The Lego Wish-Granter

By Jim Rossignol on October 11th, 2010 at 9:24 am.


Whoa, the backstory for the Lego Universe MMO is the same as the plot for Roadside Picnic. It’s (roughly) true! Check out the new trailer, below.

John is on this one, by the way, so we should have a review coming up later in the month. Healing notwithstanding. I had a play too and, despite some generic MMO elements, it’s got a lot of intriguing ideas.

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  1. TheInsider says:

    The only parallel with Roadside Picnic I see is the wish granter sort of thingie. If anything, it reminds me of Imaginationalnd (South Park) :D

  2. Uglycat says:

    That was surprisingly dark.

  3. Xercies says:

    Is that guy supposed to soud like Patrick Stewert?

  4. Simon says:

    Fuck yeah Patrick Stewart.

    This thing is now officially relevant to my interests.

  5. Dr Pillman says:

    As Insider said, I too failed to the see the connection with Roadside Picnic…

  6. soylentrobot says:

    hey, its an adeptus mechanicus bloke

  7. Miles says:

    It… WHAT? What about all of the metaphor? The diatribe? THE ALLEGORY? Did the zone really exist, or is it really just a contrivence of their jaded, plastic MINDS?

    • well says:

      it’s a shame it’s not free to play or they could have used the last line of the book as an advertising slogan

      happiness for everybody, free, and no one will go away unsatisfied!

    • Miles says:

      Hah! Yes, that would have been a brilliant marketing angle. Although, that does actively acknowledge that old Lego has been dipping its monstrous yellow claw into the 1980s Russian sci-fi brew.

  8. Ubernutz says:

    Jim can’t help it……

  9. John Peat says:

    I played the Beta for a while and it’s charming and interesting BUT it’s also a massive grind which I wasn’t quite expecting…

    I expected a game which looked like it was for kids but actually worked for adults but what I got is an adult’s game which has been dressed-up for kids – not sure how well that will work.

    Not sure how well any MMO with a subs will work when the player hasn’t got control of a creditcard really…

    • Jordan says:

      I think you’re underestimating kids. Pokemon is by no means simple, and yet it’s the most popular among their demographic.

      Lego is going to be rich!

  10. Brumisator says:

    I wish I were 8 years old again, this would have been the most incredibly epic trailer I would ever have seen.

  11. blind_boy_grunt says:

    so shouldn’t lego, like, buy out the minecraft developer and put knobs on the bricks?

    • Biscuitry says:

      Have you seen how much money Notch makes? They couldn’t afford him.

    • Jordan says:

      Lego™ can afford him

    • Flobulon says:

      Hopefully Notch will put knobs on bricks regardless.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Everyone already has the ability to build a knob in Minecraft. Or two, or fill their entire map with knobs.

      It’s not actually funny, though. Trying too hard, honestly.

  12. Dreamhacker says:

    I can’t help but feel Arkadi (not Boris) Strugatsky will roll over in his grave.

  13. westyfield says:

    Is it bad that I paused the video to see if building that little Lego dog is actually possible? (Doesn’t seem to be.)

  14. adonf says:

    Oh great ! Now I want a puppy…

  15. Joshua says:

    Hmm. I immeaditely thought of Stalker when I read the title…

  16. idespair says:

    Would it be wrong for a 32yo to play this? After the bitter disappointment of FFXIV I’m looking for something to pass the next two months…

  17. Altemore says:

    So players are automatically members of Duty, basically? That’s the STALKER faction that wants to destroy the zone. Bor-ing, I want faction wars, with pot-smoking hippie lego-men who wish to use the zone for scientific advancement! Seriously, though, a STALKER game with the ability to experiment personally with artifacts would rule. Look, ma, I built a vortex deathlaser that has the peculiar side effect of feeding on my soul! :D

  18. the wiseass says:

    Epic trailer. But I couldn’t see any rough similarities to roadside picnic, sorry. But it was a good excuse to link to the book title, so I’m not complaining. It’s an excellent read.

  19. Torgen says:

    An innovative way to explain shards in game terms. : )

  20. Nosslak says:

    Stalker is based on Roadside Picnic, you know.

  21. MarkSide says:

    I see Lego every working day and I still think it’s super-cool. Must be the brainwashing.

  22. JonnyBase says:

    I WANT TO BE 11 AGAIN!

  23. Unaco says:

    Come on people… 1st minute or so… Patrick Stewart, Spaceship, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilisations, big cube shaped thing. Borg are going to be the Big Bad.

  24. A Zebra On Tylenol says:

    Ninja’d