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ROBLOX Teaches Coding at Bay Area Elementary School

ROBLOX is all kinds of fun, but there’s no doubt that our community members gain valuable life skills by engaging in the creative process of going from gamer to game creator. Coding, digital modeling, communication, entrepreneurship, business savvy – these are all things anyone can pick up by participating in ROBLOX’s bustling creator community. Even educators have started taking notice of ROBLOX’s potential as a learning tool, and we’re working to make that more common – starting locally.

A couple weeks ago, five members of the ROBLOX team headed to the E.R. Taylor Elementary School in our Bay Area home to introduce basic coding to a group of roughly 70 third- through fifth-graders. That might seem too young to start building and coding in ROBLOX Studio, but today there really is no “too young” to start absorbing tech knowledge.

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Friends and Followers Makes ROBLOX More Social, and Even More Fun

ROBLOX has more than 4.5 million active players every month. Many of you have told us that you would like a more comprehensive social experience. You would like to be able to play and join games with your Friends. You would like to be able to gauge how you’re doing, in any game, in relation to your Friends. You would like to be able to create games with these social aspects in mind. Basically, you’ve told us that friends should be able to play and compete with one another – easily. Friends and Followers is a new way of making social connections on ROBLOX, and a feature that lays the groundwork for these exciting social gameplay and game development possibilities.

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Who Made Mad Paintball? A Chat with the Developers

Our newest Twitch show goes behind the scenes of some of your favorite ROBLOX games, and delves into what makes them tick. We just wrapped up our second episode, in which we got the chance to speak with the creators behind Mad Paintball, loleris and Pyrolysis, about their experience creating one of the biggest games on ROBLOX.

Many people might not know that Mad Paintball is made by a team of devs. Loleris is credited with the concept and initial development, but he’s recruited the help of other ROBLOX builders to make maps. More recently, he brought on Pyrolysis, who has been making a lot of the updates and improvements to the game during the first month of 2015.

Two of those updates include new game modes, both of which are set to release very soon: Escort and Payload.

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How Engaging With Players In and Out of ROBLOX Makes Your Game Better

Game development is about so much more than building a game and publishing it. The games you see on the front page of ROBLOX consistently have something in common: the developers continue to improve their games, keeping them fresh with new content and finding new and innovative ways to engage with players.

Many developers are using social media and video streaming as a way to not only promote their game pre-release, but also keep the excitement going. You may have seen members of the Mad Studio team streaming the development of new modes for Mad Paintball on Twitch. On Twitter, if you check the hashtag #ROBLOXDev, you’ll find many users posting progress of their builds.

And then there’s Taymaster, who has been pulling all the right levers on social media over the last year to keep his games popular and fresh.

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The Latest and Greatest ROBLOX Twitch Channels

Throughout 2014, we worked to not only launch and grow the ROBLOX Twitch channel, but help you — the gamers of the ROBLOX community — get your own streams up and running. Part of this was the monthly streaming leaderboards, with which we rewarded top broadcasters for entertaining viewers, being active, and doing unique and noble things live on camera. December was the final leg of the leaderboard program, and this post shows you who, of the 2,170 people who streamed ROBLOX to Twitch, topped the charts at the close of the year.

We’re going to find new ways to make Twitch streaming even more fun in 2015, so stay tuned to twitch.tv/roblox.

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Let It Snow with ROBLOX’s Winter Games 2015

Winter is in full force here at ROBLOX, and with it come the 2015 Winter Games! For the rest of January you’ll have the chance to earn eight awesome ROBLOX hats and gear items.

We’ve called upon the talented ROBLOX community to create winter themed versions of some of the most popular games. Apocalypse Rising, Flood Escape, ROBLOX Top Model, and Reason 2 Die headline this year’s event, all dusted with fresh powder, and looking cooler than ever.

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Tell Us What You Think About Our New Twitch Show

Yesterday we premiered our brand new Twitch show, known simply (and tentatively) as the Developer Showcase. On it we interviewed DevAdrian, the creator of the new hit game, Risky Strats. It’s an ambitious show for us, requiring new equipment and a lot more planning than The Next Level, but it’s worth it because we can simultaneously show off cool ROBLOX games and hear how they are made, straight from the people who make them. If you missed the Twitch stream, fear not; right below is the entire show. Give it a watch!

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