Did The New York Times Just Ruin Wordle? Hopefully not. When the popular puzzle game was purchased by the news media company in January for a low seven-figure fee, the deal came with promises that there would be “no changes” to Wordle’s gameplay after the move. But that no longer seemed to be true this week when a number of Wordle addicts found they were getting different solutions than others playing the same day puzzle. If so, it could have destroyed one of Wordle’s biggest selling points. After all, the joy of Wordle isn’t just guessing the five-letter word in less than six tries – it’s sharing your results on social media and comparing your performance with others.
Spoilers below for Wordle puzzle 284 on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
On Wednesday, however, many Wordle players discovered that the solution to their puzzle was different from that of others playing the same game, Wordle #284.
For some, the winning word was “stove”, but for others it was “harry”. The latter does not refer to a person’s name, let’s note, but rather to the somewhat outdated name word it means “constantly harassing” or “tormenting with constant attack”.
Wordle players were surprised to find they had a different solution to their puzzle than others and took to social media to find out. complain. Some noted that they had encountered this issue before, indicating that the game as they knew it had changed. The Wall Street Journalfor example, pointed out that this problem had already occurred with game #241 when some users got the “agora” solution and others got “aroma”.
But it turns out the New York Times isn’t changing how Wordle works. (Phew!)
Instead, the company told TechCrunch that it removed some more obscure words from the game to make the puzzle more accessible. “Harry”, apparently, was among them. This meant that people who played Wordle daily – leaving the game’s web page open on their device – did not receive game updates. In other words, their version of the game was not synchronized with the others who have loaded Wordle in a new browser window.
“We haven’t changed how Wordle works,” NYT spokesman Jordan Cohen said. “We haven’t made any changes to core functionality or game rules, and we’re committed to continuing what makes the game great. We’ll continue to review solutions and remove obscure or potentially insensitive words,” a- he added.
Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix. All you have to do is refresh the Wordle website to make sure your game is in sync. After that, you will not receive the obscure words that have been removed from the Wordle database and you can compare your scores with others correctly.
We understand that The New York Times is looking to create a more sustainable, long-term solution to this problem in the future, so that this type of discrepancy does not occur again. But that hasn’t been rolled out yet.
The New York Times gaming division attempted to explain the issue on Twitter. But it’s Tweeter asked users to copy and paste a particular URL into their browser, and left some still confused as to what happened or why a fix was needed.
The fact that the “two-word” problem even exploded in the first place, however, is a good indication of the game’s popularity among its fans. In fact, it’s so popular that players didn’t even bother to close their browser window when they finished the game, knowing full well that they’d be back tomorrow for the next puzzle. This level of addiction holds promise for the future of the game. But the chaos caused by the small tweak also shows how susceptible users will be to later changes, bugs, or anything else that alters the nature of Wordle’s gameplay.
Created by Brooklyn software engineer Josh Wardle, the puzzle first launched in October 2021. Only 90 people were playing it as of November 1, 2021. But within two months, Wordle had grown to 300,000 users. Today it has millions of players. What wasn’t yet clear, however, was how many of those players were actually throwing Wordle each day.
As this incident shows, there must have been several!