Microsoft Solitaire inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame

When selecting new members for the Hall of Fame of the World Video Games, the judges consider a series of criteria. Is the game widely known and remembered? Has your popularity lasted in recent years? Did it influence not only in other video games, but in society in general?

Microsoft Solitaire, included with the Windows operating system since 1990, may seem like a modest example of videogame culture, but easily complies with previous benchmarks. And so, starting this month, he is now an official member of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, joining classic titles like Doom, Tetris, World of Warcraft, and Halo: Combat Evolved ]

The World Video Game Hall of Fame is a relatively new institution, created in 2015 and supervised by the The Strong educational institute. Its official headquarters is in the National Museum of the Game in Rochester, New York, and every year it selects a handful of new members.

microsoft solitaire inducted into world video game hall of fame

Solitaire running in Windows 3.0 along with a mouse and a deck or cards.
Credit: World Video Game Hall of Fame / The Strong Museum

Solitaire can be a videogame for all ages, but its inclusion in Windows had a greater purpose. The operating system developers felt that the family game was the perfect way to introduce users to relatively new computational concepts, such as using the mouse and drag and drop. By playing Solitaire users perfected more than their card skills: a win-win for all.

Solitaire was first included with Windows 3.0 and appeared in all later versions of the software until Windows 8.1. It was removed from the entry-level operating system, but was returned in Windows 10 after Microsoft admitted that Solitaire together with Minesweeper and Hearts, still have "devotees" "" 19659009] Microsoft Solitaire "paved the way" for casual games

Due to its inclusion in the most popular PC operating system in the world, it is likely that Solitaire was installed in more than a billion devices, says the Strong Museum, making it one of the most popular video games of all time. " Microsoft Solitaire demonstrated that there was a large market for games that attract to people of all kinds, paving the way for the growth of the informal gaming market, "the institute said in a press release.

In a blog post, Paul Jensen, Microsoft Casual Games studio manager, dij or that the introduction of Microsoft Solitaire was historical. "We are very honored to have the opportunity to work in a game that has such a broad appeal, is localized in 65 languages ​​and is played in more than 200 markets around the world, including Antarctica," Jensen said.

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