Unity and the LEGO Group, two companies founded in Denmark, recently teamed up to bring the LEGO Group’s System in Play and LEGO minifigures to the Unity Editor. Since then, thousands of fans and budding game developers have turned their creative dreams into their very first videogames – one LEGO brick at a time – through Unity’s LEGO Microgame. Over the course of several months, adult LEGO fans and other creatives interested in game design have submitted their games to the contest... but little did they know, their seemingly simple endeavor (with 40% of participants building a game for the very first time) would soon become a part of history.
In light of their mission to preserve works for knowledge and cultural heritage, the Royal Danish Library declared that all games submitted to the LEGO Ideas Contest will now be officially archived in the country’s National Library, which provides the public with access to historical items and artifacts through texts, images, and audio, in both physical and digital forms.
“The primary purpose of receiving the games is for long-term preservation, and to ensure that the games will still exist and be available for study hundreds of years down the line,” said Games Archivist Allan Christophersen of the Royal Danish Library. "We consider both LEGO and Unity to be important Danish companies with significant cultural impact. The combination of the two in the LEGO Ideas contest and the ensuing wave of creativity it inspired is a collection of cultural works that fit well within what would be considered “Danica,” or Danish, and should be collected and preserved in the national archives.”
The LEGO Ideas contest games will be available in the Royal Danish Library's Game Lab, in The Black Diamond in Copenhagen, a room where all the games from the National Archives can be found upon request. Once the games have been properly transformed, and their metadata ingested, they will be easily accessible through the Royal Danish Library’s online search feature.
Rasmus Harr, Senior Product Lead at LEGO Games, commented: “For those who love building with LEGO bricks, physically or digitally, Unity's LEGO Microgame provides the perfect place to start creating. We are so delighted to see that over a thousand videogame and LEGO fans have turned their creativity into exciting games in our contest.”
For those who created and submitted games to the contest, the news of having their projects saved in a national digital library comes as a complete surprise. Most of those who participated were making games for the first time, and completely new to Unity. Despite these humble beginnings, however, the variety and creativity of their games impressed the judges, who announced the winners during a Twitch livestream, while playing the winning games, and giving honorable mentions to other noteworthy projects.
To begin creating your own LEGO Microgame, visit the LEGO Microgame page and click Get Started at the top.