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Here's looking at you, Lego: Games that cross generation divides

There are not many childhood games that span across as many generations as a Lego game. My grandmother, my father, me and even my son are all avid Lego fans and continue to create Lego masterpieces with our impressive collection. Around the world, across generations, male, females, across every continent children sat cross-legged on the floor building castles and cars and even entire cities made out of Lego. The possibilities are endless!

Ask any child with a well stocked Lego collection, or adult who was privileged enough to have a decent collection of Lego and Lego accessories, the many countless hours of constructive play that Lego afforded them throughout childhood. Lego has been called ''the game that even computer games couldn't ruin'. And somehow, the Lego game transcends all the destructive elements that many children's games are starting to use. There is no death, destruction or senseless violence in a Lego game! Rather the focus is on building and creating whatever your imagination can dream up!

In case you live under a rock, Lego is a range of building toys, used predominantly by children. Originally made of wood, it was quickly discovered that plastic provided a better fit with other blocks. The blocks are designed in such a way that they fit together and can easily be snapped together or pulled apart. More recently, Lego has developed some more adult ways to put Lego to good use in the boardroom as well. Ask any child with a well stocked Lego collection, or adult who was privileged enough to have a decent collection of Lego and Lego accessories, the many countless hours of constructive play that Lego afforded them throughout childhood. Lego has been called ''the game that even computer games couldn't ruin'. And somehow, the Lego game transcends all the destructive elements that many children's games are starting to use. There is no death, destruction or senseless violence in a Lego game! Rather the focus is on building and creating whatever your imagination can dream up!

The history of the Lego game is almost as colorful as the bricks themselves. The first Lego bricks were made of wood and were a far cry from the snappy Lego bricks of today. Created in Europe, these wooden Lego pieces were the humble beginnings of what was to become a vast multinational success story. The name Lego comes from the Danish words "Leg Godt" meaning to 'Play Well'. Godtfred Christiansen patented Lego in 1958. One of the most amazing things about the Lego game is how little it has changed in the past 50 years. A Lego brick from 1958 will still click comfortably into a Lego brick made in 2008. You can build a castle or a house using a combination of pieces from all the Lego enthusiasts in your family and no one would be the wiser.

Lego Trivia: Some fun facts about the Lego game:

  • There are over 4 billion Lego figurines, making them the largest population group on earth!

  • On average, seven Lego game sets are sold every second.

  • There are 62 Lego blocks for every person on earth!

  • If every Lego piece was laid end to end, it would circle the earth 5 times!

While these bits of trivia are fascinating, they say something interesting about the pervasive success of Lego. Chances are most of the people you know have either had a Lego game, or at least played with one at some stage in their lives. The success of this toy company is astounding!

Lego is constantly working to improve Lego and give kids the best possible experience. Through the creation of various play sets, Lego keeps their products in line with youth culture. With sets like Star Wars Lego, Sponge Bob Square pants and many many more, there is no sign of Lego ever being left behind! By adding different play sets to the Lego collection, Lego can ensure their product stays fresh and interesting for the youth of today, and tomorrow.

Lego has received many accolades for its educational value to children. The Lego game stimulates children's minds in a way quite unlike anything else. Combining creativity with mathematical precision is something that very games can achieve, the Lego game encompasses a wide variety of skills which contributes to its popularity with parents and children alike.

One hardly surprising development in Lego has been the addition of Lego for adults. Officially called Lego Serious Play, this exciting concept aims to bring together ideas in a business setting, with an exciting twist. Lego Serious Play is an exciting development in the world of Lego, bringing what was previously a childhood pastime into the adult domain.

Lego has undergone many developments in the past few years. When computer games and gaming consoles first became popular, Lego took a sizeable dip in sales. To compensate for this, Lego introduced Lego robotics and electronic pieces. While these robotic Lego games didn't really achieve much popularity, they opened Lego up to the idea of new developments, a development that has no doubt contributed to their amazing success over the years.

Lego subcultures have sprung up around the globe as the youth culture tries to find new and innovative ways to express their love for the Lego game. One popular way to express a passion for Lego is the creation of stop motion movies. There are certainly some impressive stop motion movies in existence, and well worth watching for the sheer artistic value.

The future for the Lego game looks very bright indeed. With the continuous addition of new, better accessories and play sets, this multinational corporation looks set to grow in leaps and bounds. Hopefully this means that our great great grand children will be clicking their new Lego sets into our original pieces.

Next time you trip over a misplaced Lego piece, think about how amazing it is that after all these years parents are still tripping over the same Lego game pieces that they did years ago!


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