The Viking Media Staff have decided to write a different article every week on various iPhone applications (otherwise known as Apps). App was recently named the great new Word of 2010. Each week, we will spotlight a different app, giving you a complete description of the application including cost and features.
It’s no secret how much everyone – not just teenagers – love these time consuming and seemingly addicting apps that allow people to play games, check their social pages, and even check the weather and keep up today on the latest celebrity gossip.
The latest app buzz of Walker High School seems to be the social gaming phenomenon called Words With Friends. In this game, you can challenge people all over the world to a Scrabble-like game that is so addicting most people include it in their everyday routine. You must defeat your opponent by scoring the most points before you run out of “letter tiles”, each letter being worth more points according to difficulty. (For example, a Q is worth ten points due to the challenge it is to place it with other letters in order to form a valid word.) As the game progresses, it becomes easier to receive double and triple points for each word places the ‘board’. Some people even find themselves broadening their vocabulary just to achieve a greater point scale.
However, playing the game is only the fun. The chat feature allows you to speak with your opponent as you word-battle with them. Therefore, you can chat not only with your friends, but also with people around the world. Pollyann Scruggs reported she spoke with someone from Australia, and due to the time difference was unable to play them in a timely fashion since one would be asleep while the other played. Kelsey Woodman has played an opponent living in Canada and she said it was interesting talking with that person about the game. Valerie Harris said she loves her blackberry, but feels left out of the Words with Friends loop. Stephanie Purves loves the game and she likes playing with Coach Willie Moore.
Our librarian, Gina Scruggs, loves the game, and said her children accuse her of being addicted. She would like to extend an invitation to anyone who wants to play her to request her at Gsssss (her user name). Another student reported that while on a youth trip over Christmas break, everyone bought the app and they had endless Words battles during breaks between sessions and meals. The outbreak of obsession over the Words with friends game made it seem appropriate that our first ever App related article be on the social game that everyone is talking about!
By: Aleigha Archie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hadley Sklanik (lhs1216), Kelsey Woodman (kelseymwood)