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LEGO Star Wars Video Game

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the how-will-this-works dept.

Puzzle Games (Games) 174

_xeno_ writes "LEGO, everyone's favorite plastic building block company, is creating a Star Wars video game. Yes, that's right. A video game based on the LEGO Star Wars sets, which are of course based on Star Wars. GameSpot has a preview of the game. It covers the three prequel movies, allowing you to play through levels containing LEGO friends and allies. At first you can only play with characters appropriate for the level, but you can unlock other characters to swap in as you play through the game. Because the world is based on LEGO blocks, there are puzzles that involve the creation of LEGO structures to bridge gaps. It's scheduled for an April release, just before "Revenge of the Sith" opens." I guess this would be an...ahem...puzzle game.

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Theres going to be one problem... (0)

I_am_Rambi (536614) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072319)

with the movie. Its going to be very blocky.

Re:Theres going to be one problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072472)

No. Its going to be a movie BlockBuster.

Re:Theres going to be one problem... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072800)

>Theres going to be one problem with the movie. Its going to be very blocky.

Cool, I guess that means we can use Microsoft's Windows Media CODEC then. We won't see the difference!

Wow! (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072320)

The screencaps are pretty impressive--the in-game characters look every bit as emotive and engaging as the actors in the movies!

Re:Wow! (0)

genner (694963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072368)

Lol, you got that right.

Count them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072597)

Count how many Star Wars games you have and ask yourself if you really need another one. The story is old and the characters are dated. Even old man Lucas is giving up on the franchise with the final POS movie.

Star Wars and Jaws yo (1)

JacksonBrown (823043) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072326)

What ever happened to Star Wars and Jaws?

HEMOS? MORE LIKE HOMOS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072327)

foobar

They're called (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072329)

gameSPOT!

So when Luke's hand is cut off... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072332)

...can he just snap it back on again?

"Ow! That hurt!" *click* "Right!"

Re:So when Luke's hand is cut off... (5, Funny)

kid-noodle (669957) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072895)

<pedant mode>
Don't be silly - the lightsaber would cut the hand off at the joint. He'd need either super glue to reattatch it, or significant surgery to remove the now embedded joint so the hand could be replaced, or a whole new arm.
</pedant mode>

I don't believe I just did that..

I love LEGO but... (0, Troll)

ZOMG REI! (799999) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072341)

I recently saw this [erols.com] and decided to quit buying their toys. Maybe I'm overreacting but I don't want my kids to be raised with things like this [erols.com] or this [erols.com] (and if you think those are fake, I ask you to look again at the site.)

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072385)

erm... these weren't sanctioned by LEGO....

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072404)

they own the patents and trademark though, and the guy did get permission from them.

Re:I love LEGO but... (2, Informative)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072588)

"Libera maintains that donated supplies amount to sponsorship, but the company says it never gave him the authority to use its name or logo as an implied endorsement. Ambeck-Madsen, the Lego executive, said the faux packaging is so realistic that a Jewish organization in Sweden threatened to organize a boycott of Lego because offended members believed the company had manufactured the boxes."

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

HouseOfMisterE (659953) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072398)

They are fake, or at least not produced by the Lego Corporation. Some guy produced these as "a work of art." Go back and read the page. Excerpt: "The "Lego Concentration Camp Set" by the Polish artist Zbigniew Libera, Berenbaum argues, "may be saying that the same type of creative construction that little boys do with Lego also took place at concentration camps."

Re:I love LEGO but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072429)

While that may indeed be so, he got permission from them which is just as bad.

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072444)

except he didn't.

Two words: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072476)

Prove it.

Re:Two words: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072564)

Seems like there is a moron on /.! You don't get it, don't you?

Re:Two words: (4, Interesting)

mlush (620447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072608)

Prove it.

RTFM

quotes

When Libera requested the LEGOs from the company's Warsaw representative, he planned to create sets for a prison and a hospital, but the project evolved into a concentration camp. According to a press release issued by the LEGO Group, "If the had described his ultimate project to us in advance, he naturally would not have received a single LEGO element from us!" The sets were on display in March at the Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen.

and

The display is so unsettling in its playful simplicity that the Lego Group, which sponsors Lego art contests and donates thousands of plastic pieces to artists around the world, tried to persuade Libera to withdraw it from public view. Only when lawyers became involved did the company give up.

"It is a theme that is so sensitive to so many people in so many countries," said Peter Ambeck-Madsen, Lego's director of public relations at the company headquarters in Billund, Denmark. "If we had known before what he was going to do, we never would have given him the bricks. But we talked about it and decided [that] to make a big thing about it now would only draw more attention."

and

He acknowledges that Lego officials were left in the dark about his intentions, but he said company representatives in Poland rebuffed his early efforts to let them review sketches of his ideas. In a bid to avoid any possible legal entanglements, Libera said, he has sold the seven-piece concentration camp set--plus two copies of the works--to the Galleri Faurschou and an agent in Chicago for about $7,500 each.

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072412)

This has been discussed multiple times on lugnet. The artist who created these sets, shall we say, pissed off Lego enough that they changed their policy on donating lego for artistic purposes. Used to be they would easily and freely give to the arts, but not after these sets came out from a warped mind...

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

Calmiche (531074) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072414)

Yah, that's some "Artist" doing weird things. Lego didn't make those.

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072452)

LEGO allowed the artist (sic) to do it, which IMHO is equally malevolent.

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

NarrMaster (760073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072599)

No, he said he was making a hospital and a prison, which later turned into a concentration camp, without LEGO's knowledge. Read the Fucking Article.

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072419)

Yes, you are overreacting. If you RTFA you'll notice something about an artist creating those 'sets' for an exhibition...

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072422)

... did you even read the site you linked to? These aren't LEGO sets, they were designed by a Polish artist with the somewhat imperfect authorization of LEGO.

From the site: "When [the artist] requested the LEGOs from the company's Warsaw representative, he planned to create sets for a prison and a hospital, but the project evolved into a concentration camp. According to a press release issued by the LEGO Group, 'If the had described his ultimate project to us in advance, he naturally would not have received a single LEGO element from us!'"

I don't buy LEGO any more for a much simpler reason: I don't think their sets have recently been any good. For several years now, they've relied too heavily on special pieces, which, while they look cool, also severely cut into the rebuilding value of the set. Personally, I rarely kept my LEGOs in their original configuration, so the newer sets have almost no value to me.

But, ah, I've strayed. Read things you link to.

Back to the Basics (1)

emplynx (735511) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072838)

I agree, the special pieces have been crap. But, Lego says they are going back to to the basics [slashdot.org] .

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072425)

But the site says:

From a series of LEGO sets designed by Polish artist Zbigniew Libera. Each box contains the blocks necessary to build the figures and structures on its lid. When Libera requested the LEGOs from the company's Warsaw representative, he planned to create sets for a prison and a hospital, but the project evolved into a concentration camp. According to a press release issued by the LEGO Group, "If the had described his ultimate project to us in advance, he naturally would not have received a single LEGO element from us!" The sets were on display in March at the Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen.

So they were made by an 'artist' who misled Lego about his intentions and have nothing whatsoever to do with the company who tried to get them destroyed. What exactly is your point?

Re:I love LEGO but... (5, Informative)

RedK (112790) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072436)

Of course, if you'd bother to read the site you linked to, you would know these are not Official LEGO Sets that were actually sold in stores, but mainly an artist's design that was made in VERY limited quantity. And they now reside in a museam. They even have a quote from the LEGO group :
According to a press release issued by the LEGO Group, "If the had described his ultimate project to us in advance, he naturally would not have received a single LEGO element from us!"
So yes, you are completely overreacting. Buying LEGO knights and Star Wars set won't expose your children to this kind of material.

Re:I love LEGO but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072464)

They only said that AFTER the world's reaction to the project, before it was very different, in fact there was a timespan of some months while these were on display but didn't get much attention when LEGO had PUT THEIR LOGO NEXT TO THE EXCIBITION.

Remember, the corporation will do anything to maximize profits, which includes lying to its userbase.

It's Even WORSE Than You Think! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072490)

There are all kinds of things you get worked up about here [snopes.com] .

Re:I love LEGO but... (4, Insightful)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072511)

And what if they really were ok with this? What exactly is the problem with portraying the horrors of concentration camps? Obviously it isn't for children but it isn't like the guy has everybody singing and holding hands. Why is it that the world wants to stuff the atrocities of WW2 into the closet to be forgotten? Doesn't that go against the whole "doomed to repeat it" thing?

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

ZOMG REI! (799999) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072543)

Nobody trying to forget the horrors of WW2, but it is a fact that these things are not suitable for 4+ year old children who still believe in Santa Claus!

Of course, WW2 was terrible and it should be taught to young adults lest they repeat our mistakes, but like a wise man once said: All things in moderation, moderation in all things.

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072598)

But they aren't selling them to children (or anybody for that matter). They didn't even make them in the first place. Wouldn't be a bad idea to sell it to high school history classes though.

Re:I love LEGO but... (2, Informative)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072617)

Sadly it's failing [bbc.co.uk] .

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

SenorChuck (457914) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072791)

Thank you for being the only one here to present a rational and sane argument. I'm tired of hearing all of this regurgitated "Think about the children!" crap. What is the value of denying the history of the world we live in, just because we think it's unsuitable for a certain group of people?

Apparently it's ok to promote LEGO blocks depicting violent fantasy situations such as thralldom and high-seas piracy, but it's not ok to depict a real historical event. Are we too afraid of offending everyone?

Re:I love LEGO but... (2, Interesting)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072857)

You make an excellent point that I didn't even think of. We love to glorify pirates and knights in games and movies but the truth about them is often much harsher than what we portray. Does anybody really believe that all knights were chivalrous dogooders riding from town to town saving damsels in distress? It is all a matter of how far separated you are from the event and who is telling the history.

I don't know how... (2, Interesting)

cnelzie (451984) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072870)

...this will go over, but I just have to say it.

You will be derided for creating a 'Concentration Camp' LEGO set, but will likely be loved and adored for creating a 'The Passion of the Christ' LEGO set with switchable Jesus parts depicting various states of being tortured.

It's not 'Think of the Children' at all. Most of those people that are yapping about 'Thinking about the Children' are only yapping about what they are told to yap about.

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

hairykrishna (740240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072520)

Are you joking? As far as can make out those "lego sets" featuring concentration camps were created by some polish artist. Its not like LEGO have mass produced them and sold them in shops.

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

alptraum (239135) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072556)

They are fake. *YOU* should look again at the website, some of us really did and it should have been intuitively obvious to the casual observer that they were some crazy artist's works.

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072724)

Says the guy who bit on an intuitively obvious troll....

Re:I love LEGO but... (1)

SpinyManiac (542071) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072709)

You think that's twisted? Try this [dangermouse.net] !
And, from the same sick mind, this [irregularwebcomic.net] .

legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (1, Insightful)

hsmith (818216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072342)

they foster so much creativity. not the ones with the detailed plans but the random parts you construct monsterous cities out of.

by far one of the best toys to come out. the lego stores they have now would have made my parents go broke :o

Re:legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (4, Funny)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072547)

Tell me about it. I used to build LEGO machine guns with reloadable magazines and locks. Only problem was it didn't fire a thing. Not to mention I don't have enough black blocks, so the gun was like red and purple and gray and yellow.

Re:legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072635)

You didn't have good strong rubber bands.

Re:legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (5, Funny)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072759)

Dude!

You didn't use your imagination enough.

My guns fired real blocks.

Nothing but adding a rubber band on an inverted barrell of blocks (smooth sides all around). Had great accuracy too! Though the 1x2 blocks always made better bullets thann the longer 1x8 blocks. (learned aerodynamics early on! Hey, I just figured out why I don't have very many 1x2's anymore!)

Yo Grark

Let me be the one to say... (1)

zoney_ie (740061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072833)

It's LEGO bricks not "legos".

Bah!

And no, this isn't some foreign language affectation - I'm speaking as one from a country where we actually speak English (note the lack of adjective before "English").

Does it show that this annoys me, just a tad? Honestly... "Legos"?

Re:legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072856)

Yea, and the older legos didn't usually have guns for the figures or vehicles. So, headlights, V-shaped blocks, flashlights, camcorders, even those lame walk-talkies had to improvised weapons.

Re:legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (1)

ccharles (799761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072811)

The initial post had it right. Many LEGO pieces are LEGO blocks, not legos.

And I completely agree that generic LEGO blocks are excellent toys as far as creativity is concerned. My kids will have LEGO for sure. However, these branded LEGO sets seem to considerably limit creativity...

Re:legos are one of the BEST childrens toys (2, Insightful)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072829)

>not the ones with the detailed plans but the random parts

In general I agree with you, but I have seen my son use the kits to great results. Yes, he does initially build straight from the plans and plays with them and gets bored. Later he comes back and takes it all apart and builds his own creation.

He is a lot like me -- starting at a pile of random bricks kind of stumps him, but if he has a starting point, he can use that as a guide/inspiration to let his own creativity take off. He will spend days tweaking and enhancing one of his creations (coming to show me every so often what he has added/changed).

I kind of am the same way with coding/learning new IT tools. Presented with some manuals and an empty editor screen, I don't know where to start. Give me a hands-on tutorial where I can get something started, and then I can pull it apart and use it as a basis to create something else.

And next... (2, Funny)

GUMfire (811061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072344)

its the Barbie Half-Life2 edition..?

GAME STOP? HOW ABOUT GAMESPOT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072354)

the incompetence of some posters still seems to amaze me... he references "GameStop" and links to Gamespot. WOW. dyslexic, anyone?

Re:GAME STOP? HOW ABOUT GAMESPOT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072379)

Capitalize your sentences before criticizing. It's not an unforgivable error you nitpicking asshole.

Holy Redundancy, Batman! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072356)

LEGO, everyone's favorite plastic building block company, is creating a Star Wars video game. Yes, that's right. A video game based on the LEGO Star Wars sets, which are of course based on Star Wars.

Thanks for that concise summary. I was having trouble trying to figure out what this Star Wars LEGO video game was based on.

Re:Holy Redundancy, Batman! (4, Funny)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072787)

Dude, wait until you see the movie of the book of the video game of the Star Wars lego sets. That's going to blow you socks off! And if that doesn't the extended special edition will!

Re:Holy Redundancy, Batman! (1)

doodlelogic (773522) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072876)

The problem with irony on the internet is that someone will think it needs correction. Sigh

Who shoots first? (1, Funny)

xv4n (639231) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072377)

Can I make Han to shoot Greebo first?

Re:Who shoots first? (0)

bje2 (533276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072427)

no, but you can make him shoot Greedo first...

Re:Who shoots first? (2, Funny)

xv4n (639231) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072565)

Can I make Han to shoot Greebo first?
no, but you can make him shoot Greedo first...

What? So you are saying there are two of them now?? This movie is getting out of hand!

Re:Who shoots first? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072929)

Only if you're playing the Terry Pratchett Lego crossover version.

Only one question (1, Interesting)

muntumbomoklik (806936) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072386)

Can I remove my head and put it on the bottom of my foot and hop around like that?

Lego PC games (4, Interesting)

Calmiche (531074) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072389)

You know, they have made a couple of these before and they don't turn out well. I remember a lego game based on Harry Potter a couple years ago.

It just dosen't translate well. It's really difficult to work with 3-D shapes on a 2-D computer screen.

Of course, I'm sure that some of the engineers and CAD users out there won't have much problem, but kids don't seem to grasp the idea to well. At least my nephews didn't.

Didn't Lego make an announcement about a year ago saying that they weren't going to license movies anymore?

Re:Lego PC games (5, Interesting)

arethuza (737069) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072519)

Well, my five year old son now loves his Harry Potter Lego Creator (or whatever it is called). Someone bought it for him a while back and it was a bit too advanced, but not he is really into it.

The impressive thing about the UI design is that I've never shown him how to do anything - hows that for usability?

Re:Lego PC games (1)

mlush (620447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072769)

Didn't Lego make an announcement about a year ago saying that they weren't going to license movies anymore?

It appears to be more of a change in focus and remembering they have classic lines as well as story based lines, the press release is Here [lego.com]

Re:Lego PC games (1)

enkafan (604078) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072775)

Actually, if you read the review you'll see that you aren't doing anything CAD related. It's a normal platform video game. The only difference is that instead of having complex models and the such, you are controlling a mini-fig.

So if your nephews can play Mario or whatever the platformer of choice is these days, they should have fun with this one.

Re:Lego PC games (2, Funny)

operagost (62405) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072815)

It just dosen't translate well. It's really difficult to work with 3-D shapes on a 2-D computer screen.
If by "work with" you mean "gib with a rail gun", then I find it quite easy.

Darth's head (1)

Hamstij (831222) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072401)

I nearly died laughing when I saw the animation illustrating that if you press on Darth's head, his light sabre lights up.

What do you have to do to get Luke's to light up, hmm?

Sweet! (3, Funny)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072410)

Okay, unless I'm mistaken, there's no KOTOR for PS2...

So, provided this isn't a shitty game, your telling me that the only non-shitty game for the PS2 is going to be a SW game that's totally based on using Lego models.

The utter wierdness and coolness of this hasn't even begun to set in...

Re:Sweet! (2, Insightful)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072516)

What about SW Starfighter, SW Jedi Starfighter, SW Racer Revenge or SW Battlefront? Those were all pretty good.

Two Great Tastes (2, Insightful)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072431)

The thing with both Lego games and Star Wars games is that they have been hit or miss (mostly miss). I wondering if combining the two very popular pastimes will magnify the effect making either a really great or really awful game. The preview says it looks good but I never trust that. The proof is in the final pudding.

Re:Two Great Tastes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072501)

The proof is in the final pudding

or as we say in Quebec, the proof is in the final poutine...

Vicious circle of commercial tie -ins!!! (2, Interesting)

KrancHammer (416371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072434)


Or is that a viscous circle? My brain! So, a toy company is promoting a game based on a toy based on movies which were designed to promote toys and games. Wow. I bow to their capitalistic genius. Seriously.

Re:Vicious circle of commercial tie -ins!!! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072689)

Just wait until the action-figures hit the stores.

I have a marketing idea! (1)

ColourlessGreenIdeas (711076) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072692)

They need to make a film of the game.

Credit where credit is due... (3, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072443)

GameStop has a preview of the game [gamespot.com] .

The preview is actually from GameSpot [gamespot.com] and not GameStop [gamestop.com] , which happens to be a completely different gaming site.

Re:Credit where credit is due... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072574)

It's just a bit of dyslexia kicking in. Stay tuned for further reviews from GamePots, GamePost and GameTops.

Re:Credit where credit is due... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072682)

BTW, GameStop isn't just a gaming site, it's a chain of stores which sells new and used console games. I recently was having the same problem as the submitter: while looking for an older PS2 game, I kept accidentally going to gamespot's site instead. :)

Re:Credit where credit is due... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072721)

What's even better is that this whole story is a massive DUPE [slashdot.org] . There's nothing new, it's the same story. It may be a six-month-old dupe, but it's still a dupe. I guess it doesn't count if one of the games editors posts it, the main editors have to do it instead. :-/

I long for the good old days (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072468)

Back when LEGO was just LEGO, and didn't license any stupid shit from anyone.

Hell, I'm 31 and once in a while I still pull out my old LEGO and build stuff once in a while when I need to decompress.

Re:I long for the good old days (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072663)

That's the best part about having a nephew. I am about ready to graduate him from Duplo to Lego this Christmas. I had bought a regular truck kit but it was mostly preformed pieces which he doesn't seem to like so I donated it to charity and stuck with a huge box of regular blocks.

If only ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072475)

Now if only someone can make a movie about the game based on the lego sets which were created from the Star Wars movies. Then life would be good.

Oh joy! (1)

Shikatsu (696491) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072562)

Finally, someone's making a franchise game based on a movie AND a toy at the SAME TIME! I think we all know this is going to turn out fantastic! *rolls eyes*

More copied ideas (3, Informative)

Jakhel (808204) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072570)

I seem to remember seeing a homemade leg-built trailer [milkandcookies.com] for Revenge of the Sith (Rise of the Empire) a year or two ago (I'm sure someone has a link to it). Some guy actually went through the trouble of building and animating (using the same animation style as the old school claymation movies) it all by himself. I wonder how many Lucasarts and Lego execs saw this before they jumped on the idea of turning it into a game themselves.

Re:More copied ideas (1)

Mitchell Mebane (594797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072686)

(using the same animation style as the old school claymation movies)

It's called stop-motion animation [wikipedia.org] .

Re:More copied ideas (2, Funny)

freeweed (309734) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072898)

(I'm sure someone has a link to it).

Yes, in fact the link provided in the parent has a link to the trailer :)

Message from Leia (5, Funny)

wcitechnologies (836709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072616)

"General Kenobi, years ago you served beside my father in the Duplo Wars"

Yet another Lucas plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072627)

Mr. Lucas, did you write that big check to slash dot yet for all of your free plugs?

Or are you too busy reshooting all of your old movies?

Why don't you make a new movie that is actually worth watching?

Or have you been replaced by an android?

How did you like southpark last week?

gamestop or gamespot? (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072632)

I didn't know that funcoland [gamestop.com] actually did game previews. Maybe the poster meant Gamespot [gamespot.com] . Of course, that is what editors are for..

Stars...and Wars... and uh...Star Wars...and Lego! (3, Funny)

Japong (793982) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072642)

Well, now we know why Lucas Arts didn't have the confidence to produce the new Sam and Max.

"We wanted to focus more on our existing properties... like uh... Star Wars sequels... and um... Star Wars product tie ins." -Elder Jedi Profet Mar Gin

I can't wait to play that Hoth sequence one more time or buy those re-re-re-mixed-mastered H -DVDs in sexology format.

Gamecube? (1)

Njoyda Sauce (211180) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072665)

I see the advance listed. Is it possible they would release something to the other major platforms and the advance, but not the cube?

Microserfs? (0, Offtopic)

rborek (563153) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072754)

Anyone else think of the book Microserfs [amazon.com] by Douglas Coupland when they read this /. story?

stick to the bricks god damn it... (2, Insightful)

sbeam.dk (827060) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072826)

Here in denmark there has been a lot of media rush about bad times for lego lately. IMHO they should stop making all those weird spinoff products like harry potter lego, starwars, etc. They must pay a fortune for all those royalties!? and a video game with starwars!?! this is way out of proportions! But maybe it's just me being old fashioned :p start making some mindstorms again, that would get me back as a customer!

Obi Wan to Luke.... (2, Funny)

Basehart (633304) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072834)

"Use the red piece Luke"

didn't the prior CEO of lego step down (3, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072853)

for doing too many money losing tie-ins?
what happened to this theory?

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/12/1255 215&tid=159

" Kristiansen goes on to blame the company's financial woes on its attempt to follow trends rather than focusing on its more traditional products. In turn, the company's plan for 2004 will include a renewed marketing push for Lego bricks as opposed to licensed products like the Harry Potter and Star Wars lines.

don't you guys remember anything? (2, Insightful)

museumpeace (735109) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072897)

We went through a lot of the same comments a month or two ago for an Ask Slashdot about best construction toys. the lameness of Lego [and the lameness of their cash flow] when they branched out from providing blocks [and letting us provide the imagination] and tried to "go hollywood" with movie tie-ins was a general theme of the commenting.
For my money [and I have the boxes of "Technics" to prove my checks go where my chat does] they could just stick to blocks and maybe some other robot enabling componentry.

I for one do not welcome our new Star Wares overloads!

Not actually based on legos... (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072903)

They'll actually end up putting out a really low-res POS game instead, and claim that the "big blocks" on the screen are "LEGO's" and not just game pixels.

More like the that's-so-fucking-gay dept. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11072909)

Because that is S0 fscking gh3y!!11

I'd like to say thankyou (0, Redundant)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11072924)

..to the submitter for not writing "Legos ".

It really annoys me when people do that.
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