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Weekly ROBLOX Roundup: May 6, 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.

In-game Wardrobe Change Interface and CharacterGetting Dressed Can Be Exciting

This week, we gave you a preview of our not-yet-released in-game wardrobe change feature. Without leaving ROBLOX, you’ll be able to swap hats, heads, faces, shirts, pants and more; we’ll even update your character thumbnail almost instantaneously with your new look. Check out the story and video demo for all the details.

User Feedback, Round Two

Want to know why some things in ROBLOX are the way they are? We’re continuing to comb through your responses to our April blog survey, Your ROBLOX Top-Three List, and providing answers. This time, Creative Director John Shedletsky responds to requests for local services (for sound, light, etc.), expanded Insert Service functionality, canned animations, physics tweaks and more.

This Week in ROBLOX Tech

Software Engineer Navin Lal went in-depth on ROBLOX’s website architecture, and its shift toward MVC (models, views and controllers) and pagelets. While MVC allows faster development and a higher quality web experience, our pagelet infrastructure – akin to Facebook’s BigPipe – will redefine the way ROBLOX serves up webpages and make our website faster and more responsive.

Still not satisfied? You can read an article about ROBLOX, including CFO Matt Finick’s insights into our platform and future direction, at Blistered Thumbs.

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ROBLOX on Social Networks

Facebook Likes: 200kIf you already follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you might know we reached a milestone this week with our 200,000th Facebook fan. To celebrate, we gave 10 fans 2,000 Robux. Winners: Enjoy your spoils of riches. Just don’t spend it all on one hat.

Of course, we offer more than just free money via Facebook and Twitter. Follow us on either network – or, better yet, both – to have exclusive content and interesting updates fed right to your device of choice. It doesn’t get any easier.


And now, for an abstract collage of deep thoughts, cryptic math and what appears to be a cluster of ROBLOX bricks (or a third of a Rubix cube), straight from the walls of the ROBLOX headquarters:

A ROBLOX Whiteboard
Can you glean any meaning from a ROBLOX whiteboard?
About Andrew "blockhaak" Haak

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

165 thoughts on “Weekly ROBLOX Roundup: May 6, 2012

  1. Olli Warelius

    Thanks for the informative article, it was a good read and I hope its ok that I share this with some facebook friends. Thanks.

  2. alialaubidy984529

    I CANT WAIT FOR THIS PLZ MAKE FASTER 2 COME :3 GOOD LOOK ON MAKING MORE STUFF

  3. laxman15

    Pretty doodles…. That’s what it is…
    Just kidding. It looks like a design for a new leader board. Can’t wait till it comes out if that is what it is.

  4. RazzorXR7

    I agree with almost of the comments, and JJ i think the “i” you talks seems like a “L”. :)

  5. walker4money

    if you look by the leader board you can see assault, support and if you look at the leader board you can see captures kills deaths and im not sure what the other word is. In 2 of the 6 boxes to the left corner you can see water in one of them and a cliff in the other im bot sure what the others are but those might be the landscape on the game. you can also see buildings and walls on it so its a big war game.

  6. Kirby Rider

    I think we should have the chats in the top left corner of the screen in a similar style to the box with the list of players.

  7. RHYS

    IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE PLANING OUT THE LAY OUT OF THE BLOCKS IN THE GAME AT DIFFERENT ANGELS BUT IT WOULD BE EASYER IF THE WRITING WAS AT A BETTER STANDERD

  8. Darkoddjoke

    The whiteboard seems to be some new sort of team battle ideas. They have different classes and a new sort of leader board function. Seems cool.

    Along with the other things, they don’t seem to be that exciting. As I’ve stated before, old things almost always are better than new ones.

  9. qwertystranger

    All I can make out from the whiteboard is perhaps some sort of new leader board layout in-game.

  10. Rany100

    Also Veteran Only Games would be pretty cool! Having all experienced builders building one big project with out any Newbies deleting stuff just for laughs would be AWESOME.

    1. Blazerainer

      OMG I SEE IT NOW! IITS THE GAME DESIGN OF THAT GAME ON GAMES!

      Look under leaderboarrd.
      It says assault.

  11. KRio99

    I think players should have a choice over Insert Service, not just assume that we don’t want people to insert.

  12. TerrainCrypt

    Looks like a new type of wedge part & a Pyramid part on the right of the board.

  13. Scubadivingforfood

    I kind of like most of the new ideas.

    BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

    Atleast give users a CHOICE between Insert, and whatever you call the new building thing.

    1. KRio99

      Totally agreed. We should have a choice over Insert Service, not just assumed we don’t want people to insert things.

  14. av83r

    those formulas on the board look closest to a light formula for lumens in relation to distance where r is the radius. (top left corner of board, right after cosine function)

  15. MillionPounddoodle

    Although i wasnt around in 2006 and i much prefer the new version to when i first joined, I think Roblox should make a 2006 game. It would keep everyone that disagrees with updates

  16. Alpharecon231

    The BC people always treatus like trash.They dont remember the friends that they have only the BC friends. But we shouldnt back down dont think about them.Stay with who u r. FROM:Alpharecon231 DONT GIVE UP NAW

  17. Zenhok12

    i would like to get a new update roblox because in 2006 it have no cloth and pants something is really sucks roblox need to built a updated is better now :) since.. 2006

  18. Lightning7000

    Why don’t people listen IN order for roblox to get better they have to update it no game in the world is built and left like that for ever roblox needs to move forward in 2006 legs didn’t move no clothes either

  19. max

    I think you guys should creat a roblox site but with 2006 features,lots of users would enjoy the old times or like to see what it was like in 2006

  20. JJ

    Hmm. What does the square root of -1 (i) have anything to do with roblox physics? I can understand the angles, (cos), and pi (22/7), circles. But i? Or is it to do with the water physics? But even so, i has nothing to do with it?

  21. sirmentio

    the whiteboard, is the meaning of the roblox universe…….it all makes sense now…

  22. Marshallmario

    Take care of exploiters! Im just fed up 2 great games ruined by : Invincybylity , Disco lights , everything coloured , fog exploited

  23. mikeyx3000

    Yeah I think the whiteboard just said’s ‘DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO GO MONEY. ANYTHING. EVEN AGREE TO MAKE A GAME TO ADVERTISE ONE OF OUR COMPETITOR (KRE-O)’

  24. Spitfire1111111

    All that stuff is nice and all, but I think we should worry more about the Trade system, Water, and Lighting… And with Shedletsky’s real release of Trade system on Twitter, shouldn’t there be a News post? And for the Character explorations… I see the KRE-O games seem to have it, but that may not be the wisest choice of a package, or body. Also, I understand the facts and details on the whiteboard, It’s just hard to see… Can you zoom in please?
    Thank you.

    ~Spitfire

  25. booboo223

    I always find that NBC’s are treated like dirt.
    I was OBC, and now I am NBC, yet I am treated like a complete fool, by people who think that because that have a logo that tells them they are BC, and own a 15R$ hat, it makes them any better than me.
    Even “BC only game”‘s are downgrading, making NBC’s feel like a lesser species of Robloxian.
    I think you should thoroughly read this, and do something about it.

    1. Nenen

      Roblox should Tell those who think “buying membership” is a thing that makes them better, that it is not making them better. if they think it dous and rub it in to your face, then they are Worse then those who do not.

    2. Coffeebones

      Agreed. This update will probably BC only, but hey, that will not happen, right…?

    3. KRio99

      I am BC, and I have a lot of NBC friends. The BC friends I have seem more of noobs than a lot of the NBC ones I have. I am not mean to anyone because of where they spent their money.

  26. docselmo

    i think the whiteboard says kills,deaths,captures and something else i think it’s a leaderboard

  27. Lukelikepie554

    The whiteboard was almost obvious. One section referred to different classes, such as the assault class. Those had arrows pointing to sections labled “captures” “kills” “deaths” and “headshots”. Just reading what was on the board, you can determine its probably for one of the admin’s FPS games.

    1. Nenen

      looks like Roblox Base Wars Fps.
      But i saw something that looked like water. strange.

      I KNOW It is at least Partially about the Roblox FPS game.

  28. MrJack101X

    BRING OLD ROBLOX BACK PLEASE I Miss It WHERE u cant text your own text (WE PROMISE NOT TO DATE,SAY BAD WORDS OK PLZ) THX For Reading oh and also Keep Updating :)

  29. heavygutgrinder

    equations for roblox, that’s wierd only like a nerd would know how that relates to roblox no offense

  30. Miley541

    Also, I can understand a lot of that board, but it’s not zoomed in enough to make much of it…

  31. Miley541

    I agree, one big update weekly or monthly would be a lot more organized and expected. It would be a lot easier to keep track of glitches and maintance the things that need to be focused on and then after that focus on moving forward. It would give players suspence in wondering what would be coming next instead of giving it to them little by little. More players will stay online because they have more to look forward to and have a set idea of when it will happen. It will stay more organized by being able to adress the new arising bugs that will be likely acused in the forums. This will also allow tabs to be kept on the players and equiptment. I am not saying that only one maintance can be made per month, you can have an unscheduled maintance to fix things that require your imediate attention. Thanks for reading! :)

  32. jfaulkner

    I think the white board is dealing with the physics of the water and on other bricks

  33. Rany100

    Here is what you really need to finish/get working on:
    Fix the exploiter problem
    Water
    Lighting
    Trading System

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