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Life Lessons from a Bubble-Exploding Game

Updated on August 28, 2016
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Rochelle Frank wrote humorous bits for her college newspaper many years ago. Her funny observations have continued in print and online.

Are there really life lessons in this stupid computer game?

It is a seemingly innocent "bubble-exploding computer game", but there's something strangely compelling about it.

I am extremely proud to report my success -- at last -- in clearing the board with 987 thousand-some points. Probably it only took about 937 tries, because I am not a fast learner.

I am, maybe, a bit compulsive in the human-computer competition area, especially if the game is rather simplistic.

This diversion has probably robbed me of a significant percentage of the useful time I have been allotted on earth, and at this stage of my life I'm not sure I have a lot of allotted hours left to waste.

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The Benefits

On the other hand, I believe it has become sort of a meditative exercise which effectively clears my mind of worrisome things I need to do, like cleaning house, paying bills, sleeping, eating, bathing, flossing my teeth and giving the dog proper pats.

Each day, I tell myself that I will NOT waste time proving that I can do this.

Myself does not always listen-- but at least now she seems more satisfied that it doesn't have to prove it anymore -- but then again -- Could it have been a fluke? Could I really do it again?

No, I don't post my name or my score! It could put me in danger of being involuntarily committed to a rehab program for bubble-exploding marble game addicts.

Why am I drawn to this mindless game when my mind is supposed to be properly educated and not so easily amused? Why am I compelled to waste this much time blowing up colored bubbles when the risk of failure is so high? Even when there is success-- there is no real reward or even and the illusion of succeeding at something.

It's kind of like this--but not exactly.
It's kind of like this--but not exactly. | Source

No Fanfare

This game does not play a fanfare or unfurl virtual celebratory banners. It doe not give you exploder points, or exploder scores. When you succeed in clearing the board, what do you have?

You have a blank board. That's it.

Deep down, I believe there must be a reason for everything, so I have convinced myself that the exploding bubbles of many different colors must have a hidden spiritual meaning or important life-lesson.

I have decided that in order to justify the time I have wasted, I must invent some philosophical justifications that apply to the game and to life Itself.

These are the things I have come up with:

  • Sometimes when you shoot too fast -- you miss a better opportunity that you would have seen if you had been less impatient. Patience is a virtue to be learned and practiced.
  • Sometimes the overall situation changes unexpectedly -- one little shift presents a whole new situation. You have to learn and practice being adaptable.
  • When you are doing well on one part -- the other side is slowly inching down to wreck your chance of finishing. Not looking at the whole picture can be disastrous. You have to learn and practice being holistic.
  • It's better to aim for higher possibilities, unless it's necessary to wipe out the lower ones that might suddenly end the game. Set your goals high-- and knock down the little things in the process.
  • At a certain point -- when you have eliminated one or two problems, the game seems simpler-- but it becomes more important to see what resources are coming up, and strategically use the upcoming opportunities. When you have the basics figured out, you can see other possibilities.
  • Making the most points at one time is not always the best choice if it blocks your next opportunity, but sometimes one action can taking out two problems.
  • Sometimes a mistake is the best shot you could have made. Disaster often sets up the next opportunity.
  • Sometimes your advantage is lost by a lapse of concentration. You've got to use what you have at the moment.
  • Planning too far ahead doesn't work: things change.

But wait, There's more...

  • Sometimes it's your own fault.
  • Surprising opportunities and disasters can occur. Your choice can set off a chain reaction, for good or ill
  • Keeping things open gives more possibilities.
  • Banking a shot is often better than than the full on attack.
  • The side from which you approach a problem can make all the difference.
  • Sometimes wiping out the whole problem at once, leaves you with out additional options.
  • Things that look like they might work, won't always: things that look hopeless aren't, always. You can't always tell the difference. You have to decide it it's worth a shot.
  • When you pretty much have things figured out and things are going better than usual, something unexpected happens.
  • And when you almost see things clearly-- a bunch of old stuff comes back for you to deal with.
  • It seems like it will go on forever, but it can end suddenly.

The link I usually use to reach the game isn't working today.

It's all for the best.

I've already learned too much.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 weeks ago from Ohio

      LOL, Rochelle, I so know how that goes. I too am down to one game. I cannot rationalize more playing time, so removed all the others. :)

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      Rochelle Frank 2 weeks ago from California Gold Country

      I'm sure you have run into other people who are adept at rationalizing their addictions. Thankfully, I have beat this and removed all other games from my iPad.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 weeks ago from Ohio

      I love this. I know what type of game you mean, I've played it myself. I'm glad it wasn't working or I may never had a chance to enjoy your wisdom. The way you compare it to life delighted me. :)

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      Rochelle Frank 19 months ago from California Gold Country

      I've been over this game for quite awhile now-- but still can't give up "Hearts" on my iPad.

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      NuIfEm 19 months ago from Malaysia

      Playing bubble-exploding game is quite fun to see the bubbles 'pop' . But, it become frustrating when the bubbles come down and the game's over. However, it does teach us about accuracy and patience. Thanks for sharing these life lessons, Rochelle (:

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, writer20. This is a well aged hub, so I appreciate the bump.

      Also-- the owl is a Saw-Whet owl and the subject of my children's book. Thanks again.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I just wanted to let you know I love your owl photo

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Sorry Andrei-- that's not the one. (And promotional links are not allowed.)

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      I understand. I wish the website I visit daily didn't make it such an easy link. So tempting.

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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      please don't tell me I'm already too out of control

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I play it less often (maybe) than I used to. But then they went and added sound effects witch gives it another addictive dimension. I try to think of hub subjects when writing.

      If I tell you, am I a dealer?

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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      This page would be so funny if only it wasn't so true and so easy to identify with. My head tells me these games are time stealers and I know that's the truth, so why oh why in spite of knowing that do I just want to ask you where I can find this game aahh!!!

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Maylinda-- It doen't make any sense to explode innocent bubbles. who are not harming us in any way . . . but, maybe ,if we could get people with other violent inclinations to spend their time doing this, the world would be a more peaceful place.

      :-) If it were only that simple!

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      Maylinda Arons 9 years ago

      hahahah. Very well justified. My dad is addicted to this game, too. I'm going to show him this hub!

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Oddly, I have found that I have actually improved at this game. ... though I really don't want too. If I had 5 cents for every success, i would be way ahead of my adsense earnings

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      GoogleCashMoney 9 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Thanks.... Great information

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      Rhym O'Reison 9 years ago from Crowley, Tx

      I have hope that now I too can find a way to finally justify my addictions. You are a lifesaver. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      GEE thanks Funnebone-- and i have no idea what eiather of those things are. Please don't tempt me.

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      funnebone 9 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      Wow it wa slike The Art of War applied to Tetris! Very nice/

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      It seems Im forever blowing bubbles. Or is it a case of trivia bubbling up. Us oldies have to beware we don't start dribbling or blowing bubbles. I think I will give this game a miss!

      Great Hub!

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Oh my, I would hate to be resonsible for someone else's addition.

      On the other hand, you might be so good at it that you would find it boring.

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      CJStone 9 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      Where do i get hold of this game? I want to have a go!

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      dineane 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, thank you! I think we've been playing the same game, but now I have perfectly reasonable explanations!