Minesweeper: Ready, Set, Fail
Posted by shiokenstar on April 26, 2008
So, I’ll start things off by saying I like Minesweeper. It’s 80% logic and 20% luck, but it’s a great casual game to play while I’m waiting for a page to load, or my wireless internet card to connect. It’s not so much about getting fast times, although I am pleased/peeved whenever I break/come short of a personal best. Although I play mainly on my laptop, I do play a bit on the family computer, which runs Windows Vista. Now I really don’t care what other people say about Vista, its ok if you ask me. The only issue I have with it is that it doesn’t seem to understand that I want to write files to a blank disc and instead tries to format the disc into something similar to a flashdrive. This process never works. Period.
Now anyways, the casual games that come with a computer, Solitaire, Minesweeper, Freecell, Spider Solitaire and etc are here too, but with upgraded Vista shiny aesthetics. However, somebody decided that it would be a good idea to record how many times you’ve played each game and how many times you’ve actually won. This pisses me off. I like the idea of jumping into Minesweeper, and just playing. Same with Solitaire really. But no, now my every move and failure is recorded each time I play. It gets irritating. On expert level of Minesweeper, you have to be lucky to click the first square and get a decent amount of space to work with. Sometimes you can go through 5-8 rounds of expert level before you get some wiggle room to actually start solving the field. So think about it for a second. 5-8 tries to even start to play. Then, there’s no guarantee that you’ll win since there’s almost always a situation where you cannot use logic to guess at which square is the mine. I cannot count the number of times I have lost when there was only 1 mine left, and two squares to pick from. As such, my win-to-lose rate is very, very abominable, but the fact that there isn’t a lasting impression on the loss, I can easily start a new round if I’m up for it.
However, with Windows Vista and its statistics, I practically never play expert level anymore. I can’t break the single digit win percentage, and I don’t plan on trying since it takes 5-8 loses to even start a chance to win. But I’m a Minesweeper junkie, haha. Curse you Mark Ding, you’ve infected me! So whenever I’m on the family computer, I play intermediate mode. It is infinitely easier than expert, but every now and again you make a mistake due to confidence or those guessing situations.
What I like doing on the family computer in trying to up my win percentage. So I’ve gotten to 100 games played on intermediate level of Minesweeper. 53 wins. A decent score. But, Vista tells me my win percentage is 52. 52%. Vista says, 53/100 = 52%. Goddamnit. You know, I have a 100% win percentage on beginner mode? Yeah thats right, 100%. How many games? Like, 7. I’m scared of playing beginner since I don’t wanna ruin the win rate. I decided to try bringing the intermediate rate up since way back at like, game 60 or something. But it’s a pain in the rear end when you have to win like, 3 games in a row to up your percentage by 1. And a loss will either drop you a percent or reset your attempts to bring it up. The least Vista could do for screwing my (possible?) OCD is give me a damn accurate reading. But nooooo, 53/100 is .52 to Vista. Little punks. But I can’t stop playing. <.<
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