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ROBLOXians Respond: Why Do You Build?

Why do you build?

I can think of many reasons why someone might: to create a tangible representation of something that otherwise only exists in your imagination, to share and explore something with someone on the other side of the planet, to pass the time, to experiment with physics – and the list goes on. But that’s not the point of this article; the point is to relay the things that drive you, genuine ROBLOX builders, to create.

So, why do you build? Here are responses from the Twitter-following segment of the ROBLOX community.

To better yourself.

Whether you’re preparing to delve into the field of architecture or game design, or just looking to exercise the creative part of your brain, many of you build to improve yourselves. Take ydocydoc1, for example: “I build to improve my architectural skills, and compete against other users to try and create the most effective place in ROBLOX’s community. Though this is hard, I don’t stop trying.”

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LOLFUNNY12345 has a similar attitude, saying “I build as a way to test myself and to help myself get more creative. The praise I get also compels me to build with more and more detail. I got a lot of motivation after John Shedletsky ‘favorited’ my Harbour Map.”

Another user said they build to try and achieve their goal of getting to the front of the Games page — the holy grail for a ROBLOX builder — by being innovative and creating things that haven’t been made before.

Games PageBecause it’s an outlet for expression.

Many users see ROBLOX building as a form of creative expression that just works for them. One unidentified ROBLOXian said, “I build because I can’t draw and I can’t compose songs. ROBLOX building gives me an outlet that makes me a little bit more able to express my overly constricted imagination.”

Others responded with a similar sentiment.

SmoothBlockModel: ROBLOX is like the doorway between the real world and your imagination, simply anything is possible. Just spotting things while walking to school or going somewhere makes me think, “I wonder if I could build that on ROBLOX.”

TREVOR818730: I build because I feel as if I can let out the part of me that contains my creativity. Building is like a key put into the lock that holds my ideas. These ideas translate to the game and become something unique.

Devin1002: I build to show others my true creativity. Most everything I build becomes a model, free for all to take. When I build, I get locked into a mode where nothing is in my mind, except for what I plan on building and how I plan on building it. Building on ROBLOX helps me improve my online game designing creativity.

Because you’re inquisitive.

ROBLOX allows you to experiment with game design, advertising, physics and more. Turns out, this experimentation is one of the key reasons some people use ROBLOX to build.

OOHLALAyayyyy: I like to build because it lets me express my ideas. For example, I can test water physics, which I probably couldn’t do in real life. I also once built a replica of my house. I never finished it. I took advantage of the decal feature and I downloaded images of the rugs in my homestead. I used some free models in this place but created a majority of it on my own.

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To escape.

Lots of people look to building – much like playing games, watching movies, listening to music or reading books – as an escape from the stresses of day-to-day life. Paul2448 is one such person, using building as a way to “get his mind off other things” and “escape from the world for a while.”

He also notes that he’s always thought of building as trying to solve a puzzle, so his brain “always feels better” while solving the puzzle and building things.

Another user with a similar mindset said, “there’s no greater power in the world than the ability to create the world yourself,” adding that it offers an escape to a reality where the world becomes your own.

For fun.

Sometimes, the answer is that simple.

“I build mostly because of the fun,” says crossingdeath123.

Those are the perspectives of just a small fraction of builders on ROBLOX. What compels you to build?
About Andrew "blockhaak" Haak

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

202 thoughts on “ROBLOXians Respond: Why Do You Build?

  1. Gybron

    The reason why I play ROBLOX, is the group system. No other game offers the same; Buildin’ very unique bases for your faction. But nowdays, buildin’ has home different, thanks to studio 2013.. But I’ll try to get used to it!

  2. chaoticmaster123

    I build for the feeling of it, for the imagination and for the fact that people might enjoy it.

  3. spookysonic39

    I like to build things on Roblox. That’s why I invited some of my friends to come on Roblox and we go on some building games to see who can make the tallest tower in the game. It’s fun! :)

  4. John123130289

    I build, sometimes to get some tix for my group, “SS” Which stands for Supreme Security, ie sometimes I build for it. Sometimes I build because I’m bored and I want to create something, I want to just create it! It is hard to get your game on the front page, but with a good amount of effort, anythings possible.

    4 Year veteran, John123130289.

  5. TheLegendarySan

    I build to satisfy others’ creative juices flowing in them to make ROBLOX a bigger, and better place!

  6. DragonessPrincess

    I hate the new ROBLOX Studio. And just to annoy myself because their studio is horrible now. ._.

  7. RedBalboa

    I build for the fun of others. I always like to make games for people. But Roblox is probably the only way at the moment, for me to express my creativity in 3D.

  8. handsomeanakin

    To simply show the people who are starting to doubt in roblox that some games are still good, like my slenderman game, but they are often hard to come across….

  9. Titanic23456

    I build because it is the one thing that really puts me into a kinda like peace mode. Other then reading a book next to my living room fireplace with a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate of course. But I easily get inspired by things and create them into miniature buildings. And that is why I build essentially…

  10. Bsrman99

    Simply because it’s fun, and even better, challenging! Using build sets and tolls works to, but once you figure out your way around studio, it adds a great deal of effect to the game. Like lighting, and even music. Yes, music! I love the feeling once you build something all your own, but what’s even better, when others play your game and enjoy it. And the dream of it becoming very popular. Just stay away from free modles, unless, your new to scripting, you can try and find out through them. If there is any I can give you, don’t pay attention to negative (Hater) comments.

  11. 1lPman

    I build because others are hard working for the players to play. So, I want to build what I imagine and create so others can imagine and create their own.

  12. Monkey727

    I do not just ‘build’, I script, I create, and I do it all because I have played ROBLOX for so long. I have gone through 200K Visits and being a moderator for Sandbox, One of the games in the Image above next to “Because it’s an outlet for expression”. Sandbox is said to be all about Building, But even better it’s just about pure creativity. And now I am leaving ROBLOX to continue scripting and building my own games elsewhere. You, ROBLOX, provided me with the inspiration to create games, Thankyou.

  13. CommanderBrice

    I am a big fan of ROBLOX and I like it very much ,but building is how I say to people that I like this or I like that… Because ROBLOX is here to have fun and just… just… tell the world what you are, who you are and what you think of the world!

  14. CommanderBrice

    I build to give an idea to other ROBLOXians and tell them that you can do any thing you want to do, I build to tell kids that ROBLOX is here to give your idea, inspiration, thoughts, and… love!

  15. LDragoking23

    I think people build to express their creativity and what they can make. All of my friends on ROBLOX build and express their self and when people visit it makes them proud and happy for them to view their masterpiece and tell positive things about their place and it puts joy to them that they want to make much more so it can be at the first page of the games page so that is my response of why do we build

  16. FreechatingGuy

    Building just might let your dreams out of your mind and make them come true. Whether it’s a time machine, role-play, temple or city, building equals your imagination.

  17. Mysterio55

    I build because on ROBLOX I can go as far as my building skills can go and take it slowly until I make a model that is what I want it to be.

  18. Dogwarrior24

    I build because it is a way to express my imagination and creativity. Without it I feel a burning desire to do something with the things I come up with. If I don’t build, the creativity, and ideas, go to waste. This is the same reason I love drawing and sculpting. Roblox building is art in itself, even if you’re not that good at it. You’re expressing your ideas.

  19. pup321

    I’m not a very good builder, and I don’t build much, but I do like viewing great architecture. It’s amazing the things you can build on Roblox.

  20. blanman

    In the past, to try and make a cool place and get rolling in the tickets.

    Recently it’s just to challenge myself, and try and learn more about programming. Roblox is MUCH more educational than the programming elective I signed up for.

  21. MMAFighter459

    I build because it is fun and I can create whatever stadiums or Call of Duty maps I dream about.

  22. lovebug53

    I build to make my life easier. To help me look to the future, and dream of the days to come. I also build to let my anger out sometimes because of my ADHD, but roblox has helped a lot. THANKS ROBLOX FOR MAKING LIFE EASIER!!!

  23. domogomo

    Well I build to compete with others. Even though my models are not the best and might not be good at all, I keep on trying, never giving up until I have it right. Scripting is also a part of this building. I’m still learning and my teacher is teaching me. Keep it on with the good work, ROBLOX!

  24. SkilledSniper1

    I build in roblox because it INSPIRES me. Impossible to display a model? Well, you can generate one here! Want to get noticed? You can test your game ideas here, too!

  25. Shokingawesome

    This is exactly why I think Roblox is the best game on the computer! Because the Roblox community is basically user ran with help from the Roblox employees! (Can’t forget them!) If you don’t think Roblox is a good game, then you are either crazy, going crazy, have mental issues, or don’t like having fun.

  26. Legobrick100

    I build because I have always been fascinated with game design. All fronts of it. Foley, voice acting, coding, and my personal favorite, environments. I really enjoy the environments in games.

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