LEGO robot plays free-to-play games while human creator sleeps

You game playing robotmay think you’re a dedicated player of your free-to-play game of choice. But no matter how often you go on raids in Boom Beach or send help requests to Facebook friends in Candy Crush Saga, you won’t come close to Uli Kilian’s dedication.

Kilian, a 3D production director, loves Jurassic Park Builder. But like most free-to-play games, it requires players to check in regularly and tap on a dinosaur to earn in-game currency. The alternative, of course, is to pay real world money, but who wants to do that?

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Full-sized X-Wing fighter is the largest LEGO model ever

There’s lego-xwing-top630a difference between being a Star Wars fan and being a Star Wars fanatic. We’re pretty sure the folks at LEGO fall into the latter camp.

Tourists who wander into Times Square this week are going to be shocked to see a full-sized X-Wing fighter made entirely of LEGO bricks. A stunning 5.3 million of them, to be precise. That makes it the biggest ever, surpassing a LEGO robot at Minnesota’s Mall of America by a good 2 million.

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Lego Star Wars toy resembles mosque, critics say

Lego jabba_630is being called culturally insensitive after releasing a model of “Star Wars” gangster Jabba the Hutt’s palace that closely resembles a Turkish mosque. Lego says it will stop selling the toy – but denies the decision was tied to the protests.

The Palace, say critics, looks very much like Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a historic mosque that became a model for other centers of Islam. It’s a museum these days, but the chairman of the Turkish Cultural Association of Australia still takes issue with the likeness being tied to George Lucas’ famous villain.

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Game review: LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3D

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3D is a game that comes so, so close to being terrific. The story is fun, even if you don’t follow the cartoon series and don’t grasp its nuances. And the puzzle solving elements are fantastic. Using the characters at your disposal to figure out how to progress is challenging, but never frustrating. Where it falls short, though, is in its save features. Levels are long — with some lasting 30 minutes — and you cannot save the game mid-level. Given the rather weak battery life of the 3DS, that can be problematic for players who don’t have that long to dedicate to the game. And with the 3D effects turned on, looking at the screen for a period that long can result in severe eye fatigue. A simple save at will or autosave feature would boost the game tremendously. As it is, it’s still one that’s worth your time — if you know what you’re getting into.

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