Words With Friends creators 'always intended' for players to guess away

Words With Friends pluggingWith that, Scrabble purists everywhere felt a mysterious pang in their chests. Words With Friends creators Paul and David Bettner told Forbes that the fact that players can guess their way victory is intentional. That was after the Forbes writer posted a scathing critique of the hit mobile word game, blaming that perceived flaw for driving him away from the game.

"I don't think it's a problem to be fixed," David Bettner told Forbes."We always intended it to be that way." Bettner was referring to Words With Friends players that seem to have a beef with the fact that players can place as many combinations of letters on the game board and hit the "Play" button as they please. In fact, it's such a hot topic among Words With Friends players that Penny Arcade dubbed it the "Brute Force Method" with disdain.

The Bettner brothers have even considered addressing the issue with a fix, such as limiting how many times a player can press the "Play" button in error or even telling the opponent that the player is guessing. But at the end of the day, the Better bros. like it the way it is. They even have a name for it: "plugging". (And David is guilty as charged.)

"Every time we've come up with these ideas and talked about them, we've realized that it takes away a little bit from the framework that's contributed to the success of the app," Paul Bettner told Forbes. "We've tried to stay very focused on presenting a singular experience. It's a simple game. There's not a lot of options you need to worry about. You can just jump in and enjoy it right away."

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