231: The Littlest, Biggest Gift of All

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The Littlest, Biggest Gift of All

For Mark Brown, Christmas always means two things: videogames and loads of stress on his parents. But last year, he found the perfect way to show his mom and dad he cared: a custom Christmas level of LittleBigPlanet.

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Truly heartwarming. A grand Christmas tale!

<:3 d'aawwwww...I've sometimes tried to get my parents involved in my favorite hobby, but so far it's a no-go. My mom does have a fondness for Pikmin, and some of the other Gamecube titles. It was immense fun to watch her scurry Olimar and his helpers around, sometimes jumping whenever something exciting happened on-screen. We only played together a few times, but it was nice to see her having as much fun as I did with a game. I suspect this is a similar feeling...also, it was an absolutely adorable story, full of season's cheer :D

Wonderful!

That's awesome, what a brilliant idea. And I'm glad everyone liked your gift, I was starting think, as you talked about making it, that no one would appreciate it. Which obviously would have been a disaster.

Awsome story! But do you know if there is a game on the pc in which i can make this happen?

Great story, but even when I was young I never got up before 11am on cristmas, I love bed too much

Heh. Thoughtful.

Christmas has never been that big of a deal at my place. But it's the only day of the year that my mum has full control over the TV. She'll make us watch whatever she wants.

And she loves it. =D

Awww, that was such a sweet story!

I'm not usually one for sentiment, but I have to say that really made me smile. It was a great Christmas story, and one with real meaning. You did a great job selecting the gift and putting it together, great story!

Nothing penetrates my black heart, fools! You will not squeeze one single tear from my eyes!
MWA HAHAHAHAHA!
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(Scampers off to weep in a corner)

That was really nice of ya', I know my mum would be abit "Whaaa....." if I did something like that, but I think she'd like it. Of course, I'd have to get her a hallmark card and a box of truffles aswell...

And one more thing. What's the level name so I can play it? (Sure it won't have the same meaning for me, but I'd still like to give it a shot)

Hmm... you didn't make this up just so you can get Create gold trohpy? :P

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But seriously, that was the best present I never could have thought of to give to my mom.

Charcharo:
Awsome story! But do you know if there is a game on the pc in which i can make this happen?

It is very sweet, indeed. And Charcharo, many PC games have level editors included with them, or downloadable separately. In fact, I would guess that being a PC game it's a bit easier to include extra media, as more programs are at your disposal. Really though, I don't think it matters what game it is, as long as you do something that's special and heartfelt :)

I kinda wish I was able to play video games with my parents. There would be times when I'd be grouping with someone in WoW, and he'd say "Oh, I have to go, but my dad will play to the end of the instance" or something. That would always totally blow my mind.

Bah, humbug.

I was actually starting to tear up at the end. I'm 16 now, and I can completely relate. Video games are highly prevalent in my Christmases, but altogether, Christmas is losing it's value for me. It's too late now, but next year I have to do something like this for my parents.

Bleeess!!!

What a great gift. I wish I had a PS3 now so I could do the same. Although, knowing my mum, she wouldn't appreciate it half as much as your mum did. My mum knows even less about games than yours.

You sir, are getting a hallmark card, if only I knew how to use this damned pen *stabs himself* ... well that's not how it goes. THE PAIN!!!!!!

That's a wonderful idea! I'm glad it worked out for you and everyone was so pleased with it; it must have made all that time working on it truly worthwhile.

Lovely story. I wish my mum actually shared even an ounce of interest in my gaming life. Honestly, even if I created something as nice as this, and made it as simple as possible, assuming she would actually agree to pick up the controller, she would probably spend most of the time wondering what the knobbly little sticks were for, and finally give up after 15 minutes. It's a lonely life for a gamer in my family...

You, sir, do not win a cookie. No- cookies, though magnificent, do not adequately reflect the awesomeness of this gesture. Instead, you get Christmas brownies. With M&Ms!

I basically did the exact same thing for my mother; except with a birthday theme. (As it was her Birthday.)

Awww, that's awesome and heartwarming! <3

Crowning moment of heartwarming!

RiffRaff:
And one more thing. What's the level name so I can play it? (Sure it won't have the same meaning for me, but I'd still like to give it a shot)

Hmm... you didn't make this up just so you can get Create gold trohpy? :P

The article says "My level would be different though - special and private" on page one... I assume that the private part means that the author didn't publish it.

And fantastic story.

Awesome work Mark! It's impressive and touching to see how much work you put into this.

Charcharo:
Awsome story! But do you know if there is a game on the pc in which i can make this happen?

How about Fallout 3?

That's an amazing story - I'm so glad that it all worked out for you.
Really makes me wish I could make the same sort of gesture (we managed to get my mother to try gaming once years ago but after several days playing 1080 Snowboarding on the N64 she stopped altogether saying that she had images of the game in her head whilst trying to get to sleep) but I don't even seem to have decent present buying instincts when it comes to my mum.

The Blue Mongoose:
Truly heartwarming. A grand Christmas tale!

That was truly hear-- Dang, i was going to say that.

This was an interesting read, keep it up.

Thank you for the kind replies.

Unfortunately I haven't published it to LBP's level database, but you can have a sneaky peek with the images in the article :)

you know, here in holland, that's the kind of thing we do for the holidays.
we dont celebrate Christmas as enthusiastically as the rest of the western world, we celebrate a holiday called saint Nicolas day, and when you buy somthing for someone, you make a poem for them, and if you want to something like you did

:)

Three thumbs up, bacon. Very sweet and heartwarming.

I feel like an arse now for not putting effort into a gift for my mum!

That was an absolutely wonderful and thoughtful thing to do for your mom, and a beautifully told story, too. :)

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