Microsoft’s Solitaire game has had a presence in the world for over three decades. Many of you will recall being able to spend hours and hours playing as an alternative to the apparent lack of Internet, as well as other games such as Minesweeper (the one that practically nobody understood), among others.
Similarly, it was an excellent method to socialize with coworkers or just to reduce boredom. The game is far from perfect, but it was the best that Windows offered at the time, and whether we liked it or not, it was extremely addicting and engaging.
However, few people are aware of its origin, development, or the complete context around it. The story of the young man in charge of Solitaire was recently disclosed through an interview in Great Big Story. The game’s inventor stated that it arose from his brain and his hunt for fresh resources to pass the time. Their purpose was not to sell, earn money, amuse, or build a name for themselves; He simply wanted to find a hobby.
Wes Cherry was a Microsoft intern in 1988 when he designed a game that would permanently impact the lives of office employees. There were few computer games available at the time. Bill Gates approved Solitary, therefore it became a part of the Windows operating system.
In truth, Cherry was simply committed to being an assistant, filing paperwork, carrying coffees, and so on, but it was in his leisure time that he managed to design Solitaire, a game popular among Microsoft employees.
As a result, the game got the needed adjustments so that it could be operated by computers. Even Wes Cherry had added code that automatically switch between the Solitaire window and the Excel window so employers wouldn’t notice that staff were wasting time while playing, but Microsoft decided to delete it due to corporate standards.
Cherry, though, did not receive a single award for the game because he was an intern rather than a full-time employee. There is no question that he should have gotten more money and recognition, given that the game is made up of billions of computers, but not a single dime was paid to have it.