What do you do when you have a moment, and you’re sitting in front of a computer? Or your phone? If you play a game app that can pop up quickly, be played for a moment, and then disappear, you’re playing a descendant of Microsoft’s transformational Solitaire game. A computer time-waster like none that had come before.Here’s more from Engadget:
Windows 3.0 was the first popular version of Windows, having sold 10 million copies. At the time, many folks were used to the text-based DOS on PCs and had never used a mouse. Solitaire was perhaps the first “gamification” app, teaching folks how to drag and drop in a colorful and and highly addictive way. The game (programmed by Microsoft intern Wes Cherry) even had a “boss mode” that let you pop up a fake spreadsheet if your boss came along. That never made the final Windows 3.0 release, however.
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