Every 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: the “liquid” layout for the Games page, six amazing sci-fi-themed places, a rousing round of your feedback and our responses, community booths at BLOXcon Chicago, hats and gear bundled with ROBLOX cards in July, Sword Fight and Sink a City, and other bits and pieces. Enjoy.
Seven-day Blog Recap
A new look for the Games page
One of the most popular pages on ROBLOX.com is the Games page. It’s the holy grail for game developers — by far the best means of getting exposure is getting to page one — and the natural starting point for anyone trying to find interesting ROBLOX games. Last week, we revealed a new look for the Games page, allowing us to display a much-increased volume of games and two side-by-side sorts. The end results is a more democratized Games page — more slots means more opportunity to achieve front-page placement and receive that prized exposure among millions of potential players. We’re currently rolling your feedback into our final bug fixes and improvements, and will launch this for all in the near future.
Sometimes, the simplest concepts are the best. Such was the case for this article, in which we simply photographed the beauty of six sci-fi-themed places. From a near-future metro station and a mysterious compound whose origins are not known to a research center and post-apocalyptic world featuring ruined landmarks, there’s a lot to see, explore and play. Browse the original article — all the featured places are worthy of your time and are sure to keep you busy for a while.
Feedback Loop: you ask, we answer
In the latest edition of our recurring Feedback Loop series, we get down and dirty with a huge variety of ideas and questions from the ROBLOX community. Among the topics discussed: future advancements to dynamic lighting and shadows, physics and character animations, server-side data persistence, in-game “expressions” and thumbnail poses, game-update subscriptions, and behind-the-scenes ROBLOX insights. All of the questions and suggestions were contributed by our Twitter followers; follow @ROBLOX today to contribute your thoughts for the next Feedback Loop!
In just five days, about 20 members of the ROBLOX crew will be be packing up, boarding a plane headed for Chicago and setting up the first of this summer’s BLOXcons. But we’re not the only ones coordinating a presence at the Museum of Science and Industry; several members of the ROBLOX community will be on-site to spread the word about their organizations, products and events. Find out what LuaLearners, Pinewood Builders and app developer/author cowbear16 will have on display at BLOXcon Chicago!
Get hats/gear with ROBLOX cards this month
Every month, we release a new set of exclusive virtual goods you can only obtain by redeeming ROBLOX cards from particular retailers around the world. This month, we’ve got a variety pack of items — with an emphasis on headphones — and, as we’d be remiss not to mention, the Noir Periastron Psi. What bundled items will you get? Take a look at the blog post to see what’s out there.
You should play this game
Sword Fight and Sink a City is pure destruction. What starts as two teams swordfighting on the platforms and pillars of a vertically-oriented city quickly becomes two teams swordfighting on what remains of a city as it succumbs to molten lava from the depths of ROBLOXia. No single round plays out like the next, as the physics take over, and after a few minutes the city turns into something of a piece of abstract art. It’s worth experiencing at least a round or two.
Krileos is a work in progress by dreapster, suggested to us in the comments of our gallery of sci-fi creations. It’s a really futuristic place with a sense of scale that rivals some of E981′s builds and an extraterrestrial brown-based color scheme. It’s certainly deserving of a mention.
Here’s a quick recap for the blog reader survey we ran a couple weeks ago:
- Among readers who are members of the ROBLOX community, roughly half identify themselves as gamers, and half identify themselves as builders or game developers.
- The gaming device of choice among blog readers is, by a long shot, the desktop computer. Console is a distant second.
- The top five game genres among blog readers are adventure, military and building, FPS and fighting.
- The quality of articles is perceived to be high, but we’ll keep trying to get more of you to respond with “great” as your answer.
- The favorite category of blog posts is “news and announcements,” with user-created content features (Spotlight, etc.) and product development in second and third place, respectively.
- Your favorite recurring series is the good ol’ Spotlight.
- More than 50% of respondents like the Weekly Roundup. With that being said, I’ll continue to write them — and continue to make them better. (They’ve come a long way. Believe me.)
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the survey. It’s nice to know a little better who our audience really is.