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What kind of person cheats?

Asked by Dutchess_III (25567 points ) 2 months ago

In this case I’m referring specifically to the Words With Friends game. For those who don’t know, WWF is a game app you can download or access through fb. It’s Scrabble.

Well, there are websites out there, like this one. You just play the words as they’re played, then plug in the letters you have to work with and the computer calculates the best word you can play. I do NOT use one no matter how stuck I am.

However, there are people who use them to play their games, and I don’t understand. You can tell when an opponent is using one and I usually drop them after a couple of games when it becomes obvious. I say “usually,” because there is one friend I play and I disregard the fact that she’s using a cheat because she’s about 80 years old! I think it’s cool that she’d even active on the computer in this way. She’s the one who told me about cheats when I first started playing, and told me she uses one ‘when she gets stuck’ I mean, where is the fun it it? You don’t even have to think. Why not just open two or three games and play yourself?

What kind of person would think it’s OK?

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ragingloli's avatar

The person who wants to WIN.

keobooks's avatar

I can’t stand it when people cheat in online games. I used to play a pictionary style game until people started forming teams. One person would not even bother drawing and the other person would answer it as soon as the timer started. It’s so pointless. You don’t get money or anything when you win. I think cheating sucks the fun out of games.

filmfann's avatar

Someone who doesn’t want to be embarrassed by their wordplay skills.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@ragingloli How could they consider the computer playing the game for them as “winning?”

@keobooks it certainly does.

So why even play a word play game if you don’t have the skill @filmfann?

keobooks's avatar

My wordplay skills are terrible. So I don’t play those kinds of games often. I’m really good at trivia, though. And I’ve played with people who just memorized the cards or used the internet to cheat.

ragingloli's avatar

@Dutchess_III
The same way that athletes consider the chemicals enhancing their performance as winning.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@ragingloli

To be fair those athletes have a huge financial incentive to “cheat”.

filmfann's avatar

@keobooks I used to get very angry with people playing “iSketch” who were obviously cheating.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s such an unethical thing to do, IMO. Plus they’ll lie about it to boot.

keobooks's avatar

@filmfann—ISketch was exactly the game I was talking about! I had a large group of friends from another game and we all migrated there for a while when it was new. But it didn’t take long before cheaters came.

ibstubro's avatar

I can see where I might use a cheat if I got really stuck just because of timeliness. If there’s a time limit I would allow the time to run out, but if there’s no time limit the options would be taking 3 days to respond and cheating a bit.

keobooks's avatar

I cheat on games I play myself. I use spoilers to solve quests that I can’t figure out. I don’t feel guilty about that so long as I do most of the game on my own. But I don’t cheat when I play with others. It just doesn’t seem right.

ibstubro's avatar

Like your 80 yo friend, I would NOT lie about using a cheat.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@ibstubro In this game you just pass if you get that stuck.

ibstubro's avatar

okay

but it would be difficult if not impossible for me to pass on a word game!

Dutchess_III's avatar

O i C, D.

ibstubro's avatar

Well, all I can say the that @Dutchess_III, is duh!

Like I’m NEW to this sandbox.

Dutchess_III's avatar

UR SENTENCE WAS WRONG!!! FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT!!! AHHHHHH!!!!

ibstubro's avatar

Too late

johnpowell's avatar

I don’t play Words With Friends but I do play hangman with Allie and I cheat a lot. I suck and Allie is better so I Harrison Bergeron that shit.

ibstubro's avatar

I don’t think it’s cheating if the other person knows you need a little mental viagra help.

Symbeline's avatar

Not related to this, but what animal should you never trust?

A cheetah!

baboom dzing

Dutchess_III's avatar

You ain’t lion, man!

MadMadMax's avatar

I have never played Words with Friends, I used to be OK at scrabble.

My sons are really good at it, and they play each other across the miles; but while I was actually a writer, I think I’d stink at Words wit Friends today, and I usually bow out. I certainly rather bow out or ask to start with a ultra beginner than cheat.

I have nothing to prove to anyone but maybe some people do. The truth is that I have never played any boardgames with my brother in my whole life where he didn’t grab extra money in monopoly, change your position in checkers when you went to the bathroom. You name the game and he cheated.

He has a Masters and used to claim he had a Phd and he works on Wall Street – interestingly eh?

dougiedawg's avatar

Oh, I have encountered several of those playing “random opponents”. I now look at their scrabble profile and if their winning percentage is extremely high, I just assume the worst.

I have never cheated but I once in a tight game took a look at that site. The word I needed was a simple one but I didn’t play it and lost the game.

Now I would never look since it better to give in and lose than torture yourself with what might have been;) There’s also the chance that if you shuffle enough letters you find a word that works!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Some people are just good. But when you have a person of average intelligence who consistently come up with obscure words that utilize 3 other words, or uses all their tiles often, it’s a good sign they’re cheating. I mean, everyone comes up with odd words in moments of sheer desperation sometimes, but not constantly and not really long ones, either.

MadMadMax's avatar

@Dutchess_III I know people (I grew up with them) that are very easy going and easy to talk to but they would murder me at scrabble. Their vocabularies are enormous, probably because they read a great deal but also due to their college majors and the nature of their family dynamics. These folks don’t ever have to cheat but as things go, as I said earlier they are down to earth and easy to talk to and good friends.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh, I’m sure! I have one friend who regularly wipes the board with me! But I know she’s just that good and she’s not cheating.

GloPro's avatar

Not related to cheating, but to Scrabble. Definitely worth a watch, if you ever played the old school board game:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pUJJ-mdd9pw

I stopped playing WWF because I realized that my friends cheated when I started using the words they played in sentences and they had no clue what I said or meant. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Darth_Algar's avatar

Of course there’s always the Brute Force Method.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@GloPro Well, we all manage to come up with off the wall words sometimes. QI? QIS? Since I looked them up, I have an idea what they mean but they aren’t my idea of words.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@GloPro Watched your video…I didn’t realize my Scrabble jokes were THAT BAD!! :(

ibstubro's avatar

OMG. @Dutchess_III made me watch @GloPro‘s video and it is HILARIOUS. Literal LOL. Now I want to spend the day watching that guy.

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