Raph Koster’s blog listed some fun new stuff that I just had to link to here. He’s at GDC this week – and I’m not, boo hoo!
LEGO MMO! Woot! Quote from the press release:
“As children around the world continue to spend more time online we are developing new and engaging ways for them to interact with our brand,” said Lisbeth Valther Pallesen, Executive Vice President, Community, Education and Direct Division LEGO Group. “The LEGO brand represents construction, creativity and problem solving – values that compliment the MMOG market. By merging the online world of social interaction with physical play, the LEGO brand is providing new experiences for children, as well as fans. NetDevil’s technological capability, openness to work with a large community, and their enthusiasm for the LEGO brand made them a natural partner.”
And for those who can’t wait, Raph pointed out:
It should be interesting to contrast this to Roblox, which is, well, also an online block building environment.
And a second post from Raph: The Second Life competitors materialize? I recommend clicking and reading the full post, which includes other links, commentary, screenshots and trailers. But to entire you, here’s his summary first paragraph:
So supposedly everyone is trying to clone Second Life. Here’s word via Mobil Avenue on three different takes on the model, each trying to fix what they see as a key issue: HiPiHi in China, which looks like SL with easier tools; Planet Cazmo, which keeps the house decorating aspect but changes it into a browser-based Animal Crossing lookalike; and finally, reviews trickling out of the closed Kaneva beta, which is putting more MySpace peanut butter in your SL chocolate. Are they really SL clones?