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Weekly ROBLOX Roundup: November 11, 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. This time: we talk with Uuvinu, the creator of ROBLOXRanks.com, we respond to your ideas for ROBLOX, several developers talk about the games they’re playing, the latest entry in our series about the ongoing development of ROBLOX for iPad, ROBLOX FPS Authority, ROBLOX on Google+ and more.

Seven-day Blog Recap

Spotlight on Uuvinu, the creator of ROBLOXRanks.com

Spotlight: UuvinuUser Uuvinu put together a website that ranks users based on a variety of different factors. It’s a very interesting service that’s getting thousands of hits a month. He’s also the creator of The Vortex, a ROBLOX game that emulates Portal pretty realistically. We chatted with him about his work and summarized our conversation in this, the latest Spotlight article.

What non-ROBLOX games are the developers playing?

We live, eat and breathe gaming, whether we’re here at ROBLOX HQ or at home. We decided to talk to a bunch of ROBLOX game developers about the games they’re playing in their free time. Some were to be expected, but others were surprising choices. Check out the blog post and let us know what you think of their choices.

Code Profiling ToolIn depth: improving ROBLOX’s performance on iPad

The ROBLOX Client Team has been neck-deep in ROBLOX’s source code over the last month, identifying ways to make ROBLOX lighter and run at a stable frame rate. This article documents a few of the techniques, including debris culling and code profiling, the developers have implemented to get games running smoothly on the iPad.

Responding to your ideas for ROBLOX

ROBLOX Creative Director John Shedletsky responds to users’ ideas for one-time-use Game Passes, in-game advertising, exporting 3D models, in-app Studio tutorials, canvas objects and more. If you’re interested in the future of ROBLOX, check out the latest Responding to User Feedback. For previous entries in this ongoing series, click here.

You should play this ROBLOX game

Authority is a first-person shooter with the pace of Counter-Strike, and the depth and replay value of the Modern Warfare/Black Ops-era Call of Duty. The game features detailed guns with custom animations, a stylized “aim mode” (press Q), satisfying weapon sounds and slick, responsive menus. Authority also allows you to do something we always appreciate: use the shift key to sprint! It’s a work in progress, but it already shows promise. Here’s a quick video with 30 seconds of game footage:

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  • We hit a quarter-million Facebook fans last week. To commemorate the momentous occasion, we made a giant “thumbs-up” — with a red sleeve in honor of ROBLOX — using ROBLOX Studio.
  • ROBLOX has launched a Google+ page! You can check it out here. If you’re interested in staying in the ROBLOX loop using Google+, make sure to “+1” our page. We’ll be posting content from the blog and other media throughout each week.
  • Several ROBLOX users edited their characters into photos of their office space last week. Check out our Twitter feed for a couple great photos.
  • Here’s a ROBLOX place that uses raycasting to give it the look of an ’80s Atari game.
  • Have you created (or do you aspire to create) a competitive ROBLOX game? Check out this article from Gamasutra about balancing your game and its systems.

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About Andrew Haak

Sr. Communications Manager. blockhaak on ROBLOX; @andrewjhaak on Twitter; blockhaak on Twitch.

26 thoughts on “Weekly ROBLOX Roundup: November 11, 2012

  1. 0123Red

    Hey, I’ve been playing around with some code, and I would really like you to remove the GUI that says “Waiting for Character”, at least when game.Players.AutoLoadCharacter is false, it causes an annoying annotation to be stuck there until the first time Character is set.

  2. Matt D.

    Roblox amazing job, when roblox comes out for ipad it will be a hit. Oh yea roblox i had tons of ideas on packages and hats and faces and gear, i wish i could message you on roblox what my ideas are.

  3. tae8

    I have a suggestion on a way to lower lag

    What if you made it so players could build something like a building and then turn the entire building into one brick kinda like in Photo editing programs

    Once turned into one brick the computer would not be able to turn it back into several 100 bricks so players would have to keep backups of things they build but it would greatly reduce lag if you ask me

    You could turn a 10K brick map into a 100 brick map or if you do not want anything to move a 1 brick map

  4. Nicblakley

    Is it possible to play roblox on the the iPad2 and iPad mini? I am getting four for my kids for Christmas b/c they consume my computer so much and will be very disappointed if they cannot play it! Thanks.

  5. Mgt7374

    Keep up the good work ROBLOX!!! :D

    I got to admit. I sometimes leave the site for a week to try a new game, but I always find myself coming back here. The idea of always being able to do something different on the same site is… thrilling!

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