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The Story of Roblox

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Roblox, originally known as Dynablocks, is a massive multiplayer online social game platform, where players are able to create and publish their own virtual worlds using building tools and the programming language Lua.

Ever since its launch in 2006, Roblox has garnered over 2 billion registered users as of November 17, 2020. According to David Baszucki, the founder and CEO of Roblox, the game had about 9 million monthly active users in February 2016, not counting guests or visitors.[1]

Players can earn or purchase Robux, which can be cashed into real-world money if earned from developing games or clothing items. There are over 29 million games and approximately 56 million active/1.1 million peak concurrent players playing a total of 1 billion hours each month.[2]

During the summer of 2018, Roblox launched the Roblox Education programme, an education programme that aims to teach coding, business, communication, and entrepreneurial skills to children all over the world through Roblox Studio.

History

Roblox in early development. (2005)

From December 2003 to January 2004, Roblox went through multiple different names, such as GoBlocks and Dynablocks, with their domain changing respectively multiple times in the short time frame. "Roblox" became the final name choice, and was finalized on January 30, 2004.

From 2004 to February 2005, Roblox underwent alpha testing. Following that, Roblox went into beta testing until April 2006. Roblox was then fully released to everyone with multiplayer games, and would gradually receive new updates and features over the years to shape it into what the platform is today.

Features

Roblox is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One, and the Windows Store. People can create their own unique username; formerly they could also play Roblox as a Guest which did not require to register for Roblox, but the Guest feature was removed in October 2016.

Users can also create their own places. Users also have their own character, which can be customized via avatar shop purchases, and they can participate in social aspects of Roblox such as group walls, messages, and the party chat feature.

Places

Places are where players play games on Roblox. Players can create an unlimited amount of places, but active places are limited to 200 places regardless of membership.

Before September 27, 2017, the number of active places a player could have was based on one's Builders Club membership:

Membership Status Number of active places allowed
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1
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(Expired membership)
5
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10
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25
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100

Roblox has now changed this so that any user can have up to 200 active places at a time. Roblox provides templates for users who do not know how to start.

Avatar Shop

The Avatar Shop, formerly known as the Catalog, is a place where users can buy items to customize their avatar (hence the name).

Before Tickets was removed from Roblox, any user could accumulate tickets to purchase items or even convert them into Robux. However, after its removal in 2016, there was no other form of daily benefits to users besides users that purchased Builders Club membership - before its removal - or Roblox Premium.

Clothing is the only feature on Roblox that is mainly community-driven, and clothing cannot be sold for free. However, clothing could have previously been sold for free, and all clothing that was priced free is still free.

On December 4, 2019, givenothingback replied to a user on the Developer Forum regarding the user thinking the site still being labeled "Catalog" but the navigation bar labeling it "Avatar Shop." Givenothingback stated that "Avatar Shop" is a test name and it will be reverted back to "Catalog" once they are done testing. But, the name has stayed the same for long after the reply.

Library

Similar to the Avatar Shop, the Library is used by users and developers to publish models, scripts, audio, decals, meshes and plugins for other Roblox users to view or use.

All available items in the Library can be purchased for free with the exception of plugins, and any user may take such purchased items to place in their inventory for their own use.

Users can obtain an unlimited number of items from the library. Furthermore, some groups placing their models in the Library to make it easier for assets for them to be used in multiple games.

Sometime in late 2018, Roblox removed the ability for users to search for library items that are off-sale, due to many assets by developers being stolen by others with no credit.

In December 2019, RoxyBloxyy announced plans for paid plugins.[3] The announcement also revealed plans for many other marketplace types to become paid access in the future. The paid plugins update was implemented later that same month.

Blog

Roblox runs a blog, where they post about released updates and showcase creations by developers.

Groups

There are many groups on Roblox. All users can join them, and all users are able to create a group if they have at least 100 Robux on their account (formerly, only Premium members can create one for 100 Robux). Users can join up to 100 groups regardless of membership. Before mid-December 2019, free users can join up to 5 groups at once while Premium members can join up to 100, regardless of tier.

My Feed

My Feed shows notifications from a friend's status, game updates, and group shouts.

Trivia

This section is a trivia section. Please relocate any relevant information into other sections of the article.

  • If "Goblox.com" or "Goblocks.com" is typed into the address bar of a web browser, it will redirect you to the Roblox home page.
    • This also formerly used to work with "Dynablocks.com", "Dynablock.com" and "Dynablox.com".
  • As an April Fools joke, John Shedletsky posted a blog post on April 1, 2007 on the Roblox Blog stating that Roblox had been sold to Google for $380 million.
  • On September 27, 2018, Roblox's favicon was changed from red to gray.
  • In late 2019, a new menu system was added for PC players. However, this was removed a few months later for unknown reasons.
  • In May 2020, the menu icon was changed from 3 horizontal lines to simply the Roblox logo.
  • In October 2020, there was a leak regarding display names. It is unknown if this will be added in the near future.

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References

  1. David Baszucki Twitter. Retrieved from [1]
  2. The ROBLOX Corporation. Retrieved from https://corp.roblox.com/
  3. https://devforum.roblox.com/t/introducing-plugin-marketplace/400582
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