Every week, we’re busy telling the stories behind our community, our technology and our place in the gaming and technology industries. For those of you who catch up with us over the weekend, the Weekly Roundup collects the best stuff to hit our various avenues of publication in the last week. This time: the second Winter Games preview video, developers earning serious cash via DevEx, a gallery of fantastic fan art, an inside look at the making and future of ScriptOn’s new Paintball game, the next BLOXcast livestream, a dynamic lighting tutorial, two games of the week, and other bits and pieces. Enjoy.
Seven-day blog recap
It’s a new year, we’re back in the office, and, not surprisingly, there’s some big stuff on the horizon. Maybe the most widely anticipated event is the 2014 ROBLOX Winter Games, which are scheduled to start at the very end of this month. To celebrate the impending lighting of the virtual torch, we gave you an exclusive inside look at the ski lodge that will serve as the lobby for the event.
The lodge was built by asimo3089, and will allow players to teleport into the individual games — which, by no coincidence, are also being created by some of our top developers.
Speaking of top developers, we took a look back at the first three months of the Developer Exchange program to see just how much real-world cash successful developers have made off their ROBLOX creations. The total amount we’ve paid might surprise you. If you’re interested in game development, you might also want to check out Alan’s article about ScriptOn’s new paintball game, which is tearing up the charts and standing strong against the most-visited game of 2013, Paintball! Should daxter33 be concerned?
In other news, we announced the date and time — January 18th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time — for the next BLOXcast livestream. Make sure to save the date so you can see the event when it’s live! We also finalized the 20 winners of the fall, 2013 fan art contest (and showed a bunch of runners up), and released a dynamic lighting tutorial video for those of you who haven’t experimented with it yet.
Exciting things will be happening next week. Don’t go away.
You should play this game
Alan’s pick: Dragonia: The Land Beyond Fantasies 2.0
Two quick warnings:
- If you want to enjoy this game, you’re going to need to spend some time with it.
- You’re going to need a decent computer to run this beast.
That said, Dragonia: The Land Beyond Fantasies 2.0 is an incredible experience. This is your chance to raise and care for a baby dragon in a beautiful world with ever-changing seasons. Trees turn pink and purple during the fall, snow falls throughout winter, and heavy rain cascades through the sky during spring. Once you spawn, find one of the many eggs and claim it as your own. Wait for your dragon to hatch, then roam grassy fields in search of food to feed your little beast. Different trees and bushes yield different types of fruit (and you’re in for a real bonus if you find a golden apple), and the diet you choose for your dragon will affect how it grows. I found my egg in a pond, so I birthed a Water Dragon that grew into, well, have a look at the picture. BEAST.
Andrew’s pick: Urban Patrol
Urban Patrol is a competitive game where the red team faces off against the blue team (go figure) in a battle to capture control points. I know, I know — it’s been done a thousand times. But here are the things that make Wingman8’s take on the formula special:
- Awesome military vehicles
- Destructible urban setting
- Verticality (i.e., you have to be aware of your surroundings from every angle)
Urban Patrol is not new, but it’s still one of the best vehicle-based games you’ll find. This was my first time playing it, and it’s holding up well.
Maxxz’s game review for the week: Unknown Demise
- Here’s a cool demo of zars15 using a Leap Motion to manipulate the camera and parts in ROBLOX Studio
- And here’s some insight into how he made it happen
- Interesting story from the University of Maryland’s student newspaper about a student inventor who cites ROBLOX game development as one of his inspirations/side interests.
- Lua tip from Quenty (pay attention to the subsequent discussion)
- TechTeam911 is making good process on the ROBLOXian version of Saints Row IV’s dubstep gun.
- Leates has constructed a Winter Games training place using teleports that transfer you from event to event. I only made it three rounds in, so I’m not sure just how far it goes, but it seems cool.