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Solitaire: 25 years of a game created to "dominate them all"
One game to dominate them all. To attract them all and tie them to their screens. If the writer of "The Lord of the Rings" had chosen a game to launch his prophecy - instead of a ring - possibly he would have used Spider Solitaire, the mythical Windows card game.
When it appeared on Microsoft's operating system 25 years ago, few imagined that it would be the success that it turned out to be.
All kinds of legends swarm about him about his origin, the addictions he created and creates in the office, braggarts with exorbitant scores, dismissals because of him, etc.
Now Microsoft is holding a tournament among its workers to choose a representative to play in a world championship to be held in June.
As you prepare to participate, BBC Mundo tells you what you always wanted to know about this game.
It was created by an intern who did not charge fees
The game was created by Wes Cherry in 1989, a Microsoft intern. A year later, it was included in the Windows operating system.
The then-young Cherry acknowledged in an interview with b3ta.com that he actually wrote the game's code so he wouldn't have to study for college final exams.
As a fellow he did not receive any compensation for his work. Not for copyright, which would have probably made him a millionaire.
"I only ask for a penny per copy. If they do, everyone is invited to my party," he said with resigned sarcasm in the aforementioned interview.
It is the most used Windows application
Cherry already suspected that his game could be very addictive. In its first version, it already had the precaution of putting a "boss button" (which they forced to remove) so that when pressed it would disappear from the screen and make it appear that the user was working.
Although surely he did not suspect the degree of success that he would achieve.
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Microsoft says on its page that it is the most used computer game in history.
And not only that, according to Chris Sell, one of its main developers, it is the most used Windows application.
It was created to learn to use the mouse
Put yourself in 1990. The graphic resources of computing were still in their infancy and users were not used to using "weird" things like the mouse.
They had to be trained and this game would have that purpose: that users would be trained to click with the mouse and drag elements (in this case letters) from one part of the screen to another.
Microsoft executives wanted this game to "reassure people intimidated by the Windows operating system," according to a 1994 Washington Post article, quoted by writer Josh Levin on Slate.com.
His addiction has generated layoffs and therapies
The urban legend of every group of friends in the 90s was that someone knew someone who had been fired for playing spider solitaire online at the office.
Logically, there are no statistics in this regard, but there are some high-profile cases of workers fired for these addictive digital letters.
The most famous case is undoubtedly that of Edward GreenWood, a New York state employee fired in 2006 with great fanfare by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after he was discovered playing Solitaire in the office.

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