The New York Times just ruined Wordle? Fortunately, no. When the popular puzzle game was bought by a news company in January for a meager seven figures, the deal came with the promise that the move would result in “no change” to Wordle’s gameplay. But that wasn’t the case this week, when some word lovers found themselves getting different solutions than those who solved the puzzle on the same day. If so, then it could destroy one of the main advantages of Wordle. The fun of Wordle isn’t just about guessing a five-letter word in less than six attempts, it’s about sharing your scores on social media and comparing how well you did with others.
Spoilers below for Word Puzzle 284 on Wednesday, March 30, 2022
However, on Wednesday, several Wordle players discovered that the solution to their puzzle was different from that of others playing the same Wordle Number 284 game.
For some, the winning word was “Stove,” and for others, “Harry.” It should be noted that the latter does not refer to a person’s name, but rather to a somewhat obsolete word meaning “constantly troubled” or “suffering from constant attacks”.
Wordley players were shocked to learn that they had a different puzzle solution than others and took to social media to complain. Some have commented that they have experienced this issue before, indicating that the game has changed as they knew it. For example, The Wall Saint Journal reported that the problem first occurred in game #241, when some users had the Agora solution and others had Scented.
But it turns out that The New York Times isn’t changing the way Wardley works. (very good!)
Instead, the company told gaming-updates that it had removed some obscure words from the game in order to make the puzzle more accessible. “Harry” was apparently one of them. This meant that people who played Wordle on a daily basis while leaving the game’s web page open on their device did not receive updates to the game. In other words, their version of the game didn’t sync with others loading Wordle in a new browser window.
“We haven’t changed how Wordle works,” NYT spokesman Jordan Cohen said. “We haven’t changed the core features or rules of the game, and we’re committed to continuing to do what makes the game great. We will continue to review solutions and remove obscure or potentially insensitive words.”
Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix. All you have to do is update the Wordle website to make sure your game is in sync. After that, you will no longer receive ambiguous words that were removed from the Wordle database, and you will be able to compare your result with others.
We understand that The New York Times is hoping for a more permanent and long-term solution to this issue, so there will be no more discrepancies like this. But it hasn’t been launched yet.
The gaming division of the New York Times attempted to explain the issue on Twitter. but this tweet Users were prompted to copy and paste a specific URL into their browser, and yet some remained confused as to what was happening or why it needed to be fixed.
However, the fact that the “two words” issue exploded at all is a good indication of how popular the game is among its fans. In fact, it’s so popular that players don’t even bother to close their browser window after they’ve finished the game, knowing full well they’ll be back tomorrow for the next puzzle. This level of addiction holds great promise for the future of the game. But the chaos caused by minor changes also shows how vulnerable users will be to further changes, bugs, or anything else that changes the nature of Wordle’s gameplay.
Created by Brooklyn-based software engineer Josh Wardle, Enigma first launched in October 2021. As of November 1, 2021, only 90 people played in Paheli. But in two months, Wordley has grown to 300,000 times. Today it has millions of players. However, it was not clear how many of these players were actually running Wordle every day.
As this incident shows, a lot had to happen!