by Diya Barmecha

Wordle, what started off as a game for Josh Wardle’s wife in the lockdown has now become an internet sensation. A play on his own last name, wordle is a word game that he first sent to his family chat. As he began to share it with the public and more people started to play it, the New York Times gained interest in it. The game allows for you to guess a 5 letter word.

Manavi Nag, an 11th grader who is a Wordle enthusiast says, “Everyday I wake up and look forward to doing the day’s Wordle” This sheer excitement of beating your own high score as well as showing off to everyone around you your high score allows for excitement to build. The community building that sharing of Wordle scores has encouraged is more than any other game. It allows the player to enjoy the feeling of playing against someone even when they are not available at the same time. 

This 5 letter word game has gotten everyone on their toes. However, its unique selling point is that it is a daily game, something that is not going to change anytime soon because having it daily would limit the game and allow the scarcity to create a viral sensation as Josh Wardle explained in a New York Times article. His partner Palak Shah and him narrowed the game to 2,500 eligible words. This makes the game enough to last for seven years. However, in the opinions of many other people, there is no way this game will last this long because many have said that it is becoming a bit boring and the craze is starting to die down. Those who started playing to be a part of the trend have now moved on. A 7th graders student of our class, Aarav Chokani says, “I stopped playing a long time ago.” Students and people like this have now moved on. It brings in the question if Wordle is going to continue to be an internet sensation. 

However, in addition to the dying down of the hype, there are also those who do not enjoy the game. An 8th grade student, Arav Barmecha says, “It requires too much skill and is boring.” It is evident that there are very varied opinions about this game which are changing everyday. Even though many stay loyal like 10th grade student Tara Hebbar, who explains how it is, “a fun activity to do everyday,” it is evident that the hype around this game may die down. 

In addition to this, the game has inspired many similar daily games that are modeled on the original Wordle. Wordle 2 which works on six letter words, Heardle, which makes you guess the name of the song based on the intro and Nerdle, a math equation guessing game. These games have risen up due to the popularity of daily games. Although these copycat games are fun to do, it is Wordle that is going places. After being bought from New York Times, many suspect that the game will now work on a subscription basis. Although the paper said that, “the game would initially remain free to new and existing players,” it has made no claims for the long term plans of Wordle. 

From a more technical point of view, Worlde is easily hackable where you can go to the code of the website and find out the order of the words that come everyday. This technical glitch of it enables others to spoil the game and might just be the reason for a copy-cat version of the game to be more successful. 

Although this game has brought together generations of people around the world to discuss their scores, there is a high possibility that the hype will die down or a copycat version will take over. However, until then, I highly recommend trying your hand at this viral daily word game.

Diya Barmecha is a current ninth-grader who loves to inspire. She loves to read and discover new genres of books. She enjoys reading news articles when they concern her interests. She hopes to find a medium of expression by the Ascent.


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