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Minesweeper to stay sharp
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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2013 12:54 AM
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I don't know if it is a proven form of mind training, but I'll play it now and then to help stay sharp. I have noticed it has helped in logic and deductive reasoning.

If anything, try it out (unless you already do). But be warned, it's quite addicting after you win a game or two



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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2013 01:05 AM
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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2013 02:29 AM
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http://minesweepergame.net/



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I think Jon is worried about us old guys (a/k/a "codgers") losing it, so he's suggesting some preventive therapy. My iPad has a bunch of cool stuff on it that serves that purpose. Right now my addiction is a Mah Jong solitaire app that can have you pulling out your hair, if you still got any, and definitely stretches the ol' brain muscles.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 5th, 2013 12:02 PM
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 Plainsman, that Mah Jong game is second on my list



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There is a web page called pogo.com that has all sorts of games for free. There is one on there that I particularly like called "word whomp" where they give you a set of letters that you have to try to make as many words as you can out of in a little over 2 minutes. Keeps my mind sharp even though I miss some that should have been easy to see. Age or eyeballs?



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I hear ya, Jon C! I like to challenge my mind also as according to the experts, 'exercising' the mind is supposed to help ward off Alzheimers.

I'll tell ya guys, I can probably put up with anything as I get older but losing my mind scares the crap out of me!



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I quite playing minesweeper after I beat it ten or 11 times in a row  and about 80 out of 100, stuck in Atlanta airport.  

 

I have heard those kinds of games keeps your mind alert. Forgot where I heard that from. 

 

Jon, you probably never heard of a 3270 terminal.  Once upon a time, there was a game, can't remember name, you had to rescue the princess.  Thing is, it is a no-graphics display.  All green text on black screen.  You had to envision the floor plan and REMEMBER game to game.    It was a blast.  When management found out, and outlawed it, there were over 1600 copies of the game  actively being played.  BTW, this was in the 1970's. 

 

 

 

 



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How large was the grid and the amount of mines?

Sounds like a fun game. I'm learning about DOS and such, maybe I could find it and call
 it extra credit. :cool:



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Well Jon, Disk Operating System, or DOS, is kind of an ancient program.  Of course, if you can navigate without pictures and a mouse, you might just find out how well you can do in Linux. 

I cannot recall the name of the text based game but I do know it was written in COBOL.  Which just happens to still be around, slightly improved.  Just imagine this:  No word can be longer than 8 characters.  Still.   It is something like 80 times faster than ANSI C.   Assembler is about 200 times faster than ANSI C.  I may be exaggerating there but not by much. 

I only played the minesweeper on Windows XP.  I detected a pattern and once I did, I got bored.   Before I changed laptops, I had 113 consecutive wins on FreeCell. 




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12semi wrote:
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Jon, you probably never heard of a 3270 terminal.  Once upon a time, there was a game, can't remember name, you had to rescue the princess.  Thing is, it is a no-graphics display.  All green text on black screen.  You had to envision the floor plan and REMEMBER game to game.    It was a blast.  When management found out, and outlawed it, there were over 1600 copies of the game  actively being played.  BTW, this was in the 1970's. 

 

  


12semi,

I did some looking because I wasn't aware of any mainframe games and found both Avatar and a predecessor Dungeon that both fit the mainframe green screen terminals you are referring to.

However I didn't play either of those, I got started in gaming (and computers) in the Commodore days of Zork.

GAMING... For when we can't kill things (even paper targets) for real.....



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I play two games of hearts with my first cup of coffe every morning just to keep the memory alive. I think it helps, but age still takes its toll and will win in the end.
I started in 1963 with Algol, Cobol, and others. I even remember (see the card playing helps) when DOS was called CDOS. the there was caseset basic on a TI.



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