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A game that keeps your mind sharp and occupies

Karyani Shanker

Kariyani Shanker

Covid’s pandemic poses a challenge for many who feel isolated. We are in the midst of the Third Wave Omlikron. People turn to new games during the pandemic. For the past two years, I’ve been crazy about the New York Times crossword puzzles, mini crosswords, Sudoku, letterboxing and more. These are all brain teasers that keep your head sharp when movement is restricted.

Recently, the world of the Internet has become viral with the word game “Wordle”, catching up like a wildfire with the elderly and young people. A simple game is once a day, one word, six trials, six squares. Also, if you haven’t heard of Wordle yet, you’ll hear it right away.

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The game was so popular that the New York Times bought it last week for “an unspecified amount of money under seven digits.” With this acquisition, newspapers are targeting 10 million subscribers by 2025, allowing them to expand their digital content. According to the newspaper, 90 people played the game on November 1, 2022, and more than 30,000 played the game. .. “

Wordle is a remarkable pandemic story. This is also a love story, as it was created by Brooklyn engineer and game founder Josh Wardle for his partner Palak Shah (who has a connection to India). “The goal was to create a game that my partner could enjoy playing,” he said in a recent interview. Then he shared it with his family and extended families. Soon it caught the attention of netizens, and today it’s a pandemic. “The game is bigger than I had imagined (I don’t think this is such a feat given that I made the game for one spectator).

Once-a-day online games give players six opportunities to understand the five-letter words of the day. There are six attempts to guess the “Wordle” of the day. If you think about it correctly, the letters will turn green. The text turns yellow if it is correct but in the wrong place, and remains black if it is incorrect. The difficulty is that no clues are given, but you shoot in the dark.

The game is available in several languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, German and Norwegian. There is also a Tamil version of Wordle, but the Tamil script is a syllable.

It was my daughter who was interested in the game last month. It’s now a family-friendly game. Every morning we send each other a mysterious message about how we carried it. That’s not the case, as Scrabble has made word games so popular. This is a single player puzzle that combines elements of several games, such as good old Scrabble and battleships. It’s free to play from any smartphone, desktop computer or tablet.

Wordle currently has many political backers. Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi spoke during the recent crisis in Balochistan. His tweet came when the Pakistani army faced the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). The Pakistani people criticized him.

In India, parliamentary leader Rahul Gandhi led the game and shared the produced screenshots in words such as “JUMLA”, “TAXES”, “HUMDO”, “JHOLA”, “SNOOP”, “PHOTO”. Did. Along with the tweet, he wrote a caption: “Who do you think?” Another caption, “Wordle 056 6/6,” is to the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “56-inch breasts.” It is a reference. Former Minister Shashi Tharoor is another politician who plays games on a regular basis. There are many others.

The social aspects of the game allow you to share your scores, making it a great way to start and connect conversations. In India, Wordle’s daily Twitter conversations are up 48%.

This game is popular because people believe that mind games are needed to keep their minds sharp.

There are other games like the very popular crossword. On the eve of World War I, New York Times editor Arthur Wynne found a game in a fun section of paper. Newspapers also introduced a new game called letterbox, where you spell words by connecting the letters in the box. Introduced in 2019, it is very popular with mind game players.

Then there is Sudoku dating back to the 18th century. According to economists, Swiss mathematicians have found the game “Latin Square”. Howard Game, a freelance puzzle game in Indiana, invented modern Sudoku.

Reading classics and returning to playing mind games not only keeps your mind healthy, but also possibly a preventative treatment for depression and other problems facing a pandemic. While the doctor says, “We have to live with Covid” games like Wardle and other word games continue to sharpen and occupy your mind.

Kalyani Shankar is a senior journalist and analyst based in New Delhi.

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