The Video Game Hall of Fame today inducted a familiar computer game: "Microsoft Solitaire." The game joins "Mortal Kombat," "Super Mario Kart," and the text-based title "Colossal Cave Adventure" as the latest inductees to The Strong's World Video Game Hall of Fame. Modern gamers may snooze at the thought of playing solitaire. But for old-school PC users, Microsoft Solitaire was a go-to game in the 1990s when free-to-play software was sparse. Solitaire's easy-to-learn mechanics also helped pave the way for the casual gaming market, according to The Strong's National Museum of Play. "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 assistant vice president Jeremy Saucier. More From PCmag Latest Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker Is Just $30 Right Now Facebook's New Avatars Get Closer to the VR in 'Ready Player One' Give Google's AI a … [Read more...] about Microsoft Solitaire inducted into video game Hall of Fame
The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, the modern version of old Windows Solitaire, is getting an update soon that adds experience points and leveling up to the game. The update was announced in a video uploaded to the Microsoft Casual Studio’s YouTube channel, with an announced release date of ‘coming soon’.The update is being targeted at players of the casual game who ‘want to track their progress’ across the apps several varieties of solitaire games. The leveling system will also feature rewards for reaching different milestones in the game, although there are no details currently on what the rewards will be or how a player’s levels will affect how they play the game. Some information can be extrapolated from the video such as the fact that level 100 seems to be the highest level a player can achieve, and that each of the 5 types of solitaire will have their own level. So now you can finally live your dream of being a level 100 grandmaster … [Read more...] about You Can Now Level Up In Microsoft Solitaire…For Some Reason
Somehow we missed this earth-shattering news when it was announced earlier this month. Microsoft Solitaire Collection, the version of Solitaire that comes free with Windows 10, is adding a leveling system. This news has been brought to us via the weirdly good video you can see above, which riffs off the famous "in a world" trailer for Comedian. To quote the video: "Solitaire is going to add a player leveling system with experience points and rewards." So I guess Solitaire is an RPG now? If shooters let us level up our guns and racing games let us level up our cars I guess it makes sense for a solitaire game to have some kind of harmless stat-tracking added to its profiles.Anyway, here's the trailer for Comedian featuring the legendary voice actor Hal Douglas, RIP. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Solitaire Collection adds a feature everyone has been waiting for: Leveling up
On a bus recently, amidst the sea of glum, blue-lit faces of dispossessed commuters and shoppers searching for hope in their black mirrors, I glimpsed a familiar sight. A flat green backdrop, overlaid with stacks of white rectangles. It’s as recognisable to me as any member of my family: Solitaire. For those of a certain age, it was our gateway drug to PC gaming: the first game we ever played on the first computers we ever used. To unexpectedly see it again, on the screen of a tablet belonging to woman perhaps two or three years older than me, made me feel first scornful, then sad, then overwhelmingly envious. Scornful because, well, I’m a horrid little oik who thinks he knows a lot about games, and thinks that somehow entitles him to judge what others choose to play. Sad partly because my first experiences with Solitaire coincided with my school life turning sour, the loneliness and out-of-placedness of a newly-teenage, introverted nerd in a sports-centric, all-boys … [Read more...] about Have You Played… Windows Solitaire?
The Sega Genesis Flashback is an attempt to capture a seemingly new, or at least reinvigorated, market while also not being too ambitious. At $80, the same price as the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, the Genesis Flashback struggles to approximate the user experience of Nintendo’s throwback. Instead, it tries to best it with back-of-the-box bullet points that, while impressive sounding, do little to cement its superiority. Last year’s NES Classic Edition upended the low-end plug ‘n play console market, long dominated by a company called AtGames, which is responsible for the Atari and Genesis consoles littering checkout aisles everywhere. AtGames has been at this for a long time, but the low price is about the only thing easy to recommend on one of its consoles. Still, the company doesn’t have trouble moving units over the holidays. But when the NES Classic Edition happened, AtGames needed a response. HARDWARE The hardware is where the Sega Genesis Flashback … [Read more...] about Sega Genesis Flashback HD review