Sometimes there are places we go that we dont talk about much, partly because it has a specialized language, or a specialized following. In some groups computers are only touched upon briefly, no one has one, or they have a limited knowledge. In some instances what is online important to one person barely touches another.
Games is such a pre-occupation. I am an avowed games addict; if it has dice, or cards, or a game board, move over, honey, I want to play too.
For the past 16 or 17 years Yahoo has had, not only email, and Messenger, but a fairly extensive and well working set of games that covered everything from solitaire games to dominoes, pool, and gin. Dozens of games, thousands of players. I was there for 16 of those years, off and on. They were (past tense deliberate), I'm finding out, some of the best online games on the net, consistently.
Last week they closed the doors. We were braced for upgrades, updates to what was familar, perhaps a new look to the game rooms. That was the implication.
It turns out that all the games, from Cribbage to Literati (the strange wildflower version of Scrabble), from Hearts to Spades, Chess and Checkers, have been closed out. The administration is being quite cheery about this in the forums, in spite of the pitchfork and burning tar responses which most former players are exhibiting. Oh, they say, we KNOW you'll just love our new games.
No we won't.
New games, new graphics, all bright and super fun
Not bloody likely. Where's my Spades? Where's my Cribbage? What have you done with Gin? Who the hell washed the floor in here? Get those damn frilly curtains outta here--
Oh, they will be SO much fun to play, we just know you'll feel differently once you've seen them
No we won't. All the games we spent all those years on, and they're gone. We dont want dancing bears or 'rewards' or adorable tutorials with cute pink borders. Give us back our games
We can't. They're gone.
Then so am I