Microsoft has launched a new ugly Windows software themed sweater on its Xbox Gear Shop dedicated to the infamous Windows game Minesweeper.
It is well done: not only the whole Minesweeper level in the shape of a Christmas tree, but it also contains mines disguised as snowflakes and “buttons” to minimize the window or exit the game if you want, as well as the classic wavy Windows logo that is reminiscent of Windows 3.1. (If you are wondering why the sweater has “1990” mines left, this is a reference to the year Minesweeper came out for the first time.)
This is Microsoft’s second year of ugly Windows-themed sweaters. Last year, the company released three designs of ugly sweaters, including a garment based on the timeless MS paint app, which looked humorous as if it had been designed in that same app. In 2020, Microsoft donated a portion of the proceeds from each sweater to Girls Who Code; this year, the company appears to be giving a lump sum of $ 100,000 to the AbleGamers charity for disabled players.
Microsoft sells the Minesweeper Ugly sweater for the explosive price of $ 74.99 – $ 5 more than last year’s models. Sweaters sold out in 24 hours last year with a restocking at the end of December, so if you want to look like a pro at reporting mines this holiday then get one soon.