LEGO ® Universe is a youngster in the world of games; but gamers have become old hat at helping each other work towards common goals.
LEGO ® Universe launched in November 2010 as an MMOG (massive multiplayer online game). LEGO ® Network players couldn’t wait for its arrival. These games each tend to have a specific type of gamer. Since LEGO ® is known as a child’s toy, you’d think only children play the game. This is definitely not the case. Awards from the likes of Mashable and GamePro even mention the nostalgia that parents and adults feel when playing LEGO ® Universe.
LEGO ® introduced “Nexus HQ” as a way for online gamers to share information and coordinate attacks on the enemies within LEGO ® Universe.
Nexus HQ helped develop the LEGO ® Universe culture into one in which players can become very competitive and helpful at the same time. In-game, open-game, and live game challenges are posted for gamers to join in the action and help LEGO ® Universe constantly progress.
LEGO ® Universe gamers, or “Fans” as they are called by LEGO ® , upload creations and designs to help change the game and even help create new worlds and challenges. Fans remind me of the Star Trek’s “Trekkies,” in that everything in the LEGO ® Universe gets transferred into real life discussions and simulations.
LEGO ® Universe Fans create teams that meet in certain worlds at specific dates and times to protect each other from Maelstrom. Battles are much easier when you’ve got someone helping; the more the merrier, as they say.
Complicated missions are discussed in the Nexus HQ forums in which walk-throughs and cheats are shared among players.
LEGO ® Universe contains so many building challenges and battles that players have a hard time breaking away from the game. Gamers spend hours on end moving from one battle to the next, buying coins, and trading weapons and other items with other players to help complete each mission.
LEGO ® Universe has created a Code of Conduct that is pretty strict, considering the E10+ game rating. And, it seems that all of the “Fans” abide by this code and understand the safety concerns when it comes to children playing games online.
If you’re a newbie to MMOGs, LEGO ® Universe is a nice place to start. The action is milder than the more mature online games and the community is family-oriented and good-natured, sharing and helping each other along the way.
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