More details have emerged about LEGO Universe, the upcoming massively multiplayer game. I'm not sure how I feel about the organic backgrounds—I was hoping the entire world would be LEGO—but I could see how it would become tedious if everything were made of elements.
Two good bits of news, however: you will be able to create models of your own in game, which is wonderful news. (There had been some questions about how a kid-friendly game would protect itself from the inevitable legion of outsized LEGO phalluses—well, still are questions, I guess, but presumably developer NetDevil has figured out a happy medium. And even cooler, LEGO will allow you to "print" real-life versions of the LEGO models created in game. You make it online, they'll send you the bricks you need to make it at home. (For a price, of course.)
LEGO already offers a similar system with a virtual design tool, but I hope adding this feature to Universe will expand its capabilities and brick library—as well as drop the price of custom set ordering.