Classic Video Games
Classic Video Games
A video game is basically a structured form of interactive play, often undertaken for fun or entertainment, and at times used as an educational instrument. Games are very different from work, which in many cases is carried out only for personal remuneration, and from literature, which in many cases is an expression of social or aesthetic elements. Games can be physical games (ball, racket, tennis, etc. ), puzzles, brain teasers, strategy games, sports, racing, shooting, dress up games, cooking, animals, computer games, etc. In fact there is such a wide variety of games that it would be impossible to name them all in this article, but we can mention some of the more popular ones.
One of the earliest computer games was Solitaire, first released in Solitaire Deluxe in 1978. It was one of the best selling computer games at the time, and the basic game had three cards, with a hidden square where you had to place five cards in order to get the corresponding number or color, against an increasingly difficult pile of cards. The idea was to clear all the cards by following a specific pattern, rather than simply hitting the card for the corresponding number, therefore making the game much more challenging to win. With a few clever rearrangements the game became a lot harder, but still far more interesting to play than conventional gambling. Two of the most famous variations of Solitaire are FreeCell and Klondike.
Chris Crawford, now a well-known British designer of online computer games, has produced a number of versions of Solitaire. The most interesting one in our list is called Antique Solitaire, an early twenty-five years version of the classic game. The principle behind this version is almost identical to the one which was used in the original game, in that you have to arrange cards in an effective sequence to match the number on the other side, with the difficulty increased by the presence of jokers and the opponent’s cards. The earliest versions of Antique Solitaire were programmed using a text based interface, using a standard computer program like Quicken or Microsoft Office. The latest, and most accurate, version uses a Windows based computer program, written in c++ using the C++ programming language.