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What is the LittleBigPlanet Union?

The LittleBigPlanet Union is a community of players who come together to enjoy the popular PlayStation video game series LittleBigPlanet together. LBP Union’s mission is to better the community through inspiring action, preserving the LBP community’s legacy, and creating places for people to play, create, and share following the discontinuation of the official LittleBigPlanet servers.

History of the LBP Union: The Seal

LBP Union’s history can be seen in our logo, the Union Seal.

The center of the seal is made up of several parts. Starting from the bottom left, we see three stars divided into two halves. In the beginning, the LBP Union was first founded as an alliance of several Anti-H4H groups in 2009, with three major clans taking the forefront of the alliance. You can visit the original headquarters level where the LBP Union made its presence known in the community in 2010 by playing the recovered level on Beacon.

LBP Union flag from 2009 to 2011.
The original LBP Union flag from 2009.

The Union’s leaders ranged in age from 11-13 at that time. However, the LBP Union’s immaturity and inability to make peace with itself led to a great deal of division, ultimately leading to the alliance’s collapse in 2011.

LBP Union flag from 2014-2016
The LBP Union’s flag from 2013-2016

Moving up and to the right, there are thirteen stripes and a crescent rose. The LBP Union was later reformed in 2013 with the goal of correcting the mistakes of the past. The crescent rose combines the stars together to show a united future. Although its leaders learned from those previous experiences, new mistakes were made, and the alliance collapsed again in 2016. LBP Union has since reformed again in 2021 to the present.

The LBP Union has repeated a cycle of unity and division, collapse and rebirth, over nearly 15 years. The crescent rose doesn’t just show unity. It also indicates direction. We are always moving forward. We make mistakes, but it’s how we learn from them that counts. No iteration of the LBP Union has been perfect, and neither is this one. It’s up to us as a community to make the right choices to move on from the past and accept change within ourselves to realize our full potential.

Hope

The LittleBigPlanet online community was a tumultuous place in 2021. With rumors of a significantly decreased player-base, modders, and fear of script exploitation in the air, many came to the simple conclusion that LittleBigPlanet’s online community was ‘dead’ or ‘dying’. 

However, this wasn’t true. LittleBigPlanet is what we make of it. It’s up to us to make the most of the game and share our passion with others. If we work together, fight back against disinformation with facts and media literacy and lead by example by not tolerating toxic behavior, we can reshape the community for the better.

In the end, the Union brought together the brightest minds in the community to create Project Lighthouse, a custom server for LittleBigPlanet. Lighthouse now powers our custom server, Beacon, allowing over 5,000 players to relive the joy of their favorite childhood game for years to come.