Researchers Fear the Rise of Angry LEGO Faces

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Sir Shockwave:

Worgen:
I'm really getting sick of this whole grizzled macho manly bullshit view of being a manly adult. Can't fucken anything be happy anymore?
Where is a benevolent sun god to take care of this shit when you need her?

Don't bother Celestia, she has enough problems right now as it is X3

OT: Is there any basis for saying this? Because until I see some proven solid figures, I'm gonna be calling him out.

Honestly, I think they just ran out of ways to complain about video games.

Worgen:
I'm really getting sick of this whole grizzled macho manly bullshit view of being a manly adult. Can't fucken anything be happy anymore?
Where is a benevolent sun god to take care of this shit when you need her?

I'm still very "Alicorn =/= god". However, that post just made my day, and looking down further at the replies to said comment is making things even better. Thanks for that.

On topic: This seems pretty overblown, but I do get their point a bit. Still, just like with the video games industry, responsible parenting is by far the most important part of a child's development and thus should be focused on far more than whether or not their toys make angry faces. A 5-year-old who plays something like Vice City can actually grow from the experience, granted that an intelligent parent who knows their child fully supervises them closely and discusses the mature parts with them, though it would still be difficult and risky.

Captcha: "road less travelled"

Proverbial Jon:
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One does not simply underestimate the destructive power of children; happy faces or no.

I'm pretty certain I had as much fun destroying things I had made out of Lego as I did building them. As a child I would have welcomed a greater variety of faces. Kids already know about good and bad. Hell, most children's stories are written to have a clear hero and villain and it's more than likely that they'll act out fantasies based around that structure because it's a persistent and familiar one.

I will admit, however, that this figure is terrifying and there's no excuse for its existence:

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And yes yes, it surely must be Frodo's tortured face there that is disturbing the young'uns. He's not happy and it sets the wrong tone. I wonder if the people who did this study happened to notice the highly detailed incredibly disturbing lego built giant spider the size of a human head that happened to come with that minifig?

Infernai:

Worgen:

kajinking:

Based on E3 by the year 2026 all media will be replaced by brown and gray versions filled with gun-wielding characters who all have tragic backstories (even background characters). This includes My Little Pony which will be about a squad of Equestiran Marines (all colored either black or brown) who will have to mow down hordes of vaquely Russian ponies with magical military technology and... oh god I'm writing fanfiction.

Oh crap, its already starting to happen

Dont worry, I know how to fix things.

You're both oh so very wrong.

Yes, by 2026 everything will be grim and dark but...the Ponies as Marines? Please, not nearly grim and dark enough, and Hasbro knows it: They want to keep with the times but still do something completely different and unexpected to stay relevant.

How? They're going to merge the pony world with the world of Berserk, thus ensuring they have enough Grimdark to go around..and dear god they will.

But on the plus side the soundtrack will be composed by Susumu Hirasawa, so there's that.

Not grimdark enough for you? How about this!

Worgen:

Infernai:

Worgen:

Oh crap, its already starting to happen

Dont worry, I know how to fix things.

You're both oh so very wrong.

Yes, by 2026 everything will be grim and dark but...the Ponies as Marines? Please, not nearly grim and dark enough, and Hasbro knows it: They want to keep with the times but still do something completely different and unexpected to stay relevant.

How? They're going to merge the pony world with the world of Berserk, thus ensuring they have enough Grimdark to go around..and dear god they will.

But on the plus side the soundtrack will be composed by Susumu Hirasawa, so there's that.

Not grimdark enough for you? How about this!

I'm sorry to say...it isn't Oh, don't get me wrong I'm all to familiar with the brutality of the Warhammer 40K setting but you're doing this all wrong for one simple reason: Friendship is still the cornerstone. Oh sure, a brutal and unforgiving setting is required, but for it to truly ascend from the realm of Dark into GRIMdark we must first give the viewers and players of this fair game of ours the belief that there is some small slither of hope, that success is possible...only to gun them down just inches away from the finish line and make them realise that success was NEVER an option.

For this series to go full grimdark, into the abyss so troubled it needs to break it's one core foundation into dust and scatter it to the wind. We must see them grow close, trust one another, forge friendships and become likeable, even loved, characters. And then we create the worst possible scenario, one that friendship isn't able to solve..for this was a situation which this much loved "Friendship" caused in the first place. And for that to happen, we have only one option to turn to: The Crimson Behelit of the Godhand.

See that little necklace? THAT is the key to this whole glorious plan. Only one person, one with enough ambition and a desire to lead, needs to wear that...And when the worst possible event of their life unfolds, it shall activate. And when it does, four "Guardian Angels" Shall descend:

They will offer the bearer of the behelit salvation, an escape from this most horrible of situations...Power and the ability to ascend to godhood and become the fifth among their ranks. But, a cost must be paid: The lives of every person loyal to them or those that they consider friends.

This is the point in the story where Friendship is supposed to win, where a persons connections and faith in their comrades will triumph...but today that isn't happening. As i said prior this ONLY activates at a time when the holder of the Behelit has reached their lowest moment, when they are truly without hope and wish for an escape to their situation...the Godhand thrive on this weakness.
Now, i know what you're thinking: Why not throw away the Behelit? Once it has found an owner, it will find it's way back to them to ensure that when the moment of their despair arrives it will be ready to activate. Now second question, what's to stop the holder refusing the offer? Well, i did say that it only activates during a time when the holder would not be thinking of anything but ridding themselves of their grief..but in case a user needs more of a push, the Godhand will delve deep into their psyche and bring fourth all evidence of actions that demonstrate their ambition or drive, they will convince them of the sacrifices they have mind already and that one more wouldn't hurt would it? They will do wahtever it takes to make the offer TOO tempting to refuse, reminding them that their dream is more important. They will even use illusions to make the holder think that, if they talked to their friends about it, they would not be against her...if anything, they will convince them that their "Friends" are holding them back. It would be then that the sacrifice would be agreed too, and all of the newly ascended godhands former "Friends" would be torn asunder and killed by the demon hordes, gathering to praise the "birth" of a "New god".

I admit mine is more slow building, but make no mistake if we take time to build everything, it will make it all the sweeter when the brutality of the world we have shown finally consumes them, destroys them and spits out the mangled remains. By all means we need a brutal world for them to exist in, but as i said: What's the point in taking away all hope, if there is no hope to take away?

I have to admit, this thread is is a breath of freshish? air after the pile of E3 and 'Microsoft shooting the steaming pile of giblets that was their leg' topics that have clogged up the forums.

Zachary Amaranth:
Honestly, I think they just ran out of ways to complain about video games.

So I guess in a few generations time, we'll all be bemoaning about how Scowly Faced Lego figures are a heinous evil that deserved to be burned X3

University of nothing better to do. I hope there is a uni in the world working on curing cancer.

And besides when children play with their figures they create stories about good vs evil and so they need antagonist characters. If you have a toy box full of He-Mans and no Skeletors (I'm showing my age there so Google it) they can't reaffirm that very important lesson and also will result in some very boring play.

It's not like they don't sell happy ones. You need both so some are the villains, and as far as I know there have been both available for a LONG time. I had Western and samurai Lego when I was 4 or so, and I used the angry faces as the bad ones. It's logical. They've also always had entire little subsections of Lego full of angry faces, universes for action that aren't even from ouside Lego, and I've played with things from those.

That said, it's also fair to assume that someone buying a Lego that is associated with a franchise for their child probably has a child who is into that franchise. It's not like they're making characters serious for no reason, or putting angry faces on the firefighters and other mundane Lego citizens.

Sir Shockwave:

Zachary Amaranth:
Honestly, I think they just ran out of ways to complain about video games.

So I guess in a few generations time, we'll all be bemoaning about how Scowly Faced Lego figures are a heinous evil that deserved to be burned X3

This new technology is strange and unfamiliar. Let's burn it to the ground!

Zachary Amaranth:

Sir Shockwave:

Zachary Amaranth:
Honestly, I think they just ran out of ways to complain about video games.

So I guess in a few generations time, we'll all be bemoaning about how Scowly Faced Lego figures are a heinous evil that deserved to be burned X3

This new technology is strange and unfamiliar. Let's burn it to the ground!

Down with Technology! Up with Ludditeism! X3

Yeah, because prior to the introduction of scowly faced minifigs, no child ever strayed away from sunshine happy play with Legos.

Fuck these people, kids will make up whatever story they want and make their toys express however they want no matter what their toys looks like. You know how Barbies are always smiling? Yeah, that didn't effect how I decided to play with my Barbies. Shit, a lot of the time I had them be miserable.

Capatcha: Lazy Sunday
No, it's Saturday, although I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with these findings on such a day.

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