New Scrabble Rules To Shake Up The Word World
April 6, 2010
The allowance of proper nouns in the game goes against previous rules, which have been the same since Mattel (also a word that will be allowed in the game) introduced Scrabble in 1947.
It is hoped that by letting names into the game, it will make high scores easier to achieve, and bring in a bigger crowd than the usual wordsmiths that dominate the field.
“These changes will provide a great new twist on the old formula,” a spokeswoman for the company said. “People who are already fans will enjoy the changes but we will still be selling a board with the original rules.”
But already the announcement has been less than popular.
Many have expressed concern that the new rule will be allowed in tournaments, and not just in regular games at home. They say this will interfere with the serious players who go on to enter into mass championships.
Some have also questioned the motives behind making it easier by letting pop culture enter into a game meant to expand and stress vocabulary.