Virtual games based on classic real-world board games have taken the social media world by storm; bored office workers and easily distracted students everywhere play Draw Something (aka Pictionary-on-the-go) and Words With Friends (Scrabble for the attention-span-challenged) obsessively on cell phones and tablets.
Toymaker Hasbro naturally decided to get in on the action by producing tangible, real-world board games based on everyone’s favorite online distractions–which were based on board games in the first place. Confused? So are we.
Anyone notice the right-before-the-holidays release date? The company has even chosen to market these shameless ripoffs as “more social” than their digital versions, since fans can play them at parties with other actual humanoids. But no one seems to be falling for it. Some related Tweets:
Just saw a commercial for the Words With Friends board game. Also known as Scrabble for you oldies out there. I don’t understand…
— Nathan Kress (@NathanKress) October 24, 2012
Words with friends is now a board game. What’s next, are they going to turn the Harry Potter movies into books?! #scrabbleorWWF?
— Alli Christensen (@5ft2_andluvinit) October 16, 2012
Did you hear they’re making a Words With Friends board-game?Did you hear that, makers of Scrabble?
— Regan Adcock (@Regan562) October 16, 2012
Here’s the kicker: the makers of Words with Friends the Board Game are the makers of Scrabble!