Wordle enthusiasts are IR-?-?-E about the changes its new owner, The New York Times, has made to their favorite addictive online game. In fact, you could say there’s downright R-?-LED. Their biggest pet peeves: 1) Ad trackers? Really?, and 2) Did it get much – like, MUCH – harder?
When the New York Times announced in late January that it had acquired the Wordle online gaming craze for a whopping seven figures, the newspaper made promises to Wordle gamers – as if it would remain free (at the less in the beginning) and that the winning records of the players the streaks would be preserved under the new owner.
And while there have been some minor issues reported on the streak-keeping front, so far The Times has delivered on its promise to keep the game free-for-all. But that hasn’t stopped Wordle fans from publicly saying things are fair. do not likewise under the aegis of the New York Times.
Tech news site Gizmodo published earlier this week on general dissatisfaction with the changes, going so far as to say that the Times is “ruining” the game.
“It’s been less than a month since The New York Times bought Wordle, but he wastes no time ruining everyone’s favorite pun in all the ways s—y you would expect from a billion-dollar giant,” he wrote. “And – you guessed it – that means your little daily puzzles are now also loaded with ad trackers.”
According to Gizmodo and others, ad tracking is particularly offensive since the original version of Wordle was notably free of ad tracking.
Another publication, The Verge, reported that the New York Times solutions todiverge in at least one case from the original version of Wordle hosted on powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle and that he cleaned up his list of acceptable five-letter words and “removed rude words like ‘py’ and ‘damn’ from possible guesses.”
Users accused the Times of changing the ‘vibe’ of the game by making the word list more difficult, which the newspaper categorically deniesbut notes that with the exception of the aforementioned deletions, Wordle’s acceptable words have has remained the same since the day of the game’s launched in October 2021 by its creator, software engineer Josh Wardle.
Such reports, however, have not stopped suspicious players from taking to social media to claim that something is wrong in Wordle-land. And the fact that the game is so hot that pop culture arbiter Rolling Stone said Wordle’s “hip hop appeal” means there are plenty of consumers available to offer their often four-letter reviews of the new owner’s takeover of the five-letter game.
Here are a few :
And this one, including a link to an article from Input magazine on ad tracking: