Microsoft Solitaire is Inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Suck it, Minecraft: Microsoft Solitaire has been inducted into the 2019 class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

“Microsoft Solitaire being inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame makes this a historic day,” Microsoft’s Paul Jensen announced. “It’s incredible to think that one of the most played video games in the world got its start in 1990 as a way for Microsoft to teach users how to use a mouse. We are humbly honored to have the opportunity to work on a game that has such broad appeal, is localized into 65 languages, and played in over 200 markets around the world, including Antarctica.”

Microsoft Solitaire debuted in 1990 in Windows 3.0 and has been distributed on over one billion PCs worldwide. It is also one of the most-played PC-based games in history or, as Microsoft puts it, “the most-played computer game of all time.”

Since then, Microsoft has turned Solitaire into a subscription-based service called Microsoft Solitaire Collection in Windows 10. But you can still play the basic Klondike game for free, and it features enhanced graphics, sound, and customizability.

May 22 is National Solitaire Day because every day has to be a special day of some kind, and May 22 was the day—wait for it—that Windows 3.0 launched in 1990.

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  • skane2600

    03 May, 2019 - 11:16 am

    <p>Never cared for the game with physical cards or with a computer, but given the popularity and longevity of Microsoft Solitaire, it deserves to be there.</p>

  • glenn8878

    03 May, 2019 - 12:09 pm

    <p>Next is Angry Birds.</p>

  • wbhite

    Premium Member
    03 May, 2019 - 1:32 pm

    <p>I love everything about that picture.</p>

  • ben55124

    Premium Member
    03 May, 2019 - 1:57 pm

    <p>They should still offer the original sol.exe. The collection app is obnoxious.</p>

    • jimchamplin

      Premium Member
      03 May, 2019 - 7:45 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#425502">In reply to ben55124:</a></em></blockquote><p>Amen. I love stealing the version from XP or 2000.</p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    03 May, 2019 - 7:44 pm

    <p>Did they invite Wes Cherry to the shindig?</p><p><br></p><p>Also, love that it’s a Windows 3.0 box. The kinda forgotten version.</p>

  • Greg Green

    04 May, 2019 - 10:50 am

    <p>That’s what my first monitor looked like. That was a long time ago. Am386/33 chip.</p>

  • BBoileau

    Premium Member
    09 May, 2019 - 11:55 am

    <p>For some, the daily grind is nothing but a physical activity. I Love the Solitaire Collection. Especially because it syncs on all devices. Gives my brain a light workout, cause I miss it otherwise.</p>


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