Because now Hasbro and Google have teamed up to produce a terrific interactive use of Google Maps called MONOPOLY CITY STREETS that takes the game of Monopoly and applies it to any city in the world, and you can play along at home.
Words such as “ZA”, “QI”, and “ZZZ” were added recently, according to the WSJ. Apparently, “recently” means “in the past 4-5 years” to them.
Regardless, here at Web Watch we believe in making sure that you are not sucked into the same vortex of bad Scrabble-playing that the WSJ would lead you down if you had to wait a few years to discover that there had been a Scrabble dictionary update. So here are the list of handy two- and three- letter words that you should have at the ready the next time you need to impress your Scrabble-playing friends…along with the unexpected WSJ followup: