If There Is One Thing That I Learned from Tetris

Tetris

"If there's one thing I've learned from playing Tetris it is that mistakes accumulate and success vanishes."

-- Tetris game developer (via)

Too deep? What about this take?

Tetris hurls endless blocks at the player, much as life hurls you endless problems and obstacles, jobs and chores, responsibilities. It isn't the success that vanishes; the success is that some problems have vanished.

-- unfortunatejordan

Or this one?

Apart from being a fine game, Tetris is also a perfect mirror of the human condition. For a while the game is entertaining, and we seem to have mastered it and are having fun. Then, something goes wrong. A rash mistake, or an unfulfilled wish, and we're fighting to repair the damage, but we've been thrown off-balance, and the cancer is spreading. Blocks that were once orderly and harmonious are jumbled and filled with holes, and our cup is on the verge of running over. There's always a point at which we stop planning for the future, and realise that we don't have one - all we can do is cling to the present and concentrate, focus our minds on what it's like to be alive, to play the game, before it's all over. You were waiting for a four-by-one block that never came.

Eventually we stare death in the face, and death will not spare us because we would warn the others to stay away and not play the game. Sometimes we resist to the bitter end, moving blocks left and right without thought or care, just to hang on, and sometimes we accept the inevitable and pull the blocks down to us, smiling inwardly at the great joke. The rest is silence. We admire the fox as it escapes from the hounds, but when the hunt is over we turn away, and go off and drink and be merry, and somewhere else someone or something is watching us as we watch the fox. But the fox knows it is being chased.

-- someone, probably this person

...definitely too deep. Anyway, all this to say, Tetris is the best video game of all time.

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