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What is Roblox?

Everything you ever wanted to know about this rapidly growing Gaming Platform, you'll find it right here!

Published on: 08-06-2021

Roblox has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Due to the current global pandemic, the number of users has grown immensely, in a very short time. We are happy to tell you all about this online gaming and creation platform in this blog!

What is Roblox?

Roblox is an online gaming platform where you can play, create and share games. All users are free to play the games available on Roblox, or to create their own games with the tools that Roblox freely provides. You can also play games on Roblox that have been devised, designed and programmed by your fellow Roblox-users! The games you’ll find on Roblox are all in 3D and are all of very different genres. So there’s a lot of new games to discover!

All the games you will find there are made by Roblox users themselves. This is done in the ‘Lua’ programming language. Lua is a scripting language, like HTML and JavaScript for example. If you're interested in learning the basic techniques of coding, programming and game design, Roblox is a very fun and educational way to gain some experience.

Roblox is, very simply put, an online platform that makes it possible for millions of users to create their own 3D games and share them with other Roblox users. Roblox itself is completely free-to-play and anyone can sign up and start playing right away. But there’s also the possibility to make in-game purchases while you’re on the Roblox platform. In these microtransactions, you use 'Robux', as Roblox's in-game currency is called, to pay for these purchases.

 

You can of course purchase Robux by linking a payment method to your account or device. Fortunately, you can also easily purchase pre-paid Roblox credit. This way you’ll know beforehand exactly how much you (or your child) can spend and you will never be faced with surprises afterwards. Anything you can think of, it’s probably for sale in Roblox. How about a fancy Gucci bag for example? You won’t enjoy a credit card statement like that on your doormat at the end of the month, that’s for sure!

How many people play Roblox?

As of February 2021, Roblox has 199 million monthly active users! Over the past 18 months, Roblox has experienced significant growth. In 2020 alone, about 80 million users joined the game 

One of the reasons for this huge growth in the number of users is the global pandemic that unfortunately, we all have to deal with. Many children use the Roblox platform as a way to, for example, celebrate their birthday parties online. This way they can ‘meet’ and play with their friends because they were not able to see each other in 'real life'.

Who made Roblox?

Roblox was invented and developed in 2004 by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel. At the time, the platform was still called Dynablocks. This was changed to Roblox in 2005 and its official launch took place in September of 2006. The Roblox Premium membership as we know it today was previously called “Builders Club'' but this was rebranded in 2019.

The Roblox platform and the underlying company Roblox Corporations have remained small for a long time. They often just crawled 'under the radar' because at the time, many other gaming platforms and similar companies were also emerging. However, Roblox has been growing faster and faster since 2010, with the unfortunate events of this last year being the biggest driver for the growing number of active Roblox users.

Roblox Plaza

Is Roblox Cross Platform?

Yes! You can play all available games on the Roblox platform with your friends, whether they are on PC, Mac, Xbox or a mobile device. Roblox is supported on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Xbox One.

Is Roblox safe for children?

The age rating for Roblox is "suitable for anyone 10 years and older", which means that the typical gameplay is appropriate for most children. However, as a parent (as with all online games of course!) you should take into account the fact that Roblox makes it possible to communicate with others via chat, to make and share games together. Kids will be in contact with other users without knowing them personally, it’s always good to supervise this and talk about this together. 

It is also possible to sell a self-made game on Roblox and with that, it is also possible to make purchases within this platform. Of course, as a parent you always want to make sure that no unforeseen expenses occur. That is why it’s very convenient that the pre-paid Roblox cards exist. This way you always have an overview of the (maximum) expenses that are made within the Roblox platform!

Roblox is very proactive in controlling the content that is put on the platform. But with about 70 million active users per month, sometimes something slips in between the cracks, such as a swear word or other inappropriate content that is, for example, a bit too scary for the younger players. Fortunately, it is very easy for parents to use the special Parental Controls from Roblox to decide for themselves what your child will or will not see.

Roblox Road

When creating a Roblox account, it is important that the correct date of birth is entered. Roblox sets an automatic filter which is specially made for players under 13 years old. A further explanation of the Parental Controls can be found in the Parents Guide on the Roblox page itself.

Roblox is mainly about playing and creating games. Now it may be a little too difficult for very young children to get started with Roblox's Studio Tools for programming new games. But for anyone new to the world of coding and game design, Roblox - and especially Roblox Studio - is an attractive environment in which to experiment with game creation.

The platform tries its best to motivate and help you to have fun in designing and creating 3D games, even if you might fail at first. It's totally fine to make mistakes, because that's how you learn! It offers an educational environment in which you can eventually make and maybe even sell your own games. 

Children will undoubtedly learn the basic principles of coding and game design with the tools provided by the Roblox platform. This experience is of course always a plus, whether it is for a hobby or even for a later career.

Where and how can I download Roblox?

Signing up and logging in is very easy on Roblox.com. You can do this on multiple devices. To then play a Roblox game, simply choose one you like! The chosen game then easily installs on your device and then, it’s time to play!

Login page Roblox

How to install a Roblox player:

  1. Go to the Roblox website and log in with your account (or create one first, if you don't already have an account!)
  2. Under the 'Sign Up' form you can also see all options for Roblox on your device of choice.
  3. After you have logged in/registered, choose which game you want to play and then click on the green Play button.
  4. A pop-up will appear showing that the Roblox Player is installing.
  5. Once the installation is complete, the game will start on its own.

Index page Roblox

Are you already part of the huge Roblox community? Or has this blog convinced you to finally test your game creating skills? In any case, we think Roblox is definitely worth a try. You could be a new generation Game Designer before you know it! 


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