Solitaire.exe brings Windows 98 playing cards to life
By Dave Parrack
November 19, 2012
In the days before the Internet was what it is now, and before there was a smartphone app for every occasion, there was Solitaire on Windows 98. It was a common procrastination tool for office workers over several years, which means this simple game has a healthy dose of nostalgia attached to it. Nostalgia that Evan Roth has evoked with Solitaire.exe
Roth is an American artist, and founder of the Graffitti Research Lab, whose work forms part of the permanent collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York. His latest offering, Solitaire.exe, is a deck of playing cards that features the Windows 98 Solitaire designs, bringing a virtual version of the classic game into the real world.
"A simple piece of software got us through the dark ages of computing before the Internet allowed us to waste company time more effectively," Roth explains. "Now you can reconnect with this old friend on the other side of the computer screen."
The pixelation remains intact in the design of the cards, as can be seen in the image above. Roth sought the permission of Microsoft to use the Solitaire card deck designs, which were originally created by Susan Kare for Windows 3.0 in 1990.
The Solitaire.exe deck of playing cards is available from Cooper-Hewitt, priced at US$20. It's a limited edition deck, with just 500 available, each of which is signed and numbered by Roth himself.
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