Game culture

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Spawn of Wordle: five of the best riffs on the hit word game
Josh Wardle’s viral puzzle game has inspired a horde of imitators, based on anything from geography to Taylor Swift fandom

Rachel Hall

21, Feb, 2022 @7:18 PM

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Max Reload and the Nether Blasters review – eager tribute to 1980s gaming culture
This adventure-romp has a true 16-bit aficionado’s attention to detail – there’s even a cameo from the high priest of geek, Kevin Smith

Phil Hoad

18, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘The only pure thing right now’: alleged Wordle copycats criticised for monetising free game
The creator of the viral word game has pledged to keep it completely free – but a host of since-removed apps have been accused of trying to cash in

Michael Sun

12, Jan, 2022 @5:52 AM

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Wordle creator overwhelmed by global success of hit puzzle
Josh Wardle developed game to play with his partner – and now more than 2m others have joined in

Rachel Hall

11, Jan, 2022 @4:46 PM

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How to win at Wordle using linguistic theory | David Shariatmadari
The key to success is understanding the rules that govern how sounds fit together, says author David Shariatmadari

David Shariatmadari

11, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Josh Wardle: in Wordle, he has given us an unalloyed pleasure | Rebecca Nicholson
The daily online puzzle demands nothing of us except a few minutes of delighted concentration

Rebecca Nicholson

08, Jan, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Wordle review – simplicity that works like a charm
The quick, free online word-guessing game designed as a present for one is proving a daily gift for all

Simon Parkin

08, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Wordle: why the inventor of the fiendishly addictive online game doesn’t want your money
The mobile phone game Josh Wardle launched in October now has 300,000 people playing it daily – but, he says, he is not cashing in

04, Jan, 2022 @3:47 PM

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What is Wordle? The new viral word game delighting the internet
A pleasant little daily brainteaser, Wordle is a simple, shareable word-guessing game that is gaining popularity on Twitter

Patrick Lum

23, Dec, 2021 @5:35 AM

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Why do female pro gamers earn millions less than men?
The best esports competitors make millions, and the industry prides itself on meritocracy. So why are there so few women among the top earners?

Jay Castello

02, Dec, 2021 @10:39 AM

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Squid Game owes its popularity to anxieties of modern life
It’s the first South Korean drama to top the US Netflix charts and its core message is ‘can I ever repay this debt?’

Zoe Williams

09, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Is my son, 14, a gaming addict? He spends all his time online in his room | Annalisa Barbieri
Computer games may be filling a void left by friendships that fell away over lockdown

Annalisa Barbieri

24, Sep, 2021 @2:30 PM

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