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Lego Creating Multiplayer Online Game

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the you'll-never-find-the-block-you-want dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Players of Lego's new MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) are tasked with a mission: help save imagination from the dark forces of evil. The bad force can be kept at bay only by users' 'imagination and creativity,' said Ryan Seabury, the creative director for the game and founder of Louisville, Colorado-based NetDevil, which is developing the game for Lego. Players cannot be killed, but they can be reduced to a pile of unassembled bricks. The idea is to play the game and collect bricks, which will allow users to build more interesting models. Lego Universe, will launch in the second half of this year and will be a subscription-based service (price not disclosed)."

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Blockland is similar, but more interesting (5, Interesting)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186124)

In recent months I've been playing Blockland [blockland.us] . It has the similar lego/blocks aspect in it, but frankly it's a lot more interesting than what Lego MMOG sounds like.

Basic gameplay idea is that you're a small "lego" guy. You don't need to collect the blocks, you can just select them from menu and build whatever you want. You can do this with friends in multiplayer too.

But what's more fun is that the game has great support for scripting, macros, minigames, weapons and vehicles. There's tons of mods and user-created content. Different servers also all have different kind of gamemodes as they're all build by the players. There's the normal deatchmatch, tdm, ctf, zombie survival, portal games, racing and jail and city building RPG's. Some server owners concentrate on making a beautiful place (it's quite amazing what some have done) and some fun mess-around places.

Because of Blockland, I feel like Lego is seriously missing something here. It's not really that fun for long to just collect bricks and then build with them (actually the collecting part sounds awful already). In Blockland most of the gamemodes are accompanied with the building part. Some of the dig digging ctf/tdm servers are truly great, as it allows you to dig tunnels under everyone even as far as to the enemies base, or you can build better defences to your base or even surround the capture-the-flag point with a bunker.

Lego was earlier in talks with Blockland authors to make it a Lego MMO, but looks like they went the more boring route :(

Lego's MMO is Not Even Out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186220)

Lego was earlier in talks with Blockland authors to make it a Lego MMO, but looks like they went the more boring route :(

How can you say this with the Lego MMO not even being released?!

Where's the competition between players in Blockland?

Re:Lego's MMO is Not Even Out (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 4 years ago | (#31190028)

Well, boring is in the eye of the beholder.

At some future date:

Dev: 12:00 midnight. Time to go live!

Producer: Hit it!

Dev: Ahh, first logins already!

Producer: [12:01] What's that there? A giant Lego penis? WTF!

PETITION TO REMOVE RED BRICK NERF (5, Funny)

Useful Wheat (1488675) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186358)

PETITION TO REMOVE RED BRICK NERF

These changes are unnecessary, aggressive, CRIMINAL ACTS against the VERY BUILDERS WHO constitute the FOUNDATION OF LEGOLAND!.

Red bricks ALREADY have a 10 second cooldown, why would you reduce our DPS! WE already suck next to blue bricks.

Reply #1: /signed

Reply #2:
Learn to build noob

Reply #3:
can i has ur bricks?

Re:PETITION TO REMOVE RED BRICK NERF (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186680)

I've spent 3 weeks trying to get the Blue Bricks of Bamboozle set. I'll be pissed if they let any noob just walk in a get it for a few tokens.

Screw it, I'm going back to the Mega Blox MMO.

Re:PETITION TO REMOVE RED BRICK NERF (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 4 years ago | (#31199060)

Oh great, more MMO style nerd ranting and raving about what you are allowed to do and not to do if you do not want to be branded a noob. Thanks Wow for that....

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186606)

"Because of Blockland, I feel like Lego is seriously missing something here. It's not really that fun for long to just collect bricks and then build with them (actually the collecting part sounds awful already)."

Would you be happier if they called it gold? or crafting reagents? or items?

Somehow I think your conclusion is lacking any kind of insight into the actual game and is more based on your lack of imagination.

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (2, Interesting)

RobVB (1566105) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186734)

Sounds like Garry's Mod [garrysmod.com] with bricks.

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188696)

And possibly slightly more rigid connections between pieces.

GMod "jelly tanks" ftw!

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186910)

FYI... No Linux support.

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31187338)

Are you in the Lego BETA, and you're disclosing gameplay experience, and concluding that you like Blockland gameplay better than the Lego BETA gameplay?

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31193922)

Yeah, it's either that or he RTFA, and we all know the likelihood of that...

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (2, Interesting)

pcolaman (1208838) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187564)

Actually the Lego MMO was talked about as having event and trigger scripting similar to that found in Little Big Planet, so your fears may be unfounded (yet to be seen one way or the other).

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (1)

elfprince13 (1521333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187934)

Then you probably saw the drama-filled forum topic surrounding the game I've been developing, based on the same Torque Game Engine as Blockland, but with support for the standard LDraw CAD format. If you haven't, you may want to check out the current svn (https://svn.bountysource.com/tbg/trunk/), or our development website, http://www.cemetech.net./ [www.cemetech.net] To be fair though, it looks like Lego has created a totally different game from Blockland with some of the same game mechanics I've been hoping to implement (being able to build your own vehicles for example)

Re:Blockland is similar, but more interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31188298)

Looks like Blockland has made some nice improvements. I played it a number of years ago during college and it was a blast... until you had too many bricks in one spot. I at one point liked hoping in servers and making some simple multiple storied towers for people to climb and use. By the time I hit the 5th or 6th floor with a single tower the game would grind to a halt from trying to process all the bricks. Mind you these weren't huge rooms, maybe 15x15 or so pegs with nothing in the rooms. From the screenshots though it looks like they might've fixed this issue because if it still ran like it did back then, just going into one of those complex environments would turn the game into a slideshow.

It's a game for kids (-1, Troll)

Snaller (147050) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188400)

Yeah i know some who never grew up still play with Lego, but its a game for kids.

Blockland looks like shit (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188440)

And I just looked at Blockland - boy it looks crap.

Lego Universe looks great.

(Check out the trailers
http://www.gametrailers.com/game/lego-universe/4954 [gametrailers.com]
)

Re:Blockland looks like shit (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188628)

That's why I hoped they would had continued the talks with Blockland's creator. It's just a one man project (with lots of content made by community too), so it has its certain amateurish look, but the game mechanics are great.

This is current news? (1)

Ka D'Argo (857749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31191200)

Sorry I don't mean to be a dick, mod me down if you absolutely must but.. the Lego MMORPG was announced a while back, complete with a very awesome trailer for it. I love /. but in some cases the news on some things trickles in so slow other sites have reported it long before there is an article here.

Re:This is current news? (0)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31196688)

In this case several years, this Lego MMO's first release date was in 2008 :-p

Its going to be called... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186158)

Its going to be called LEMMO?

Cool (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186160)

I'm going to use it to build a massive Jew and every witch.

In Lego Universe the forces of evil are... (4, Funny)

presarioD (771260) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186240)

...the same as in our Universe:

Entropy!

Obligatory Zorg. (2, Interesting)

tim_darklighter (822987) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187190)

"Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder and chaos. Now take this empty glass. Here it is: peaceful, serene, boring. But if it is destroyed...

[Pushes the glass off the table. It shatter on the floor, and several small machines come out to clean it up]

...Look at all these little things! So busy now! Notice how each one is useful. A lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people, who will be able to feed their children tonight, so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain of life."

Re:In Lego Universe the forces of evil are... (1)

catd77 (1743104) | more than 3 years ago | (#31218336)

Yep, originally I thought it would be a good MMOG when I heard about it 2006!

Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (4, Insightful)

cream wobbly (1102689) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186262)

Seriously, this display a stark lack of imagination on the part of the developers if they can't think of a way to make Lego fun without introducing some bad guy.

I don't think there was a single time I played with Lego with the idea that I was defeating, or helping defeat some bad guy. There was always something more interesting to do.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

phormalitize (1748504) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186348)

So... you want them to create a virtual lego game that is exactly like playing with Lego in real life?

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186462)

Yes.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186500)

LEGO Digital Designer [lego.com] and it's free. You can build at least (with the option to order the pieces needed to build a real version)

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

richlv (778496) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188428)

no linux version, and when i last tried it, did not work in wine (launched, but was pretty much unusable).

a shame, really. would be cute if their software was like their bricks - not bricked, but open for tinkering :)

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

LittleImp (1020687) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186414)

Personally I always played out fights with legos. Like some guys invading a fortress or pirates attacking a city I built. But since it's a MMORPG there will probably also be non-fighting stuff to do.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31187428)

> Personally I always played out fights with legos.

No you didn't, retard.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

gravyface (592485) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186484)

You're kidding right? I used to build giant, rec-room-carpet-covering moon bases with all sorts of spaceships (fighters, carriers, etc.), AA laser turrets, ground assault vehicles, etc. etc. to wage my pseudo-Star Wars battles: all completely from-scratch (I would build the plan on the box once and then come up with my own creations). Of course I had a "bad guy" -- they had no compelling background story, obviously, but I needed something to blow up...

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187022)

So you want Lego Sims

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187172)

Indeed - Lego should have taken their cue from The Sims Online, There, and Second Life rather than cookie cutter MMORPG's. The evidence is abundant that people want a virtual world to hang out, create, and socialize in. (Reaching as far back as MUD's. Back in the day, when UO ruled the roost, it was occasionally called the 'worlds bloodiest chatroom'.)

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

DudemanX (44606) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187524)

I just want a mechanism for building spaceships which I can then fly to blow up other people's spaceships, pirate ships, castles, or whatever else people build. Then if someone happens to blow up my spaceship I'd get to design a brand new one.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31193826)

There is no evidence for this. In particular, Second Life is a ghost town compared to other MMOs and most of the people there either want to sell you oversized pixel genitals or use their oversized pixel genitals on you.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31187498)

I built a game once.

Built a cup with a motor on the bottom. Made the sides of the cup fences. It was 8x8 square about 15 high with a number of fence windows. Each player got an equal number of 'easy', 'medium', and 'hard' pieces. The motor would spin the cup at a fairly fast rate. You would then drop your pieces into the cup. Each player taking a turn. Eventually the pieces would no longer fit and start flying out. The person with the most pieces at the end of the game lost. Each person only got 1 chance to drop each turn. If your piece flew out too bad.

MOST fun. Legos flying across the room. Bits sticking out of the window (dont get too close it stings).

I often would build vehicles just for the sake of it. No 'bad guy' to fight. Just to build something cool.

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (1)

zoney_ie (740061) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188514)

Oh come on. Ever since the early days of Lego Castle (early 1980s) there have been factions for kids to enact battles between. It's not exactly a new phenomenon for kid's play either. Certainly it was one of the main play themes for my siblings and I (usually Space constructions). Even in boring old Lego City, for kids it is always about stuff going wrong so you actually have something for all those police/firefighters/medics/builders to do!

Besides, this game includes a lot more than just battling bad guys. Building stuff is everywhere!

Re:Why does there always have to be a bad guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31193438)

Right, like when the USA decided to fly to the moon. They didn't want to defeat "the bad guys" (TM) or anything because that wouldn't have been interesting.

Spore Penis Fiasco All Over Again (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186288)

Square penis-shaped sculptures coming* soon.

* yes, that was intended.

Great news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186336)

but too bad, the intended audience can't read the article.

Re:Great news... (2, Insightful)

lorenlal (164133) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186662)

What article?

- /. Readers

Are we talking about a ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186338)

LEGMMO?

Re:Are we talking about a ... (2, Funny)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187310)

LEGO my MMO.

Grr, now I need to go eat a waffle.

Imagination? Please. (4, Insightful)

FrigBot (1459361) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186380)

Lego sets of the past decade or so have been mostly build-it-once kits, and then you have a toy that the kid either plays with or leaves on the shelf. There's no imagination required, you just follow the directions. The parts are so specialized now that you can't take it all apart and come up with your own design, because they can only fit in one spot and have only one possible function. When I was a kid, I used to build super cool cars and spaceships and houses using these buckets of random Lego we had. There were some specialized parts, like laser thingies and stuff, but you could add that to your ship to make it super awesome and imagine how the guns would work. I used to also add bomb-droppers. Later in my Lego-career, me and a friend used to build little cannon stations and then targets out of Lego, and shoot blocks at the targets using rubber bands. That was fun.

Do they even sell bulk kits anymore? How can you get plain old blocks without going on ebay and buying someone's old, used random lots of Lego?

My point is that Lego itself is the enemy of imagination. By selling kits that you can't do anything else with besides build their prescribed design, they are stifling the imaginations of kids. It's really disappointing, actually. Like what's the point in building the set from Star Wars? What creativity is there in that?

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186584)

Actually I was thinking the same thing but there is a Lego store near Chicago in Woodfield Mall that sells individual colored blocks by the pound I believe. They also started going back to their roots a bit and remade a lot of the pirate, space, town, and medieval sets that were the cornerstone of my childhood.

Re:Imagination? Please. (2, Informative)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187086)

I've seen the same thing in a Lego store in the mall near me. They have giant containers that dispense blocks (standard colored bricks and some specialized parts). It's kind of like the a candy pick-and-mix.

Re:Imagination? Please. (3, Informative)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186594)

Seems you can at least order via Lego site [lego.com] . Actually now I'm wanting to order that Lego Giant Box [lego.com] :)

They also have some Lego Digital Designer [lego.com] where you can build the design on computer and possibly order the needed pieces.

But I agree, I'd rather get some good set of basic pieces than some of those pre-designed packages. They most likely make good money for Lego tho.

Re:Imagination? Please. (2)

Rhys (96510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187814)

There's more re-use than you might expect. Battle droid-arm balconies have become a standard building tool in both what the community does and what Lego themselves do.

If you think the specialized parts aren't useful that's your own limitations, not a problem with the sets. Go peruse brothers-brick.com and you just can't say with a straight face, "well this part is only good for (use in original set)." In particular the blue dragon a ways down right now (cement mixer truck nostrils!), or the classic ford pickup's mudflaps (robin hood capes!).

Both of those parts are pretty old (mid to late 80s for both, I think). Still, if folks are still finding new uses for old parts, don't complain too much. You may just show that you aren't as creative as other folks.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

richlv (778496) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188688)

larger models are fairly good at having generic, reusable parts. technic series usually excels at that as well (at any size).

but then a store here had large discount on last christmas for legos (40% ? don't recall for sure), so i grabbed a bunch of packages they still had left. one of them was a small motorbike.
only when i opened it, i noticed that all of the bike body was single molded plastic. internal "frame", wheel attachments and everything was another part. i'll admit that was a disappointing model :)

ahh, and then there are those bionicle or qhatever series (based on some media stuff ?) - they look pretty crap from reusability viewpoint.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188694)

Seems you can at least order via Lego site [lego.com] . Actually now I'm wanting to order that Lego Giant Box [lego.com] :)


LEGO® Giant Box
Item #: 5589
Sorry, item is not available in this country: Canada.


dammit

Re:Imagination? Please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31189864)

Funny, mine says Sorry, item is not available in this country: United States

Where the hell is it available then?

Re:Imagination? Please. (0, Flamebait)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31196704)

Europe probably, Lego is a Danish company after all. Maybe there's some equivalent site for US/Canada.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

kuzb (724081) | more than 4 years ago | (#31192740)

I'm wanting to order that Lego Giant Box :)

Sorry, item is not available in this country: Canada.

:(

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186752)

There was a talk with LEGO guys about how they were trying to reduce specialized parts and return to a generic brick model. They are also stopping the movie tie-in products [slashdot.org] .

What I really despise are those dreadful Bionicle kits. They are the essence of everything that's wrong with LEGO nowadays.

Re:Imagination? Please. (2, Interesting)

British (51765) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186882)

The Lego Star Wars sets showed a direction of reducing over-specialized pieces. Sure, there's going to be a unique Yoda figure, etc, but the vehicles, etc weren't that bad. They could have gone overboard with specialized pieces for wings, etc, but didn't. Take a look at the Imperial Shuttle. Looks real nice.

Re:Imagination? Please. (2, Informative)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187276)

They are also stopping the movie tie-in products

The recent introduction of Toy Story sets and on-going Indiana Jones and Star Wars sets would indicate otherwise.

As for specialized pieces, if the new themes are any indication Lego has embraced them more than ever before. I think the problem with the early generation of Star Wars sets was not so much due to specialized pieces but rather unimpressive designs. Lego acknowledged the problem and has taken a lot more care in making more robust and impressive sets.

There are still sets, under the Creator series which feature, almost exclusively, more traditional pieces. Most sets, however, are incorporating a lot of specialized parts. In some cases it's a good thing, but I think the problem goes beyond just those pieces. The problem seems to be that Lego is approaching most sets as standalone playsets. They no longer present alternative designs on the back like they used to. And a lot of the sets I've come upon leave me with the feeling of being incomplete, especially when they incorporate stuff from the Bionicle series. This problem is especially pronounced in the newer themes. It's like they've gone for flashy-looking sets but provide little substance. And a lot of these pieces are so specific in their use that it's tough to combine them with other sets to build something new.

Despite all this, Lego sets are still far, far superior and much more faithful to the original concept than Mega Bloks and the junk they produce. Most sets consist of shameless Lego knockoffs and lame tie-ins.

Re:Imagination? Please. (2, Informative)

zoney_ie (740061) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188650)

I can tell you that for AFOLs (Adult Fans Of Lego), the vast majority of "custom" parts are embraced. At the very least parts usually have a broad application within their specific role, but more often than not, because they all have studs, or technic holes, or bars or clips or various ways to connect to other pieces, people find all sorts of uses for them.

Lego now have a broader range than ever. If you want more conservative sets, they are there. Some of the sets with bionicle-type parts are specifically to fill a certain segment of the market - flashy action themes for example. But you can get whatever you like, Castle, Pirate, Space, City or just bricks. Or you can get the incredible exclusive sets from the Lego website, aimed at adult builders/collectors.

In general even the sets with specific parts allow you to build similar things - so if you like building spaceships, good Lego sets to buy are the Space sets - they have parts most suited to the job (although if you look at the parts inventory, even seemingly "special" parts are used across many themes).

Anyway, in general the complainers are those who don't know what they are talking about, or had the misfortune of experiencing Lego in the late 90s early 2000s when they bulked sets out with larger parts and jacked up the prices (modern Lego sets now have the bulky parts *AND* more bricks and intricate detail than ever before).

Re:Imagination? Please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31187454)

Actually Lego has being going back to the imagination route, I just bought a technic kit that comes with instructions to make two different models out of all of the same parts. There is also the creator line that typically has instructions for as many as 3 kits, with more instructions available online. Besides, what is there to stop you from taking apart your existing sets and building your own? a few specialized pieces can't hold you back that much. There is plenty of "creative-centric" legos out there, albeit typically not in toyrus, target, and walmart.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

that this is not und (1026860) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187920)

The last time I looked at the lego blocks in the toy department at WalMart, there were three or four 'tub of blocks' purchase choices available. They were toward the back, and not as well displayed as the 'theme kits.'

I agree about the boxed single-purpose kits. For goodness sakes, most of them don't even look like Lego blocks, except for the packaging.

Re:Imagination? Please. (3, Insightful)

Rogue974 (657982) | more than 4 years ago | (#31189590)

I saw an article from a local news person about a year ago that said this exact same thing. I wanted to write to the guy and tell him that no, LEGO didn't remove the imagination, his age removed the imagination. The guy was a late 20's early thirtys single guy who has never watched kids play with the current legos. I have 4 kids and they play with Legos all the time. This is what always happens, they get their set that has the fighter, troll battle wagon, etc and build it per the directions. They then play with these as they are after they have built them. They set them up in various battles/scense, etc. Tons of imagination setting that up and carrying out battles, etc. Then, inevitably, the legos fall apart because of being thrown/steped on, etc. They then either rebuild it (that only happens a couple of times with the exception of a few things they think are really cool) or the pieces get dumped into the big bins of Legos and they toally forget that they can rebuild a Star Wars fight, Harry Potter castle and the Legos become part of the general pool to be used for whatever. Yes, they have sets that are built as something specific and some of those sets never get broken (touch my 6 year old's Darth Vader Tie Fighter at your own peril) but most of them get broken down as they play and then you have the jumble of Legos. And those specalized parts, they get re-tooled into anything other then what they were origionally used for and stuck all over the place on other things. An adult mind gets trapped into the convention of this big long piece is the blaster from Anakin's fighter, but once it lands in the kids bin with everything else, it no longer is that and it ends up being anything but a blaster. In the past 3 years, my kids have had Harry Potter sets, Knights sets and Star Wars sets. This Christmas, they got the Lego Space police sets and a couple of Knights sets. The Space police ones are still intact per the instructions. My son's Darth Vader tie fighter is still intact because of the fact he leaves it on my desk and no one is allowed to play with it. 100% of the remaining Star Wars sets, Harry Potter sets and all but the new Kinghts sets are totally broken down. Last night, they built a house and got all excited when they built in a big screen tv and movie theatre. A few weeks ago, they had a gladiator arena with Star Wars people, Knights, and other random figures. Before that, they had a rock monster pit for the Power Miners sets to work with. Legos have not changed, the people who grew up playing with them have changed and can't see LEgos the same way and say that the sets they put out are ruining the Lego play. For a constrained adult mind, it has. For a kid, it has not. If you doubt that, subscribe to Lego magazone or go online and look at the pictures that are submitted by the Lego kids club members. They are anything but following directions.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 4 years ago | (#31190816)

Amen. When I was a kid we had one of the Lego "space" sets, but after building the "actual" model with it we used it for other space-themed installations, and later used some of the parts for the vehicles used by some high-tech criminal gang that roamed the streets of Lego town(!!!)

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

DavidAlanChapman (1386217) | more than 4 years ago | (#31190176)

As the father of a five year old, we have bought four set kits(1 power miner, 2 star wars, 1 space police), with these he has built the initial kits according to the directions, which as is doesn't require a lot of imagination but does show he can follow directions. After this he then rebuilt and cannibalized them as he wanted. The last time I was able to figure out the lines of battle the rebels, clone troopers, power miners, and a space cop were in a firefight with lava monsters and a space villain(squid head?), with rogue bakugan backing them up. The kits may limit the imagination, but kids are the ultimate jury riggers, using what they got how they want.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

lexbaby (88257) | more than 4 years ago | (#31192734)

You can't give instructions on imagination. So what if there are instructions? You mean you can't build anything else just because the set was intended to build a specific thing? My son will build and rebuild the "intended" model a couple times, and THEN he gets creative. Those Star Wars sets have some pretty unique pieces. He has a blast with them.

Re:Imagination? Please. (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31200020)

Lego sets of the past decade or so have been mostly build-it-once kits, and then you have a toy that the kid either plays with or leaves on the shelf.

That would be the decade before the previous one. They've sort of got their act together a bit recently.

I know because I've been looking at some today. Sadly I'll have too be patient, hog junior is still at the duplo stage.

In a world run by Ubisoft... (3, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186382)

... the EULA's fine print would state that if your computer's webcam spots any Mega Bloks, Lego will ban you from the game.

Re:In a world run by Ubisoft... (1)

lorenlal (164133) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186726)

Lego badguy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186396)

BLOCKHEAD

In the pirate world (2, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186446)

FTFA:

Some worlds will have traditional Lego themes, such as pirates, ninjas and castles, while others will be novel for the Lego space.

Will the pirate world be built with Mega Bloks?

Re:In the pirate world (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186528)

Why should they? Lego got there first [lego.com]

Mega Bloks needs to counter by appealing to the Pastafarian market.

Or maybe with Cthulhu milieu sets. I'm sure the Lovecraft literary estate would negotiate a deal.

Re:In the pirate world (1)

mrzaph0d (25646) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186746)

I like the Halo kits [megabrands.com] .

Re:In the pirate world (1)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | more than 4 years ago | (#31189364)

Woosh!

Re:In the pirate world (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31189464)

Whoosh right back atcha!

I can hardly wait (2, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186472)

to start grinding up to the point of raiding for sweet, sweet epic purple bricks.

Public chat will be full of "L2PYM" (Learn to play your model) taunts and Chuck Norris Lego facts.

Lego gold-colored plastic coin sellers will start spamming.

Griefers will player-kill you and reassemble your bits into something rude and embarrassing. And permanent, since they'll OMGH@x0r the system to glue the parts together that way.

Re:I can hardly wait (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187734)

Chuck Norris can make a 4-peg red block using only three, single peg yellow blocks and a ROUND HOUSE KICK!

(That is for your red-shift geeks out there)

manbearpig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186518)

Can someone please tag this manbearpig or something relating to the imaginationland episode of south park? :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginationland

Lego Penis (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186546)

With users assembling their own models, it wont be too long until the entire world is filled with walking lego penis griefers.

Re:Lego Penis (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187228)

+1 Inconvenient Truth

on PS3 ... pay for subscription?! (1)

cdpage (1172729) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186644)

Ok i'd buy the game... but not if a subscription fee is required.

one of the many reasons i got a PS3.

Re:on PS3 ... pay for subscription?! (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186806)

Ok i'd buy the game... but not if a subscription fee is required. one of the many reasons i got a PS3.

Ars (I think it was Ars, at least) recently reported that PS3's online features are soon going to require a subscription.

Re:on PS3 ... pay for subscription?! (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 4 years ago | (#31190178)

Only a rumor so far, last I heard was that they might have a basic free service (including online play) and extra features available as premium services.

Obligatory Southpark reference (1)

Cheburator-2 (260358) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186714)

Imagination? [wikipedia.org] Will Kyle suck Cartman's balls?

Re:Obligatory Southpark reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31186818)

Imagination? [wikipedia.org] Will Kyle suck Cartman's balls?

Yeah, but the plot (minus potential homo-erotic activities) is at least this old: The NeverEnding Story [imdb.com]

Red Blocks (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186722)

Red Blocks are OP.

NetDevil??? (1)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186814)

Parents are gonna LOVE that! LEGO is now consorting with Satan?

4chan, think of the children! (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186822)

FTFA

Lego Universe, will launch in the second half of this year and will be overrun by /b/tards building huge Lego penises within a week of that.

Video (1)

RawJoe (712281) | more than 4 years ago | (#31186850)

Ars Technica did a story [arstechnica.com] about a month ago, have a link to a decent video on it.

Undoubtedly ... (2, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187178)

... one of the hazards in this online world will be Lego pieces hidden in the shag carpeting. Players will have to accumulate enough points to acquire shoes.

Stargate's Replicators (3, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#31187522)

Players cannot be killed, but they can be reduced to a pile of unassembled bricks. The idea is to play the game and collect bricks, which will allow users to build more interesting models.

Well, until Maj. Carter develops a weapon which disrupts the communications between the individual bricks, rendering them inert and harmless.

Re:Stargate's Replicators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31187990)

You made me smile. Thank you.

I for one welcome our Lego WoW overlords (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31188134)

I for one welcome our new Lego World of Warcraft overlords and look forward to bashing in the lego skull of an Orc with my two-handed Lego Battleaxe.

I'm hoping for a purple drop.

Roblox (1)

psicat (237781) | more than 4 years ago | (#31190694)

My kids are looking forward to this. However, they have been happily playing Roblox (http://www.roblox.com/) for years now. Lots of kids + pure imagination.

Timing (1)

legio_noctis (1411089) | more than 4 years ago | (#31190750)

Think you may have missed this one by some margin.

I signed up to the newsletter when this was first announced, thinking the thing would be out in about a month. The earliest email I received (entitled "It's the first ever LEGO Universe Newsletter!", fyi) dates from 6 September 2007.

Still, only out by 900 days. Better luck next time, ./.

I'd be ok with a pay for 'Premium' service (1)

cdpage (1172729) | more than 4 years ago | (#31191568)

Just so long as the current free one stays the same.

Dark Evil Forces fought by imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31192710)

Sounds a lot like "the Nothing" from The Neverending Story. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088323/ [imdb.com]

This is going to be epic win or epic fail (1)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | more than 4 years ago | (#31198758)

I don't see this game being meh. This is either going to kick immense amounts of ass, or be completely terrible. I just can't see lego making a game that's just okay.

You, can never have too many, commas (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 4 years ago | (#31200092)

Lego Universe, will launch in the second half of this year and will be a subscription-based service (price not disclosed).

I, don't know why people feel the need to put a comma after the subject in a sentence. It, is stupid.

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