PDC 2005: Vista Game Screenshots!

Microsoft revamps included games

Thursday, September 15, 2005 by Frogboy | Discussion: PDC 2005

The games that come with Windows XP are pretty dated.  But with Windows Vista, Microsoft has gone back to the drawing board.  Included in Vista is a whole slew of updates to classics along with some new games including a pretty nice chess game.  Check out the screenshots below.

 

The new chess game is pretty impressive.
Minesweeper gets a much needed update
Mahjong! Yes!
I'm not quite sure what this game is..
Microsoft's dialogs are getting better.
Solitair gets an update too.

Scarebear
Reply #1 Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:36 PM
That is about the extent of my gaming ability/interest The updates to the classics look pretty cool.
freezejeans
Reply #2 Thursday, September 15, 2005 6:12 PM
Ack! They look great, but I hope they leave previous versions intact...I kind of like the charm of Minesweeper and Solitaire (Freecell too), they way they looked from the 3.1 days. Still play them, too
DocX
Reply #3 Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:49 PM
Looks pretty cool. Where is the pinball game? Thats really the only one i ever play and it is fun and works well.
Lotherius
Reply #4 Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:02 PM
The Mahjong is the best update!!!!!

As far as the old games... I bet you'll still be able to run them if you copy the EXE's...

MS's dirty secret is that you can even run games from Windows 1.0 (if you can find the files)... I downloaded some windows 1.0 programs and they still ran in XP. Shocking.
mrbiotech
Reply #5 Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:41 PM
That dialog picture looks like it's taking a few tips from Apple's design paradigms: http://developer.apple.com/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/OSXHIGuidelines/OSXHIGuidelines.pdf
ama02
Reply #6 Friday, September 16, 2005 1:44 AM
yay for Mahjongg! I hope they keep Spider Solitaire though, I'm sorta addicted to that.
GhoS
Reply #7 Friday, September 16, 2005 3:18 PM
Its about time. Not that I ever play the built in games, but that is partly because they felt old and looked it also. I suppose this shows promise that they really will overall the whole system, including icons. One can hope.
TYCUS
Reply #8 Friday, September 16, 2005 3:30 PM
where do you get Windows Vista?

-=TYCUS=-
Lotherius
Reply #9 Friday, September 16, 2005 6:15 PM
where do you get Windows Vista?

-=TYCUS=-


You don't, unless you're a member of the MSDN network, which isn't free.
HighCommand
Reply #10 Friday, September 16, 2005 7:08 PM
That dialog picture looks like it's taking a few tips from Apple's design paradigms: Link


Only by being more verbose.
Penguin2245
Reply #11 Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:05 AM
Where do you get the Windows 1.0 programs?
horizon
Reply #12 Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:12 PM
oooh chess
GreenReaper
Reply #13 Tuesday, September 20, 2005 12:09 PM
Windows 3.0 had a great 16-colour chess background bitmap . . .

As for the windows apps, that's not a dirty little secret. A huge amount of work goes into making sure that old applications still work for people. Windows 1.0 is pushing it, but many 2.x or 3.x apps will still work.

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