Well done internet, we’ve ruined Wordle

By now you’ve likely encountered the word “Wordle” alongside the grey, green and yellow tile emojis on social media. Wordle is a browser based word guessing game that has taken the world by storm.

Data from Google Trends reveals a monumental surge in searches for the term “Wordle” in January with the largest interest coming from New Zealand.

The premise is simple, there is one five letter word that players must guess using a process of elimination. Players have six chances to guess the correct word and if they win, well, they get bragging rights on social media. It’s not much but social standing is supposedly valuable in the age of digital communication.

However, whenever something becomes popular it also becomes a target for those who would prefer others aren’t enjoying themselves.

That is the case with a bot that appeared on Twitter this week which would reply to those sharing their Wordle scores, with the answer to the next day’s game.

The bot named @wordlinator has since been suspended by Twitter. The reason for suspension is not clear but The Verge posits that the bot likely broke Twitter’s Automation Rules for bots.

This bot, while unique, is just the latest in folks trying to break Wordle and reveal it’s secrets to all. One doesn’t have to look very far to find somebody criticising the developer’s use of JavaScript or a tutorial showcasing how you can find every Wordle solution there will ever be.

What we find bizarre is the lengths everybody is going to in order to ruin a game that was created as a fun project.

It all reminds us of the Flappy Bird saga. That game, which was also designed as part of a fun project, became a headache for the creator although not because folks were cheating. We suppose folks were cheating but that wasn’t the reason the developer pulled the game.

“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” Dong Nguyen, told Forbes in 2014. “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

Of course, Flappy Bird still lives on in various clones and flat out copies but we can all agree that the magic the original had is lost to time.

We’re well aware that Wordle is just another trend that will likely be forgotten in a year but while we’re still enjoying it, please don’t try and ruin the fun for everybody.


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