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History of Solitaire

Early Solitaire
While people have been playing solitary games with cards, dice, stones and pegs since the dawn of recorded history, Solitaire, used to describe games for which the goal is to arrange a deck of cards from a chaotic pattern to an ordered pattern, only saw description in card gaming literature beginning about 1765. This element of creating order from chaos likely stems from a combination of cartomancy forms like Tarot and Germanic culture, as the mid 18th century was when many of the modern cartomantic layouts were established. The first definitive recording of a game of Solitaire comes from a German gaming book from 1783.
Solitaire was originally known as Patience, and was a competitive game between two players. The goal was to complete the game before the other player. However, it soon took hold as a solitary pursuit, probably due to the fact that practicing it alone offered the same gaming experience as competing with another. The solitary nature of Patience also likely stemmed from its similarities with another solitary card pursuit, Tarot.
Similarities and Differences between Solitaire and Tarot
Indeed, there are many similarities between Tarot and Solitaire, known as Patience back when it was first created. Both are solitary pursuits, often done to engage the mind with a system of rules rather than with another person. Both can use the same set of cards, with both fifty-two and seventy-eight card Solitaire games recorded in its infancy. Both make use of pre-ordained arrangements. There is even a tradition, still alive in Germany and Scandinavia today, of using Solitaire as a means for divination. If one “wins” within the first few games, times will be good and luck will smile on you, whereas if one loses a string of games, the cards are saying to be cautious.
Yet they differ also, and this is where the German cultural values come in as opposed to the Roma or even Egyptian elements that found Tarot. Namely, Solitaire is concerned with building an ordered card structure at the end, rather than an ordered mental or “spiritual” structure in the way that Tarot is designed to do.
Historical Stories about Solitaire
Napoleon was said to be a card gaming fanatic, and everywhere he went, he learned the local forms of playing cards. The strategic mind that won him so many battles across Europe was well-suited for cards, and Solitaire was no exception. While the conqueror was generally surrounded by enough people that he didn’t play Patience or other forms of Solitaire while he was rampaging through Europe, upon his exile the stories went that all he did was play Patience endlessly. A brilliant strategist’s mind never sleeps, so the story went.
Around that time in the 19th century, different forms of Solitaire were gaining traction throughout France, but historical evidence shows that while Napoleon played cards in exile, he never played Patience. Regardless, so popular did Solitaire become in France, in part due to the stories told about their greatest general, that many of the terminology used in Solitaire today derives from French.
Solitaire caught on among English speakers beginning in the mid 19th century, when Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria and passionate social reformer, was said to play Solitaire often in his spare time. It is fascinating to trace the rise and fall of Solitaire’s popularity in terms of changes, orderings, and restructurings of a society at any given time. It took about half a century for Solitaire to make its way across the pond to the United States, where it caught on like wildfire during the gold rush of the early 20th century, and again during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
One final story about Solitaire is tragic. During the fall of the Nazi Regime, Adolf Hitler was said to have taken his most trusted lieutenants and staff, among them Joseph Goebbles and his wife and children, to a bunker to avoid being raped and defiled by the advancing Soviets. Magda Goebbles was said to be a solitaire enthusiast, and the story goes that after she fed cyanide to her children, she played Patience, a sort of sad tribute to the Nazi attempts to create a “perfectly ordered society.”
Common Solitaire Synonyms
Patience – Used throughout the UK today, Patience was the original name for solitary card games. The sense was that rather than using bluffs, personality traits, or luck to win the game, the primary quality exercised was that of patience.
Klondike – Solitaire is often a synecdoche for Klondike, meaning that it is so well-known that people use the term “Solitaire” to refer to Klondike exclusively. Klondike is a form of solitaire that involves alternating suits, cascades of cards, a four-suit set of foundations, and a deck. It is the simplest form of solitaire that still contains every element solitaire is best known for. The name “Klondike” comes from the fact that it was made popular during the Gold Rush of the early 1900s which took place in the Alaskan Klondike region.

Tips for Wii Game Rental

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If you sign up with an online rental, then you are sure to enjoy selecting games at your own convenience. Companies try to outdo each in providing ready and quality services to their client. After selecting a game, you will only need to wait for it to be delivered. You can send it back using postage paid envelopes provided by the company.

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Reasons to Purchase Motorcycle Games

1. Hours Of Endless Excitement

When you’ve got a weekend ahead of you and you have nothing planned, then one of the activities that you might want to put on your list is playing motorcycle games on your favorite gaming station. Motorcycle games can provide hours of entertainment that are filled with great graphics and mind boggling effects that will keep you on your toes while you play.

2. Amazing Graphics

The new motorcycle games that are available for sale today come with some of the best graphics around that will completely sweep you off your feet with life like jumps, turns, and crashes. Technology has come a long way in the gaming world and it clearly shows in the games that have been released in the last couple years.

3. Competitive Action

If you’re a competitive gamer and love a good challenge, then you’ll definitely love the new video games because they provide some of the most challenging competition that will leave you chomping at the bit to try and get to the front spot at the finish line. Plus, you can take on your friends in some of the most intense multi-player competition around which can provide for hours of entertainment any day of the week.

Motorcycle games are a great way to spend the spare time that you might have on your day off or over the weekend. If you’re looking for the next big thing when it comes to the gaming world, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at these action packed, entertaining video games.

Free to Play MMO

Alright, so it doesn’t quite exist yet, but in the past two years especially, free to play MMO’s have risen dramatically in popularity. With games like Turbine’s Dungeons and Dragons Online and Sony Online Entertainment’s Free Realms, suddenly, western publishers have seen the light, and they’re embracint the free to play MMO, but what do they have to do to make the perfect one? A name brand license: Sure gamers will tell you they want something original, but the truth is that they’re referring mostly to original, fresh and innovative gameplay. Gamers don’t mind at all if that comes wrapped in a shiny Star Wars or Lord of the Rings wrapper, in fact, all the better for it, gamers love nothing more than the faithful treatment of their favorite franchises, a practice that’s sadly uncommon in videogame development circles.

The first truly major free to play massively multiplayer online game that looks to be powered by a solid brand name would appear to be Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming family friendly MMO, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. Here’s hoping it also fulfills the rest of the criteria on our list. Approachability: Don’t mistake this as a request for more casual fare. As most wow heads will tell you, World of Wacraft can be pretty hardcore, there’s tons of questing, raiding, and wow gold to be had, but what set wow ahead of the pack five years ago was how approachable it was. Free to play MMO’s are often tried out by folks who aren’t necessarily into MMO’s, because the barrier of entry is so low. It’s important of course to make sure first impressions are good, and scaring off prospective new players with a Ultima Online-esque death penalty is a no-no.

Free to play game world: We’re building a free to play game world remember? The majority of the world itself needs to be freely accessible to everyone, those who wish to pony up some cash for items, and those who are just looking around. It’s pretty much the theme park concept at work, if you have the whole park open, folks are more likely to come in, look around and buy a buy a ticket to more rides as opposed to charging for entry at the gate, thus making them acutely aware of how much money they’re spending. It’s for just such a reason that purchasing quest packs is becoming an increasingly popular option in free to play MMO’s. Micro transactions and real money trading: It’s a free to play MMO, so the economy, and largely, gameplay, are going to be driven and dictated by gamers purchasing quests, items, weapons, ingredients etc via micro transactions and real money trading. What is imperative, is that gamers don’t feel like they’re being nickle and dimed by the developers. Charging for stuff is fine of course, but exorbitant prices and asking players to pay for the bare necessities in an MMO would kill the game very quickly.

A good example would be player housing, basic lodging should really be free for everyone, with upgrades available should a player so desire. By reducing the initial outlay, everyone’s got a home, and more people are likely to want to spend some money on beautifying that home. Integrated with social networking: You’d think this one was a no-brainer, but a startling number of MMO’s are still operating with only the most basic forum support tying their communities together. You only have to look at the wild success of games like FarmVille to realise that integrating your MMO with social networking means that players more time playing together, and best of all, they bring their friends. Making it easier to share photos and stories is something that MMO developers need to concentrate on.

Mobile friendly: There’s no denying that World of Warcraft leads the pack here, but more is needed. Tying in with the point above, the world is becoming increasingly mobile at an alarming rate. Blackberries, Zunes, iPhones, iPods, iPads, you name it, we want to game on it and take it with us. What’s important is that the core experience of the MMO should still be tied to the PC platform, but we would still to be able to take the game with us, in some form or another. You can’t help but think that Blizzard is already exploring the possibilities of something like that. However, you can also bet that the convenience of taking your game with you is likely to carry an extra charge!