I PLAYED SCRABBLE TODAY !!! AFTER YEARS !!! :):)
Well yes, the thought of having played Scrabble today, for real and not some animated computer version of it, makes me feel really really happy! I’ve never really been a fan of computer games- never really tried any of them except the occasional NFS or Counterstrike. I do have a lot of friends who are literally addicted to some of these games, willing to spend whole weekends killing the “enemy”, collecting health and buying weapons. Though I don’t have anything against these people (I try to remain unbiased! :P), I somehow never really got any of that adrenaline rush from playing them! I did always love board games though- like the good old Scrabble, Monopoly, even patte (though I’m not really good at any patte games :P)
But these smart ass computer guys (I’ve always hated them !! :P) always manage to come up with e-versions of games, and to attract players, they add all these special effects and sounds to them, making the whole thing look very chic and stylized. I know, because I keep getting updates on Orkut and FB about someone looking for “a purple poker chip” in Mafia Wars (duh !!) and scoring 76584 points in WordTwist !! And then there’s this game called Crazy Taxi and Texas Hold ’em Poker (or somesuchthing !! :P) Now imagine- if you’re going to keep people busy with racing taxis around the place, where is there time to even have a conversation, leave alone play a board game !!
Even I had completely forgotten the pleasure one can get from playing a real, real game, until I went for a friend’s engagement last month. That is when I played Pictionary for the very first time !! (Yes, I’m equally surprised I hadn’t played it before!) And I cannot even explain how much fun it was! I sucked at the first few words, but then came the big one- Obamania- and you may call it bragging but I did manage to pull that one off pretty well !! Of course, it helped that we had brilliant players- we didn’t just split the word and draw each bit, but we actually built a story around each of them! Sample this- We gave this guy in the other team the word “penance” and he went on to show a guy who rapes a girl and then (coz he feels guilty about it) decides to leave the city and move to the khets of Punjab. While sowing seeds in the fields, he spots God standing right in the middle of the field. That is when he decides to sit under a tree and meditate for the rest of his life !! Well, the other team did guess the word eventually, but you can only imagine the hilarity of the situation! I really wish I had that notebook we drew all our words in- It’s worth saving for the sake of posterity! I really wonder if our kids will know what drawing with an actual pen on a real page made of paper pulp is ! 😛
Anyway, I was bored after a long day of thesising last week and that’s when I spotted the box of Scrabble by my bedside. One of my friends had given it to me when she left Rochester last September, but I somehow never actually got around to playing it even once! This time though, I dragged PD to play with me (he’s another computer game addict !! hmmmpppfff :P:P) And I cannot tell you how much fun it was! The first time around, we came up with the usual 3-4 letter words kike hat and cat, but the second time it was brilliant! We managed to build some pretty unusual words and so what if we tweaked the rules a bit too (He allowed me Rehab and I allowed him Prez!) The sheer joy of being away from the glaring computer screen and playing something for real was brilliant! Scrabble is definitely going to remain on my list of favorites for a while! I am still in the process of persuading PD to give Pictionary a shot. And while I am at it, I plan to treat myself to a 4th of July gift- the original UNO card game !!! (Boy, I used to LOVE that game as a kid !!! :):))
And well, after we were done with the game, I was so happy that I actually clicked a snap of the board! 🙂 Here’s to more such evenings! :):)