Updates

Latest Updates
2021-10-18 Players can now add their World of Minesweeper accounts to profiles.
2021-10-16 Finished reviewing and adding 19 minesweeper games (98 versions and 33 downloads) for RISC OS to the downloads section.
2021-10-05 Added a new CP/M game 'Saper' to Downloads and re-designed the downloads pages.
2021-10-04 Created a detailed history article about Bogus Software. Took more than 30 hours of research in addition to 10 years of occasional research! The most detailed article to date.
2021-09-23 Created history article about Robert Donner.
2021-09-21 Added more new information to the history article for Curt Johnson.
2021-09-16 New history article about the XYZZY cheat.
2021-09-15 Added 8 more skins to the Minesweeper X skins download.
2021-09-12 Added a new "media" page for internet news articles about Minesweeper. Initial batch has 50 articles.
2021-09-11 Added new history article about Curt Johnson.
2021-09-09 Updated main menu and added new history pages on Hopsing and Sayre Board.
2021-09-04 Updated historical rankings code which now runs faster and on a schedule. Fixed display issues with 'datepicker' widget.
2021-09-01 Fixed some video player bugs, removed fake accounts and made it easier to register new accounts.
2021-08-29 Updated all rankings so they can be sorted by time (or mines for the density rankings).
2021-08-27 Launched a web video-player. All Arbiter, MSX, Clone and Viennasweeper videos can be watched in the browser. You can also UPK the game in the browser. This involved several weeks of modifying the original code provided by 'hgraceb' which is used on the saolei.wang rankings.
2021-08-21 Another week upgrading the design and security of code on the site.
2021-08-12 Updated archived files page to add links to more of the existing files.
2021-08-11 Spent a week upgrading the template used for all pages. This involved updating the code for every page. Site will now be easier to maintain.
2021-08-08 Upgraded site from Bootstrap 4 to Bootstrap 5 which enabled most JQuery code to be removed.
2021-06-30 Spent 3 weeks working on a video player that will hopefully be launched this summer based on code from the video player at saolei.net.
2021-06-07 The 'Historical World Ranking' is now available. The official ranking starts in 2000 but the database goes back to 1992-07-22. The ranking has 20 million rows and required 2 weeks of work to fix code and make it run quickly.
2021-05-31 Spent 6h creating a new admin tool to read videos and detect cheating.
2021-05-26 Reviewed and updated code for all video parsers used on the site to read video information. Wrote a new parser for FreeSweeper.
2021-05-18 Uploaded 247 scores from 72 players from 1997-2000 from old sites (Brian Chu Minesweeper Tips, Alex Perel Hall of Fame). Added 22 players and 65 more scores from old Usenet posts.
2021-05-15 Uploaded 358 scores from 152 players from 1992-1999 from old Usenet posts.
2021-05-03 Archived another site (minesweeper.cc) and added 2 research papers. Updated the strategy article.
2021-05-01 Finished archiving old versions of Authoritative Minesweeper from 2020, 2007, 2004, 2001 and 2000. Reviewed scores submitted to the original Expert World Ranking (1997) and Unofficial Site (1997) and added 200 players and 350 scores to the database. When I originally started the site I did not copy scores from competing websites.
2021-04-18 Last 2 weeks upgrading then migrating the English and German Wikis to msgame.
2021-03-15 Downloads section now has 113 games. Added 2 more math papers.
2021-02-24 Deleted 176 duplicate scores. Wrote tool to analyse clicks in videos. Uploaded more games to downloads which now has 88 games.
2021-02-11 Added IOE world rankings.
2021-01-17 Another week finding then playing and reviewing old games. Now have 42 minesweeper games for DOS which is triple the largest collection elsewhere.
2021-01-12 Finished updating 24 DOS and Windows games into the games database.
2021-01-10 Spent 3 weeks researching old minesweeper games and updating the downloads section.
2021-01-08 Archived 50 more pages for one dead site and added 5 new games to downloads.
2021-01-05 Updated profile template and created database and templates for download pages.
2021-01-02 Improved arbiter ranking code and updated cheat pages
2020-12-31 "Updated menu to include a more obvious ""log In"" link and created the ""update"" page."
2020-12-31 Fixed issue with arbiter history files caused by checksums not being unique.
2020-12-31 Replaced dead saolei.wang and minesweeper.info links in Forum with saolei.wang and minesweepergame.com.
2020-12-30 Created new homepage.
2020-12-30 Created a discord channel and fixed issue with member login sessions.
2020-12-26 Launched new site at minesweepergame.com.

New Website

The new site took more than a year to develop and implement:

  • New server with up to date security and software.
  • PHP and HTML code rewritten to comply with modern standards.
  • Designed site and all pages to work on mobile phones.
  • New database with all historical scores reviewed and classified.
  • Scores from two dozen cheaters identified and removed from rankings.
  • Wrote new versions of RAW tools with videos automatically parsed on upload.
  • Wrote tool to parse and upload Arbiter history files.
  • Wrote new secure code to upload videos and pictures.
  • Deleted thousands of inactive and fake accounts.
  • Deleted excess personal data and introduced privacy controls.
  • New math section with more than 60 published papers.
  • New website section with more than 35 archived sites.
  • New cheats section with more than 20 cheats.