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Lego MMOG Announced

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the swordhand-connects-to-the-orc's-face dept.

Role Playing (Games) 61

Gamespot is reporting that a Lego Massively Multiplayer Game aimed at kids is in the works. Developer NetDevil, makers of Auto Assault, will be working on the project. No firm details beyond the project's announcement at this point, but the site slates the game for a 2008 launch.

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How sweet is that!? (1)

seconddevil (583791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247830)

Nice one :) another reason not to do any work

Re:How sweet is that!? (1)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248376)

Nice one :) another reason not to do any work
Finally I can build a virtual chocolate teapot out of Lego!

I can feel my life draining awaaaayyyyyyy.......

Re:How sweet is that!? (1)

Some Guy (21271) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248920)

Start draining - you can do it now with Blockland [greatgamesexperiment.com] !

The small print... (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247846)

It gets taken over by NXT robots who igrore all the humans.

Oh Boy (2, Interesting)

inklein (1003985) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247848)

As a kid who grew up on legos, does a computer game destroy the point of legos?
I mean, you're supposed to BUILD with them!

Re:Oh Boy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18247854)

You're also supposed to call them Lego.

Re:Oh Boy (1)

montyzooooma (853414) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248096)

Will probably be based on the Bionicles(sp) so not exactly classic lego anyway. All those pre-formed specific parts killed much of what LEGO was about anyway.

Re:Oh Boy (3, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248122)

That's not what LEGO is about. The really cool thing 'bout them was that you could take the (more or less) generic parts and build something new that came out of your imagination.

I've recently seen some of the "newer" LEGO boxes and I was appalled. I mean, what does it have to do with LEGO when you get like 4 parts that you have to link together, and which you can't put together any other way than how it's intended?

Re:Oh Boy (1)

PingSpike (947548) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248942)

I've thought the same thing. While small, specific mold stuff like little guns or antenae or whatever were cool...the new stuff looks like glorified model kits. To many movie tie ins.

Re:Oh Boy (3, Insightful)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249042)

Hello. My name is GfxGuy, I'm 40 years old, and I'm a lego-holic.

["hi, GfxGuy"]

Some sets are like that, but they are usually for the younger kids. My daughter has one set with a little fairy tale setting where the set really is basically four pieces (a floor plate, two wall/shelf things, and a pointy top), but it also came with a number of accessory pieces, plants and so forth that can be used anywhere. It's true that the wall is useless for anything else. There was a dinosaur kit my son got, and it was exactly like you mentioned - a foot piece that could only reasonably be used with the leg piece that could only be used with the hip piece...

On the other hand, I like a lot of the pieces. Sometimes I get ideas based around, for example, an interesting new cockpit design, or engines (they have several jet engines now).

But beyond that, my favorites were always various wheelsets and doors and windows. Sure, I could get a tub of lego and build a house, by why should I have to imagine working doors and windows?

So yes, I agree they've gone too far, I think it's mostly in sets that try to appeal to younger kids. My son also got a dragon set (it's a really big dragon - if you're still into lego, you'd probably know the one I'm talking about). He gave up right quick, so I built it for him. It's almost completely "generic" pieces that can be used elsewhere. Even the cloth pieces that came for the wings could be used as a sail or something.

So the more complicated sets, the ones with hundreds of pieces - I believe they still are like that; you can use the pieces for anything your imagination wants.

And if you have a specific idea you think would be cool with Lego, then BrickLink [bricklink.com] is your friend. I wanted to make a bridge to work with the lego trains, and got all the technique girders and pins from there.

Re:Oh Boy (2, Insightful)

Carewolf (581105) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248360)

It could be Second Life universe for kids, where the kids can create their own content using Lego.

Re:Oh Boy (1)

the_mushroom_king (708305) | more than 7 years ago | (#18255690)

Will it have leather-clad slave bots strapped to toilets modified to be sexual torture devices?

Re:Oh Boy (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250968)

does a computer game destroy the point of legos?

From My observations of my daughter's continued use of both BlockLand Mods and Legos I would say no. http://blmods.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

Why don't you give it a try for yourself.

Lego vs. Playmobil (1)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247850)

That would be a better idea ! Toys versus toys. Choose your team, fight the others. Big battles like QuakeWars or BattleField2042. A good idea.

Re:Lego vs. Playmobil (1)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250402)

No thanks, you will never again sell me into this glorified Faction based conflict. Where you are teamed with people who obviously have a smaller IQ than a ficus, and you can't jsut run your sword through them and take their items.

Re:Lego vs. Playmobil (1)

Garrett Fox (970174) | more than 7 years ago | (#18252614)

For that I suggest Toymallet $.40 [jenniverse.com] , a game of tabletop toy combat.

Re:Lego vs. Playmobil (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 7 years ago | (#18253556)

I call Construx! [thisoldtoy.com]

Re:Lego vs. Playmobil (1)

Emetophobe (878584) | more than 7 years ago | (#18260166)

Construx was sweet, that brings back so many memories. Check out the AT-AT made out of Construx: http://www.splitreflection.com/ATAT.html [splitreflection.com]

So let me get this straight (4, Funny)

dave1791 (315728) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247852)

So let me get this straight! Instead of my son knocking down my daughter's masterpiece Lego tower, some anonymous greifer will do it?

Oh yeah, I just soooooooooo have to subscribe.

Purely Training... (2, Funny)

Clazzy (958719) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247876)

Start them on this and move them up to WoW, it's a perfect scheme to get more people addicted, don't you think?

Re:Purely Training... (1)

badenglishihave (944178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248544)

You, sir, are a terrible person.

Re:Purely Training... (1)

Clazzy (958719) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248948)

It's not me who came up with selling a MMOG to kids, they're not thinking of the children! These evil monsters are getting the poor children hooked at an early age to fleece them later. I'll stop exaggerating now.

Re:Purely Training... (2, Funny)

toleraen (831634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249432)

Toontown Online did this years ago, and if you've spent much time in WoW's general chat channels, you've seen that they've moved on already. God bless the ignore command!

I grew up with legos... (1, Funny)

kage.j (721084) | more than 7 years ago | (#18247996)

and the inner child in me is now very dead.

Bulding your own stuff (3, Insightful)

TheSexican (796334) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248012)

There would be some awsome opportunities in this game to be able to build your own houses, cars, super-weapons or whatever by finding/obtaining the raw Lego building blocks needed and then assembling them in any manner you choose. It would allow user-created content a-la Spore with such massive potential. Furthermore, quests could be used to make obtaining certain Lego parts challenging. But yeah, in the end it just seems like if the game designers really put some thought into this then they might have a great game on their hands that would allow today's children to build with Lego virtually, preparing them for future high-tech computer jobs while still having fun.

Re:Bulding your own stuff (2, Insightful)

ozphx (1061292) | more than 7 years ago | (#18256356)

Yes, because the first thing people are going to build is a lego house.

Prepare mortals, to feast your eyes on Phallus Maximus, the largest creation in the land.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/06/13 [penny-arcade.com]

I'm going to need more legos :(

An MMO for kids? (5, Insightful)

earthbound kid (859282) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248026)

Does anyone else think this is a Bad Idea? If there's one thing we've learned from Second Life, it's that left to build their own world from scratch, adults on the internet will make a lot of sex shops. Now, even if the Lego MMO is targeted for kids, it's also going to be pretty popular with people who played with LEGOs as kids, which means it's inevitable that the entire world is filled with nothing but boobs and wieners made out of CGI little plastic blocks.

It's like, "think of the children," only for real this time, because seriously adults are going to fill Legoland with crap.

Re:An MMO for kids? (2, Interesting)

iainl (136759) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248166)

Really? Not insubstantial portions of the internet are filled with adult geeks who still play with Lego, and their designs. But these are usually nano-scale Giant Japanese Robots, Star Wars vehicles, assorted creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos and film sets.

As much as I don't want ten replies with links to anatomical Lego designs, there seems a higher chance of your daughter being attacked by Yog Sothoth than animated penii.

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248342)

As much as I don't want ten replies with links to anatomical Lego designs

Well, let me be the first to link to the brick testament [thebricktestament.com] . (NSFW). Bible. Porn. Legos. What else do you need?

For those who want to see some even less SFW lego porn (I mean who wouldn't?), check out drew.corrupt.net [corrupt.net] .

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

bateleur (814657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248216)

adults on the internet will make a lot of sex shops

Uh oh, I can see where this is going. The kids are going to build hundreds of... sweet shops!

They'll rot their virtual teeth! :-O

Ob Sweet Shop story (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18248384)

And there I am in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at one am, looking for brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. Jeff Beck pops his head round the door and mentions there's a little sweet shop on the edge of town. We go, and it's closed. There's me and Keith Moon and David Crosby breaking into this little sweet shop, right? Instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shop owner and his son, that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really, but sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248232)

By your comments, I'm guessing that you've never played any of the Lego video games. None of them let you actually build anything. It's all pre-fab and just looks like Lego. (I believe there's program that lets you build with virtual Lego, but it's not a 'game' it's more of a modeling environment.)

Having said that, Second Life has 2 sections: Teen and regular. The Teen section is not filled with sex shops. What makes you think Lego won't monitor the content of their MMO and actively fight stupidity and vulgarity on a kiddie game?

I can't resist taking a shot at all the Lego nazis: Legos.

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248710)

Lego Racers 2 lets you build cars from the standard Lego parts at the very least.

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | more than 7 years ago | (#18253510)

I believe there's program that lets you build with virtual Lego, but it's not a 'game' it's more of a modeling environment.

As mentioned above, for interactive building fun in a FPS environment, there's Blockland [blockland.us] , or if you prefer, Blockland Mods [blogspot.com] . The former is the base game, with basic bricks; the latter contains lots of user-created additions.

For offline, more systematic virtual Lego, you can't go wrong with BlockCAD [telia.com] , which is just what it sounds like, and is perhaps what you're thinking of.

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18254234)

Lego has their own CAD program that links in with their block database and allows you to purchase your creation. I think you can even set up build instructions and get that included, but I haven't looked at it for a while.

Online modelling (1)

olof_the_viking (1008247) | more than 7 years ago | (#18260292)

It works well. You can design a model, get the parts in a box shipped to your door, and if you want to, publish it online. Instructions are only available online, but you get a picture for the box front.
You can buy others' creations as well:

http://factory.lego.com/gallery/ [lego.com] (sorry about the flash)

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18255036)

No, I mean Lego brand building blocks. As this is a Lego brand game, I mean to talk about how they make games.

Someone pointed out that one of the Lego Racer games does allow you to actually make the cars from pieces. I haven't played that one. I've played almost all the other games at some point or another and none of the games I've played allow you to build the items from pieces. There's no reason to think this MMO will be any different.
 

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

Cinnamon Whirl (979637) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248810)

And, adults put lots of sex on the internet as well. We should make sure our kids dont have access to that. And I see people wearing skimpy clothes in real life, blindfolds should be mandatory until 21 and so on and so on. If you focus on the negatives all the time, you'll get nowhere fast.

Instead, look at the positive side of things: This allows children, adults, anyone to build their own worlds, and show them off. It encourages creativity, gets kids interested in games that aren't just FPSs, and leads onto more complicated interactions, perhaps programming. For most of todays kids, human computer interactions are going to be extremely important in their adult life. This sounds like a fun, easy way of introducing both creativity, code and community in one package.

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

PrimordialSoup (1065284) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248996)

its like some one has thought of the "paedophiles for once"

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

toleraen (831634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249576)

Nope. Toontown online did this years ago. They've got some safety features [wikipedia.org] built in as well. Mainly there's no open chat. Also, in order to chat with another player you have to do sort of a secret handshake. Friends lists can be monitored by parents.

However, kids will be kids. Who here can honestly say they didn't build a few select body parts with LEGOs as a kid?

Re:An MMO for kids? (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249698)

Does anyone else think this is a Bad Idea? If there's one thing we've learned from Second Life, it's that left to build their own world from scratch, adults on the internet will make a lot of sex shops. Now, even if the Lego MMO is targeted for kids, it's also going to be pretty popular with people who played with LEGOs as kids, which means it's inevitable that the entire world is filled with nothing but boobs and wieners made out of CGI little plastic blocks.

It's like, "think of the children," only for real this time, because seriously adults are going to fill Legoland with crap.


Actually the "easiest" solution to that potential problem is for the users to be able to declare their section age restricted and/or restricted by a nudity/lang/potential adult content tag and if their parents let them view that material, then no big problem. If the parents are complete spazs about this stuff then it would be right up their for the parents to block it. You'd have to have in your user agreement that the user is expected to properly mod his content correct, but some sort of rule/reviewing process that if there are enough complainers that some one that modded someing G could be bumped up to NC17. Part of me thinks that it would be good if we properly escorted kids through those adult content areas and pretend its all just museum art. We'd hear alot of giggles from the kids, but they'd not care about nudity. Lots of vulgar lang. isn't bad per se; it's just annoying to listen to when every few words are either an insult or sort of like constant compiler warnings. There can be real content underneath vuglar lang., but there is some sort of limit where if most of your content or communication is vuglar just for the sake of being vulgar most people tend to shun it.

There is also the concept of having adult areas or kid only areas and between gray areas. If lego MMPOG became "kid only" is could still succend, but it could also confuse parents that want user accounts to play in the same MMO as their kids that they can't go and monitor their kids in the "kid only" area.

Re:An MMO for kids? (2, Interesting)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250510)

I'm not entirely sure I agree.
I would have agreed with you that MMOs are inevitably 'tainted', but Disney's Toontown is an outstanding example of a fun MMO that is totally child-safe. I was amazed at the unobtrusive yet secure protections that they have in place, yet it remains a really quite a fun game.

So I wouldn't say it's impossible. Difficult? Especially if you hand them freeform construction tools, yes. But I would no longer say impossible.

LEGO: Auto Assault (1)

7bit (1031746) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248104)

"makers of Auto Assault, will be working on the project." I wonder how that decision process went down at Lego HQ? ;) Though I have to admit, as a Lego addict when I was a child (ok, still am) I would love to make fantastic lego vehicles and smash them together! So I guess it makes sense, heh.

Am I the only one to think of Microserfs? (1)

CelticLo (575344) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248344)

There's a good reason why the book had a Lego man on the cover!
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland" [amazon.com]

THINK OF THE CHILDREN! (2, Insightful)

Mr_Kcleen (559227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248532)

Everyone is so opposed to getting kids hooked on cocaine, and then they put out an MMORPG for kids! Why don't they sprinkle some heroin around the schoolyard while they're at it?

Re:THINK OF THE CHILDREN! (1)

savity (1002191) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249254)

There is already a MMORPG for kids. Disney's Toontown Online. Perfectly safe environment which has no proper PvP. Everything is aimed at kids working together to make toontown safe from the evil Cogs who are trying to take over. It uses a concept of speedchat to only allow characters to use preapproved phrases to get across their meanings and desires "Let's use Squirt" and so on..... You can have secret friends where you have to give a real person a code outside of the game which allows them to be your secret friend in game where you can chat normally (swear filters not optional). MMORPG's have lots of benefits for kids - it teachs them teamwork, strategy, how to read, how to ninja-steal, and the value of getting used to a monthly fee for playing games cannot be underestimated...

Re:THINK OF THE CHILDREN! (1)

jmac1492 (1036880) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250058)

Let's use Squirt

Because that's a good idea.

(Since we gave Steve Ballmer so much crap for this, I think it's only fair.)

Blockland!! (3, Interesting)

Some Guy (21271) | more than 7 years ago | (#18248964)

There is already a game where you build with lego-like-but-not-lego blocks. It's called Blockland [greatgamesexperiment.com] and it's cool. Although it isn't massive, it is multiplayer...

Blockland Shmockland! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18250876)

GreatGameSexperiment?! Sign me up!

Netdevil, huh? (2, Interesting)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249040)

Given the abysmal sales and retention rates of Auto Assault, and the server consolidations that have resulted from both, I'm really surprised that anyone was crazy enough to finance their pursuit of such a lucrative license.

Oh wow! (1)

Ynsats (922697) | more than 7 years ago | (#18249774)

On one hand, I'm excited! The previous LEGO Star Wars titles have been a blast even though they are obviously geared towards kids. I'd certainly jump at the chance to take a look at this game.

However, this worries me. I know I'm not the only one that fondly remembers LEGOS. Sure the game is geared towards kids but unless they put an age cap on the game (not that anyone wouldn't lie about thier age, I mean c'mon, who does THAT?) I can only see the LEGO virtual world being innundated by not only those pervs that another poster already mentioned but also by those lovely online gamers. Not just any online gamers though. We have all seen the guy who camps at a spawn site just to blast the next poor schmuck who spawns into a game so he can boost his body count. Thier is also the guy who plays CONSTANTLY and has the most under-handed tactics that it can be very difficult for others to advance in a game. Then there are the people who aspire to be like these guys and can't. This leaves a place like the LEGO virtual world rife for thier abuse of the system. Most adults can't handle these people well, how are kids going to deal with it?

This is also going to end up being another babysitter so mom can go spend time with her "little helper". If the kid is crying because he/she can't play the game that mommy and daddy paid for because some n00b is jerking around on the virtual world, there will be hell to pay from mommy.

Yeah, I'm excited and I'm not. I see this wonderful pie-in-the-sky idea being quickly corrupted and destroyed without some serious controls that work being placed on game play. Either that or make it so immature (Dora the Explorer or Barney and Friends immature) that no adult would want to go anywhere near that annoying piece of tripe. However, LEGOS are fundamentally un-boring, at least to the extent of your imagination, so I don't see it coming out as immature, pseudo-educational tripe.

Crafting is going to rock (3, Funny)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250108)

No word on classes? combat system? instanced Lego dungeons? races? I bet crafting is going to be awesome.

Yeah, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18252634)

Most people won't be able to figure out how to make anything but blocks and walls...

makes me remember... (1)

kantier (993472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250488)

... when I used this program [wikipedia.org] (yes, I know the base is LDraw)

Interesting. (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 7 years ago | (#18250506)

I'm also curious to know which of the lego systems they will be using. Given the popularity of Bionicle among many kids I wouldn't be suprised if someone was looking to base a MMO around that. Although, I don't much like Bionicle myself. Bit it would certainly be conducive to kind of gameplay present in most MMOs. I suppose the Puzzle Pirates approach requires much less of a commitment than a standard MMO would, but the Lego site, in some ways, isn't too far from offering that kind of experience right now. Unfortunately, I can't say I find Puzzle Pirates type games particularly compelling, but that's just me.

Given that it's the developer of the failed Auto Assault working on this I don't have particularly high hopes. It originally sounded like a neat idea but the end result was a bit half-hearted and a big disappointment. I suppose a game consistent of a collection of mini-games is a far cry from a full-fledged MMO.

This announcement annoys me (1)

cspariah (958194) | more than 7 years ago | (#18252602)

Saying that you're making a Lego MMO is like saying you're making a wood MMO, or a stone MMO. Lego are just building blocks. OK, I can have some idea what the things will look like when they exist, but I don't know what the things ARE. Spaceships? Medieval knights? Dinosaurs? BIONICLE?!

Re:This announcement annoys me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18255482)

Why not all of the above?

One could have zones which deal with separate parts of the Lego universe -- City, Knights Kingdom, Racers, Bionicle... with parts that have some zone cross-over.

Or it might be similar to a Second Life like environment with no real restrictions (castles next to high rise buildings).

This actually sounds kind of fun, and I think it wouldn't be too hard to keep the pervs out with a well defined Terms of Service and user policing. Why would they want to hang out in the less-than-realistic Lego world when they have Second Life anyway? I'm sure the Lego MMO won't have a minifig sex simulation.

The PvP Servers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18255768)


    Will allow players to participate in the ongoing war between the Bionicle and Duplo factions vying for supremacy of the Lego universe.

Wow ok (1)

Vacardo (1048640) | more than 7 years ago | (#18255820)

[insert boast on how author will be the first to create a phallus-themed skyscraper built out of lego joke here]

Copyright? (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 7 years ago | (#18258244)

How will they handle copyright infringement? It seems like a no brainer that people will end up making things from their favorite media properties....Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. And while Lucas might be cool with them doing that...I can imagine plenty of others who wouldn't.

I really hope they just make this open ended with some optional physics properties you can attach to parts. That's the magic of Lego...the fact that a piece can be used as part of a gun on one project and then suddenly its an engine in another, etc. Its not just what you build, its how what you build works.

similar to WhiteHexagon.com? (1)

whitehexagon (951166) | more than 7 years ago | (#18266382)

I hope not, it's still under development! http://whitehexagon.com/ [whitehexagon.com]
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