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Minesweeper: "Everyone Knows"
Posted: Thursday August 3rd, 2006 by

I can't tell you guys how many times over the last few years I've had to tell someone in a thread, a PM, or an email, "I do comics about the games I'm playing".

Well there you go! Now it's completely true.

Every night before I go to bed, I play some quick game (usually Minesweeper) that requires just enough concentration to take my mind off of everything else. Otherwise I go to bed and just lay there and think about everything I accomplished during the day, and everything I need to accomplish tomorrow. If I distract my brain, I can go to bed and go to sleep without much effort.

Last night though, I was struck by a revelation and a challenge: I've never made a joke about Minesweeper. How the hell do you make a joke about Minesweeper? And that was that. Actions were set into motion. Ideas were formed and discarded. "Keep it simple" was mentally mandated. And thus was the world changed. **rolls eyes** The truth is in there somewhere. I'll go get you the bullshit shovel for anyone that needs to dig their way out.


For those of you scratching your heads wondering what the hell Minesweeper is, Minesweeper is this little game that has been packaged with the last few iterations of Microsoft Operating systems. You're given a grid of boxes and told how many mines are present within the grid. Then, using numerical clues as to how many bombs are touching a given square, you decipher which squares are bombs (marked with little flags) and which ones are not. As you uncover more squares, you're given more numerical clues. And, as per the comic, there are instances where it's completely obvious where the bombs are hiding. BUT... accidentally uncover a square hiding a bomb, and BOOM, the game is over.

And there you go... an explanation that takes longer than the game itself.

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