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Minecraft Vs Lego

There have been many important debates throughout history that challenged our beliefs and still baffle our minds today: Who started World War One? Does God exist? What killed the dinosaurs?

While the answers to some of these questions may be forever lost with time, there is one critical debate that we will be conducting today:

Minecraft Vs Lego

Both pastimes offer an outlet for our creativity. We can design and build almost anything our minds can think of thanks to these tools. The level of customisation that these games bring can’t be replicated.

But the true question that everyone has been asking is “Which one is better?”.

Today we will be exploring:

  • The benefits of Minecraft
  • The benefits of Lego
  • Minecraft or Lego?

Reasons for Minecraft:

To kick off our Minecraft Vs Lego debate, we will delve into the reasons why Minecraft overshadows the outdated building blocks.

You can play Minecraft over the age of 99

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The first, very obvious reason as to why Minecraft rules is the lack of age restrictions.

In order to play Lego, you typically have to lie between the ages of 12 and 99.

Our poor, older generation have had Lego ripped out of their hands because they have a 3 digit age!

Fortunately, Minecraft doesn’t discriminate against our elders and allows them to place all the bricks they want in their old age.

Maybe we shouldn’t rely on Lego now as we know we won’t be able to play with it on our death beds but we can play Minecraft.

Don’t have to pack away Minecraft

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As Minecraft doesn’t involve playing with physical bricks but virtual ones, you won’t have to clear away any bricks that you’ve been using in the fear of stepping on one.

There’s no one to complain about a mess on the floor because all your blocks are neatly stored in your PC.

And there’s no chance of you losing an integral piece to your house unlike with Lego where pieces can go missing in front of your eyes.

The greatest thing about your bricks being virtual is that you can save all of your creations to play with them later.

Doesn’t hurt when you step on Minecraft

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If there’s one thing the world can mutually agree on is that stepping on Lego hurts.

And playing with Lego can lead to a chaotic mess being left on the floor leaving your unprotected feet at risk.

But, by playing with Minecraft, you are at no risk of stepping on any spare bricks on the floor.

One can not simply walk on Minecraft.

More texture in Minecraft

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Minecraft can offer the depth of detail that Lego simply can’t offer.

Let’s face facts: Lego is plastic, plastic and more plastic. While certain packs include bricks with more of a pattern, that doesn’t change the fact that the bricks are made of plastic.

On the other hand, Minecraft can offer a wide variety of materials and blocks to use within the game adding to the level of customisation.

And seeing that Minecraft is a video game, you can hunt, mine, and create many of the blocks you want to use rather than going to the store and buying more.

Can’t die playing Lego

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For the hardcore fans that want a challenge, Minecraft includes a survival mode. This is a very different experience compared to playing with Lego.

You are not given any of the blocks you want to build. Instead you have to create them using your surroundings.

And while you’re doing this, many things are trying to kill you.

You don’t get that level of immersion through playing with lego as no one is trying to kill as you place down each brick.

Reasons for Lego:

While there have been many compelling arguments for playing Minecraft in our Minecraft Vs Lego debate, there are also some great reasons to stick with Lego.

Lego is nostalgic

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Lego has a fascinating history behind it.

The brand “Lego” was created in 1934 by Danish man Ole Kirk Christiansen and was named after the Danish saying “leg godt” which translates to “Play Well”.

Fast forward to 1958 and the modern Lego brick we know today is created and introduced to the world. Since then, Lego’s popularity has grown exponentially.

The famous mini figures were introduced in 1978 and the building bricks have since:

  • Been to space
  • Set world records
  • Had movies and theme parks based on the toy
  • Had a number of Lego video games released.

Not only that, Lego has been named “The World’s Most Popular Brand” overtaking Ferrari.

I’m sure we all have fond memories of playing with these small toys in our early years and hope to see that legacy continue.

You can buy cool packs

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There is a vast variety of toys that Lego has created.

You can build cities, Pirate ships, Jedi Star Cruisers, famous Monuments, and so much more. And if you don’t want a specific pack, you can just buy a big box of random Legos.

This means that Lego appeals to a much wider audience as it has so many themes.

And one major benefit of all the Lego packs is the instructions. 

As fun as it can be to build using only your creativity, sometimes, I just want to build the death star without ripping my hair out in the process and the instructions ensure that I can build it.

You can interact more with lego

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As lego allows hands-on play, it gives you a bit more freedom as to what create.

As well as this, the type of bricks that you can use to build varies a lot! Minecraft can only allow the use of cubes and items to build with but Lego offers so much more.

Therefore, the level of interaction with Lego is greater.

With Lego, you start with a blank canvas and it’s up to you to add all the detail possible.

And as a result of this, the sense of achievement is much larger when playing with Lego.

Lego appeals to Young and Old

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It’s not a secret that Minecraft is typically played by the younger generation.

While this certainly isn’t a negative against Minecraft, this just enhances my point that Lego is for all and doesn’t have a specific audience.

You can play it with literally anyone and everyone would know what to do with it.

Lego doesn’t lag or run out of battery

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As we have already pointed out, Lego bricks are made of plastic (or if you want to be specific, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene).

What powers the play with this toy is you putting them together. Unlike most things today, it isn’t something that needs to be plugged in.

This means you can have hours of uninterrupted play and it won’t be telling you to have a break every hour like the Nintendo Wii and you won’t have to stop to charge it.

You certainly won’t develop eye strain from using Lego.

Another thing you can avoid by playing with Lego rather than Minecraft is Lag!

There’s nothing more annoying than the game not loading as fast as you need it to. But all that pain can be avoided by playing with physical bricks rather than virtual ones.

In conclusion

Given the level of creativity needed and the size of the brand behind it, we believe that Lego has won the Minecraft Vs Lego debate.

These bricks have entertained many generations and will continue to shape the childhoods of many kids in the future.

While Minecraft attracts a specific audience, Lego has adapted itself for all and is one of the most inclusive forms of entertainment to date.

And if you’re unhappy with this decision, there is one solution:

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Retro Consoles vs Modern Consoles

Isn’t it frustrating when you try to play on your favourite console and your game has a tonne of updates to perform! Or remembering that you can only play all your games in HD and not in 4K (unless you updated your system to the PS4 Pro/ Xbox 1S).

Life is hard for a gamer. 

But I think it’s time to look back at our console and realise things could be much, MUCH harder! The only way we can do this is by comparing our home entertainment systems with the consoles that allowed the gaming world to blossom.

Retro Consoles Vs Modern Consoles

1977 was the year that pioneered the idea of “gaming at home”. No longer did you have to go outside to arcades. Instead, you could try all your favourites in the comfort of your living room.

The one console that truly made this a possibility is the Atari 2600.

Atari were the founders of modern console gaming; they frequently bragged on posters that “there’s no comparing it with any other video game”.

This was, however, until the company suffered the video gaming crash of 1983 *cough* ET.

With 2kB Ram (impressive, right?), CPU speed of 1.79 MHz and GPU speed of 5.32 MHz, it had the highest specs on the market.

Since then, video gaming has been redefined by a number of consoles with revolutionizing features. They evolved from miniature arcade machines to vast home entertainment systems.

To make a fair comparison of old and new, we will analyze each aspect of what the consoles and the companies had to offer:

  • Games
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Promotion
  • Style

Games

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A significant and obvious change has been made in games over the past 30 years; the main difference being lack of depth in the games in the past.

You’ll play these games and believe that they could only take a minimal amount of time to develop and design. That’s of course if we compare it to the size and depth of the games today.

The simplicity of Atari and Nintendo games were all due to the main focus of the consoles – they were designed to bring arcade games into the comfort of your own home and arcade games didn’t have the most complex stories – if they did no one would ever get a turn!

Therefore, the games followed basic yet somehow challenging objectives, limited backstory of the characters, certainly no cutscenes and a small amount of levels.

Something else that easily proves the distance gaming has come is the graphics.

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Not having the resources back then, the CPUs could only process a byte of data at a time (or as it’s more commonly known, 8 bits). This means that Today CPUs in modern consoles can process 64 bit strings of data and therefore support a lot more detailed games.

One argument that says Retro Games were better is that style of graphics were popular in the 80s. No one was desperate to see detailed graphics as they simply didn’t fit in with the time.

The style of gaming was a fashion in the 80s. Are modern style may not have fit in so well.

The final difference in between the two eras were the possibilities within the game.

When I say this, I refer to the number of options a player has, the amount of commands they can make.

A lot of games in the past involved run, jump, duck and attack. Today, there is a whole variety of ways in which a players can interact with the game.

Not only that, but today there are so many more places you can explore. Games in the 80s saw 2D platformers and limited levels. Now there are whole worlds to explore. Take GTA V for example. You have the whole city in the palm of your hand!

Having such a variety of games on the market today and the quality of them, modern games have to take the lead.

Technology

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Without a doubt, the technology today is much MUCH more advanced.

One thing that needs pointing out is the amount of things modern consoles can do. Back in the past, consoles were for games and games only. But today, they have evolved into home entertainment systems.

What I mean by this is that you can play movies, you can connect with friends and play online, you can catch up on TV, you can buy games in the comfort of your own home, you can listen to music and so much more.

Did this bother the gamers of the past?

No.

First of all, they didn’t know what they were missing out on. Secondly, they were happy by the fact they could play their favourite arcade games at home. They didn’t need to the console for watching TV and listening to music as they already had devices for it.

Considering the technology they had at the time, Retro consoles were the bomb!

Another significant difference is the size of technology.

Ok, the size of the consoles hasn’t dramatically changed. If anything, they’re still the same size.

However, one holds a lot more data and advanced technology than the other. Having more uses and playing higher quality games but still in the same size shell, retro consoles don’t compare to modern ones.

But if we look at cartridge based games, there is a massive difference! Take for example the size of a NES cartridge, they’re like a huge version of GameBoy cartridges and I mean huge!

Now we have the ones PS Vita’s use cards smaller than most memory cards and almost half the size of a DS game!

Therefore, Modern Consoles have to take a win for this.

Music

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For a musician, this is one of the most noticeable changes. Having inferior CPUs, old consoles couldn’t possibly handle full orchestras and a wide variety of sound effects.

However, this never stopped any game developer in making effective games.

Having 8 Bit processors, the game would play everyone’s favourite 8 bit music. Recognisable, bouncy tunes that could easily determine the mood of the scene without complex instruments.

Nowadays, we find ourselves treated with the melodic sounds of strings, drums, basses and more to creating the gaming mood. Many have demonstrated phenomenally composed pieces that have even made it on to classical charts, an example being Battlefield 1!

Having to pick a favourite, my heart has to say that retro consoles had the best music!

Even being a huge classical fan, the white noise and pixelated sounds have won many decision for one reason:

8 bit music from games are memorable.

If I asked you to recreate the sounds of Mario, I’m sure you could do it. For Zelda, for Pokemon, they don’t prove a challenge.

As for other games, the soundtracks don’t come as naturally. I understand you may be able to remember the theme of the loading screen or a memorable battle scene but otherwise, it’s not tunes you would happily recreate with your friends.

It’s as if the older games had their own theme tunes that we so dearly loved and still love today.

Promotion

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Our lives are riddled with adverts we see them on TV, all over the internet, and even when we leave the house on billboards and posters.

Plenty of the adverts are gaming related: games, consoles and more.

This was the same in the past when gaming came into fashion. Well, there weren’t adverts on the internet because there was no internet but you get my drift.

However,

They are another thing that has changed dramatically.

The most noticeable thing is the tone that the adverts give. Gaming in the past was about time to share with family and friends. You can all play competitive games together in a light manner.

Many adverts featured wacky colours, smiley faces and why their console is the greatest thing. They specifically like to promote the together time.

And the TV Adverts, oh boy the TV adverts. I knew it was the 80s but I wasn’t expecting this!

Of course, we have to remember that the quality of the adverts are a lot worse than what they are now however, no one had the TV sets at home to be watching HD Video. These adverts were big productions back then.

Today, it’s a different story.

For many mainstream games, It’s all about being the best player possible; play online and be better than everyone else. This could be linked to games become more immersive and realistic.

Games offer the opportunity to become the soldier you ever thought you could or travel to the depths of space. It showing players that not all experiences might be sunshine and rainbows and the only way is to show it with darker adverts provoking more feeling inside.

Take Halo 5 for example:

Not only is it more dramatic, fast paced, it’s obvious how much video production has advanced.

I’m not saying there aren’t games today promoting family time. Gaming doesn’t have family time as its first priority, let’s be honest. It’s more centered towards gamers looking for the most immersive experience.

Modern games have the benefit of modern advertising.

Using the internet and vast variety of TV Channels as well as popular areas in cities to promote, this has definitely benefited them greatly. Take these for example:

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Rockstar Games effectively using the London Underground to display a full sized poster.

Another example:

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Bungie stretching the definition of a full size poster at Time Square.

Promotion for 80s games looked a bit more like this:

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So these games might not seem so cool to you now, especially given their posters but they were awesome in the past!

The wacky drawings, variety of colours very much fit in with the style of the time.

It seems harsh to pick a winner of better advertisement given the technology available in the past. However, modern adverts are a lot more dramatic and therefore, inviting. As they show off the power of video games, modern console take the win.

Style

Modern Gaming attracts so many audiences that it almost doesn’t fit in with any kind of modern style. You have the most realstic RPGs, real life simulators, the wackiest of fantasies, educational games, brain training games, quirky indie games and so much more.

80s Gaming knew exactly where it was.

It followed the style that decade so famously had: jazzy colours, geometric shapes etc.

All the games fit together as well. Not only did they appeal to everyone but they had similar playing modes, objectives and more. As well as this, the games also managed to be unique to one another with their characters are worlds.

Games created in this era are now embedded into things we think about when looking at the 80s. We think about shoulder pads, jazzy colours, arcades, funky music videos and overly dramatic music.

When was the greatest time to be a Gamer?

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To answer this question, you have to ask yourself: “What would you rather experience: the technology or the style?”

Today we have 4k graphics with surround sound audio and an unlimited amount of experiences all thanks to advancement in technology.

Before, we had the true beginning of console gaming; retro games and console selling for £1000+ that our founding fathers continue to discuss, the brilliant 8 bit music and quirky designs that perfectly fit into the age.

To many this sounds like no argument but we also need to discuss something else.

Despite arguments proving the greatness of modern gaming, Nintendo managed to sell 61.91 Million Nintendo Entertainment Systems since 1983 while 40 Million PS4s have been sold.

Okay so Nintendo has had 30 more years to push their pioneering console but that doesn’t change the fact that the console was incredibly popular.

There is one argument that can decide our winner:

Retro gaming consoles are the reason why we were able to create modern consoles.

Without our Atari 2600 or NES, where would we be now? Would gaming still be a thing or would it have died quickly and quietly?

For that exact reason, retro gaming is the bomb.

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PS4 Pro Vs Xbox 1S: What’s it all about

A series of gaming announcements have been made this week but the news most talked about is the PS4 Pro and Xbox 1S.

But no has ever seemed to convey how these new consoles would actually benefit me. This will probably be because no one really knows anything about it.

So I’m guessing a number of people also have a lot of questions.

To help you lovely people out, I thought I’d do a bit of research into what makes these consoles so great (or not so great).

In this article, you will discover:

  • What these console have to offer
  • How they differ from their predecessors
  • Which one will be better

To kick us off:

PS4 Pro

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Off the bat, this console only differs visually from the original PS4 thanks to an extra strip on the front; obviously not what I’d be paying the extra money for.

The new console brings a whole new variety of specs with it. Your bog standard HD graphics will be a thing of the past once the PS4 Pro is released as it will feature Ultra HD!

Given that your TV is compatible, you can play games and stream shows in the most realistic definition available as your console supports 4K HDR. This is thanks to the graphics processor being twice as fast the original PS4.

Along with better graphics, you can also enjoy higher frame rates (even in those intense high speed games) as well as running games faster meaning your gaming experience will be smoother and a whole lot more realistic.

A list of games has already been released that is said to support the new function including Mass Effect: Andromeda and Dues Ex: Mankind Edition.

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This new console is said to be created for the release of PSVR, the virtual reality headset designed to be used with the latest playstation console.

The previous PS4 could not compete with frame rates needed for an enjoyable VR experience – the lack of frame rates could lead to problems such as motion sickness.

However,

this new console should defeat this problem all together.

The pS4 Pro is expected to cost about £50 more than the original and will be released on the 10th November.

There is an update expected for all PS4 owners that will let their consoles support HDR meaning more accurate colour grading but this does not mean that there console will be able to catch up with the PS4 Pro.

If you’re not planning on updating your console,

Do not fear!

Sony are still intending to make games compatible for both the PS4 Pro and the PS4.

Time to see our other competitor:

Xbox 1S

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The noticeable thing about the new Xbox is its size.

The Xbox 1S is 40% smaller than the Xbox 1 so for those of you trying to save on room space, this maybe an ideal option.

Not only that, it comes with a funky stand to make storing it even easier.

Now for the cool bit.

The controller has had a face lift to optimize play:

  • Bluetooth so it can connect to your windows 10 PC or phone
  • Sleeker design and added grip on the back
  • Get upto twice the wireless range as the previous controller.

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Not only has the controller been optimized, features on the console have as well.

The Xbox 1S will also support 4k and HDR and will even feature a 4K Blu-Ray Player! Snazzy! Stream, watch, and play in Ultra HD.

Enjoy the latest releases of games as well as your Xbox 360 favourites.

They have even made the on button an actual button so that it isn’t too easy to turn off (we know how frustrating that can be).

Now for my favourite bit:

The console is equipped with an internal power supply. 

Im impressed to see that Microsoft have not only looked to match the specs of its competitor but is actually looking for ways to make gaming that little bit easier, setting up and playing your favourite games no longer has to be a task.

The Xbox 1S is out now and can be as much as £100 cheaper than the PS4 Pro. I don’t want to influence you in which console is better but it can be quite hard to hide it sometimes.

Which one is better?

We must remember, this decision is coming from the information that I have discovered regarding the two consoles and it’s funny to say I’m quite disappointed with my decision.

Since the beginning of time – well, as long as I can remember – I have always been a playstation fan.

But I have to say that the Xbox 1S is looking a lot better than the PS4 Pro.

While both consoles have seriously improved gameplay with the addition of 4K and HDR, Xbox have taken it a step further and improved functionality all together.

They have considered everything that was wrong with the Xbox 1 and looked to make the Xbox 1S the most advanced console yet.

And somehow, this console is still cheaper.

Sony have made it seem that the latest playstation is only so the PSVR can actually compete with other leading VR headsets.

It’s also peculiar that Sony didn’t include a 4K Blu-Ray Player on the PS4 Pro given that they were the first ones to introduce a Blu-Ray Player to a console with the PS3.

I know which console I’ll be buying next. How about you? Let me know in the comments below on which console takes your fancy.