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Thursday, September 14, 2000
Adams' Apple: GameRanger Appealing, Appalling
4:13 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

It has been well over a year since the currently freeware chat and game-finding service GameRanger has been available to the public, and yet this creation of Scott Kevill is still the topic of conversation. If you have tried this service recently, you may have noticed a charming person named Suellen who stands apart from the rest of the crowd through sheer niceness and wholesomeness alone. That persona belongs to Suellen Adams of Westlake Interactive, who has made GameRanger the subject of her semi-weekly column Adams' Apple.

Calling GameRanger "both appealing and appalling," Suellen cites both the Mac-only, functional and fun aspects of the service as well as the inevitable dark side that seems to haunt all forms of live online chat. Here is an excerpt from the column:

So what is the appeal of this service? Well, first and foremost it is a wonderful way to meet people with whom to play your favorite game. Suellen often goes there to find a game of Scrabble. Mark has played a variety of games there as well. It is easy to start a game there and usually not difficult to find someone to share the game with you...

But we said appealing and appalling, so what's appalling about it? One of the most appalling things is the addictive nature of GameRanger. Suellen tends to pop in for a minute and stay about a week. It seems as though whenever she tries to leave, either someone invites her to yet another game of Scrabble or asks her an interesting question.

Another unfortunate thing about GR is that it has the same drawbacks as any chat service. Most of the people there are okay most of the time, though sometimes the arguments and insults get out of hand. There are also a select few who come in strictly for the purpose of getting a rise out of one particular person or the whole group (that's why the "ignore" feature is so appealing). And there are the people who come in to exercise their four-letter vocabularies (hurray for client side filters).

If you want to discuss the latest news and rumors from the Mac community, make new friends or just read someone's description of their most recent belch, GameRanger is the place to be. Check out the rest of the column for details.

Adams' Apple: GameRanger Tonight!

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