How to avoid LittleBigPlanet level deletion

I’ll be honest: I don’t love LittleBigPlanet. I respect my game-reviewing brethren, but there are so many small issues (like control, jump precision, boring levels, terrible music) that keep me from loving it. It’s more of a mild like for me. One thing I do love, though, is playing through user-created levels. It’s like ever forum kiddie out there made a level about something they hated, and I find myself laughing out loud at some of the designs.

Unfortunately, some of the most “expressive” levels are being deleted, and from the way I look at it, Sony is deleting the only part of the game I like. So, in a selfish manner, I’m going to share these guidelines (found on CVG) for LBP level creation, so I’ll actually have something to enjoy in the game.

Sony Computer Entertainment are committed to continually improving our moderation procedure and the methods of communication we use, in particular regarding the reasons that user complaints are upheld. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for all of our creators:

  • Ensure that the content you share with other users is suitable for all ages – everybody has access to your level if you publish it
  • Please respect other people’s intellectual property rights. For example, don’t use images, brands or logos that you’re not entitled to use.
  • If you come across any content that you feel the need to report, then please do it responsibly. Hoax reports will be considered inappropriate behaviour.

Ugh. I totally hate that this game is regulated so tightly, though I can appreciate the decision to do so. I don’t know any 12-year-old PS3 owners, but I’m sure they’re out there. Too bad there isn’t some kind of age gate. As for using brands or logos, they’re just covering their ass. Understandable. It’s also too bad you can’t just send levels privately between each other.

Dale North