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What is Roblox? An Introduction

simonholdorf profile image Simon Holdorf Originally published at thesmartcoder.dev ・7 min read

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This article is a basic introduction to the very popular Roblox platform that is used by millions all over the world, especially by children. If you have never heard of Roblox and are curious what this is all about or are parents that want to know what their children can do in Roblox and how to keep them safe, then this article is for you.

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What is Roblox?

Roblox is a massively multiplayer online game creation platform. It allows people to build games in a virtual sandbox, and then play them with others online. Roblox has been around since 2006, and it’s seen more than 500 million total players as of this writing. You can create your own character (or choose from one of our many pre-made ones) and dress them up with shirts, pants, hats, hairstyles, facial expressions, etc. You can also design your own houses and neighborhoods for other players to visit. There are also many different game types to explore from cooking to racing cars to RPGs!

Roblox has been praised by parents as an educational tool that helps children learn how to think creatively and work collaboratively. Parents also praise the platform for its safety features which give them peace of mind when allowing their children onto this massive social network. The site's safety features include parental controls, chat monitoring, moderation and filtering systems, user reporting tools, reputation levels based on community feedback, and a real-time moderation team screening new content uploaded to Roblox every day.


How Roblox games work

You can create your own customized character from scratch. On Roblox, there is something called a “Builders Club” which lets you customize your character even more. For example, in the Builder’s Club, you can choose from hundreds of different hats for your character to wear. You can also choose how their parts work together to create amazing new looks. For example, if you want your arms to be longer than usual, you just drag them out farther until they reach the end of that bar. You can also change other things like their facial expressions and outfits.

Once you are satisfied with what you see in the mirror, it's time to explore the world! Roblox has over 20 million user-created games so there are lots of different places to explore and things to do. But keep in mind that not every game will be appropriate for kids - some games may have pictures or words that are not suitable for children under 13 years old. If someone sends an inappropriate message to another player in a game lobby (chat room) then it gets sent straight to the Roblox moderators who will take care of it as soon as possible.

Some popular types of games on Roblox are:

  • survival games where players must hunt animals and defend themselves against hungry zombies while trying to find supplies such as food and weapons
  • racing cars where players race against each other or try out dangerous jumps
  • RPGs where players fight monsters together with their friends while exploring new worlds
  • cooking games where players combine different ingredients together according to instructions and see what happens
  • building games where players use blocks and pieces of furniture to build houses for other people to visit
  • sports games like soccer or basketball where players compete against each other
  • adventure games like Minecraft where players solve puzzles and explore mines without a set goal
  • and many more!

The studio behind Roblox also makes a number of other games, including “Video chat for Roblox,” which is basically an app that lets you communicate with the other players on the site using your smartphone or tablet — quite similar to Discord in functionality.


What are the benefits of video chat for Roblox?

One major benefit of “Video chat for Roblox” is that it allows you to talk to people who you otherwise wouldn’t be able to talk to face-to-face…assuming they live somewhere else on Earth (or another planet). You can find and connect with friends who live nearby. Or if you have kids who play Roblox and want to see what they’re up to when you aren’t there, this could be a useful tool as well. And lastly, if you just want to have conversations with friends from around the world without taking up precious cell phone minutes or using data services on your phone or tablet, this app would be helpful there too!


What are the drawbacks of video chat for Roblox?

The obvious drawback here would be the fact that you need a Roblox account if you want access to all the features in this app. Not everyone has one — but most kids do nowadays because it’s popular among their age group (and older ones). But even if you do have an account — and a good deal of money invested into your avatar — not everything will show up in Video Chat For Roblox unless your contacts are also using it. There are some limitations here that make this app less useful than its competitors in some ways. However, those limitations may be more acceptable given how much cheaper it is compared to other services with similar capabilities…but we won’t know until we test them out further!


I don’t know how to code! Can I still make games?

Yes! There are many tools available for non-programmers. These include prebuilt scripts that can be used directly in your game or modified as needed – there are thousands of scripts available on Roblox! Roblox also has real-time visual scripting which allows anyone with no programming experience to quickly create their own unique experiences in the Studio. And finally, if previous attempts at creating a game didn’t go so well (e.g., if it was not fun), then you can use Studio as a level editor and open up parts of your world so others can play around in it… or even edit it themselves!


Is Roblox Content Suitable for All Ages?

The answer is no. Roblox is not suited for children under age 13, because certain aspects of the app are not suitable for younger users. The Roblox community is diverse in nature, and as such, the content that is created by users may be inappropriate for younger children.

Roblox encourages parents to supervise their children while they are using the app and to help them understand which parts of the Roblox environment may not be appropriate for them to see or engage with. For example, parents should encourage their kids to avoid talking to strangers online. If a player encounters a stranger who asks for personal information or tries to persuade them into engaging in an activity they should not (like sharing photos of themselves), then parents can report this behavior via the Help page within the Roblox mobile app so that we can take appropriate action against offending users.


Safety Features and Parental Control in Roblox

Roblox has become one of the world’s most popular games after Minecraft and other great games. However, just like every game, Roblox also has a few drawbacks and risks for kids who play it. With that said, there are some safety features in Roblox that will keep your kids safe while playing it.

Parental Controls:

Roblox lets you set parental controls on your child’s account to restrict their access to certain content on the platform. The platform is designed such that, parents can either turn off chat or control the friends they add by restricting them from adding specific friends to their friend list. Furthermore, if parents want to avoid any inappropriate pictures or topics appearing in their kid’s feed or in group chats, then they can disable images and videos from appearing in feeds and group chats.

Restricting Gameplay:

Roblox comes with a feature called “Play Safety” which allows parents to get an idea about what kind of games their children play. You can even limit the gameplay time on Roblox so that your kids aren’t spending too much time playing Roblox at any given point in time. Roblox assures that you will be notified when your kid exceeds his/her gaming time limit as well as when they breach any other safety rules you have set up for them while playing Roblox!

Why should you use these Parental Controls? Well, this is because Roblox has a very high-end community and lots of users online at any given point of time which might lead to inappropriate conversations between strangers online and posing threats for kids whose parents haven’t done anything about it yet! So by using these parent controls you would be able to block all such activities completely!


How Much Does Roblox Cost?

Roblox is free to play, but you can purchase a premium membership. Premium membership costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 for a whole year and gives you access to exclusive content not available in the free version of the game.

There are also optional upgrades that can be purchased within the game such as skins, clothing, gear, and convenience items. The prices vary depending on what you’re buying and the rarity of the item (e.g., more rare items cost more).


I hope you learned somethign about Roblox. Here is a short video from the creators explaining Roblox from their perspective:

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Alejandro esquivel

How is this relevant for web developers?

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Kaloyan Gangov

I guess OP wanted to showcase a platform for which we can develop new content

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Simon Holdorf Author

Yes, that's one reason. It's one of the biggest platforms right now that where you can develop new apps/games. A bit like Facebook in the beginning so it's good to know about it to not miss a great opportunity. Furthermore, many of us have children and want to know what they are doing all day long...

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Habdul Hazeez

Typo in the first paragraph:

parents that what to know what their children can do in Roblox

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