‘Something’ happened to my family over the Bank Holiday weekend, which I thought would be interesting to share and, at the very least, may act as some kind of therapy…
If you already play, you’ll know how the rest of this post goes, but for those not in the game yet, a quick intro…
Draw Something (also known as Draw My Thing on some platforms) pits your drawing skills against your game partner’s ability to guess your scribbles and doodles.
…it’s basically Pictionary for your phone.
So, on Friday night I casually introduced it to Mrs H – by Saturday morning the ‘no phones at the table’ rule had been forgotton, like addicts to a dealer, we both woke up gagging for another go, only now it was me and Mrs H plus 4 out of our 5 children who picked it up instantly. (The only reason our youngest wasn’t playing along was because of her own ‘Bejewelled’ addiction).
All 6 of us, sitting round the breakfast table on various devices not speaking, but frantically sending pictures to each other, we didn’t realise we were in the full throws of Draw Something addiction. Hugely unsociable, yet very social at the same time. Hugely annoying, yet so much fun and sooooo goddam addictive.
We played on through the day like one big conjoined gaming family. It was as gross as it sounds.
By this point I’d also started games with friends in every far flung corner of the world I could think of… just to add an international flavour to the gaming mix, putting the whole thing on multiple timelines which meant I woke up to whole fresh batch of green ‘ready’ buttons.
It was interesting to see the change in mood over Saturday into Sunday, as the initial excitement suddenly turned to resentment towards this app that had entered our lives and slightly taken over. We were supposed to be enjoying a nice family orientated weekend, but I’m not sure whether this new activity qualified as spending quality time together? The kids continued to start up games with other family members, friends and random strangers around the world.
Me and Mrs H started talking again as we spent the rest of Sunday trying to prepare for friends and family arriving for the Bank Holiday Easter Party we had planned before addiction had kicked in. Little did we realise that what was about to arrive was a tidal wave of Draw Something users…
Monday – some ‘quick draws’ were squeezed in between hoovering, food prep and trying to convince the children that they needed to wear clothes when people came round.(Yes, I bribed them with more Draw time). By the time the afternoon was in full swing we had 15 (of the 26 people in the house) playing, we were a flashmob of Draw Somethings. (If I was a copywriter at this point I would insert a really funny phrase for the collective noun for a group of Draw Something users).
People would slope off to to other rooms in the house to privately send their next pic for fear of over the shoulder sabotage.
It got quite serious. Then we remembered Easter, chocolate and Jesus (all difficult to draw-Jesus. Definitely a 3-coiner). I’ve never experienced anything like it socially, my Nan was playing a friend’s 6-year-old daughter, my wife playing with her sister in New York, me playing with friends in Australia, while all still playing each other, and the games on the go with ‘others’, I’d put the wider circle of players from the visitors we had to be around 100 people interacting in those few hours.
This app is ageless, peerless, classless, I think that’s what put it at the top of the iTunes chart this week (in both paid and free charts).
So did it ruin the weekend? Or did it strangely bring a large group of people together in a conversation which they would never usually have? I’d like to think it did have a positive effect, but like all drugs, there’s a come-down period.
This is what we’re all living through this week as we return to work/school/life. The great thing about apps are the way they enter your life, you may use them for a day, a week, a month, a year or never use them again after your first try, by this time next week there will be another new must-have app (I did chance across this HTML5 drawing app someone has put out for free which already turned my head).
Anyway, my phone is showing the magic red dot with 5 new draws to do, so I’ll have to leave this here. Now… how do you draw the word ‘Addiction’?