Roblox has grown a lot over the years, even if it doesn’t steal headlines every now and then. The largest interactive platform out there today, although it’s mainly for kids, is used by millions around the world coming from all age groups. It’s truly a remarkable platform and the only one of its kind, even Pewdiepie likes it. Just how good is it? Let’s find out
What is Roblox?
Roblox is an interactive gaming platform where kids can express their creativity and socialize with others. The game’s often known as “the world’s most popular game you’ve never heard of”. It’s great because it really helps promote the idea of using your imagination, especially for kids.
Users play together in “Immersive 3D worlds” and are able to make whatever they’d like. If something doesn’t exist in the game, YOU can create it. Roblox is not just a game, it’s an experience comprising of many different things. Not only do users get to enjoy many games, but these games aren’t made by any proper developer. Everything made inside the platform is made by the Roblox community.
That’s right, whatever games you play will be made by any other Roblox user, and thus, that’s where the creativity part comes in. The platform thus helps novice developers and designers master their craft, and the platform can even serve as an educational tool for children. People are also able to monetize their creations and earn in-game currency which you can use to purchase different customization for your character. The platform also has a social hub where you can chat with others. If the interest is there, people can also opt to learn how to build and code at their own pace.
How to get started?
Roblox is available on almost every platform. It’s available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon devices and Xbox One. It doesn’t matter which device you use, everyone is connected and this is one of the key things Roblox focuses on to make sure the device you use doesn’t hinder your opportunity to create and share.
You start by simply making an account by visiting their website or downloading Roblox on your platform (Non-PC). Once done, you’ll get your own avatar which you can customize using an in-game currency which you can earn by building things. You’ll start off with a small amount of money which you will use to rent out a house, and they also receive a virtual toolbox known as the “Roblox Studio” which is used in creating different things.
In order to furnish the house, or customize your avatar, you need to use ‘Robux’ which is the in-game currency. Once you’ve made your account and everything is set up, now you’re good to go. You can make almost anything in Roblox, it can be as simple as some silly app or game or a complex game. It’s not just about making things either, you can play the multitude of games available which are made by others and play multiplayer games with people, interact with them and much more. There’s so much to do in this game that you can’t get bored.
Is it good?
The game has a little bit of Minecraft type of feel to it, as you’re able to build stuff, from simple to complex, it totally depends on what you’d like to do. This is a case similar to Minecraft which is far from its peak. The reason why games like Minecraft are now suffering is that platforms such as Roblox have gained relevance. Roblox just offers much more to do and a much more interactive environment.
Using your imagination is encouraged, and it often inspires you to make something cool too if you see something impressive because, at the end of the day, everything made inside the Roblox platform is being created by the users themselves, there’s no input from the actual developers of the platform.
However, not everything is great. There are many drawbacks of having totally community-made games. Since the platform is mainly for kids and novice developers, the quality of games available to play will vary. Thus, some games will cause problems and won’t even run properly for you, which is an issue for people who just want to play some games. It’s hard to keep a quality benchmark too because then it defeats the purpose of letting beginners hone their craft or letting anyone make anything they want.
Some known problems
These ‘problems’ are nothing to do with the platform itself, as these issues exist in every platform that has social interaction. Since a lot of kids play the games on Roblox, the chat hub can be a big problem for parents as chats can go unfiltered. Although there is a setting put in place that filters out the inappropriate stuff, that can be easily bypassed and many parents are not aware of it in the first place.
Apart from the type of language that’s used in chats, kids can also potentially fall victim to online predators. Social platforms like Roblox are often used to lure kids away into other platforms which can cause a lot of problems. However, these concerns were raised by the parents and Roblox now actively tries to ensure your child’s safety.
Roblox is a member of the kidSAFE Seal Program, which has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission as an authorized safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
“We are committed to complying with COPPA to ensure the privacy of our users under the age of 13 and implementing reasonable measures to prevent them from sharing personal info via chat messages or in-game.”
“In addition, we allow parents to enable a setting on their child’s account that will allow them to only access a curated list of age-appropriate games for those under 13.”
Issues aside, the platform is great as it encourages exploration, interaction, and creativity. The more and more things children create, the more the site evolves as well, thus, making it possible for your child to learn new things everytime they play Roblox.
Roblox also acts as a great platform for learning for children. They can learn new things at their own pace if they wish to, they can explore their imaginative ideas and create absolutely whatever they want. Roblox tools can be used to make anything from simple drag and drop experiences to fully functional video games.
Thus, there’s a lot of creative freedom being allowed here, which eventually helps the creator learn and grow more, that too at their own pace. Overall, Roblox is worth spending time on, its numbers have even passed Minecraft at some point, something that’s almost impossible given Minecraft’s large player-base (even now). You can try it out here.