Hasbro pulls the plug on the flirtatious Facebook game
Tuesday, July 29, 2008. It was a day of infamy for online flirters everywhere. The day Scrabulous drew its final tile and met an unceremonious death on Facebook.
Say it ain’t so, Scrabulous!
The online word game is the best smart-girl hook-up joint on the web. Want to impress a brainy beau? Whisper in his ear that you’d like to meet him for some steamy Scrabble at 2:00 a.m. Want to suss out your future mate’s mental fate? Invite him online for some fabu Scrabu.
It’s the perfect, no pressure get-to-know-you. Fun for word freaks – and nerd flirts – everywhere. (It’s somehow easier to spell out p-e-n-i-s with little square blocks online than to say it face-to-face.)
My friend Dan* — who is hot, smart and can pull ladies like he’s pulling weeds -uses Scrabulous as a seduction tool. He’s the kind of guy who can pick up women at a bar with his hands tied behind his back and a paper bag over his head. Still, he prefers to log a few days of wordy wooing first, hoping for a triple score before he, um, actually scores.
(*Names have been changed to protect Scrabulous sobriquets!)
So why the doomsday for Scrabble play?
Scrabulous was developed by brothers Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla. They introduced the old-timey word game to thousands of young friends and lovers in all corners of the globe, most of whom never would have picked up the boxed version their grandparents played.
Now, however, the brothers Agarwalla are tangled in a legal brouhaha with board game maker Hasbro. Seems the manufacturer believes Scrabulous was going for illegal word play by infringing on its copyright.
Hasbro’s been developing its own interactive version of the game, along with Electronic Arts, but that game crashed this week. (Rumor has it that the EA version got hacked by surly Scrabulous fans.)
In the meantime – what are guys and gals who seduce each other over Scrabble to do? Well, the Scrabulous bros just launched a slightly altered version of their game, called Wordscraper, now available on Facebook.
Hope Hasbro is satisfied with this one. Otherwise Facebook flirters might turn their backs on Scrabble for good.