Hit word puzzle game has been acquired 人氣猜詞小遊戲被收購

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(本節目所使用的音頻資源於2022年1月製作。)

最近,一款叫作 Wordle 的填字猜詞遊戲引起了轟動,在遊戲出售給《紐約時報》後,其創始人表示突然的成功讓他激動不已。

The cryptic word game everyone’s talking about doesn’t have fancy graphics or a team of designers. Josh Wardle, Wordle is a pun on his name, created it for his partner, who is an avid crossword fan.

人人都在談論這款暗藏玄機的猜詞遊戲,它並沒有花哨的圖案,也沒有一整個設計師團隊。遊戲名稱 「Wordle」 取自喬什‧沃德爾(Josh Wardle)姓氏的諧音,他是為了極度熱愛填字遊戲的另一半而創造這款遊戲的。

Wordle first appeared as a no-frills, ad-free website in October. It had just 90 users at the start of November. But that number grew to 300,000 by the middle of this month. And now, millions play the game daily, according to the New York Times.

Wordle 最初在2021年10月以一個樸實且無廣告網站的形式問世。到11月初,只有90名用戶。但在本月中旬,這個數字已增至30萬。據《紐約時報》稱,現在每天都有數百萬人在玩這款遊戲。

The purchase reflects the company’s view that games like crosswords could help it hit 10 million digital subscribers by 2025.

此次收購反映了該報社對前景的預測,像填詞遊戲這類的小遊戲可幫助其在2025年實現1000萬數字訂閱用戶的目標。

詞彙表

fancy 花哨的
graphics 圖案
pun 諧音,雙關語
avid 狂熱的
crossword (縱橫)填詞遊戲
no-frills 樸實無華,無虛飾
ad-free 無廣告
users 用戶
reflects 反映
subscribers 訂閱者

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. Who invented Wordle?

2. Why was Wordle invented?

3. How many users did Wordle have in November, one month after launching on a website?

4. How many digital subscribers does the New York Times think that word games like this could help it get by 2025?

答案  

1. Who invented Wordle?
Wordle was created by Josh Wardle.

2. Why was Wordle invented?
It was initially created for the creator’s partner, who is an avid crossword fan.

3. How many users did Wordle have in November, one month after launching on a website?
In November, Wordle had just 90 users.

4. How many digital subscribers does the New York Times think that word games like this could help it get by 2025?
The New York Times thinks word games like this could get 10 million digital subscribers by 2025.