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#415: “Gloobers”
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Ecclesiastes 2:2-8

2"Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?"

3I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly--my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. 4I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.

8I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well--the delights of the heart of man.

Ecclesiastes 2:11
11Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

1 Corinthians 6:12
12"Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything.

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“Gloobers” is episode #415 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by John Fornof, and originally aired on November 14, 1998.


Jared and Dwayne take their favorite computer game Gloobers to the next level when they get a chance to play the game “for real” in the Room of Consequence.


The dynamic duo of Dwayne Oswald and Jared DeWhite are at Whit's End, where Dwayne watches in amazement as Jared enthusiastically plays another round of Gloobers, a video game he plays a lot. Eugene Meltsner invites the boys to be the first to try out his new Room of Consequences adventure, which has recreated the Gloobers video game in virtual reality. Assured that the safety protocols are activated, Dwayne and Jared agree and enter the adventure.

They play through level four, acquiring gravity boots, but Jared soon tires of playing the same game over and over and decides to deactivate the safety protocols. With the safety protocols deactivated, the game is much harder, and the Gloobers are twice as big. The Gloobers tickle Dwayne and Jared until they collapse into giggling fits. They find themselves in the forbidden matrix, in the presence of the Master Brain. The Master Brain offers Dwayne and Jared the opportunity to have unlimited access to his Game Room, allowing them to play any game any time they like. The only thing they must give in return is their time. Dwayne has doubts because they won't have time to do anything else, but Jared readily agrees. When a Game Warden tries to fit the boys with helmets that will control their movement, Dwayne fights back and calls out to Eugene for help, landing them in a detention cell.

In the cell, they meet an old man named Gregory who describes how he wasted his life playing video games and explains that the Master Brain survives by sucking the life out of kids who waste their time playing his games. The only way he can be stopped is to unplug his power life supply. With Gregory's warning fresh in their minds, Dwayne and Jared escape. The boys reach the Master Brain and are about to unplug him when the Brain affixes them to the floor with their gravity boots. He offers Jared a special game and the ultimate treasure in exchange for his time. Jared tricks the Brain into releasing the gravity and pulls the plug on the Master Brain.

Back at Whit's End, the boys warn Eugene to unhook the game because of its danger, but Eugene explains that he and Whit created the game to help the kids get over their obsession with playing video games. Eugene reminds them that time is a precious gift, not to be wasted, and introduces them to the creator of the game: Gregory.

Discussion Questions

  1. What’s wrong with spending all our spare time playing video games?
  2. Does this mean we shouldn’t play them at all?
  3. What’s a good time limit on playing?
  4. Eugene says that time is a gift from God. What does it mean to be a good steward of the time God gives us?
  5. What are some ways we can use our time in a way that pleases God?


Role Voice Actor
Jared DeWhite Brandon Gilberstadt
Dwayne Oswald Kris Kachurak
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Game Warden Will Ryan
Mr. Brain/Master Pete Reneday
Gregory (old) Steve Bridges
Gregory (young) Unknown


  • The idea from this episode of the "living brain" may have come from A Wrinkle in Time.
  • In this episode Dwayne (or Sal Martinez in "Escape from the Forbidden Matrix") says, "I got a bad feeling about this" — a common quote from the Star Wars universe.
See main article: List of Star Wars references
  • The "Goodbye" sound effect heard at the end of the Room of Consequence program in this episode is the famous sound effect heard when logging out of the now-obsolete AOL web portal.
  • Likely due to an inconsistency in the script, the characters in this episode consistently refer to the Room of Consequence as the "Room of Consequences," improperly pluralizing the word "consequence."


Gregory: When you waste your time, you waste your life.

Dwayne Oswald: It's a brain!
Jared DeWhite: Yuck!
Dwayne Oswald: It must have laughed its head off!

Dwayne Oswald: Yes, of course. We'll giggle with dignity.

Dwayne Oswald: I'm sorry I had to sit on you, but it was for the best.

Jared DeWhite: Dwayne? Are we alive?
Dwayne Oswald: Yeah. Unless Heaven has linoleum floors.

Jared DeWhite: This is a no-brainer! <to Mr. Brain> Uh, n-no offense.
Mr. Brain: None taken.

Dwayne Oswald: Keep talking, Jared! That way I'll know where to kick!!

Jared DeWhite: Hey, look! It made us casserole!

Dwayne Oswald: The gloobers are coming! The gloobers are coming! <beat> I can't believe I just said that.

Eugene Meltsner: "Whoa," indeed!