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Roblox – Wikipedia

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RobloxDeveloper(s)Roblox CorporationPublisher(s)Roblox CorporationDirector(s)David Baszucki, Erik Cassel[6]Platform(s)Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox OneReleasePC September 1, 2006[1][2]iOSDecember 11, 2012[3]AndroidJuly 16, 2014[4]Xbox OneNovember 20, 2015[5]Genre(s)Game creation system, massively multiplayer onlineMode(s)Single-player, multi-player
Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system developed by Roblox Corporation. It allows users to program games and play games created by other users. Created by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 and released in 2006, the platform hosts user-created games of multiple genres coded in the programming language Lua. For most of Roblox’s history, it was relatively small, both as a platform and a company, due to both co-founder Baszucki’s lack of interest in press coverage and it being “lost among the crowd” in a large number of platforms released around the same time. Roblox began to grow rapidly in the second half of the 2010s, and this growth has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. [7][8]
Roblox is free-to-play, with in-game purchases available through a virtual currency called “Robux”. As of August 2020, Roblox had over 164 million monthly active users, with it being played by over half of all children aged under 16 in the United States. [9][10]
Although Roblox has generally received positive reviews from critics, it has faced criticism for its content, chat filtration system, and microtransactions.
Roblox Studio
Roblox allows players to create their own games using its proprietary engine, Roblox Studio, which can then be played by other users. [11] Games are coded under an object-oriented programming system utilizing a dialect of the programming language Lua to manipulate the environment of the game. [12][13] Users are able to create purchasable content through one-time purchases, known as “game passes”, as well as microtransactions which can be purchased more than once, known as “developer products” or “products”. Revenue from purchases is split between the developer and the Roblox Corporation 30–70, in favor of Roblox Corp. [14][15] The majority of games produced using Roblox Studio are developed by minors, and a total of 20 million games a year are produced using it. [16][9]
Items and currency
Logo of the virtual currency “Robux”
Roblox allows players to buy, sell, and create virtual items which can be used to decorate their virtual character that serves as their avatar on the platform. [9] Clothes can be bought by anyone, but only players with a Premium membership can sell them. [17][better source needed] Only Roblox administrators can sell accessories, body parts, gear, and packages under the official Roblox user account;[18] virtual hats and accessories can also be published by a select few users with past experience working with Roblox Corporation. [19][20] There are several individuals who design items as a full-time job, with the highest-earning creators making over $100, 000 a year off item sales. [21] Items with a limited edition status can only be traded between or sold by users with a Roblox Premium membership. [22]
Robux allows players to buy various items, and are obtained by purchase with real currency, from a recurring stipend given to members with premium membership, and from other players by producing and selling virtual content in Roblox. [23][24] Prior to 2016, Roblox had another currency, Tix (short for “Tickets”), that was discontinued in April of that year. [25][better source needed] Robux acquired through the sale of user-generated content can be exchanged into real-world currency through the website’s Developer Exchange system. [26] There are a sizable amount of scams relating to Robux, largely revolving around automated messages promoting scam websites, scam games designed to appear to give out free Robux, and invalid Robux codes. [27][28]
Roblox occasionally hosts real-life and virtual events. They have in the past hosted events such as BloxCon, which was a convention for ordinary players on the platform. [23] Roblox operates annual Easter egg hunts, [29] and also hosts an annual event called the “Bloxy Awards”, an awards ceremony which also functions as a fundraiser. The 2020 edition of the Bloxy Awards, held virtually on the platform, drew 600, 000 viewers. [30][31] Roblox Corporation annually hosts the Roblox Developers Conference, a three-day invite-only event in San Francisco where top content creators on the site learn of upcoming changes to the platform. [32] The company has also hosted similar events in London and Amsterdam. [33][34]
Roblox occasionally engages in events to promote films, such as ones held to promote Wonder Woman 1984 and Aquaman. [35][36] In 2020, Roblox hosted its first virtual concert, which was compared by Rolling Stone to that of American rapper Travis Scott’s virtual concert in Fortnite, [37] during which American rapper Lil Nas X debuted his song “Holiday” to an audience of Roblox players. [37][38][39] In 2021, Swedish singer Zara Larsson performed songs at a virtual party to celebrate her new album Poster Girl (Summer Edition). [40] On September 17, 2021, a virtual concert by the American band Twenty One Pilots took place. [41][42]
History and development
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The beta version of Roblox was created by co-founders David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 under the name DynaBlocks. [44] Baszucki started testing the first demos that year. [45] In 2005, the company changed its name to Roblox, [45] and it officially launched on September 1, 2006. [1] In March 2007, Roblox became compliant with COPPA, with the addition of safe chat, a change that limited the communication ability of users under the age of thirteen by restricting them to selecting predefined messages from a menu. [46] In August, Roblox applied server improvements and released a premium membership service named “Builders Club”. [47] This paid membership feature was rebranded as Roblox Premium in September 2019. [48]
In December 2011, Roblox held their first Hack Week, an annual event where Roblox developers work on outside-the-box ideas for new developments to present to the company. [49][50] On December 11, 2012, an iOS version of Roblox was released, [3] and on July 16, 2014, an Android version was released. [4] On October 1, 2013, Roblox released its Developer Exchange program, allowing developers to exchange Robux earned from their games into real-world currencies. [51]
On May 31, 2015, a feature called ‘Smooth Terrain’ was added, increasing the graphical fidelity of the terrain and changing the physics engine from a block-oriented style to a smoother and more realistic one. [52] On November 20, Roblox was launched on Xbox One, with an initial selection of 15 games chosen by Roblox staff. [5] New Roblox games for the Xbox One have to go through an approval process, and are subject to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board standards. [53]
In April 2016, Roblox launched Roblox VR for Oculus Rift. At the time of release, more than ten million games were available in 3D. [54] Around the same time period, the safe chat feature was removed and replaced by a system based on a whitelist with a set of acceptable words for users under 13 years old and a set of blacklisted words for other users. [55][failed verification] In June, the company launched a version compatible with Windows 10. While the game platform has had a presence on the PC since 2004, when its web version was created, this was the first time it was upgraded with a standalone launcher built for Windows. [56]
Throughout 2017, Roblox engaged in a number of updates to its server technology, as the technology they were operating on until that point was out of date and led to frequent outages. [57] In November 2018, the ability for a player to play as a “guest”, without an account, which had been progressively restricted over the previous two years, was removed entirely. [58] In July 2020, Roblox announced the creation of “Party Place”, which functions as an online hangout. The feature was created using new technology that had been used during the 2020 Bloxy Awards, and was designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [59] Roblox was granted permission to release in China on December 3, 2020. [60] In 2021, Roblox bought chat platform Guilded. [61]
Community and culture
Users of Roblox have been noted for their efforts against racism, with numerous regular users and co-founder Baszucki having declared their support for the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter. [62][63] In August 2019, an investigation by NBC News revealed over 100 accounts linked to far-right and neo-Nazi groups. After being contacted about the accounts by NBC, Roblox moderators removed them. [64]
Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Roblox in numerous ways. Due to quarantines imposed by the pandemic limiting social interaction, Roblox is being used as a way for children to communicate with each other. [65] One of the most noted ways that this method of communication is being carried out is the phenomenon of birthday parties being held on the platform. [66][67] COVID-19 has caused a substantial increase in both the platform’s revenue and the number of players on it, in line with similar effects experienced by the majority of the gaming industry, as players forced to remain indoors due to COVID-19 lockdowns spent more time playing video games. [68][69]
“Oof” sound effect
From its release to November 2020, Roblox’s sound effect for when a character dies was an “oof” sound, which became a substantial part of the platform’s reputation due to its status as a meme. [70] The sound was originally produced by video game composer Tommy Tallarico for the 2000 video game Messiah, and he and Roblox entered into a copyright dispute. The dispute ended when Roblox agreed to pull the sound from their platform and replace it with another death sound, and Tallarico agreed to allow Roblox to release the sound again at a later date on its marketplace, which game developers on the platform would be able to purchase for a price of US$1. [71][72]
Reception and revenue
Critical reception
Roblox has generally received positive reviews. Common Sense Media gave it 4 out of 5 stars, praising the website’s variety of games and ability to encourage creativity in children, while finding that the decentralized nature of the platform meant game quality varied, and recommended disabling chat functions for young players to prevent possibly harmful interactions. [73] Patricia E. Vance of the Family Online Safety Institute advised parents to monitor their child’s interactions on the platform, but praised the platform for “allow[ing] kids to play, explore, socialize, create and learn in a self-directed way”, and granted especial praise to Roblox Studio for its ability to encourage children to experience game development. [74] Trusted Reviews, in its overview of the platform, also praised Roblox Studio, stating that “for anyone seeking to develop their computer science skills, or create projects that will instantly receive feedback from a huge audience, the appeal is obvious”. [75] Craig Hurda, writing in Android Guys, gave a more moderate review, praising the number of games available and finding that the game was entertaining for children, while also finding that the platform’s audio was “hit-or-miss” and declaring that it had limited appeal for adult players. [76]
Roblox has received widespread criticism for its chat filtration system. [77][78] Although Roblox’s filtration system, Community Sift, [79] censors and removes most inappropriate messages and content, some can still avoid the system. To combat these issues, Roblox has 1, 600 people working to remove such content from the platform. [77] Roblox offers privacy settings; parents can limit what people a user can contact, restricting access to private servers, and turning on parental control. [80]
Though sexual content is prohibited on Roblox, the platform has received substantial criticism for the presence of sexually explicit games and imagery within it. This content includes items like virtual sex clubs and nightclubs, with creators of said content largely communicating through third-party platforms which cannot be regulated by Roblox moderators. [81] A 2020 investigation by Fast Company found that sexual content was still prevalent within Roblox, with attempts by moderators to remove it being likened to “whack-a-mole”, [82][83] though it was also found that the situation had generally improved in the recent years prior to the report. [82]
Some extremist role-playing communities and scenarios present in Roblox have caused controversy. [84]
Roblox has also been criticised for making it easy for children to spend large sums of money through microtransactions, leading to numerous instances where children have spent large sums of money on the platform without parents’ knowledge, [85][86] and deleting the accounts of players who file chargebacks or request refunds for Robux payments through their banks, card issuers or other third-party companies. [87]
Due to its status as a games platform, Roblox has a variety of popular games. As of May 2020, the most popular games on Roblox had over 10 million monthly active players each. As of August 2020, at least 20 games had been played more than one billion times, and at least 5, 000 have been played more than one million times. [88] TechCrunch noted in March 2021 that Roblox games are largely distinct from established traditions in free-to-play video games, finding that successful Roblox games were geared towards immediate satisfaction, and finding that the addition of tutorials significantly decreased player engagement, contrary to established wisdom about free-to-play games. [89]
During the 2017 Roblox Developers Conference, officials said that creators on the game platform, of which there were about 1. 7 million as of 2017, [90] collectively earned at least $30 million in 2017. [91] The iOS version of Roblox passed $1 billion of lifetime revenue in November 2019, $1. 5 billion in June 2020 and $2 billion in October 2020, making it the iOS app with the second-highest revenue. [92][7] Several individual games on Roblox have accumulated revenues of over $10 million, [93] while developers as a whole on the platform were collectively projected to have earned around $250 million over the course of 2020. [94] It became the third highest-grossing game of 2020, with a revenue of $2. 29 billion, below the Tencent titles PUBG and Honor of Kings. [95]
Toy lines
In January 2017, toy fabricator Jazwares partnered with Roblox Corporation to produce toy minifigures based on user-generated content created by developers on the platform. [96] The minifigures have limbs and joints similar to that of Lego minifigures, though they are about twice the size. [97] The minifigures have limbs and accessories that are interchangeable. The sets included a code that was used to redeem virtual items, as well as blind boxes that contained random minifigures. [98][99] In 2019, Roblox Corporation released a new line of toys, branded the “Roblox Desktop” series. [100] On April 13, 2021, Roblox partnered with Hasbro to release Roblox themed Nerf guns and a Roblox themed Monopoly edition. [101]
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Freebase(4. 41 / 20 votes)Rate this definition:RobloxRoblox, stylized as RŌBLOX, is a massively multiplayer online game created and marketed toward children and teenagers aged 8–18. In the game, players are able to create their own virtual world, in which they or other online members may enter and socialize within the blocks of varying shapes, sizes, and colors. Games on Roblox can be scripted using a sandboxed edition of Lua 5. 1, to affect events that occur in-game and create different scenarios. The game has been known to be quite educational as children will learn computer programming, stocks, ratios, the advertising world and marketing throughout their choices on Roblox. The company’s main source of revenue comes from the “Builders Club” virtual benefits, in which users who have created an account may purchase either Builders Club, Turbo Builders Club, or Outrageous Builders Club, otherwise known by users as BC, TBC, and OBC, unchBase(3. 75 / 12 votes)Rate this definition:ROBLOXROBLOX is one of the top-ranked kids gaming sites on the Internet. With over 5 million unique visitors each month, ROBLOX is unique among gaming sites because users are the architects of their own worlds. ROBLOX is a massively multi-player 3D game environment with tens of thousands of games that use physics to simulate the real world, and a virtual economy with millions of highly customized characters. Players on ROBLOX demonstrate incredible creativity limited only by their imagination, using core building components to create their own elaborate online games, social hangouts, and custom virtual items. Editors Contribution(4. 00 / 4 votes)Rate this definition:ROBLOXA row of blocks that connect to anotherSubmitted by rinat on December 1, 2019 ROBLOXThe name ‘ROBLOX’ was named after the word, ‘ robot. ‘ Like robots is the game, but is run by people. It’s a game where you play other people’s games, or make your own. It’s a fun way to meet up with your friends, or to make friends. Be careful of people’s questions though! Don’t answer to people if they ask you: “Where do you live? ” “What is your age? ” “Want to go out? ” Don’t share anything personal about yourself. Be safe!! – that short kid. Roblox user: IlaLee1Submitted by rinat on December 18, 2019 How to say RoBLoX in sign language? NumerologyChaldean NumerologyThe numerical value of RoBLoX in Chaldean Numerology is: 8Pythagorean NumerologyThe numerical value of RoBLoX in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5Examples of RoBLoX in a Sentencethe fatman stevo:I cant run when I do my face looks like a rasberry and I create more hot air than a fan my carbon footprint is bigger than jeff bezos’s bank account I am a benchwarmer for my football team I pay people online to play build a boat for treasure on roblox im a tier three sub to pokimane, addison rae, charli damelio and ur nanNicole Ottoson:She has plans to change the world. She wants to be a teacher, she loves making Tik Toks, doing art, doing makeup, playing Roblox with Tik Toks friends, playing with Tik Toks siblings, going on adventures, riding Tik Toks bike, playing soft ball and basketball and doing gymnastics. She has been my shadow. Everyone who knows Trinity loves IRS:Bitcoin, Ether, Roblox, and V-bucks are a few examples of a convertible virtual Karabinus:What makes The Roblox platform fascinating is that The Roblox platform’s relatively untapped as a target market for a lot of professionals, which is surprising because The Roblox platform’s a cash-generating machine from top to bottom.
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What Parents Need to Know About Roblox - Family Online Safety Institute

What Parents Need to Know About Roblox – Family Online Safety Institute

What do you get when you combine the user-sharing power of YouTube with the community gameplay of Minecraft? You get Roblox, an endless virtual candy store of free multiplayer games created by its users around the world. Chances are pretty good that your child is spending hours on end playing games on Roblox with their friends, especially if they’re under the age of 13. As a parent, you may not have a clue what type of game they’re playing on Roblox, whom they’re playing with and if it’s going to cost you anything. Parents, worry no more! Here are the key things you need to know about Is Roblox? At its core, Roblox is an online platform that enables its millions of users to create and share their own 3D games and experiences using custom tools. Although likely to be too challenging for younger kids to master, Roblox Studio tools are relatively easy for coding novices to learn. Most importantly, for kids who are interested in developing their own games, Roblox Studio’s controlled environment provides a non-threatening space in which to experiment, create, fail, try again, and ultimately succeed in developing a real game! Obviously, the main purpose of Roblox is for kids to have fun, but a huge side benefit is its ability to teach kids basic skills in coding, game design, and entrepreneurism – skills that are all transferrable to real life, whether it’s a team project at school, extracurricular activities, or maybe even inspiring a career in STEM when they grow up! Is Roblox Content Suitable for All Ages? Available on smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, the Xbox One, and some VR headsets, Roblox has an ESRB rating of E10+ for Everyone 10 and up for Fantasy Violence, which means that typical gameplay should be suitable for most kids. However, the rating also includes a Users Interact notice, warning parents that players can communicate with each other, join groups and create and share games with each other. In fact, your child can even sell their game on Roblox! Although Roblox proactively monitors the content created on its platform, with 70 million active users a month some offensive communications or user-generated content may slip through the cracks. So, it’s important for parents to familiarize themselves with the robust parental controls that Roblox provides (more on that below) to ensure their children are shielded from inappropriate content or communications. How Much Does Roblox Cost? Roblox is free to download and play, but also contains in-game purchases in the form of cleverly named “Robux. ” Purchasing Robux is not at all a requirement to play, and many players enjoy Roblox without spending a dime. Players can use Robux to obtain new clothes, accessories, and gear for their avatar, as well as special abilities, bonus in-game content, and access to certain user-created games. The smallest amount of Robux you can purchase starts at 400 for $4. 95, but the “exchange rate” is slightly more favorable if you decide to purchase more. Alternatively, a paid monthly subscription to the “Roblox Builders Club” includes a “daily Robux stipend” as well as exclusive bonus goodies. Parental Controls and other Safety Features First and foremost, make sure that your child’s registration in Roblox includes an accurate birthdate! This will enable automatic filtering and other protections specifically designed to protect children under the age of 13. Being that Roblox primarily consists of user-created content, the Roblox team has integrated a variety of parental controls directly into its Settings, which is further explored in its Parent’s Guide. Roblox’s parental controls give parents the ability to curate the content their kids may encounter when playing, including options to restrict voice chat only to approved friends or turn it off entirely, create a white list of age-appropriate games for your kids, and more. You can learn how to enable those controls here. But that’s not all! Roblox also allows your child to block and report annoying or disruptive players. Make sure they (and you) know how to do so. Of course, this also creates an opportunity to have a discussion about online etiquette, which frankly shouldn’t be all that different than how you teach them to behave off-line! “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” goes a long way. Another basic internet safety rule is to never share personal information or passwords online. No matter what. Concerned about the amount of time or money your child spends playing Roblox? Whichever device your child uses to play Roblox, there are a variety of settings you can activate, including restrictions on how much money your child can spend. Some parental tools like Microsoft’s Family Settings, Apple’s Screen Time and Google’s Family Link provide the ability to control exactly when or how long your child is permitted to play games to make sure they get their homework done or don’t stay up past their bedtime playing Roblox! Take Charge (and Sweet Dreams)! Roblox allows kids to play, explore, socialize, create and learn in a self-directed way. By taking advantage of all the great tools available and actively engaging with your children, you can sleep soundly knowing that your kids are having fun, staying safe, while also potentially gaining skills upon which they can build for years to come. Written byPatricia E. VanceAs president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Ms. Vance leads the non-profit, self-regulatory body for the video game industry in the United States, which includes the assignment of age ratings to video games and mobile apps, enforcement of marketing guidelines adopted by the video game industry and operating Privacy Certified, an FTC-sanctioned COPPA Safe Harbor privacy seal certification program. Ms. Vance is also the chairperson of the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a ground-breaking global rating and age classification system for digitally delivered games and apps that reflects the unique cultural differences among nations and regions. Vance also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and was appointed to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG), which was established by Congress to make recommendations on the protection of children on the Internet through education, labeling and parental control technology. Prior to joining the ESRB in 2002, Ms. Vance spent 18 years at Disney/ABC, with responsibility for the development of a broad range of new media and market initiatives. As Senior Vice President, General Manager of the ABC Internet Group, she oversaw the operations and strategic development of ABC-branded news and entertainment related web sites, and was also responsible for launching and/or managing several interactive entertainment and educational software publishing ventures, the direct response marketing of ABC programming and ABC’s in-flight entertainment Vance holds a B. A. in International Relations/Russian from Washington University in St. Louis, is the mother of two daughters and lives in New York, NY.

Frequently Asked Questions about define roblox

What does Roblox mean?

ROBLOX. The name ‘ROBLOX’ was named after the word, ‘ robot.’ Like robots is the game, but is run by people. It’s a game where you play other people’s games, or make your own. It’s a fun way to meet up with your friends, or to make friends.Dec 18, 2019

Is Roblox safe for my child?

Available on smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, the Xbox One, and some VR headsets, Roblox has an ESRB rating of E10+ for Everyone 10 and up for Fantasy Violence, which means that typical gameplay should be suitable for most kids. … In fact, your child can even sell their game on Roblox!Dec 19, 2018

What is the purpose of Roblox?

The purpose of Roblox is for players to interact and make friends. This is achieved by wandering around the online world and stopping to talk with other players within an unmoderated chat feature.

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