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Hey guys. We have seem to run into a period of inactivity, serious inactivity, which isn't good; I understand that many of you all are in the summer, out of school, and you may not be at a computer to post a lot, but try and stay as active as possible. Thank you!

Now, I have decided to try and add a new thing into the Debate club; that is, asking deep questions that hopefully will be responded with deep(er) answers. So, why do you build? Now, don't say just because its fun; that much is clear. But why do the thousands of members here on MOCpages like to pick up a LEGO brick, and connect it with another? Why is it that we have not done what many others have; that is, leave it as a childhood toy, given up at 11-12 years old?
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| July 12, 2013, 8:03 pm
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I've never asked myself that, I build as often as I do because I'm permanently grounded from video games, so what else is there to do? Many adults, (parents included) must wonder why I have a "childish hobby". None of my real life friends know I'm a TFOL, and I'd be embarrassed if they did. I really have no idea why I like LEGO, but I do.
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| July 13, 2013, 11:32 am
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Quoting Michael K.
I've never asked myself that, I build as often as I do because I'm permanently grounded from video games, so what else is there to do? Many adults, (parents included) must wonder why I have a "childish hobby". None of my real life friends know I'm a TFOL, and I'd be embarrassed if they did. I really have no idea why I like LEGO, but I do.

In the nearby areas where I live, "Friends" of mine would consider this a worthless, childish thing for little kids to do. I defend myself, if I ever have to, by pointing to my Flying Airport, and the ISSC, to show how far I have gotten when I put the hammer down when I build. But overall, my "friends" are people who are almost forced into thinking they will be doctors; all they do is study. (It is literally the only way they can learn; they aren't particularly smart until they study for a good four hours on end). Since I am the odd one, and eventually hope to become an engineer, and then go into management of a large Defense Contractor, or something like that, LEGO is a great way to, test out, how ideas look in 3-D.
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| July 13, 2013, 12:04 pm
To me, LEGOs are representative of all things. Any system, from the universe down to quarks, is made of stuff that interlocks and interacts with each other to form the whole. LEGOs taught me the importance of keeping the entire system in mind when working on parts of it. Every connection on every part effects the whole. As a kid and a teenager, LEGOs were like weightlifting for my mind. It set the processes in place that today allow me to design, build, and repair just about any system that I have tools for. Some people are designers, or repairmen, or engineers; I can do it all. I keep building today because I intend to truly master the plastic brick and see what other neural networks I can create while building.
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| July 13, 2013, 7:41 pm
Tough question, let me see.

I first started when my parents gave me my first Duplo set, when i first started it felt 'magical', the ability to create whatever i want from 'bricks' was amazing!

I loose the feeling of any problems in real life and enjoy myself making my paradise out of little bricks. This is what makes LEGO so much fun for me to do.
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| July 13, 2013, 8:21 pm
Added the XP-13 tesla. Sometimes making something as awesome as this and showing it off on the internet is the reward for dozens of hours designing, building, and rebuilding.
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| July 13, 2013, 8:24 pm
I think I build because of a simple, easy way to create vignettes, characters, and illustrate stories. I love to write, but I'm a horrible artist, so I use Lego scenes to illustrate.

Also, I find the making of a MOC to be a healthy, mental exercise.

Oh, and the community helps too!
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| July 13, 2013, 8:54 pm
I don't know, I guess there are a lot of reasons. I think that MOCpages and Flickr are a factor, I enjoying sharing with the community, getting and giving feedback, and engaging in these discussions. If there weren't any websites, I'd probably build significantly less. However, the main reason I build is because it allows me to bring my dreams and thoughts to life. Originally, I played with Star Wars action figures and had battles and such. However, when I found myself with 20 figures in a battle and I could only hold two at a time, I lost interest. So, I gravitated towards the smaller world of LEGO, where I could easily position figures, build environments, and create far vaster and more accurate depictions of my imagination.
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| July 13, 2013, 9:06 pm
Because taking what is in your head and making it in 3D* is awesome. It's highly rewarding to picture something and then take the time to design it and actually see how your idea shapes up under the limits of lego. Why do I build, because it keeps me sane. I have too many ideas to let them pile up in my head. I write, doodle, and build to get them out and not lose my mind.
On top of that, I get new ideas every day. It's fun to come up with an idea and evolve it into an actual model you can hold*.


* I am a digital builder so 3D is a relative term. I cannot currently hold my awesome aircraft and I miss the swooshability factor.
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| July 13, 2013, 9:25 pm
Quoting Michael K.
I've never asked myself that, I build as often as I do because I'm permanently grounded from video games, so what else is there to do? Many adults, (parents included) must wonder why I have a "childish hobby". None of my real life friends know I'm a TFOL, and I'd be embarrassed if they did. I really have no idea why I like LEGO, but I do.

Wow. Grounded from video games forever? How did that happen? And on the same topic, I'm actually really open about "playing" with Lego. I don't do the "pew pew" or "kabooms" anymore, but I still build and make movies. I enjoy sharing my creations with my friends and they enjoy them too. The last thing that they would do is make fun of me for it. I think that it could be counter-intuitive to keep it hidden.
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| July 13, 2013, 9:45 pm
I have been building lego all my life. People used to tease me at school (I'm 12 years old) until one Monday when it was sharing time, I brought in my national building comp finalist citificate and the $100 prize money. That shut them up. Nowadays I get all the jocks coming up to me begging me to make them biblical stop motions so they get a good grade in Christian education
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| July 14, 2013, 4:29 pm
The reason why I play with them is because, I can escape from the real world. Problems slip away while I create my own new world.

Another reason is because when I was young, I started building with my brother and sister's LEGOs. I got to swoosh them and create stories with them.

And the last reason is because I can learn techniques. Teach them to young LEGO enthusiest, and see what they built.

So the reason is because the ABS bricks make me happy...
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| July 14, 2013, 4:59 pm
I had abandoned lego at the age of about 13, when it became clear that they would nt release a 6' wide windshield that would scale the right way, at 39, I bought 2 nxts to build a robot, but, met a woman, then, to have something in common with her children, and make money, I decided on building the most realistic futuristic city I could...Cybercity, to make movies and money with banners, I m almost finished, and practice making small pic-stories on moc pages, I bought solar panels, and pneumatic kits to keep the robot project alive though, wich could be my 'toy'.
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| July 14, 2013, 9:12 pm
Quoting Timothy Wallace
The reason why I play with them is because, I can escape from the real world. Problems slip away while I create my own new world.


Same as me then?
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| July 14, 2013, 9:28 pm
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll .

Same as me then?

I guess so!
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| July 14, 2013, 9:56 pm
Dont know. As a child i used to build ships in mini scale, today as afol i continue that (just a little more authetical looking).

Besides that, I buy all the great Lego Space sets i wish to have when i was small.
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| July 15, 2013, 9:27 am
I mainly build to keep myself from being bored. I got bored a lot especially when there I am just staying home because there is like nothing to do. When that happens I just get building for one of the many contests I am entering. I also build to keep myself from going into a dark age. If I do go into a dark age, I'll eventually lose my interest in Legos and then probably stop building at all, maybe for the rest of my life.
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| July 15, 2013, 12:51 pm
I build because I love the community. When I was younger, my friends and I would build and talk for hours. They "outgrew" Lego, but I didn't, and I missed that time. We're still friends, but no one knows I like Lego. If they did, I'm not sure what would happen.
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| July 19, 2013, 2:09 pm
Quoting Ranger Brady
I build because I love the community. When I was younger, my friends and I would build and talk for hours. They "outgrew" Lego, but I didn't, and I missed that time. We're still friends, but no one knows I like Lego. If they did, I'm not sure what would happen.

There's a point where "playing" with Lego turns into a genuine hobby. Building yor own models, sculptures, mechanical stuff, whatever. What would happen if they knew? Well, depends. I would think if they were your friends, they would appreciate what you built. And don't forget the opportunity to buy their pieces, too ;)
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| July 19, 2013, 2:23 pm
Quoting El Barto !
There's a point where "playing" with Lego turns into a genuine hobby. Building yor own models, sculptures, mechanical stuff, whatever. What would happen if they knew? Well, depends. I would think if they were your friends, they would appreciate what you built. And don't forget the opportunity to buy their pieces, too ;)

Or get them for free if you've got really nice friends :)
I even once got some from my old elementary school because the teacher knew I was into Lego.
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| July 19, 2013, 2:25 pm
I build because I love having such a friendly community to back me up!
My friends both build, so we talk and such about WIPs...but as to why I really build...I don't know. When I get building, I can't stop...I've got some force in my mind, directing all the steps. But recently, I've been thinking, am I just building to get likes here? Do I really enjoy it? Will I ever stop?

For the most part, I build transformers and little robots for play, I really think that's the only reason...LEGO gives me an opportunity to be creative, which is good for me, because in everyday life, I'm very straight.

So perhaps...just perhaps, LEGO helps me release stress...If I was to ask myself, do enjoy building, I'd probably say sorta, not really...So it's time to question myself. As of now, I build for Likes, I build for toys, but I don't know if I build for fun...It's sorta just always been something to due, I mean before LEGO...All I would play with were Spider-Man action-figures.

I'm going to spend time reflecting on this question...as I've been doing throughout wrighting this...Maybe I build, because...when I step back, and see what I've done...I'm proud! I feel good that I've made something, something that I can play with, and admire.

So, Why do I build? I really don't know Period. I just do, I just have this urge to go do it, but I don't smile when I build...I think (Just because of my personality) I have to get this done, there's no time to laugh...It's strange really, I hardly laugh at what most people would crack up at...yet I make most people crack up:/ I'd like to thank you for such a question that I can truly "chew" on and think about...
-Brick Boy
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| July 19, 2013, 2:31 pm
Quoting El Barto !
There's a point where "playing" with Lego turns into a genuine hobby. Building yor own models, sculptures, mechanical stuff, whatever. What would happen if they knew? Well, depends. I would think if they were your friends, they would appreciate what you built. And don't forget the opportunity to buy their pieces, too ;)

Well, they know, but most people don't. And I might just have to buy their pieces. Never thought of that. Which is weird, because buying other people's Lego is something I really enjoy! :D
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| July 19, 2013, 3:03 pm
Quoting Ranger Brady
Well, they know, but most people don't. And I might just have to buy their pieces. Never thought of that. Which is weird, because buying other people's Lego is something I really enjoy! :D

Another tactic is to buy your friends' Lego from their parents. There are several purge phases parents go through over the years, and it's a good opportunity!
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| July 19, 2013, 4:33 pm
Quoting El Barto !
There's a point where "playing" with Lego turns into a genuine hobby. Building yor own models, sculptures, mechanical stuff, whatever. What would happen if they knew? Well, depends. I would think if they were your friends, they would appreciate what you built. And don't forget the opportunity to buy their pieces, too ;)


some people are real jerks about it when they find your collection. my wife had some of her friends over with their kids while i was home with some stomach crud. I was woken up from a nyquil stupor by the most obnoxious harpy in the gang yelling "he's got LEGOS, he's such a dork!" in stereo from both the other end of the house and from the baby monitor.
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| July 19, 2013, 4:51 pm
Quoting JWG 258

some people are real jerks about it when they find your collection. my wife had some of her friends over with their kids while i was home with some stomach crud. I was woken up from a nyquil stupor by the most obnoxious harpy in the gang yelling "he's got LEGOS, he's such a dork!" in stereo from both the other end of the house and from the baby monitor.

That's sure was a hard wakeup call:D
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| July 19, 2013, 7:49 pm
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