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Posted: Dec 28th 2011 2:18PM dudes said

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I was going to make the usual sarcastic but jokey comment found on this website that people leave, me included, but after reading the column I feel it's best just to say that it was very sad when :Lego Universe closed down.

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 2:19PM dudes said

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@dudes Edit: decided to be closed down.
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Posted: Dec 28th 2011 2:20PM Bhagpuss said

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Oddly I'm in the middle of reading a pre-publication proof of a novel featuring an autistic/asperger's spectrum character who gains a good deal of control over his environment through Lego,

When the NGE hit SWG I read a heartbreaking thread about a player who had met someone with various real-life problems who'd been able to make a virtual life for herself in that game but who was unable to adapt to the changes despite the help offered by other players. It's hard enough for any of us that love a particular MMO to adjust to the absence when it goes dark, but for some it's more than just the loss of a valued pastime.

I'm sure Minecraft has already been suggested as an alternative. I'd suggest EQ2's Housing as another possibility. In the end, though, Lego is Lego and if Lego is the most important part of the equation then it may not be possible to replace :(

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 2:21PM devildog9802 said

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if they made it for consoles im sure it would have been better off, i would have tried it

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 2:29PM jimr9999us said

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Mmorpg's provide a safe haven for folks of all ages who suffer from mental and/or physical defects...which is why it's always sad when a gaming community is lost.

This story is especially touching because of children and parents involved. Autism is such a challenge...Good luck and prayers to those affected. There is no shortage of courage among the families of autistic children.

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 2:40PM tibby80 said

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My wife's best friend has a child with Autism. To me it amazing that a game can do so much for a child, who just can not relate to or communicate with the real world they live in. I do hope these people can find an alternative so that their children can continue to learn skills and how to interact in a social environment with the real world. because after all, that is the real goal here, to help these kids and adults learn these skills and apply them to the real world.

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 3:04PM Bronzestout said

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i believe that when a mmorpg shuts down they should release a patch that makes the game a one player game, they could make money off the sales of the game and no one loses all there work

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 5:21PM mrmojoz said

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@Bronzestout
You don't really think this is a simple task, right?
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Posted: Dec 28th 2011 3:46PM JoeH42 said

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I have a friend with severe OCD that leads him to obssess about video games he is playing. And I mean he seriously obssesses to the point of just being sad, it's all he thinks about. Even for a hardcore gamer like me he's way into the realm of just depressing. So when I first introduced him to WoW I figured, yeah he's going to be addicted, but at least he will be playing a game that will lead to some social interaction with other players rather than him just sitting at home playing FFVII over and over. Maybe not a huge step forward but I think it at least got him interacting with people.

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 4:12PM Space Cobra said

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Anyone contacted the studio (Gazillion) about this? Maybe a Children's hospital could take over the game's funding? National Center for Autism?

Heck, even if it was on a server or three with no updates, it'd still be available. Government Grant (Probably hard in this political environment...)?

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 7:13PM koolaroo said

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@Space Cobra Goverment grant?! yes it is a sad story but the goverment is already wayyy in debt we can't afford to spend money on things like this.
Anyway it always sucks to see mmos go down and when it is a mmo children play it's ever worse.
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Posted: Dec 28th 2011 10:58PM (Unverified) said

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@Space Cobra

But they can spend over $600,000 to study shrimp running on a treadmill.

(Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of money and benefits the politicians get for doing what?)
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 10:10AM User1859 said

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@Space Cobra

(Worked on LEGO Universe)

Gazillion did not own LEGO Universe at the time of closing. LEGO purchased the studio from Gazillion.

Sadly there is no way to bring the game back to life.
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Posted: Dec 30th 2011 5:43AM Space Cobra said

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@User1859

Well, I guess we have to contact LEGO then. Convince them to do something with it. Heck, they have Legoland and I feel they are probably open to helping out kids with such disabilities.
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Posted: Dec 28th 2011 4:53PM mateba said

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Nintendo does alot of charity work via donation for childrens wards in hospitals. I would think working with Lego on a title for the Wii would be right up their alley interface and target demographic wise. I always wanted to see Nintendo flex a lil MMO muscle on the Wii console anyways :)

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 6:30PM Faction 3 said

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See, its stories like this that have me look at the MMO community as a whole and think it as quite possibly the biggest conglomeration of jizzrags, douchebags, and asshats on the face & ass of the planet...

To see how much a single game can help someone, and provide an outlet for someone, a HUMAN BEING with problems and issues, is just astonishing, then you flip the page to find your random ^%&$face wishing & hoping for certain games to fail and shut down in hopes of HIS favorite MMO taking its place and succeeding, and not even thinking of how such a event would deeply impact someone, especially someone as innocent as a child, and moreso, a child with Autism.

Because of this exact crowd, had there been a way to physically touch someone through a computer, I'd have been on Death Row years ago.

Posted: Dec 28th 2011 8:23PM tooright said

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I just got way more incentive to corpse camp and grief !

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 2:52AM Vanir said

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As someone who works in the Gaming Industry and someone who is currently furthering his career in Video Game Development, I never looked at game content creation through the eyes of those whom do not play MMO's the same as the majority of gamers.

There is an untapped genre of video games waiting to be made for those with special needs. A social MMO for those who need the outlet the most.

Once that realization set in, it's a bit more emotional. At least for me it is.

Perhaps it's not so much about working on that Triple A title so many Developers wish to be apart of, but the impact you have on the players you reach with your creation.

First hand experience has shown me that most upcoming Developers like myself strive to obtain that career with Blizzard, Bioware or NCSoft. The industry giants. They create games based on their own play styles and lose sight of playstyles not represented in college or in the Developers community.

I believe, this post has changed my goals somewhat.

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 6:29AM peyo01 said

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Even if I am convinced, no matter what some ignorant or lobbying people say, that video games can be very healthy and help people with physiological and psychological issues, I did not see this one coming.

It makes me sad that the closing of a game has such life-breaking consequences for some people, especially children and their parents.
I really hope they will quickly find some other way to deal with their child's autism.
That will be my new year wish for 2012.

Posted: Jan 18th 2012 11:06PM pottipoop said

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i played it was awesome

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