Surely, you’ve heard of Wordle, the word-guessing game which has “well and truly cemented itself as a part of 2022’s pop culture”. However, if you’ve been living under a rock and still have no idea what Wordle is, let alone why everyone is obsessed with it, allow me to explain. As I’ve mentioned, Wordle is a word-guessing game: you have six goes to guess a five-letter word. There are no clues – you start with the first five-letter word that comes to mind and see where it takes you. It’s simple and you don’t need to be fantastic at puzzles – it’s no cryptic crossword. Wordle is also free and its creator Josh Wardle (see what he did there), hopes it will remain free for the foreseeable future.
Although it was sold to The New York Times in January 2022 for “an undisclosed seven-figure sum”, it truly began as a passion project. According to BBC’s Newsround, Josh Wardle from South Wales, the creator of Wordle, and his “quiz-loving” partner got really into crosswords during lockdown, and he wanted to create a game from them to play each morning. When Wardle made the decision to make the game public in, there were around 90 daily players. There are now more than three million daily players across the globe. There is only one wordle available every day, however there are almost 2,500 words ready to be guessed so if all goes to plan, the game could be available for years to come.
I’ll hold my hands up and admit, I’m completely and utterly addicted. It’s pretty much the first thing I do when I wake up and I’m not the only one. My family are equally obsessed. Our family WhatsApp chat mainly consists of us sharing how many goes it took us and naturally, you want to be the one who got it in the least goes. Since I began doing the Wordle in January, I’ve only missed one day and if that doesn’t emphasise how addictive this simple, word-guessing game is, I don’t know what does.
There’s no denying the popularity of Wordle. Most people are talking about it and conversation on social media is still strong with people sharing their daily score. It’s also infiltrated the celebrity world, with stars sharing their daily scores too.
So, why are so many of us obsessed with the Wordle? Firstly, I think it is down to the fact it’s relatively simple. When things are overly complicated, you run out of motivation very quickly; it’s too time consuming and frustrating when you never seem to get the answer. While you might not get the Wordle every day, there’s always tomorrow and there’s only one Wordle a day, which is part of the joy of it. We’re so used to everything being readily available to us to binge and had this been the case with Wordle, I’d argue it would have had a very, short span of success. Because there’s only one Wordle available a day, it’s almost impossible to overdo it. Ever the optimist, I think the Wordle’s success is here to stay. People enjoy having something to stick their teeth into and it’s a good way to get your brain in gear, if like me you do it first thing in the morning.
I for one, can’t see myself getting bored of it anytime soon and anyway, there’s only thirteen hours until the next one.
– Maggie John
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