According to pagat.com, Spades was invented in the US in the 1930s. Lacking the depth of Bridge, it's still one of the most popular partner-based card games today due to its simplicity of play. At #81 in the countdown, it proves it's more than just a "let's play cards on Friday night in the dorm cuz none of us have girlfriends" kind of game.[Mark: Oh, yeah... sorry. Channeling my freshman year of college there...]
Ben Baldanza: "Best classic game ever."
Stephen Glenn: "I could never get into Bridge because of its convoluted scoring and complicated bidding conventions. The fact that it's played with a partner practically obliges one to devote some study to the game. That not interesting me in the slightest, I find Spades to be a fun, exciting substitute."