Whatever happened to …

… Solitaire?

The time was a long time ago.  We had just replaced the DOS versions of the principal’s computers with this new fangled Windows operating system.  In some quarters, there was huge push back.  DOS was great; you could get the job done without your fingers ever leaving the keyboard.

Now, there was this mouse thing or Trackpoint that needed to be pushed around in order to function.  The world had come to an end.  I still remember a comment that if we wanted Macintosh computer accessories, we should have just bought Macintosh computers.  Productivity would suffer.  What’s the big deal; why did we have to do this?

Believe it or not, the big saviour was a couple of little games that came with the computer.  Solitaire and Minesweeper.  Of all the things that sold the use of the rodent, these were the best.  It also was a great way to show how to minimize an open window when a visitor showed up.  After all, we wanted to make sure that everyone knew that we were on task.  In classroom computers, it was a likewise controversial move.  “We’ve got to get it off the images.  Students will never get on task!”  The best part was the display on the screen when you managed to win the game.  Oh, and the sound effects.

Then, there was the inevitable comparisons of the Windows version of Solitaire with the Macintosh version that some enjoyed on home computers.  Some times, you just can’t win.

With Windows 8, the Solitaire game, as we knew it, was gone.  Fortunately, with a quick Google, er, Bing search, you can find that there are plenty of versions of the original game to download and install.  And, you could play it online too if withdrawal got that bad.  But, if you poke around, you’ll see that Solitaire is actually available for Windows 10 as part of the Microsoft Solitaire Collection in the Microsoft store.

It’s not your, what they call “Classic” game.  It’s greatly enhanced; you play it full screen, there are many new options and, if you log in via the Xbox connection, it becomes social.  For a few bucks, you too could be playing the Premium version.

I suspect that many students these days opt out of installing Solitaire.  The gaming world has changed with more options like first person shooter games to while away the time online.

Within the past week, things got exciting again for Solitaire players.  Microsoft announced that they were making the Solitaire collection available for Android and iOS.

Now it’s your turn.

  • Do you remember the original, classic Solitaire game for Windows?
  • What’s your preference – classic Solitaire or the new refresh?
  • Do you have a preference?  Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, TriPeaks

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