Roblox has been one of the most popular apps in the world. Its stock price soared to more than the combined value of EA and Take-Two’s stocks. Roblox was also mentioned in the Epic Games trial.

It’s not only a popular app, 42.1 million people use Roblox every. During the pandemic, its popularity has risen. The number of daily active users increased by 85 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Although Roblox has been around since 2006, I had never really understood what it was. To give you an idea of the time span, the App Store was launched in 2008 for iOS. To help you understand the hype, I spent some time in Roblox.

Roblox promotional image.

What is Roblox?

I don’t know. I don’t believe there is a single Roblox exploit object like a Minecraft Block. It could be that Roblox allows you to build games that can be explored.

What exactly is a “game”? Apple makes me wonder these days.

An Apple exec testified during the Epic trial that a game has a beginning and an end. That was a quick problem that I solved. Roblox (the company) says Roblox is an app that offers “experiences.”

What’s Roblox then?

You can enjoy millions of unique experiences, all created specifically for this platform. While the majority of these experiences are games, you can also visit Stranger Things’ Starcourt Mall which was re-created by Roblox. Even went to a Roblox awards ceremony — constructed inside Robloxitself.

It all sounds complex. What can you do to win?

It’s true! You don’t win at Roblox. There are many games that you can win, but the main draw of Robloxis to just be a place where you can hang out and play lots of things with your friends.

This is my avatar at the start of aRoblox Obstacle Course Game, or an “obby”
Is Roblox the place where the cool kids hangout? What about the nerd children? (Are the cool children the nerds now?)

It’s likely to be all types since it’s enjoyed by more that half of all US children under 16.

Wow. Wow.

I’m not sure. It’s quite a large number. It seems safe, however, since Roblox included that stat in all documents it had to file prior to going public. Roblox lying to shareholders would probably lead to hell.

More than 50% of Roblox users are younger than 13, but it’s not only kids who are playing it. 30% of players are over 17. Roblox informed me that the fastest-growing age groups are those between 13-17 and 17-24.

With additions such as Roblox’s dedicated area for virtual birthday parties, the need for entertainment and virtual connectivity during the pandemic was a major driver for many new players.

I’m intrigued!

A private party could be set up in Roblox’s dedicated space. It can feel almost like a rave. However, I expect more Roblox birthday parties to look like a group of friends opening the app and jumping from one game to the next. You can have a variety of experiences in a matter of minutes. The app loads quickly which makes it easy to recreate the chaos of a real children’s birthday party.

A Roblox avatar at a psychedelic party place.

Yes. This is what I’ve heard of people doing in Fortnite and Minecraft. Is it possible?

It’s kind of. Fortnite offers the violent Party Royale mode. This allows you to run around on a small island with friends and shoot paintball guns at one another. You can also attend concerts at a large virtual concert stage, just like in Roblox. Fortnite’s Creative Mode allows you to create entire worlds using weapons and other Epic assets. Minecraft allows you to build anything you want using its blocksy cubes, and create games on your own private servers.

Fortnite, Minecraft offer a fixed experience based on set mechanics. Roblox allows developers to create any type of game they like, whether it’s a third-person action or first-person shooter. Players can also grab their friends to hop from one game to the next with virtually no friction.

Hold on, wait. The Lil Nas X? “Old Town Road “?

He is indeed. He gave an spectacular, almost 10-minute performance. He towered over a crowd of tiny Roblox avatars dancing and teleported them to new virtual stages. (Yes, that includes that one. If you want to see the entire show, you can find it right here:

These concerts were huge hits with 33 million viewers across four shows and two days. (By comparison, Fortnite massive Travis Scott concerts April attracted 45.8 millions viewers across five shows.

Roblox is making big plans to host other virtual music events, as it works towards a metaverse. The in-game “Bloxys”, which were presented by Royal Blood, saw the rock duo perform and debut a new song. Roblox would prefer not to be sued over music rights so it signed deals with Sony, and BMG.

It is probably wise. What’s a metaverse, you ask?

A metaverse is a collection or virtual worlds, landscapes and characters that you can access in one place. Fortnite is one example. It allows players to dress up as characters from a wide range of movies, video games and sports. Roblox offers a wide range of virtual worlds and games that can be played in almost any environment that a developer could imagine.

Let’s say that I want to just play the games.

In Roblox you can play a few games from almost any genre in a matter of minutes. A popular horror game for third-person called Piggy had me running from a frightening pig with a baseball bat. The obbys is a top Roblox game. It’s a series where you must navigate dangerous platforms and avoid obstacles. Even a clone Counter-Strike was found, called Contra Blox .

Are they good for you?

This is a difficult question to answer. Sometimes, having a good Roblox gaming experience or being a skilled player is more important than just spending time with friends. Many games focus heavily on roleplaying, and I mean that in the literal meaning of the word. In one game I tried, I worked at a pizza parlor. Another, Animal Simulator, had me riding around as a horse in a virtual world.

One of the most popular Roblox games, Brookhaven drops you into a small town. You can choose a house or car and you are free to be any person you want in the town. It reminded me of a child-friendly version GTA Online roleplaying game.

My new Brookhaven house, which I built in Roblox. I don’t know who the coolest skateboarder is. They photobombed my house.

You shouldn’t expect to play Roblox games with production values similar to Final Fantasy VII remake, or Fall guys. Many of the Roblox game I tried felt a bit basic, with simple graphics and controls. The point isn’t to be a pro in any Roblox games, but to simply have fun with the millions of virtual spaces available.

Which is your favorite game?

Thank you for your question. This is Theme Park Tycoon. It’s a Roller Coaster Tycoon copy that brought back many of my childhood capitalist theme park-building instincts. To make sure I finish this article, I have been trying to avoid it. I like to jump into random obbys , such as this McDonald’s-themed .

How can I choose what to play?

You can’t get into any Roblox world. Instead, you can jump into vanilla Minecraft to immediately begin building houses and crafting tools.

Instead of thinking Roblox like an app store, think of Roblox . You can search for games or browse different genres and categories. The “storefront”, which recommends games to you, also lets you search through them. Many players share their games with each other or search for things online that are recommended by YouTubers and creators.

It can seem overwhelming to start with so many options. It’s easy to just jump in to a game and find something you like.

Roblox’s Explore tab.

Who creates these games?

Everyone. Everybody! Children do it, and so can you. Roblox offers free development tools for getting started. It provides extensive documentation and guides to assist you in making games for the platform. Roblox provides developers with a traditional suite of tools to help them create games for the platform. This is in contrast to Minecraft where you literally build the environment around you using blocks.

It’s not only amateurs who make Roblox game — there are entire studios that specialize in Roblox. While writing this article, I spoke to The Gang Stockholm about their creation of , an official Nerf battle area game for Hasbro. One of Roblox’s most popular games, Abopt Me, has grown from a two-person team to being supported by a full development lab that hopes to hire 100 developers by the end next year.

There’s money to make in Roblox games.

Developers have the option to make money selling items, cosmetics or avatars in exchange for Robux, Roblox’s in-app currency. It seems that some of the most popular games can make a decent profit once they reach critical mass. Roblox claims that over 1,250 developers earned Robux worth at least $10,000 in 2020. More than 300 earned $100,000 or more.

If you are interested in developing Roblox games, you should be aware that Roblox can take a upto 73 percent share of the revenue players spend on your game, and as low as 27 percent if your Robux is converted into real money.

This 73 percent figure is significantly higher than the Google and Apple app stores’ 30 percent cuts (in most cases), and Epic Games’ 12 percent cut from Epic Games’ games on their Epic Games Store. However, those stores don’t usually host a multiplayer game for you. If you spend your Roblox proceeds on advertising, the company will take a smaller percentage.

Let’s say I want Roblox right now. Where can I get it?

It works on PC, Mac and iOS. You can also use it with Android and the Xbox One. Although it’s free, Robux can be purchased.

Roblox is not available for PS4 and PS5 What about Nintendo Switch, though? Or Oculus Quest?

Roblox isn’t allowing the possibility that the app will be available on these devices at this time. Roblox CEO and co-founder Dave Baszucki stated that, long-term, the Switch, PlayStation and Quest all make “perfectly sense for Roblox”, but that they won’t reveal ship dates. So it seems like Roblox might be coming to your Switch sometime in the future, although it’s difficult to know when.

You mentioned Roblox Roblox is a hugely popular choice for kids. How can Roblox protect them against bad actors?

Parents can set up a variety of settings to control what their children can do on the app, and who they can speak to. Toggling a switch that requires a pin to change settings can be done by parents. They can even toggle a restricted mode which restricts access to Roblox-curated content.

Roblox claims that children 12 and under have their posts and chats filter for inappropriate content, as well as personal information. This means that a child can’t share their home address with a Roblox friend via Roblox’s Chat. Players can also report and block users. This support article provides more information about Roblox’s parents guide, and.

Roblox is also developing content ratings to games . However, Roblox has not yet said when this rating system will be available.

However, it seems that there are still gaps. Wired’sCecilia D’Anastasio wrote about a Roblox encounter she had earlier this year. She spoke with someone who acted as the Confederacy.

Roblox is unable to stop children from discovering the scary clown video hidden within the game.

Roblox is a big deal. I can live without it. What should I do?

You’ll have to do your own research. With how wild the stonks market has been this year, though, I suppose Roblox, like anything else, has a lightning-in-a-bottle chance of being the next GameStop. It’s better than spending all that money on NFTs.