My obsession with video games began at age seven. It was the Christmas of ’94 when I received my Super Nintendo console and the love was instant and powerful. I spent the entire day sitting on a stiff wooden chair playing Super Mario Bros on the tiny kitchen TV. I had to be pried away from my controller and forced to open presents. It was only a matter of days before I had successfully saved Princess Peach from Bowser and moved on to saving Jasmine from Jafar and so forth. As I grew up, technology advanced and so did my taste in games. Middle school brought Mario Kart, high school Dance Dance Revolution and my college years were those of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. When smart phones happened, all bets were off. Words With Friends, Angry Birds, Cut The Rope and Fruit Ninja are just a few of my former loves.
Therefore, when I discovered Draw Something a few weeks ago, it was no shock to anyone how quickly I was hooked. I am currently juggling twelve games and constantly recruiting new opponents. As a self-admitted addict of Draw Something, here are the top ten things I have learned thus far.
1. People with iPads have everything easier.
2. Not enough of my friends have read or seen The Hunger Games. It’s such a major disappointment when you draw an amazing picture of Peeta and your opponent has no idea who he is. Don’t even get me started on the fact that my friend Jen drew “Effie” as a nickname for The Eiffel Tower.
3. Sending scribbled messages in pastel colors is a way more fun than texting.
4. People take their works of art very seriously. One of my best friends and I got into our first fight ever this week because I didn’t pay close enough attention to his “creative process” while watching him draw the word “wedgie”. Luckily I was able to win back his love with an impressive drawing of Willow from Buffy on my next turn.
5. It is really difficult to draw jello.
6. Some of my friends have severe spelling deficiencies. Some people skip past the part where their opponent guesses their drawing. Not me. I like to see the process unfold. In doing this, however, I have discovered that a few of my friends have serious spelling issues. It took my friend Sarah a solid 2 minutes and 10 attempts at “scunk” before she managed to correctly plug in the letters to “skunk”. It was amazing and hilarious and she will be so mad at me for writing about it here.
7. No matter what words they are presented with, boys can find a way to incorporate genitalia into their artwork if they really put their minds to it.
8. Forgetting to change your brush size can be disastrous. It is the absolute worst thing in the universe when you spend a tedious amount of time on a drawing and then forget to change your brush size, instantly ruining it with a huge black smudge. I think we all can agree that an “undo” button would be an excellent addition to the next app update.
9. No matter how hard I try, every person I draw ends up looking like a character from Doug. I must have missed the day in art class when we were taught how to draw noses. Even my beloved Beyoncé ends up looking like a bizarre Patty Mayonnaise.
10. The better you know someone the easier it is to comprehend their crazy nightmare drawings. Sometimes this game has nothing to do with artistic ability and everything to do with understanding how people think. My mother has zero drawing ability, but I spent my entire childhood trying to understand her thought process and stay one step ahead of her. So when she draws a tiny stick figure with blonde hair, it’s not hard for me to guess Barbie, even before she draws Ken and his “smooth area”.
Feature image is a drawing by Rhetta that she posted on her Twitter page @JokeDiva. She is crazy good. She also uses an iPad.