Apparently, it was created to teach people how to use the mouse – if I knew that, I could’ve stop playing it a lot sooner.
When I look back at it now, it’s pretty clear that most early computer games were mostly to gamify the normal function of the computer itself.
Grandma taught me how to play solitaire, and she also taught me a few tricks on how to get around certain things-some people might call it cheating, but I’m inclined to call it “Grandma’s creative way of getting around things to make sure you win a solitaire.” Anyhow, I remember spending countless hours playing solitaire on Windows version 3.1, (and eventually teaching grandma how too) but none of the so-called “strategies” worked. This program really ended up serving 3 functions for me:
- Rock solid ‘mousing skills’
- Outstanding Solitaire skills
- Years of productivity lost
Thanks Wes – you forced grandma to quit cheating at cards.
The video below is an interview with the guy (Wes Cherry) who wrote the solitaire program while an intern at Microsoft. Today, he makes cider – and probably still plays solitaire.