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I have never found that. When my kids have had friends over, they never have had any prompting needed when it comes to playing with lego.
#21204 Town Master
#21205 Battle Towers
#21206 Create & Race
#21208 Resort Designer
The way I read it. e.g Battle towers.
If you want to build a tower in the game you have to build it with with real bricks, use the camera to load it into the app. The App would then apply attributes dependant on the design (defense/offense etc.) then use it in game?
Interesting concept. Not sure how it's going to be managed but it's still like a puzzle where you try & figure out the optimal design from the games design.
Totally wrong. Kids will immediately build towers, houses, geography, whatever. I see it every day in my waiting room with the Duplo table.
My kids really like Life of George (even if the tech is imperfect) and I bet they would like this, but I actively discourage phone/tablet games over real-world building.
The section about availability is interesting: If they are available only from LEGO and TRU, it's unlikely they'll be discounted much (at least in the US) unless they're a flop. That's too bad because the Battle Towers set looks like a pretty good parts pack (including sand green masonry bricks).
If that quote were really true I would weep for humanity.
And if this is going on in their test groups they need to seriously look into why those kids could not build something with a pile of brick
Maybe they should market this instead to senior citizens or those who have their creativity scrubbed from them by Adulthood.
If that's true though, I think LEGO will be missing a trick. I, for some reason, can't imagine the app supporting 4th gen iPod touches either (it is the only thing I have that can have apps), like I've noticed so many recent apps that seem to have stopped the compatibility with the device. But I digress...
But on the positive side, I congratulate LEGO for expanding in what Life of George started, that being a blend of real world and virtual play. The racing one is particularly interesting to me actually. I wonder how well these will do.
A) "LEGO Fusion gives kids the inspiration and incentive to be creative!"
B) "Games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity have been extremely successful with those in our core demographic, who are moving away from physical play toward mobile gaming. LEGO Fusion mimics the novelty of physical objects tied to digital representation while keeping the LEGO brand and experience relevant in the digital age."
That's part of the reason why regular sets include instructions and inspiration material: to show kids what they can do with the bricks, something they might have more trouble figuring out if they were just handed a random brick assortment. In that regard, turning building into a game or challenge is just an alternative way of motivating kids to build their own creations and possibly help them break the habit of simply mimicking what they see on the box or instruction manual.
Anyway, this is a cool concept. I know things like this are something the LEGO Group has been trying to work on for a long time: something that really integrates physical LEGO building into a digital gaming experience. So I hope this does well and paves the way for even greater advancements in the future.
I'm a bit sad that the baseplates aren't the same style as in the LEGO Juniors sets, since I love the modular design of those, but I suppose these ones are better-suited to building a 2D facade and having a camera recognize the base.
We did not get Life of Fred, because I felt it was too new of a tech, but I may give this a whirl.
My bigger take-away from this, though, is that they are continuing to delve into and improve the virtual/physical brick element. There are definitely some cool possibilities as they continue to go deeper into this area.
Too bad this type of tech wasn't around when the LEGO Universe game was out. I always felt the lack of connection to real building was an issue with that game. If they could have had LEGO Universe Fusion sets where you build something for the game it might have helped differentiate from all of the other MMOs.