22-Year-Old Rapper Travels 1,000 Miles To Meet 81-Year-Old Woman He Met Online.
When Spencer Sleyon started playing a game on his phone, he never imagined that he'd like it so much that he'd become almost addicted to it. Spencer also didn't imagine that the game would bring something into his life that was way more valuable than some new skills - and the Internet is raving about it.
Spencer is a 22-year-old aspiring rapper from Harlem, New York. Just like the other kids his age, Spencer never puts down his smartphone. But unlike his friends, who spend their time playing with the filters on Snapchat or the stories on Instagram, Spencer likes doing things on his phone that are a bit nerdier.
Playing With Words
Spencer enjoys playing mobile games, but not just any mobile game. Spencer loves playing Words With Friends, which isn't exactly surprising, considering he wants to have a career as a lyricist. For those of you that are only familiar with mobile games like Candy Crush, you might be wondering what Words With Friends is and why it's so addicting.
Just Like Scrabble
Words With Friends is a game published by the social gaming company Zynga. It's pretty much just like Scrabble. Players use random letters to build different words and they score points for each word they put on the board. But you don't have to play against only a computer, you can play against other players all around the world in real time. Now that the game has been around for eight years, features appealing to younger audiences are being added.
Anyone Can Enjoy It
Words With Friends recently added a "social dictionary" which allows players to use slang words on the board. Players can also compete against fictional characters like William Shakespeare. A Lightning Round has been added, as well, which tests players' speed. Spencer was immediately hooked when he started playing the game about a year ago.
More Than A Competitor
Spencer was used to playing against random people, but there was one person that he kept getting paired with: an 81-year-old woman from West Palm Beach, Florida, named Rosalind "Roz" Guttman. The two players formed a competitive relationship and began playing a lot of games with each other. Soon, it turned into something more.
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