NY Times faces backlash over Wordle changes

(NewsNation Now) – It’s not five letters, but “backlash” may be the last word for The New York Times after buying viral puzzle game Wordle.

Some users have complained that the puzzles have become increasingly difficult to solve.

“It kind of takes away the fun. I don’t know how long I’ll play it if the words get much harder. Like before, it was kind of like, OK, it’s like a one-minute, five-minute game,” said Wordle player Taylar Page.

The Times, which offers popular word games such as Spelling Bee and its crossword puzzle, said “when it moves to The New York Times, Wordle will be free to play for new and existing players, and no changes will be made. will be brought to its playability.

Wordle was created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn. He originally did it for his partner, but went public in October. On November 1, only 90 people had played there. Within two months, that number jumped to 300,000 after people started sharing their scores on social media.

Now the simple puzzle that lets players guess a five-letter word in six tries with no hints has millions of daily players, The Times said. It has also become a viral phenomenon online, spurring imitators such as “Airportle”, in which the player guesses airport abbreviations, and “Queertle”, with words for the queer community.

To play Wordle now, players need to visit its website. Just type a five-letter word. If any letters turn green, you have the right letter in the right place. Yellow letters mean the correct letter in the wrong place and gray letters mean they are not in the word of the day.

Wordle’s appeal is partly due to its simplicity. There are no bells and whistles or ads or asking for an email address to play – just a website with 30 empty boxes and a keyboard. Some apps have tried to build on its success, confusing people who have downloaded – or even paid for – apps on their phones into thinking it’s the original Wordle.


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