something that may not be a good thing about damien and the international minesweeper committee is that people are more likely to send in their games because of an incentive like a free trip to vienna or a free banner ad on his site. there are several players ive met on the minesweeper forums, and i would not be surprised to learn that they are actually affiliated with damien and his organization, and that theyre just sending in free games to increase their reputation. this is not a bad thing, but you have to watch it.
in the end, the biggest problem with first-person minesweeper is that you have to be able to tell bombs from clears, which is a difficult skill to acquire. and this is a skill that can be learned. ive come up with a strategy that i use to get faster, and i play in tournaments with this strategy. this strategy does involve a lot of calculation, but it involves a lot of calculation. it takes a certain amount of practice to get better at it, and when youre good at it, its a powerful strategy.
ive only played a few first-person minesweeper games, but the strategy is more accurate than any other strategy i know of. the main thing you need to know is that when you click on a bomb, there are only two possibilities. there might be a bomb on top of the block, or there might be a block on top of the bomb. if you click on a bomb, and it is on top of a block, then the bomb is not cleared. if you click on a bomb, and it is on top of a block, then the bomb is cleared.
there are two main aspects of first-person play, imo. the first is just going through the game as a spectator, analyzing each play carefully and comparing it to the test group. in this case, youre the audience and the whole point is to see how accurate the pattern matches. then there is the opposite extreme, playing with the new pattern in mind, trying to anticipate how the test group might play it. and this is a more-like-it-wasnt-there style, where you go through the game with a certain level of caution, not confident about your decisions, but knowing that youre not wrong by a big margin.