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    Funny story - we were asked to make dong detection software for LEGO Universe too. We found it to be utterly impossible at any scale.

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    Players would hide the dongs where the filtering couldn't see, or make them only visible from one angle / make multi-part penis sculptures.

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    The moderation costs of LEGO Universe were a big issue in general. They wanted a creative building MMO with a promise of zero penises seen.

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    They actually had a huge moderation team that got a bunch of screenshots of every model, every property. Entirely whitelist-based building.

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    YOU could build whatever you wanted, but strangers could never see your builds until we'd had the team do a penis sweep on it.

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    It was all automated, but the human moderators were IIRC the single biggest cost center for LEGO Universe's operational costs. Or close to.

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    And "that" is why Trove/etc were able to make better building MMOs. They didn't have to worry about little kids seeing dongs. We REALLY did.

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    We even had an employee very nearly fired for building a penis. It was on his own property, but a kid wandered into it during a kid test.

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    We're talking "test operator rushed forward, blocks the monitor, slams the game closed, four alarm fire to find who built the penis" here.

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    After which a memo went out indicating our new absolute zero tolerance policy on building penises of any kind, anywhere, in the game.

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    This is all obvious, simple stuff, and is why dealing w/ COPPA (which protects kids) is so damn hard in online games. Even DEVS build dongs.

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    This is a roundabout way of saying "never build an online game for kids / I have no idea how Minecraft hasn't been sued over this yet"

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    People saying "well just allow dicks" - LEGO's brand is utterly trusted by parents. We had to uphold that trust. Which meant zero tolerance.

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    I'm.... relatively positive I can talk about this stuff. The agreements signed when the studio shut down had more to do with defamatio, etc.

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    Anyways, "all of that" is why every single successor to LEGO Universe has been small and missing build play. LEGO knows how expensive it is.

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    And they basically can't compete with Minecraft, because Minecraft can just shrug that entire problem off. So they've focused elsewhere.

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    I expect stories of the sunk costs gone into LEGO Universe are told to young LEGO execs at bed time, as cautionary tales to never try again.

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