LEGO Universe First Look

the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the brick brand, has been a long time in development and it still has a ways to go -- the creators are expecting a release in the second half of 2010. But we recently got our first demonstration of the game in action and came away impressed. On one hand it's a lighter MMO that kids should have a great time exploring. But it also has powerful building tools for people to create their own LEGO space with that can be shared with their friends.

This pirate ship appears to have strayed off course.Once you've got a character up and running you'll be able to watch the intro sequence that sets up some backstory. A dark force is threatening to wipe imagination from the LEGO Universe, and it is of course up to you to stop it. While cruising around the galaxy in your spaceship you are attacked by this evil and your first task is to escape from the ship. Everyone begins the game with this sequence but eventually the universe will open up and you'll be able to jet around to whichever planet you like

  • Published by: TBA
    Developed by: NetDevilGenre:
  • Persistent Online Action Release Date:
  • US: TBA 2009 Australia: TBA 2009

Art buyers find few investment masterpieces

It was only when Jussi Pylkk√§nen was climbing down from the auctioneer’s rostrum that he realised the scale of what had just happened.

Having presided over the sale of a ravishing nude by Amedeo Modigliani for $170m, it struck him that this surpassed any previous auction figure achieved for the Italian artist’s work — by a staggering $100m.

“I knew the record would be broken, but not by how much. When you get a work that suddenly makes $100m more, that is the greatest single leap,” says the global president of Christie’s.

Since that New York sale in November 2015, auction records for individual artists have continued to tumble, underlining the appetite of super-rich collectors for the most desirable works of art. The global caravan of auctions, gallery shows and art fairs, which this week pauses in London for the annual Frieze fair, rumbles on in anticipation of the next masterwork to be offered for sale.

Many of those buying high-value art argue that the money involved is less important than gaining possession of a unique object of unimpeachable beauty or artistic value (and, perhaps, the chance to stand out from the gilded crowd). The idea of art as an investment is a secondary function, if at all. “You’re supposed to buy art because you like it. It’s a terribly corny phrase, but you get a ‘dividend of pleasure’,” says Bendor Grosvenor, a broadcaster and former art dealer.