Roblox is an open ended browser based MMO where players create and explore Lego-like worlds. There are no levels or goals in Roblox, instead creativity and socializing are encouraged. The site itself is designed much like MySpace with groups to join and friends to be made. What sets game apart is the fact that all players can create their own ‘place.’
Unlike other games, you run Roblox from a browser they give you. You log onto your character from the tool and then enter to the games section. Located here is a list of tons of different little games you could play. You select the one you want, and then it takes you to a server area. Each game usually has lots of servers, holding up to 12 people. Once you pick a server and hit join, the actual game opens up and loads that level, and then you play! This system is pretty interesting, and actually works very well for this game.
Since Roblox is an MMO, it has a player community. This is what brings the game down so bad. The community is full of children who call everyone noobs. Apparently calling new players noobs on this game is ‘cool’. If you ask someone for help with anything, 9 out of ten times the reply will be, “shut up noob” or something within that category. Pay to Play players can also make ads for their group or levels. Most of these ads have the word noob in them at least twice. The graphics on Roblox are very average. Everything looks like a Lego copy but worse. The backgrounds are boring and bland and the level design could be better.
When its creators put it in front of kids as part of an educational package, they quickly noticed how much fun the kids were having with it, and moved to develop it into a product with that audience in mind. Now, Roblox has launched and found an organically growing audience, finally reaching the point where its first promotional deal, with Disney, has gotten off the ground.
Places can take many forms, they can be games with specific goals such as platformers or just hangouts like clubs or bars. Free player have access to all places created by other members of the community and can even craft their own Place but a premium subscription is required to create more than one place and to access several other features. Creating complex games in Roblox is no simple task, the editor has a steep learning curve and requires players to learn an interesting scripting language called Lua. But for ambitious children with an interest in computer and the internet, Roblox makes an excellent virtual playground.
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