Mining the Field

Mining the Field

Mining the Field

by Steve Napierski to Images

Are the kids today with their bookfacing and twitting still playing the Minesweeper?

source: Flickr
  • Triaxx2

    I play, but I tend to cheat, getting the largest possible field with the fewest number of mines. Why? Because I SUCK at it.

  • Someguy

    I do, helped me to endure some boring lessons of computer science! XD
    Though, i’m in a little conflict with the game. I really like how it fosters basic logical thinking, but i’m uncomfortable with a possible game situation occurring on higher difficulties: when it comes down to little space left and eventually to two tiles with a 50/50 chance of fail or success, often destroying all the work done before. I don’t know if this actually was always implemented in the game, or just recently, considering it should be possible for an algorithm to create a field 100% solvable by logic alone and not by chance (except maybe the starting move). But then again, that’s life, kinda, you may be cautious, plan, use all the logic you got and then it comes down to chances.
    Wooooooow, deeeeeeep, isn’t it ;P

    • AnotherGuy

      I love that this is in the picture :) (Sweeping that tile was a 50/50 given the information we can see)

      • Posseidon

        Not true, tracing from the squares above you can actually see that that spot being swept must be clear as the 1 above is already accounted for.

        Though I do hate those 50/50’s…

    • Anotherguy

      You could even program it so the first move is always successful, and the rest of the ‘map’ is instantly generated from there. Of course, at least the one that came with my computer doesn’t work like that, and it will definitely lead you into conundrums requiring you to play percentages in unfavorable positions.

    • TwelveBaud

      In the Minesweepers that come with Windows, the board is entirely randomly generated, but on the first click of a new game, if it would be on a mine, that mine is moved to the upper-leftmost square without one.

  • theycallmetomu

    I’ve been playing minesweeper a lot lately. Why? Because my PC asploded, and now I’m on my laptop, which can’t exactly run my PS2 emulator, now can it? I pitched by PS2 because I was like “Oh hey, I have an emulator that can run games now, and use save states! HA!” but now? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

    • Yue

      No PS2 emulator? How about PS1 or N64? If your laptop can’t even emulate those properly… you might want to consider getting rid of it. If you can run PS1, I recommend Harvest Moon Back To Nature, massive time sink. Or one of them Final Fantasy games…

  • PrinceJonathan

    I used to play it a lot recently. Actually I never knew how to play it until I saw the movie trailer parody on Youtube. Now it’s mostly Spider Solitaire (All 4 suits). My current best times are Beginner 15s, Intermediate 92, Expert 332.

    @Someguy, Oh I hate that on Expert. I also hate getting a bad start on Expert. I click a spot, get a 1, not giving me much to work with I click another spot, GET DOWN IT’S A SNAKE BOMB!!! If I start on a 1 surrounded by 8 spaces it’s like they’re all bombs, either the bombs are psychic or are actually Schrodinger Bombs! Once you’re down to that 50/50 I’d just count the game done. IRL you’d send a drone to poke at a spot like that anyway.

    @Tomu Get Final Fantasy 8 and tell me how it ends. I bought a copy at a pawnshop and FML the last disk doesn’t work and they don’t do returns. So I’ve never seen what happens after disk 3.

  • Pocket Lord Sephirjon

    Back when I was working at a computer helpdesk, I’d bring up Minesweeper whenever I started an installation with lengthy install times. I set high scores on every computer in the office under the pseudonym ‘Pocket Lord.’

    But then we upgraded to Windows 7, and the new Minesweeper no longer allows you to put in your name for high scores.

    So I used to play Minesweeper, then I took an upgrade to the operating system.

  • Nyan

    I play on Expert hardcore mode– no flags. Just have to remember where the bombs are and click the safe spaces.

  • Clark Cox

    That guy on the lower left just made a pretty risky move :)

  • PrinceJonathan

    I just noticed 5 obvious bombs in the above image that aren’t flagged.

  • kingofbizzare

    I played a lot back in high school. My high score was beating expert mode in 142 seconds (that’s what happens when you have an aging computer with Windows 98, no internet, and a DVD drive that didn’t work). This reminds me that I need to get that old computer running again to pull the screenshot of that off of it. I stopped playing when I realized that when I closed my eyes, all I saw was Minesweeper tiles.

  • Xuncu

    *immediatley starts flagging and figuring out the next few moves*