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here is a link the Mojangs CUUSOO project: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/4038
I want to know what I'm clicking on before I view a thread.
Just my 2 cents worth. :)
maybe i just don't get it at all
It will be interesting to see what this becomes. It has to be more than a box of bricks, so I'm wondering if it will combine some sort of computer element (I'm thinking like the Life of George app), or being able to transfer the stuff you build 'in real life' into the minecraft game (I've never played it, so don't know how this would work).
Unless I am seriously missing something...
Actually @mayberts maybe you can shed a bit of light on the uneducated here.
Could you explain what you feel the appeal of minecraft is and how you feel this will transfer to the medium of Lego? Having never played it, its a mystery to me.
I just thought i would look cool sat on my desk, now i have read some of your views I'm not so sure how Lego can pull this off.
There are so many untruths on the front page brickset article its unbelieveable - a perfect example of a little knowledge being a bad thing. Minecraft is absolutely not lego in a video game form - I suspect those that said that saw little more than a screenshot.
Although I've tried to stay away from Minecraft because I know I'ld get sucked in, most of the people I know that love it are other modders from games like Battlefield 2 - not kids and certainly not lazy. These guys are generally incredibly talented, creative, and driven individuals that spend days, weeks and months lovingly creating things purely for the love of the challenge and finished product - its that outlook that minecraft caters for.
As for whether it will work with lego or not - not sure and I guess no one is (after all no-one has seen any images of the proposed set(s)). What I can say is that the idea of a challenge and finished product is probably more aligned with the MOC community rather than the Collecting community which may explain some of the attitudes here. But lego have little to loose, sets will be basic with very little design time required, parts will probably be very standard with some printed tiles. There's probably enough existing support to prevent the set being a complete failure even if not a success. And on the upside? If it is a success they might just chip out a new market. I suspect for lego its much less of a risk than the exisitng Cuusoo sets.
If as you say @cheshirecat it is possibly more aligned to the MOC community I would guess that the big challenge then for TLG is how to make it something they can't just MOC now on their own with their existing Lego.
Will be really interesting to see what this turns into...
With out meaning to get too far off topic, I notice 2200 logged in members have visited brickset in the last 24 hours. With those numbers (+ the non-logged in visitors) with a determined effort Brickset could surely get a community developed Cuusoo item to market! Even just the 2200 supporters would put it straight into second place behind the the Back to the future DeLorean. Of course, agreeing on a subject would probably result in the most almighty fight!
I mean...in a way EVERY lego set is ALREADY Minecraft. By default.
Minecraft has a large emphasis on building immense structures out of blocks. That's what lego is. You don't need special bricks for it.
There are also emphasis on mining for new ores to craft new weapons, planting wheat to get food, harvesting trees for lumbers to build worktables, bows, arrows, etc, create gunpowder operated cannons that shoot cows across the entire continent, etc. There's a very complicated and involved crafting chain.
Oh and you can do dungeon exploring to find loot in treasure chests.
You wouldn't really need any extra printing at all to recreate a Mincraft scene with lego bricks though, so any expenses on LEGO's part may be minimal.
You can't mine ore, craft weapons, plant wheat, get food, harvest trees, build bows, arrows, hunt for treasure etc, etc... in a Lego model. Or at least I cant imagine how.
Again will be interesting to hear just what TLG intend to actually propose.
So you chuck a bunch of bricks together randomly and then pull them apart 'dig' until you get a grey brick which you consider ore?
One option would be to reverse the Lego process and give you a complete model, that you disect, but surely that only works once...
If Minecraft can accomplish a bit of SW success, then yes, I am for it. TLG has some making-up to do with the flop of Universe... and we all know that hurt the bottom line.
The great thing, there isn't a lot of money behind the venture, so if it falls flat (which many are expecting it to), TLG should not be too ravaged by loss.
I hope to see it in shops soon.
Though I supposed minecraft people will buy it up in droves just because it's got Minecraft stamped on it - and maybe that is the point.
If it was something that current lego fans/AFOLs were interested in, then they wouldn't be expanding their market.
However minecraft fans or those within the gaming community now see this set think "that would look cool on my shelf... Wow look at all the cool stuff lego now make" and are slowly but surely pulled into the web of lego collecting.... mwahahahahahaha!
I think they problem that most of us/AFOLs have with this is that -
1. It's not aimed at us, but at broadening TLGs market. We feel TLG is cheating on us.
2. Minecraft fans achieved something in 2 days the we haven't (as Lego fans tend to have a theme they favour - Star Wars, Castle building, Trains etc so the fanbase/voting is less focussed).
Minecraft has a very rabid following - this game was initially developed/coded by a single person, "Notch". As an aside, his story is quite interesting - accepted all payments for his indie game via PayPal. When it went viral, PayPal froze his account with over $500k in deposits until he could prove he was a legitimate business.
I've played this game and spent hours digging and building; it's all about MOCing. Add the fact that you can "build" circuitry, make machines and things get crazy impressive. Personally, I like that you can blow sh*t up. ;)
Anyways, I imagine that LEGO's Minecraft set will appeal to most of the million+ fans and expand TLG's current audience - which would be one of the primary goals of Cuusoo. Minecraft also held its first convention - Minecon - just last year in Vegas which sold out fairly quickly. So yes, their fan base will buy this set to sit on their desks/shelves etc.
My first impression when I saw the Cuusoo Minecraft Micro World was identical to most everyone else's - "I can build that right now with my own bricks".
Until I saw the Creeper brick. Now I have to buy it for the Creeper face. That SOB is in for some payback.
My kid plays and the whole appeal is to dig, chop, build, explore and then you have a time limit till it turns night and then the Creepers and other baddies are about. You need to gather resources to build a pick axe, weapons, armor and such. It's fun for the building and gathering aspect.
I see these as display models and build your own model based off of what you did in the game for fun to sit by your computer.
I think it would've been better to have large cube with various layers....like a cross section to see the mines, creepers, different resources, etc.
Perhaps they'll make this into a game with a timer to mimic the 10 minutes of night and day in the game and you have to gather your resources to build something within a time limit. Just thinkin' out loud...
Oh, also...with this Minecraft, besides Steve and the Creeper they should've had one animal. I think either a pig or sheep (?) is a essential part of the Minecraft World...?
Gotta' ask my son.
Is anyone that excited for Minecraft?
Nothing very fancy IMO, but I'm sure some people are very exited. ;)