Some games just never get old. There are classics like Backgammon which has been discovered in excavations of what was Ancient Persia, dating to around 3000BC. There is checkers or draughts which dates back to the 13th century. Chess which in an early formed existed from about 600AD and in its modern form from the 15th Century. Solitaire card games date back to the 18h century with playing cards themselves only reaching Europe in the 14th century. Finally there is Mahjong which has a history of dating back to 500BC, with one of the myths surrounding it that it may have been created by the ancient philosopher Confucius.
Perennially popular games like these all originated due to the simplicity of their rules and the ease of creating the pieces, cards or tiles to play them. Most of the games mentioned above are best shared with two more players whose goal is simply to beat the opposing player.
With the advent of computers these games continue to flourish and are often modernized to take advantage of the convenience that these forms allow. Solitaire card games are improved because they don’t require setting up, chess games can be played over the internet against an opponent who is not physically in the same room and backgammon has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years.
mahjong online has spawned a variety of new games based on the mahjong tiles. The most popular of which was released initially in 1981 on a very obscure computer system and then remade and released on the majority of home computers of the era in 1986 to great acclaim selling over 10 million copies. It’s fair to say that there is no home computer since 1986 where it is not possible to play mahjong.
This version of mahjong is now been adapted so it is possible to play free mahjong games online. The rules are simple and it is this simplicity that has made mahjong one of the most popular searches for games on the internet. There are very few games that compete, although some like Tetris and Bejeweled can be considered modern classics as well.
There are also many free mahjong games available to play on modern phones, like the iPhone or new tablet machines like the iPad.
It’s safe to assume that such a simple game that has gathered so much popularity will always remain popular much like old board games e.g. chess and backgammon.
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