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You can now buy Real Life Windows 3.0 Solitaire Cards

You can now buy Real Life Windows 3.0 Solitaire Cards

You can now buy Real Life Windows 3.0 Solitaire Cards

Never mind the hours of work time that you've spent playing that maddeningly addictive card game that Microsoft thoughtfully put into their Windows systems back in 1990 - you can now keep playing even when you're offline.

But, we hear you cry, "that's nothing new, you can play it with any set of normal cards!". Well, true, but what could be cooler than playing it with cards that actually look like the computer version? Nothing, that's what.

Designer Susan Kare's original artwork for the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game is featured on a new set of playing cards produced by Areaware. It coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original game and even includes two bonus jokers.

Kare also created the trash can, lasso and finder icons. What a portfolio of work.

On the website, she says: "I worked on the original pixel art for the on-screen Solitaire cards in 1990 using an IBM PC, Microsoft Paint, and the typical 16 VGA color palette of the time. A lot of those weren't particularly attractive colors, but fortunately the card faces only required black, red, and yellow. I was inspired by classic card decks, and had the most fun trying to translate the complicated patterns of the Jacks, Queens, and Kings to a 72 dots-per-inch grid. Nearly 25 years later, I got back in the 90s mindset to design matching Jokers for the Areaware deck, since Solitaire doesn't use them. Recently I was amused by a comment online that computer Solitaire was how people procrastinated before there was Twitter."

You can buy your set for just $14 on the Areaware website - but you'll have to do that crazy card thing that happens when you win manually, we're afraid.

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