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

Posted on May 3, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows, Windows 10, Xbox with 8 Comments

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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