Recently I read an article saying the maker of one of the most popular online Solitaire games has decided to make their game more difficult.

“Too many people are winning,” was the explanation.

Winning what? I read the article to see if this were some sort of competitive site, where people played for cash and prizes. Nope. Just a simple game of Solitaire, with players of all ages whiling away their time on a computer-generated card game.

I suspect the maker has other motives. As an occasional — and okay, sometimes frequent — player of the game, I can tell you, it’s not a competitive thing for me. I do it to relax, unwind. While I don’t win all my games, it’s no fun to lose all of them, either. I don’t want this to be a greater challenge.

I get frustrated with others making decisions for me like this. Why not give players an option? And let’s look at fashion. Why do all the pants have to be either low-rise or high-rise? Can’t there be one season where the fashion-forward, and lesser mortals, can have their choice of styles?

I recognize consumers need change, but variety is nice, too. I’ve noticed a trend toward historical novels about WWII. There are TONS of them. Movies follow a similar path of conformity…and always have. Don’t bother to tell me about non-conformist literature or film. As one of my friends used to say, the non-conformists all look alike.

Ah, I’m being cynical, I know. It all started with a silly game of solitaire…the only game in town…


Image Credits: (Solitaire Headline) ©Argus – stock.adobe.com; (Deck of Cards) ©CS Stock Images – stock.adobe.com

 

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9 Comments on “The Only Game in Town

  1. I’ve gotten hooked on online Scrabble. Sometimes the luck swings so much, you almost wonder if it’s rigged. I agree with you and don’t think you’re being cynical!

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  2. I like games to be at least occasionally achievable too. I’ve got a little bit obsessed with MS Wordament which appeared after the windows 10 creator update. Up to now I’m going up levels but once I get completely stuck I’m sure that will be the end of that pastime. Like you say you play games to relax not to be wound up with frustration.

    A lot of novels in the UK currently seem to revolve around cafes in Cornwall and cakes, great if you have a baking obsession but pretty boring otherwise.

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    • A friend told me that years ago, and it does often bear out. As for my game, I decided not to check if it is the one I’m playing. If it does change, I’ll find another game. I need my mindless happy time!!

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