April 6th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Jay-Z for 23 points? Scrabble says yes

Attention scrabble players! Mattel, the company that produces the popular game, is changing the rules. It's allowing you to score points by spelling out proper nouns.

A spokesperson told the BBC it will add a new dimension to the game by allowing an element of pop culture, which could attract a new, younger generation of players.

"This could cause a power shift between the generations, with those possessing a keen knowledge of the top 40 singles' chart legitimately able to cite such high-scoring examples as singers N-Dubz (17 points) and Jay-Z (23 points)," the spokeswoman told the BBC.

It's the first time since the game was invented in 1938 that a rule has changed.

But Mattel says the old rules won't go away completely.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Paxton

    Does that mean they are adding hyphen tiles? Will there be a dictionary of accepted proper nouns or will people have to argue their authenticity?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RichieB

    Actually JAY-Z and N-DUBZ would not count because they are hyphenated. I play Scrabble a lot and these new rules will not be used when I play.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BryceV

    This story is not true. It's a new game coming out, and not the original Scrabble.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bowieboy

    Yuck. Until Scrabble publishes a new dictionary with accepted proper nouns, there's no way to challenge them... so, I'm with RIchieB: No new rules when I play.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Janie215

    Hasboro is willing to water down Scrabble to broaden its appeal to people who could care less about the game. It is the Scrabble purists. such as myself, who have helped this game maintain its popularity. Allowing proper nouns is a slap in the face to Scrabble purists every where.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    I thought Hasbro made Scrabble? Regardless, these rules will not be used when I play.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mal

    Okay, there's no brand of outrage funnier than "scrabble purist outrage". You guys crack me up.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drmello

    That's ridiculous.

    They shouldn't dumb down the game.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Klaark

    People who take this game seriously need to be scrabbled themselves.

    April 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Junior

    If proper names will now be allowed, this is going to create an entirely new headache. How do you prove the name is spelled correctly? A player can claim to know someone name Zyaphyer, or Shaynaynay, or Xoquilda. You can basically make up any name you want! Not a good change whatsoever to Scrabble.

    April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. micahel

    This is actually a completely new and different game from Scrabble. The official Scrabble game will not be changed or effected by this offshoot. I believe their calling it Scrabble Twisted or something to that matter. It's like Monopoly City.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    What's next? – texting abbreviations!! OMG, LOL, THX. Is the beginning of the dwonfall for the English language?

    April 7, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. alice

    Nice to know

    April 7, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nette

    Lol@Scrabble Purist Outrage!! Lol!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    This article is missing a major point (from NPR). The US holder of Scrabble rights is Hasbro, which has stated that it will not be changing the game. This version is 'Trickster' Scrabble that I believe will only be international.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
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