October 11, 2012
Guest Post: Creating in LittleBIGPlanet with Wes, a.k.a. TGG
Today's guest post is brought to you by my friend, and our TGG, Wes. (You can learn more about him in his Geek of the Week post or his bio on the C&CC Correspondents page.) Thanks so much for doing this, Wes!
Hi, everyone! My name is Wes, but around here you might know me as The Gentleman Gamer (TGG for short). I provide the majority of the gaming related links for Nerd News. When Mandy approached me about doing a guest post I tried to think of what I might write about that would encompass my love of gaming and all the nerdy, creative and crafty things she posts about regularly on the blog. One game series came to mind instantly:
Rather than do a long and boring post filled with words about how this game centers around creativity and good-spirited competition and cooperation, I thought it would be more fun to show you in pictures.
LittleBIGPlanet is all about making things to share with the world. There is a story mode, but it’s mostly there to teach you how to maneuver and use the tools you’re given. The bulk of your play time is either spent building worlds out of craft supplies (if you’re up for the challenge) or playing levels
designed by other players.
As of two months ago, there were around 7 million community levels.
And all this centers around this guy: Sackboy (or Sackthing/Sackperson if you want to go with the newer more “PC” name.)
He is your avatar and the creator of awesome things in the game. He comes complete with his magical Popit tool which contains all his powers of world manipulation! Most importantly it allows you to change clothes and put stickers on things!
And just like you he has quite a sense of style. There are something like 15 billion costume options (unofficial estimate) available to you and even more to download.
Sackboy, demonstrate your fashion sense and cover your shame.
Now, to get to the heart of being creative and crafty. Let’s start a new level and see what we can make.
This is the blank level editor.
Right now it’s nothing but possibilities. Level building does take some time and effort to learn, but once you get the basics it’s a lot of fun. It also helps that all the tutorials are narrated by Stephen Fry.
So let’s build something!
Let’s start with something basic. How about a car?
It’s easy, really. Just start with a car shape... or something vaguely car-like.
Sort of looks like a blocky lizard, but no matter. Give it some wheels and a lever to control speed and direction.
Voila! A drivable car!
What? It’s good. Let’s add a background to make it look even better.
There. Well done, Sackboy.
What are you—?
A rocket? Well, that doesn’t seem safe.
Oh this isn’t going to end well.
See, I told you this wouldn’t end well.
Wait, what is that? Is that ... moaning? Look, over there!
Kill them with fire!
That was a close one. Let’s get away from here. I think I see a house over the other way.
Well don't just stand there. Let’s go inside and check it out!
Hmm... kind of dark, but it's rather nice and cozy isn't it? Wait a minute... listen… do you smell something?
A GHOST! It's a good thing I downloaded that Ghostbusters add-on.
Use the Creatinator!
This is getting out of hand. Let's get out of here.
Well, there you have it! That’s how you build a car in LittleBIGPlanet, get distracted fighting zombies and ghosts, and then escape in a rocket. This is why I love crafting in video games.