One of my favorite toys growing up were LEGOs and just last month LEGO celebrated their 50th anniversary. When I was a kid the LEGO craze was somewhat limited to small plastic bricks. Now there are LEGO theme parks, LEGO conventions, and, of course, LEGO video games.
I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the LEGO video games, in particular, and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of LEGO Star Wars for my Nintendo DS, but I might just have to hold out because two great new games are coming – LEGO Indiana Jones (for console systems – and hopefully DS) and LEGO Universe (a new online virtual LEGO world).
Additional details about the new LEGO Universe were released last week at the Game Developers Conference. Massively.com has a great post about what they learned at GDC on their blog here.
In LEGO Universe, you have an in-game “avatar” that takes the shape of a traditional LEGO person. As a player, you’ll be able to customize the face and body of your LEGO minifigure as well as gain accessories, weapons, tools, and custom pets that will make your character unique in a virtual world filled with other LEGO people. And when the game launches (not for over a year), players will also be able to purchase traditional real-life LEGO sets of whatever structure they build using virtual blocks in the game. Very cool.
The LEGO Indiana Jones game should be coming out this summer. They haven’t announced what platforms the game will be for, but I anticipate that they will have a DS version. Check out the very cute game trailer here:
I’m looking forward to seeing how these games come out. In the meantime, I’ve pulled together a list of LEGO links that may just blow your mind:
BrickJournal – A magazine spotlighting the LEGO community.
The Brick Testament – A co-worker of mine pointed out this site to me. It is the largest and most comprehensive illustrated bible in the world with thousands of LEGO images depicting stories from the bible.
LegoLand – A theme park dedicated to the world of LEGO in Carlsbad, CA.
Lego Factory – Design, share and buy your own customized LEGO models online.
BrickWorld– An annual LEGO fan convention. This year BrickWorld will be held June 19 – 22 in Weeling, IL.
LUGNET – The International LEGO Users Group.
Flickr LEGO Photo Pool – Tons of LEGO photos.
ILTCO – International LEGO Train Club Organization
Brothers Brick – A blog dedicated to LEGOs. Check out their blogroll for a TON of other LEGO blogs.