Mar
13
2012

Splendid Thing: Draw Something

I had a whole different post lined up and written in my head—what, they don't count when you write them in your head?—but I have managed to spend the entire evening embroiled in one enormous, never-ending, multi-player game of Draw Something instead, and so that one's going to have to wait. 

What, you haven't played Draw Something? Don't do it. Seriously, I'm begging you not to do it, because you will waste untold hours of your life drawing sherrifs and togas and frighteningly accurate likenesses of Kanye West on your phone screen, using only your pointer finger and a healthy dose of procrastination. I only discovered Draw Something this evening when Sean sent me the link, and I already fancy myself an amateur Van Gogh. I mean, I'm weighing up whether I even need this left ear anyway. Might as well go the whole hog if you're going to do the artist thing, you know what I'm saying? Hell, that's why we have two! 

Draw Something is basically like Pictionary, except you play against invisble people in your phone. For an hour or so, I was playing only Sean and my sister, and then I got restless and put out a blanket call on Twitter for people to play with me, and now I've got 24 games on the go and I'm really adept at drawing Tina Fey. I'm this close to adding that skill set to my LinkedIn profile, you guys. No, really, it's uncanny how well I can do her scar!


Okay, so maybe I need to work on my J-Lo, though. 

If you're looking for a frighteningly easy way to lose an entire evening and you're fresh out of absinthe and opium—darn it, I always forget the opium when I pop out to the store for milk, don't you?—I guess I could grudgingly admit that you should give Draw Something a go. Just make sure you have your affairs in order before you do, okay? Like, maybe bathe and do some laundry and feed your cats or something. You won't be doing any of that again for a while.

28 Comments

1
Roze
Mar 14, 2012

There honestly was a moment of pause where I thought about not leaving this comment and heading straight to downloading the app instead. It's the second time I've heard about this game today--clearly a sign from the heavens that I will not be accomplishing anything tonight, or anytime soon. This will probably be my last sign of life for a while then.

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Amanda Blog & Kiss
Mar 14, 2012

Yup, also discovered it yesterday, haven't been off it since! I just drew tupac & snooki. But they have yet to be figured out. Think my white bandana (tupac) andstate of new jersey (snooki) left much to be desired.

3
Leonor
Mar 14, 2012

Darn! Mental note: must buy a smartphone to play Draw Something.

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Sara
Mar 14, 2012

I've been playing this for a week. My teenager found it first. (Of course.) And I have been addicted ever since. It has taken me back to 7th grade. It's eerily similar to a game played by my friends and myself wherein we would spend class time, where we were supposed to be learning English or science or math, doodling a picture and then passing it on for our friend to guess instead. This probably explains why I can't divide a square root or can't remember much about microbes but am awesome with drawing rebus pictures.

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Annika
Mar 14, 2012

You and your twitter call were really evil. Because yes, after your tweet I went and downloaded it.
Such a waste of time.
Oh so enjoyable.
Would love to see how you draw Florida!

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KateMc
Mar 14, 2012

I sent you a game, and I would just like to apologize for how much I suuuuuck as an "artist." But I discovered the game just yesterday, and I was immediately hooked, so as soon as I saw your call on Twitter, I was like, "I'm in!" Just. Couldn't. Help myself.

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Anna Louisa
Mar 14, 2012

soooo much more entertaining than Words With Friends! Your JLo is impressive :)

http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/

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Juli
Mar 14, 2012

My daughters got me hooked on Draw Something a couple of weeks ago. I'm now to the point of considering cutting my fingernails shorter so I can draw with better clarity. But I won't. Yet. I especially love getting drawings where the "artist" has repeatedly erased something, finally just giving up and writing a word clue. Love this silly game!

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Lindsey
Mar 14, 2012

I finally gave in an downloaded it too! I would steal my roommate's phone and refuse to download it on my own because "it would be too time-consuming." Boy was I right! It is t-riffic!

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Ginny
Mar 14, 2012

I'm done for the day. I was planning on cleaning my room and writing my thesis, but COME ON. This is way more important.

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Anna
Mar 14, 2012

Oh my gosh, I've been addicted for a week now!! I have the drawing talent of a 4 year, with fingerpaint, but somehow I'm really good! It's yet one more thing I now obsess over, the first of which is reading your blog. I laugh out loud and have consumed quite a lot of hours reading the archives (as I just found you!)

Send me an invite and I'll display my mad artistic talent! cordergirl5

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Anna
Mar 14, 2012

Oh, you've also pushed me over the Twitter edge. I have been against joining since forever because I didn't need ONE more social outlet to consume my time but I am thinking of joining so I can follow YOU! What have you done to me?

Btw, I'm not a stalker. lol

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Meghan
Mar 14, 2012

I've had it for a week now, and figured I'd lose interest after a day or two. I. cannot. stop. playing. My breaks at work? Playing that damn game. 11pm and time to go to bed since I'll be up in two hours to feed a hungry baby? Okay, but just one more picture.I need an intervention.

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Amanda
Mar 14, 2012

I just downloaded the app earlier today and I'm addicted already! It's a good thing I showered and ate before I began playing.

15
Jackie
Mar 14, 2012

Love that game! I drew the best Skrillex the other day and kicked myself for not saving a screenshot. The hardest part to playing is remembering my audience! My 30-something friends can get more "colorful" drawings than my teenage relatives.

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Julie
Mar 14, 2012

I was already addicted when you sent out your Twitter call. You are now something like my 27th opponent. I have to leave my iPad at home, just so I can be a responsible adult.

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Ania
Mar 14, 2012

Well, this sounds awfully familiar. Years ago I fell for this: isketch.org And surprisingly, everything has stayed the same. Even the intro music. Same advice: Don't do it.

18
Angella
Mar 15, 2012

You drew a mean MC Hammer, too. One more to add to your LinkedIn profile. ;)

19
em
Mar 15, 2012

my friend and i started a game of this. i am sure i will get sacked soon. it is addictive.......so much so i am pretending to use the work twitter account on my phone but drawing instead.

20
S
Mar 15, 2012

May I also suggest Fruit Ninja? Another hopelessly addictive waste of time!

21
S
Mar 15, 2012

Oh Holly, what have you done? 3 hours later, I have 12 games going on!!!

22
Sheila
Mar 15, 2012

Heh- you're in good prep mode for when you have children, for they will reach a stage when they continuously thrust crayons, pencils, etc. into your hand and insist that you "draw something!" (I bet you ten bucks the developer of the app has young children.)

My youngest child's favorite commands were for me to draw "diaper creme" and "Pooh Bear" over and over and over. If ever you are directed to do either of those things on the app, email me STAT and I'll fix you right up.

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sarah
Mar 17, 2012

Darn you, Burns, my Saturday has been shot. And i just drew a shameful rendition of "barbie". How has it come to this?

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sarah
Mar 17, 2012

Darn you, Burns, my Saturday has been shot. And i just drew a shameful rendition of "barbie". How has it come to this?

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Marissa Miller
Apr 02, 2012

It's WAY more awesome and addictive (if that's possible) on the iPad. Highly recommended.

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Kristen
Apr 06, 2012

Oh man. I knew this would happen. I finally started playing, and I CANNOT STOP. Thanks a lot, Holly.

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Jenny
Apr 18, 2012

I agree with Marissa Miller-- it's even more addictive (and much more fun) to play on the iPad. I actually started playing Draw Something a few weeks ago on my iPad (and quickly became obsessed).... then I was forced to play a few rounds on my iPhone (because my husband took our iPad on a trip), and couldn't believe how much harder it was to draw decent stick figures on such a tiny screen. If you have the chance, definitely try playing it on the iPad.... you'll love it!!

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