Can you tell we're pumped about Minecraft-themed Legos? We've been anxiously following their development, breathlessly reporting when the petition to create the set passed the needed 10,000 signature mark -- and when the project got the official green light. Lego and Mojang must be pumped about the Minecraft Micro World, too; in less than a month, the set has flown through the design process and is headed to the production line. In fact, Lego started selling preorders for the set yesterday.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why Mojang struck gold with Minecraft: it's basically a grown-up version of Legos, only with virtual blocks instead of real ones. And zombies. Prepare for the line between children's toys and grown-up games to get even blurrier in the coming months. After a petition for a Minecraft-themed Lego set garnered over 10,000 e-signatures, Lego considered the prospect in an official review. As of yesterday, Minecraft Legos are officially a go.
Minecraft, if you ask us, is one of the absolute easiest games to explain to non-gamers. While we often awkwardly stumble through Fallout (“...and the best part is, uh, when you get chased around by giant scorpions while wearing armor that may as well be made of 'Kick me' signs!”) and don't even bother with Call of Duty (“Er, some of the commercials are neat”), Minecraft's a quick, simple “Legos for grown-ups.” But -- now that Minecraft Legos for tiny-block-swallowing youths are on the way -- we might have to come up with something a bit more creative.
Give any geek a box of Legos and he’s bound to have a good time. While we love slapping together robotic creations made possible by those nifty Lego Mindstorms sets, our ability to come up with badass constructions is admittedly a bit weak. Frankly, we’d be lost without the instruction manual. One enterprising Lego fanatic named Plum B doesn’t suffer from our lack of creativity and engineering know-how, though; he just unveiled a life-sized, fully operational Lego replica of the chainsaw-sporting Lancer assault rifle from Gears of War.
Routers, while essential, aren't particularly sexy. Most of them stick out like a sore thumb, like the Linksys WRT54GL, an old favorite among power users who like to use third party firmware (like Tomato), but might be put off by the ugly blue casing.
That's the dilemma Lego fanatic Luke Anderson found himself in, so what did he do about it? He gutted it and decked out the assembly in Legos, of course!
"My goal was to recreate, as much as possible, the stackable design of the original WRT54GL case while maintaining full functionality of the router (buttons, LEDs, ports). I also wanted to keep some air flowing through the case to avoid overheating the board," Anderson wrote in his worklog.
Anderson spent a couple of days designing his custom case and about $60 in parts, which is roughly $20 more than he paid for the router to begin with. But it's hard to argue with the end result. And the coolest part? He's packaged all of the design documents and images under the Creative Commons license, so if you get the itch (and have the scratch), you can dress up your Linksys router exactly the same way.