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Weekly ROBLOX Roundup: April 29, 2012

Weekly ROBLOX Roundup logoEvery week, we’re busy telling the stories behind our platform, our technology, and our place in the gaming and technology industries. For those of you who catch up with ROBLOX over the weekend, the Weekly ROBLOX Roundup collects the best stuff to hit our various avenues of publication in the last week.

ROBLOX Users Love Water

Water Physics and BuoyancyAnd what world builder or game designer wouldn’t? Early in the week, we took a deep look at our upcoming water simulation and buoyancy physics. Most of the feedback we received was positive, and it sounds like the ROBLOX community is collectively champing at the bit to implement water into their games. We also heard your reaction to the water texture – we’re working on it for the official release.

ROBLOX Users Love Talking About Character Models, Too

Character Model - Male 3.0We know that when we ask you to discuss our “Version 3.0” ROBLOX character models, you’re going to discuss them. Passionately. Our latest survey was no different. We’re still collecting data from users, so it’s not too late to vote, and we expect to be able to draw some solid conclusions from your feedback.

Emergence and Its Place in ROBLOX

Emergence in ROBLOXWhether solving physics puzzles in Half-Life 2 or creating your own narrative in Civilization, emergence lets you use a game’s systems in unique and even unexpected ways. This week, we showed how emergence manifests itself in three facets of ROBLOX: building, playing and the social space.

“Aging Up” Your ROBLOX Account

We launched a small feature – with a big impact – to our website this week. ROBLOX users can now change their date of birth or request their parent change it, in some circumstances.

As always, if you still need more words about ROBLOX, check out part one of a comprehensive feature MMOFallout.com is producing about ROBLOX, its community and its creative users. There’s some good, original research happening there.

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ROBLOX on Social Networks

Your interesting ROBLOX stories continued to pour in via our blog and Facebook page this week. Check out our article about emergence in ROBLOX, as it features some of the best responses.

We’ve also been sharing video reviews of ROBLOX games by Max Benedek. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop on weekly reviews from Max, and find previous reviews of Bus Driver City, ROBLOX cart-riding games, and Trucking Tycoon.

Need convincing? Here’s his review of Trucking Tycoon:

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We’re sharing other content you won’t find anywhere else, too, including videos of our technology, ROBLOX games and places from various eras that are worth playing, and open positions at ROBLOX. So follow along.

About Andrew "blockhaak" Haak

Communications Manager at ROBLOX. blockhaak on ROBLOX; @andrewjhaak on Twitter.

65 thoughts on “Weekly ROBLOX Roundup: April 29, 2012

  1. gfjakwai

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  2. killknife9

    About the water texture …… Please don’t put it in Terrain :C put that in property as a form factor :D so we can make water guns.

  3. Mrloganguy2000

    Make it LESS LAGGIE please, everytime I update it freezes. Not everyone has awesome high tech cps like you guys.

  4. crafty505

    I think this is the best idea yet it will make boats go smooth in water which is what i’ve been wishing you guys would make forever, so thanks cant wait until the feature comes out..

  5. davidl10

    I like ROBLOX a lot i wish i had OBC but i have BC i wish i was rich im like a poor family i just wish i had OBC

  6. Droidika2

    Well, the review is great ,but pointless… Please if at all possible focus on the big picture! Think of the things you are to become, what the community says (Watch the forums),and the loopholes to your game (As in hackers). Possibly add a reason for older people to play? A way to have fun in a game without the interruption of hacking. Thank you- Droid

  7. SHADOWTHEHEDGEHOGXX

    Why these worthless updates when you’re game is being exploited 24/7. Why not fix the main problems then add features to the game.

    The exploiting has got to a point of it’s got out of controll. but ROBLOX will sweep this under the rug and just forget about it.

    >,< So angry.

  8. LovelyLovebunny21

    ROBLOX is sooooooooooooo AWESOME!!!!!!
    I can’t stand not playing it everyday!!!

  9. Malcolt3

    One time, I was at ‘Build Anything in a Mountain Place’ and some guy kept annoying me. Finally, I dug a small cave below him and filled it with C4. He didn’t notice until I blew it up and his body parts went flying.

    Another time I was at an enemy group’s fort. I was standing on the outer wall of their base, and an enemy soldier flew by on a hovercraft. I pulled out my gun and began shooting at him. To my surprise, after a couple shots, his hovercraft blew up and crashed to the ground. I hadn’t realized until then that they could.

    Another time, on ‘Death Run’, I was playing the map where there is a ramp that deadly lava spheres roll down. One of the people inside activated the trap while the last people were coming up. I jumped onto the side (which is a glitch to avoid the spheres, it doesn’t work anymore) and watched as flaming spheres of lava killed the people next to me. I watched their flaming body parts slide down the incline. I later died when a blade of lava cut me into pieces.

  10. Old-time

    Character meshes were not discussed passionly at all. Fix the exploiter issues first before those updates. Players who make great stuffs are quitting because of exploiters.

  11. 2010 roblox lover

    No offense ROBLOX. This is my opinion on these updates. (Not bad)
    Im not really so excited about these new bodies. I originally loved the 1.0. 2.0, not bad. But this so called “3.0” has gone far enough. ROBLOX has upgraded things that I loved which now will most likely never return. ROBLOX should NOT be focousing on updates. They should be trying to fix the countless in-game exploits. Places are exploited by users “epicgodmode” and 1x1x1x1dignityhqback. These water texture updates are pretty cool. I really look foward to this. But ROBLOX should listen to the users instead of mass updating and making new hats. No offense. Please ROBLOX, just please bring to us ROBLOX 2010 (still with badge sound service back. Please

  12. kozumi

    im fine with the new bodies, as long as they’re still blockish so that u can mess around in studio mode, but the faces arent the greatest idea. one think id like u guys to add is high scalability slants in stamper, so i dont have to blow some terrain up to get the slants i need to build.

  13. Crazyshadowlink24

    how would the water generate. Would we have to place it bock by block or maby click on an area and thats water

    1. Formerly2009

      NO WAY. We’re all OK with 1.0 and 2.0 bodies. Well, NBCers like me arent happy that 2.0 is BC-Only.

  14. Lucassen

    I think ROBLOX should embrace elbows as a part of arms so they have two part arms. Just for extra detail in gear welding…

  15. ryan1818

    The percentage of people who were interested in Water Boyancy: 96%
    The percentage of people who were interested in New Character Models: 4%

    1. 4everawesome

      My gosh, what was ROBLOX thinking about those new character models? They are AWFUL. I mean, if they DO end up releasing them, atleast have the other packages available so I don’t have to look like a fool.

  16. hman1198

    This is great! I wasent convinced at first that roblox was really listening to us but that just took the cake, Roblox I applaud you!

  17. Rami8

    I REALLY WANT TO PLAY TRUCKING TYCOON!!! IT LOOKS SO EDICTING!!! :D I better read a book so I can play on the computer :D

  18. secretagent4

    First off, Andrew your awesome :D

    Anyway I like and dislike some of the updates, why would you give people the ability to change birthdays? Why not just let people who have parental control give the parents the choice to let their child have the 13- and 13+ abilities. We also do not need new character models, 3.0 is a bad idea, have you ever heard of a game who changed its character models after its full launch? No because they all went bust. Buoyancy is nice, it gives ROBLOX a bit of boost toward simple water mechanics for players unable to do such things. You guys are bringing out some good ideas so far just keep it a bit low and don’t just burst the game with updates.

  19. Flurite

    I like these ROBLOX updates and the news updates. Haak does a good job keeping us updated! Keep up the good work!

  20. lordvampirix

    First comment! This week showed us a bunch of cool stuff. My favorite article was probably the emergence one.

  21. Metanight1896

    Roblox is becoming more interesting now! So interesting that I forgot about the trading system, “Your probably all dreading it” Roblox water is one of the most exciting things to appear on Roblox, by chance can you make it transparent?

  22. Katuu

    “We also heard your reaction to the water texture – we’re working on it for the official release.” Woot!
    “We know that when we ask you to discuss our “Version 3.0” ROBLOX character models, you’re going to discuss them. Passionately. Our latest survey was no different. We’re still collecting data from users, so it’s not too late to vote, and we expect to be able to draw some solid conclusions from your feedback.” Conclusion: Nope!
    “We launched a small feature – with a big impact – to our website this week. ROBLOX users can now change their date of birth or request their parent change it, in some circumstances.” Meh, I don’t think it really matters as much as the other two.

  23. grimy12

    Stop focusing on Graphics and updates
    that aren’t an issue right now and fix the exploiter issue. If you make it so easy for these exploiters, just make a tutorial cause every where I go, I find a exploiter.

    1. Tower07

      Yeah, I really wish the admins had any sort of perception to what the community wants.

  24. Seed100

    i like everything but the character meshes… well its kinda getting off the point of blocks and robots

  25. funnymouse7

    Its nice to know that you actully listen to feedback in the comments.
    And im going to be hard honest on ya here the bodys arent terrible the mens body still has that blocky feeling to it while the ladies body just seems to real and not the robloxy feeling so ya.
    the water texture sucks though if you changed it it would be awesome

  26. UnusualDean14

    I will love water boyancy… I just want it to come out… JUST COME OUT WATER BOYANCY.

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