Last week, when I was editing our interview with Colbert Report writer Meredith Scardino, I had to look up Scardino’s favorite game, Scramble With Friends, as I’d never heard of it before. I learned that when you start to type the word “scramble” into Google, the second suggestion is “scramble with friends.” The top suggestion? “Scramble with friends cheat.” Cheating is a measure of last resort for some, and a measure of first resort for others. It’s the topic of the day on this week’s episode of the podcast.
I’m joined by Drew Toal, who recently participated in a Scrabble For Cheaters tournament—you may have read about it here on the site. Russ Fischer also makes his debut on the podcast, as we discuss the disjointed vision of Max Payne 3 (pictured above), the temptations of GameFAQs.com, and the old Nintendo tip hotline. Plus, after wowing the world with her review of Mystic Ice Blast on the previous installment of the podcast, my own mom is back to talk about Bejeweled Blitz. And it turns out that she is disturbingly well-prepared for the day’s cheating theme.