AirTalk for December 8, 2011

Are smart phone games taking over our lives?

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Looks like Alec Baldwin’s temper and his apparent addiction to a certain Smartphone game, got him kicked off a plane earlier this week. The actor was on an American Airlines flight bound for New York, where he was slated to shoot an episode of the sitcom “30 Rock.”

The flight was delayed on the runway. So, Baldwin whipped out his Smartphone and played a few rounds of Words with Friends. The flight attendants objected, sharing a few words of their own. Ultimately, Baldwin got booted from the plane. The incident was made public by Baldwin himself, in a tweet: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”

American Airlines reps were not amused. “When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off,” they wrote in a statement. “This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time. The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane's lavatory. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language.”

The kerfuffle has been great for Zynga, Words with Friends’ parent company. The game, which already has over 12-million users, added 100,000 more in the last day alone. What’s the big fuss about this game, which is basically just like Scrabble? Users say it’s as addictive as crystal meth because it taps into social networks, allowing gamers to play with strangers or friends. Be that as it may, we all know there are times when we must power down. Refusing to do so can Boggle fellow passengers and turn flight attendants into Angry Birds.

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Are playing these games worth the risk of getting in trouble? Are they adding to or interfering with our lives? Can you control your own habit? Has someone else’s gaming annoyed you? What’s your #gamerstory?


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