Why I Like This: Wordle

  • It’s elegant. Wordle didn’t require me to create an account. It’s never sent me an e-mail. There are no interstitial ads or bonus turns or gems. You go to the site, you play for about five minutes, you go about your day. The social aspect is elegant as well. There’s a reason you’re seeing memes about the little emoji squares all over the place: they’ve made it very easy to share, no gimmicks, everyone gets essentially the same experience. That has helped make it semi-ubiquitous very quickly.
  • It’s fun. Obviously, any successful game has to be fun, and Wordle is fun! Word games are always popular, and limiting the number of spaces means that it’s never overly difficult. We’ve played about 20–30 games so far and we’ve never yet faced defeat, meaning it’s a pleasant little daily dopamine hit.
  • It’s not time-consuming. There’s something I really like about limits being placed on things. For example, I never like when an entire series of a show launches on the same day. I like the anticipation that an episode-a-week brings, and Wordle has this same effect on me. I can’t end up wasting hours playing the thing, it’s just a quick little teaser, with no possibility of making me say “oh just one more” and missing my station.

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