The Lighter Side – Is There a Conspiracy to Make Wordle Harder?

As Russia invades Ukraine and the world descends into chaos, we thought everyone could use a little break from the doom and gloom. So, here we are bring you the lighter side of conspiracy circles — What is going on with Wordle?

A Worldwide Craze

A very popular game has some people questioning motives.

It’s simple as can be, and yet the game Wordle has taken the world by viral storm. It’s everywhere. Social media. The web. The nightly news. Everyone is getting in on the action. Anyone can play; no fancy smartphone is required.

The premise:  guess the five-letter word in as few tries as possible. You get some help. The game tells you when you guess a word that has some of the letters in it. Yellow means it’s part of the word, but not in the right spot. Green means it’s a lock. From there, you get six tries. The most important part is to share your results with your friends. It even has a function to share how you arrived at the conclusion without showing the word so that you don’t spoil the game for others.

Enter the Big Bad Wolf

Everything was going great, but good old capitalism has come calling. The New York Times gained the rights to the Wordle game a little while back.  There was a wave of fear that this would mean the game would eventually not be free to play. So far, that hasn’t panned out, but now, a lot of people are noticing something else that may have changed about their dear Wordle game.

A Conspiracy is Born

Many Wordle fans insist that since the New York Times acquisition, something is a little off about Wordle. It seems to be a little more difficult than it used to be. Now, we should point out that some of this is speculative. After all, the whole concept behind the Wordle game necessarily starts with a blind guess. Also, it makes sense that more obscure words would have to be chosen as time goes along as to not repeat solutions. After all, we are limited to real 5-letter words here.

So, did someone flip a switch to try to make Wordle more difficult? Or is this a natural progression for a game of this nature that is under more scrutiny because it has become a global phenomenon? And what exactly would the Times or anyone else have to gain from making the game harder to play? Does that make it more or less attractive?

All these questions… what do you think? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments below.