Based on my newly-published science fiction novel, G4M3: Shattered Reality. You can buy a copy here! http://www.saber-scorpion.com/g4m3
G4M3 is pronounced "game." It is a virtual reality simulation that exists in Utopia, the "perfect" city of the future. In G4M3, the citizens of Utopia can experience the opposite of their current lives. Instead of being in a world of peace and perfect law and order, they will end up in a world of constant war, destruction, and chaos.
This is a look at the "perfect world" of Utopia, duplicated in LEGO form.
Two Utopian houses. Compare these to the ones on my book cover. I've never been big on buildings, but I don't mind building really simplistic ones like this. I thought about adding some dark grey on them for contrast, but that sort of ruined the look I was going for. Utopia is supposed to all look the same, with no contrast.
Have you ever looked at Google Maps in Satellite mode and zoomed in really close on one of the cities? See the hundreds and hundreds of houses, row after row, that all look almost exactly the same? What if the whole world was this way? That's what Utopia is, only to much more of an extreme, of course. If it seems terribly boring and/or depressing, then you have successfully seen my point.
Wondering why he is loitering, a Utopian guard android wanders up to our protagonist, Kyle Roswell, and asks him if he is lost. This is one of the chief functions of the "Patrolman" androids... to ask people creepy questions while standing over them in an intimidating manner. It's just one way of saying, "Go about your business, citizen, if you know what's good for you."
The Patrolmen are identified by the barcodes on their chests, which are scanned by the same devices that scan the human retina as they enter a building or restricted area. A lot of scanning goes on in Utopia completely unnoticed, to keep track of which buildings the citizens enter and exit.
The Utopian Patrolman, with his large gun arm, can make "The diner is that way, sir," look like "Freeze! Hands in the air, turn around, and get down on your knees!" As one person told me, he could be called "a robocop."
Some people asked me for instructions on how to make this guy. Well, here's the next best thing, anyway. If you still can't build him after seeing this image, then either you haven't messed with your LEGO's enough to know them like good friends, or your parts supply is too limited.
For a bit more explanation of how the chest is put together, here he is with the armor panels removed. Make sense now? Ingenious idea really, if I do say so myself. And yeah, it was mine. I tried looking around on Brickshelf for inspiration for this 'bot, but I ended up using my own design anyway. My only complaint is that he's a bit studdy in places.
The Builder statues are scattered at street corners and intersections all across Utopia. The Builder, a generic man holding a hammer, represents all of the citizens of Utopia who have helped to build this "perfect" society. Ever read "The Unknown Citizen," by W. H. Auden? Look it up. "To JS/07/M/378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State..."
A quick inspection of the interiors of the nearby buildings may help us guess what our grinning village idiot is up to. Interior decorating is one of the few things that varies in Utopia. Citizens redecorate frequently simply for something to do... Although, of course, there are regular Inspections by the Order to make sure nothing inside is abnormal...
On the top floor of this first house, a Utopian girl trying to decide what to wear gets the strange feeling that she is being watched... Meanwhile, on the floor below, a lazy father, still wearing his work clothes, drinks something (certainly not booze, which is not to be found anywhere in Utopia) while watching the holovision. Ahh, the holovision! Hours of brainwashing, government-approved entertainment for the whole family!
Some kid with disproportionate legs standing in his messy room practices the other government-approved form of team warfare and violence (besides G4M3)... sports! We can assume he is playing baseball, or perhaps studball by himself as a slew of strange toys looks on, wishing they could duck for cover.
Uh-oh! Just as it was getting to the good part, a Patrolman spots our good friend Pippin Tom clinging to the Builder statue while gazing through visual-range-enhancing eye instruments. As Kyle walks past in the background, a metallic "HALT!" rings through the polluted Utopian air...
A crowd gathers to watch as Tom shows off his climbing skills. Very stupid of him, since the android is keeping count of laws broken. 1: Climbing and/or defacing government property, 2: Gazing through eye instruments which are not approved in this sector of the city, 3: Attempting to evade arrest. He's in it deep now.
BLAM! Don't worry; it's set to stun. Although the Patrolman's guns can be set to destroy things too, they never use it on that mode when pursuing citizens. The Order's androids are programmed to never, ever kill a target. They can only apprehend. As Frank Billings says, "The Order never kills, Kyle..."
The little sports-fan brat comes out of his room to see what all the fuss is about. It's probably illegal to be carrying a bat around like that in the street, so the kid is lucky that the Patrolman is busy.
One reason I put sliding doors is to be futuristic. Another is because I don't own many LEGO elements designed for buildings. Very few doors and windows. In fact, I had to order these windows from LEGO.com. They have some nice bulk deals occasionally.
The citizens watch as poor unconscious Tom is cuffed and dragged away through the streets. Let this be a lesson to ye potential lawbreakers! Will the others ever see grinning, mischievous Tom ever again? Of course they will! But he just might not be feeling quite as grinning or mischievous...
In reply to Jon Newsome: Never read Brave New World, but 1984, yes. Also Farenheit 451 and The Giver (and some others). G4M3 is sort of a combination of your typical dystopian future under an oppressive government (Utopia) and your typical post-apocalyptic wasteland (the G4M3-world).
k, first to Owen.if you are human with metal parts,like braces,youre a cyborg,what if you have like,eight peircings?????
second off,i used the design for your utopian patrol man for a bot of my own,its not exactly the same,becasue i could get a good colour scheme out of my limmited ammount of peicesbut yeah,i gave it ankle boosters,a shoulder paldroun sytem thing,and on of the paldrons unfolds with a chainsaw...ill post like,now....byee
I like it
January 14, 2009
Awright. Two things; the cop bot IS in fact an android. An android is a robot that is designed to look like a human. The terminator is actually a cyborg, which is an organic being with mechanical parts (if you have braces, you are a cyborg). Okay, now for the second, my language class is just starting an anti-Utopian unit, and we just started reading The Giver. So there. Utopia sucks, intelligence rules. Vote Free Will/Intelligence '09!!!
Very good, though terrific! I am really glad to find some keen Lego-builder fond of anti-utopian literature (e.g.: 1984, Brave New World, as the best known examples of the genre). Oh and your buildings look quite good, though simple... it goes with the sign of the times, simple-looking clone-like buildings to cage simple unitarian minds... Great!
PS: Feel free to visit my MOC hompage, and rate/comment as you please.
This was surprised!
Although it is the limited space, it is filled very much.
Although a background setup of this work is not known well, atmosphere like the Gothamcity of Batman is felt.
I also want to have come to make.
PS:Thank you for the review to my work.
You've been reading too much 1984 and Brave New World.. havn't you.
*Edit* in that case I suggest reading it. It's a short easy read, and sort of strange. Not as good as 1984 but still interesting.