Title text: There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you, and a Mario level with a star just out of reach.
Tetris is a game where the player has to manipulate falling blocks into forming complete rows, which will then be deleted and give point to the player. This comic is a play on this, presenting the player with a version of the game with a curved bottom that renders forming rows nearly impossible. Hell is a religious concept of a posthumous punishment for wrongdoers, depicted in many religions as eternal torment. Here the Tetris player feels he is in Hell when he tries to play this game.
The title text presents similar situations where frustration is likely to occur. Katamari Damacy is a video game in which the player controls a sticky sphere which grows by assimilating objects smaller than itself - so extremely frustrating if none of the objects available is smaller than your sphere. Super Mario is a long-running franchise of platforming games; in most of the games which utilize a 3-dimensional engine, levels are completed by collecting large, golden stars - so very frustrating if one is impossible to reach. The last part may also be a suggestion to the Greek depiction of Tantalus in hell; being stuck in a pond, but you cannot swim to the edges of it. You are hungry and there's an apple right above you, but you just can't reach it.
Also see comic 888: Heaven, which presents an opposing situation in which the game is trying to help the player win.
- [The panel shows the display of a Tetris game where the bottom of the pit is curved into a semicircle making the two blocks at the bottom, a square and a reverse L piece lean crookedly towards each other at the bottom of the pit; an S piece is falling and the next piece is an L piece.]
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