Wordle: Why the Devilishly Addicting Inventor of Online Gaming Doesn’t Want Your Money | Game culture

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Last name: Wordle.

Age: Almost three months.

Appearance: Thirty empty boxes in six rows; The rest is up to you.

What am I supposed to do? Guess the word.

What word? It’s up to you to find out.

Is it some kind of game? Yes, and it’s been very popular since just before Christmas. More than 300,000 people play it daily, and even more talk about it. Which is incredible, considering that it only launched in mid-October.

How it works? You try to guess a five letter word by entering characters in boxes. Color coding shows you which letters you have right, which are wrong and which are correct but in the wrong position. Then you guess again.

It sounds simple. I mean, I’ll figure it out eventually. Not necessarily – if you can’t get it in six tries, you lose.

I’m just going to start over. Sorry, only one word and one passage per day.

But I want to play now! You will just have to wait.

And who invented this madness? Josh Wardle, Reddit software engineer.

Wardle did Wordle? He created it for his partner, who loves word games.

It’s good. Then he uploaded it. It was slow to start at first, but in December Wardle tweaked the game to allow players to share their results (but not the answer) on social media. Afterwards, it exploded.

Is that what those mysterious colored boxes I see on Twitter are? Yes, they create some intrigue.

If it’s so addicting, why doesn’t he let people play it all day? Limited availability is part of the attraction. “It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day,” Wardle told The New York Times. “And that’s it. Like, he doesn’t want more of your time than that.

While I applaud the success of this daily brain exercise, I think it might struggle to monetize it. He does not want.

Sorry, I’m not sure I understand. “It’s not about trying to do anything fishy with your data or your eyes,” says Wardle. “It’s just a game that’s fun.”

Yeah, I still don’t understand. Wordle is Wardle’s gift to the world. End of the story.

I sense a plot. Of course you do.

Say: “It’s okay, I didn’t want another try anyway. “

Do not say : “I have an idea for a new game – it’s like Wordle, but with lots of ads.”


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