The Strong’s National Museum of Play officially announced all the 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees, and this year Windows Solitaire is being joined by Super Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, and the 1976 text-based title called Colossal Cave Adventure. For Windows Solitaire, Microsoft claims that some 35 billion solitaire hands are dealt each year through the operating system but numbers on how many players actually use it is unknown. Free to play, for old-school PC users, Microsoft Solitaire was a go-to game in the 1990s.
“The game proved that sometimes analog games can be even more popular in the digital world and demonstrated that a market existed for games that appeal to people of all types,” said The Strong’s Museum assistant vice president Jeremy Saucier. Microsoft Solitaire debuted in 1990 on Windows 3.0. A company intern named Wes Cherry developed it because the Windows OS had no real games at the time. He wasn’t paid to create the game. Since its debut, the game has been distributed to more than a billion computers, and localized into 65 different languages. Microsoft intended Solitaire “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system.” At the beginning time, many users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces. The game familiarized them with the use of a mouse. In October 2012, along with the release of the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft released a new version of Solitaire called Microsoft Solitaire Collection, developed by Arkadium.