So much interest on the tetris jokes has made me think about on the subject. Firstly because some of you might have missed out on those russian duel cartoons, one of which features tetris (maybe I should call it the tetris machine - it's not disappearing levels that are fighting) . You can watch or re-watch it here:
I looked up some more funny tetris pics:
All of them (along with ones from my previous post) prove that Tetris - a game about fitting blocks - unleashes a vast emotional load within us. While the 'fail' line refers to the game as a competition and should hurt our intellect (with us placed as losers), I think the 'hell' line is far more relevant. I mean the unfitting of the blocks. Tetris is based on right angles, you take upon your shoulders a hard task of fitting the blocks, but only in the simplified world of exact rules, built of square tiles. When the rules of square and right angle are broken, a player feels terribly betrayed. It is easily transformable into a life-in-a-society metaphor: we live in a world of predictable, standardized blocks like family, school, job, health care etc., and we agree to follow the rules on a promise that these rules will work and ultimately will help us manage everything. And most of us, at some point of lilfe, feel that social contract is false and the rules either don't work or malfunction, and then we feel terribly betrayed, so much it can only be compared to a curved and all-angles-allowed world of tetris. And if you have OCD, then the tetris thing probably feels far worse.
By the way, I'm not saying that the system fails us. I'm saying that everybody sometimes feels like it did. Also, I've never been much of a Tetris player or Tetris fan. But it's a very influential text of culture (I don't know the proper English term and would accept some help; I hope it's understandable as it is), probably as much as Star Wars, the Beatles or Middle-earth.