Microsoft originally included Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Hearts as educational/tutorial tools to get people used to using a mouse and a graphical UI.

Minesweeper (showed up first in Windows 3.1) taught left/right click and precision clicking. Solitaire (showed up in Windows 3.0) taught drag and drop. Hearts taught what networking was (included first in Windows for Workgroups 3.1, showed off NetDDE)

@c0debabe yeah. it's kind of an interesting period of transition for a lot of computer users. Most of the platforms those new graphical interfaces were targeting were almost exclusively textual before that. So there was a period where people were like "wtf is this"

@NOCARRIER I'm not surprised. A lot of the old bsdgames used vi keybindings (like nethack's ancestor hack), and probably for similar reasons.

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