When I think about my niece and nephew and their future childhoods I have conflicting thoughts. One the one hand I worry about their video screen saturated lives and wonder if they will lose their creativity as they trade in their imaginations for iPhones and other gadgets. On the other hand I’m envious of all the incredible tech infused games that they are going to have at their disposal. Whether we’re talking about virtual reality, augmented reality, or a real life filled with robots and 3-D printers there’s going to be an unlimited number of incredible toys for them to play with. Toys that I’m inevitably going to be extremely jealous of.
Well, that jealousy starts today. That’s because Lego has recently announced the creation of a hybrid real life/augmented reality game called Lego Fusion!! As if Legos needed another reason to be cool!
Essentially, the way that it works is that you build something in real life, say the front facade of a house, and then you scan that object into an app that turns your two dimensional creation into a three dimensional object in a virtual game. For purposes of this example that game would be a virtual town where you may be tasked with building additional items in order to appease the people living in your town. It’s basically a more hands on version of the Sims. There are also games that enable you to build a car and then race them against your friends or build a castle and then fight off invaders. In other words it’s only the greatest thing ever created.
Engadget sums it up best in a post from June 19th:
“If your child is constantly glued to a tablet swiping away at birds or fruit, you’re probably wistfully wishing for the days when kids liked playing with actual toys. Well, Lego just might have the perfect solution for you and your offspring. Today, the maker of the beloved construction bricks announced Lego Fusion, a system that combines the flexibility and fun of app-based games with the good ol’ fashioned activity of creative Lego building.”
The best part about this new game is that it sounds like the start of a trend. One in which games blend the best parts of the analogue and digital worlds together. If that’s true then I have nothing to worry about. Our youth are going to be just fine after all.
Is Lego Fusion the Greatest Idea Ever?