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So I know many of you are Lego fanatics, and enjoy building with the physical little bricks and games like Minecraft.  So image my surprise and delight when I was searching for a trailer for the recently released Lego Movie and I ran across this cool little Lego building app that anyone can easily access using the Google Chrome web browser:

https://www.buildwithchrome.com/

Admittedly, I haven't had much time to fool with it, but it's definitely something to check out and play with.  I haven't had a chance to see if this works in the mobile versions of Chrome available for Android and iPhone/iPad, so give us a shot if you've tried Wink

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Well, I seem able to build with Firefox just fine. Thank you regardless, Pax. Now I need to dig up my old Lego manuals and see if I can't recreate some of my faviourite things Smile A lot of the more decorative pieces seem missing, though...

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Having played around with Build With Chrome, I find the thing to be a ton of fun... But also greatly disappointing. The primary reason for my disappointment is the SEVERE lack of parts. I know that some Lego parts are exotic to either specific sets or specific themes - the cockpit pieces for my Millenium Falcon aren't likely to show up anywhere else - but there's some weird, weird stuff missing. I can kind of see the collection missing hinged pieces or figurines and such, even bricks with holes on the sides despite this dating back to the 1980s.

But why is there not a three-long anything? There isn't a three-peg-long single- or double-wide brick, there isn't a three-peg-long flat of any kind. You can sometimes fudge that as 2+1, but that's only if you have something to stick it on top of, which isn't always the case. In fact, why isn't there a 2x1 flat AT ALL? My Black Falcon's Fortress from the 80s calls for a few 1x8 bricks, but those don't exist in the editor. It calls for a few large flats, such as 6x10, but those don't exist. It calls for slanted blocks which do exist... But only as 2x1 when I need 2x2. It requires a number of long flats of something like 2x12 and those don't exist, either. Some of those I can make, sure. They are, after all, combinations of other parts. But the game seems to want to ape actual Lego construction, which means interlocking bricks for stability and that can't happen when half the bricks aren't solid, but instead made up of two or more pieces.

In a bid to see if maybe I just suck, I went to look at other people's creations from across the world, and that was just... Depressing. For one, people's "locations" were scattered all over the Pacific Island where I know for a fact islands don't exist. For another, most of their creations were just awful. Once upon a time, we compared Minecraft to Lego, but now the reverse is true - watching people's creations from around the world was like seeing a bunch of five-minute abandoned minecraft creations. What did you make, person in the middle of the ocean? I made a big cube of multi-coloured bricks. Great... What did you make, other person living out at sea? I made a wall. What about you, Submariner? I made a flat smilie face with square blocks. By this point, I'd actually welcome 8-bit Nintendo game recreations in Lego...

Build With Chrome is a great idea, but it really needs to expand its basic brick selection. At the very least, it needs to let me specify dimensions within some kind of reason. Let me pick lengthXwidth for bricks, for instance. That'll make selection easier and yet more customisable. And I'd really, REALLY love that.

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The unintended upside of its limited parts selection is that it keeps me from pulling multiple all-nighters to make something like a to-scale George Washington Bridge.  Smile

 

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I'm sadly uncreative when it comes to lego. I just repeat the sets I already own Smile

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Samuel Tow wrote:

I'm sadly uncreative when it comes to lego. I just repeat the sets I already own Smile

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Hey man, calm down, Everything is Awesome when your part of a team.Listening to Music

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