Hey, LegoFan101 here! A very special thanks to ZipBlock for allowing me to say a few words. 🙂
It seems like only yesterday that I sat down one dreary day and decided to pass the time until LEGO Universe opened by starting my own blog, originally intended to keep from getting bored while I waited for Beta invites to be sent to the masses. I remember when I posted this very short summary; little did I know that it would be the beginning of a very successful blog:
Hey there, everyone!
Welcome to LEGO Universe News!
Here, you’ll find just about everything you need to know about LEGO’s upcoming MMOG game – LEGO Universe!
Thanks for stopping by!
LegoFan101~ (AKA. Supersoradude)
As it turns out, that blog reached two years of age since its founding on February 2, 2010. As I started gathering information and posting away my speculations on when the Beta test invites would be sent out, I began to gain a small amount of regular visitors – only about ten per day. But I was thankful to have anybody visiting my site, let alone ten whole people daily!
But soon, the number grew. Ten people turned into fifteen. Fifteen turned to twenty-five. Once the Beta invitations were finally released, I was receiving around seventy-five hits per day!
As the Beta test began to enter full-swing, I kinda left LUN alone for a little while. However, I was always taking more pictures and videos, hoping to release them all once the game went live. Additionally, I had been recording the music of the game for archive purposes.
Once the game launched, actual news about the game started being released. So, I started reporting the news for the audience I had acquired. This continued for over a year until, towards the end of LEGO Universe, I was receiving around 1,000 unique visitors per day. It was really exciting, seeing all my hard work paying off!
I also met new friends thanks to the blog – friends whom I still remain in contact with today! Even in a way not directly connected to the game I was forming friendships that would last a long time. All thanks to the project known as LEGO Universe.
But that’s not all that LEGO Universe did for me.
When I was younger, I always enjoyed LEGO sets. They were the most fun of all my toys. Whenever I wanted to play with something, my LEGO sets were always my first choice.
However, as time went on, my carelessness ended up in my losing the sets I had. (Though I still have a samurai minifigure from one of them.) And though my family wasn’t (and isn’t) poor, the prices of LEGO sets were too high for our budget. As such, time went on and I started playing with other toys. Eventually I lost a lot of love for LEGO toys. Granted, I would pick up the love again once in a while, but again the budget did not permit me to feed my love for the sets.
Then LEGO Digital Designer was introduced. Finally, I could build to my heart’s content without spending a dime! I built several sets with the program, and my love for LEGO was once again reinstated. But again it faded as time went on, and I always felt there was something missing. A little while later, LEGO Universe was publicly announced. I followed the site for a while before I eventually got bored and nearly forgot about it. I moved onto Club Penguin (ugh…) and played the game for two years. Then I got too old for it and moved on to Pirates of the Caribbean Online… which I played for two months before I got bored with it.
So, one day, I decided to pay the LEGO website a visit. I noticed LEGO Universe had been added to the front page, and I became curious to know what had gone on with the game since I had stopped following its progress. I was honestly surprised by how far the game had apparently progressed, and though it had yet to be released, I instantly knew that I would follow the game to its launch. Later still beta invites were announced. Later still I was invited to test the game.
The first hours I spent in the game composed the finest hours I have spent playing an online game – ever. LEGO Universe took my dying love for LEGO products and reinstated it in a way that was stronger than it ever had been in the past. The way you could build and roam your creations with friends, the epic graphics and intriguing storyline, the vast expanses of the worlds… I had never experienced anything like it!
And so time went on. I formed several friendships, started taking videos of the game, and my overall respect and pride for LEGO as a company skyrocketed. I really felt as though LEGO were the greatest company in the world; surely such a company could have come up with such an ingenious game! My love for LEGO sets once again sparked, I began preparing a budget to buy real sets.
Time went on, and I never, ever expected that the game would be announced for closure at the end of 2011. The announcement came as a shock to me. All the time I invested in the game for bricks and all the workmanship of others… all of it about to be whisked away from the world. One of the greatest online communities was going to be shut down.
And suddenly… all my love for LEGO, all my pride in the company… it just went flat. I didn’t hate the company for its decisions, but I just lost all faith in it. The money I had saved for sets was immediately moved to a fund for adding to my drum set.
Do I hate LEGO as a company? No, I don’t. But my love for the building sets is gone once again, and the sparkle which LEGO Universe seemed to give to LEGO has vanished. I’m not as proud of it as I once was.
Nevertheless, my friends and I have moved on. I no longer play online games inasmuch as there are none that can compare. None that can reproduce the fun that I had in LEGO Universe.
I hope for the good of the LEGO community and fans-to-be that LEGO has not given up on online gaming. No, not just the digital realm, online gaming. Nobody will ever be able to create a game like LEGO did over the past few years. My hope is that some day, my kids will be playing an even better LEGO game online. Making new friends, building for others to see… enjoying LEGO sets in a way not fully possible elsewhere. I hope LEGO will not forget that, despite some failures, they had created something that was absolutely remarkable. I hope that they will try again. After all, what is the point in having mistakes and learning from them if you’ve got nothing else to apply them to?
I will never forget LEGO Universe!