Bill Gates It is currently an example of how to take advantage of time, of productivity, of performance, but in the past it had a serious problem with Minesweeper, to the point that he was considered addicted to the video game.
Reports say that he even went so far as to ask his co-workers to lend him their computers so he could play. With the passage of time, the tycoon decided to stop with his addiction and admitted that he had to uninstall Minesweeper from all his computers.
The oldest will remember minesweeper, one of the classic Windows video games that came from version 3.1 as a pre-installed program. Basically, The object of the game is to clear a minefield without detonating any..
With the left click, we could see a square and this could contain a number, which indicated how many mines were around it. With other clicks, we could deduce the positions in which the detected mine should not be and other numbers were unlocked that could refer to the bomb we were looking for or to another.
When deciding where we think there is a mine, with the right click we could mark that place, a flag would appear and the mine counter would indicate how many were left to mark.
How was Gates’ addiction healed?
According to a report published on the 3D Games website, this story of Bill Gates’ addiction to Minesweeper was told by journalist Kyle Orland in his new book, which is running a Kickstarter campaign.
It was Bruce Ryan, Bates’s colleague, who created a macro with the Windows software called Macro Recorder, which caused clicking on a certain corner of Minesweeper to always show all fields without mineswinning the game on the spot.
The trick was that to achieve this result you had to find the perfect combination, a situation that could take hours. Subsequently, Ryan sent a screenshot to Bill Gates, showing him that his old record had been broken and that it was impossible for him to break this new one-second mark..
Gates was so impressed with the result that he assumed he couldn’t compete against an artificial intelligence, and therefore said goodbye to the game.: “My critical abilities are supplanted by a computer. This technology thing is going too far. If machines can do things faster than humans, how can we maintain our human dignity?
Currently, you can play Minesweeper for free on the website minesweeper.eu.