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Microsoft's Solitaire: 25 Years of Wasting Time
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Thysdp
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10/13/2015 | 2:15:53 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
It was a vicious cycle between minesweeper, mahjong and solitaire. Countless hours wasted in the quest for what? Still wouldn't trade it for anything. 

The release on archive.org of all those old DOS games is just the root of all evil. If I start to go down that road I think I will forever stop functioning as a productive human being. Every game I loved through my school days is on there. It would just be so easy to lose a couple of hours or days on there... I will try to stay strong though... but they are calling to me!!!

There are also still so many of the sites that offer solitaire games and all of those things like tripeaksolitaire.com and it is just so easy with both sites to just quickly pop in for a game. 

...better go and make coffee now before I lose another 72 hours of my life and don't know where the time went. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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5/22/2015 | 12:41:12 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
@sachinee- Yes, I went through a Mahjong phase, but it never kept my mind as engaged as minesweeper. I think it is more of a zen relaxation game. I pull it out when I want some quiet music playing and some downtime.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/20/2015 | 2:47:36 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
@david: Have you seen the Mahjong Titans game that comes with windows 7? Its pretty fantastic as well.
SachinEE
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5/20/2015 | 2:40:07 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
@technocrati:Minesweeper for me was also a good experience. But I never quite understood the rules so I kept on clicking on those white tiles till I exploded. 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/20/2015 | 2:37:13 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
@Whoopty: the only game I liked was the pinball 3D, and my oh my wasn't it enthralling. It probably was the first game I ever played on a computer. 
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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5/20/2015 | 7:48:25 AM
Re: Minesweeper!
I figured out the basic solitaire, but couldn't for the life of me ever figure out what was going in Spider soilitaire. I would have looked up a how to, but I think the last time I put any time into it our internet was in the single kilobytes per second and screw waiting for a video tutorial at those speeds. 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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5/19/2015 | 6:44:44 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
Embarrassingly I never quite understood Minesweeper, but Solitare was easy to understand for some reason.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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5/19/2015 | 4:27:58 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
Loved Minesweeper, and Solitare, and now love DOTS -- what can I say, I have a thing for order

Way back, when you were a toddler, I remember the first game on any PC -- the MAC, in 83, was a Puzzle game -- and it worked with the mouse. It was a nice way to kill 10 minutes when you waited for the next big MAC development from Cupertino :-) Also, hunting for the Easter eggs they put in places.

On the Dec-20, we had a game called Adventure --  with swords, and gnomes, and dungeons -- and you would have to pick up the sword, and lop of someone's head.  it was very popular with the geeky boys on campus.
Kelly22
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5/19/2015 | 4:10:08 PM
Re: Minesweeper!
Loved Minesweeper! That was my fallback when I didn't feel like playing Solitaire. Though Solitaire was always my go-to when I was bored (or when someone was on the phone and I couldn't use the Internet.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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5/19/2015 | 3:01:21 PM
Minesweeper!
Spider is clealry the best of the solitaire versions, but nothing will compare with the day I discovered minesweeper. I honestly still remember the day in the college dorm when me and my friends discovered it and actually sat down and worked out the logic for playing it based on the various number patterns. We obsessed about it for a couple of days and I still feel a love for it.

Then we moved on to Scorched Earth. :)


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