As the New York Times continues its broad transformation into a digital-first media company, one if its most venerable and idiosyncratic traditions is feeling the pains of sudden change, according to BuzzFeed.
On May 29, the Times released version 2.0 of its Crossword app — the first version completely produced by the Times without its co-publisher, the games company Magmic. The release was slammed in the App Store: more than 900 reviews, averaging a 1.3-star rating. Users described the app as “a major step backwards,” “terrible,” and a “bungled opportunity.”
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