WHAT IS ROBLOX?
ROBLOX is an online virtual playground and workshop, where kids of all ages can safely interact, create, have fun, and learn. It’s unique in that practically everything on ROBLOX is designed and constructed by members of the community. ROBLOX is designed for 8 to 18 year olds, but it is open to people of all ages. Each player starts by choosing an avatar and giving it an identity. They can then explore ROBLOX — interacting with others by chatting, playing games, or collaborating on creative projects. Each player is also given their own piece of undeveloped real estate along with a virtual toolbox with which to design and build anything — be it a navigable skyscraper, a working helicopter, a giant pinball machine, a multiplayer “Capture the Flag” game or some other, yet-to-be-dreamed-up creation. There is no cost for this first plot of virtual land. By participating and by building cool stuff, ROBLOX members can earn specialty badges as well as ROBLOX dollars (“ROBUX”). In turn, they can shop the online catalog to purchase avatar clothing and accessories as well as premium building materials, interactive components, and working mechanisms.
WHAT IS THE OBJECT OF ROBLOX?
ROBLOX members can choose to play and create alone or, with the help of personal and customizable avatars, they can choose to be social and engage with others. Members can explore the world with their avatars, meet and communicate with other members, visit other member-created worlds, and collaborate with others on projects. There are no pre-defined goals in ROBLOX. The focus is largely on creative and open-ended play. However, there are thousands of member-created games — both solo and multiplayer — with their own goals and objectives.
WHY DID WE CREATE ROBLOX?
We are passionate about creating meaningful experiences that ignite the imagination and engage the mind. There are many online sites for kids. However, most of these sites are focused primarily on helping kids socialize and play games. We wanted to build something more — a place that not only satisfies kids’ social and entertainment needs but that also satisfies kids’ hunger for creativity and learning.
HOW IS ROBLOX EDUCATIONAL?
We believe in the theory that kids learn best by making things; by engaging in the creative and complex process of imagining, designing, and constructing. Provide them with a safe place to build, give them the requisite tools, and let them play. We’re particularly inspired by the educational theory pioneered by Seymour Papert of the MIT Media Lab. This theory — labeled “Constructionism” — holds not only that kids learn best when they are in the active roles of designer and builder, but that their learning is optimized when they’re assuming these roles in a public forum. This makes good sense to us — particularly after observing some of our members who know that the fruits of their labor may be seen, critiqued, and used by others. These are motivated kids who become deeply engaged with building complex structures and solving difficult problems. Their level of creativity, the amount of time and care spent building, and the extent and high quality of their discourse never fails to astonish us.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO JOIN ROBLOX?
Anyone can enjoy ROBLOX free of charge, but they won’t have all the same privileges as paying members. For example, kids whose parents sign them up for the Builders Club will be given the ability to build and manage multiple active places that others can play. They’ll also be given the ability to purchase premium items in the ROBLOX catalog that enable greater (i.e. cooler!) customization of their avatars. Finally, Builders Club members will no longer be exposed to on screen advertisements. Builders Club memberships start at $5.95 per month. (That’s less than 20 cents per day!) Lower rates are available for 6-month and year-long subscriptions.
HOW DO I SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR BUILDERS CLUB?
Click on the Builder’s Club link in the navigation bar of ROBLOX.com to start the step-by-step process (or start the process right now by clicking here). If your child already has an account on ROBLOX the process is straightforward. You’ll simply need to sign in to his or her account to complete the enrollment process. If your child doesn’t already have an account, you’ll need to set her or him up with a username and a temporary password.
Parents (and Players) Respond
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
This game is very good for my children. I have three children playing roblox and they got each other to join. It is helping my oldest with a “what i want to be when i grow up” subject he is doing at school. He wants to be a programmer and program games so this site is helping him by teaching him skills. Also I love this site because it lets my kids be creative. Also its helping teach my kids laws of physics and lots of other stuff. Finaly a game my kids have fun on without blood and gore!
I have to say I really appreciate your product as my son asked me to order him a Lua book, and now he is starting to get really involved with scripting, advertising and ‘day trading’ all because of Roblox. Now, I am busy hearing my son talk non-stop about ads, clicks and currency trading on Roblox – gotta love it.
My boys, ages 10 and 8 just created an account to explore your games. I think the “safety blocks” you automatically established are a God-send. I don’t know much about this gaming stuff, but I did read your policies, procedures and commend you for making the blocks “automatic”. Thanks. Be vigilant. As a parent, I try to understand but I don’t. I need companies, gamers to help protect the children.
I am a parent of two boys (11 and 12) who absolutely love ROBLOX. As a Software Engineer myself, I am interested in getting my boys more involved in engineering in general, ROBLOX has been a big help.
Having paid out for quite a few destruction/build/animate games in the past which my Grandson has played for maybe a few days then tired of, it is amazing that ROBLOX seems for months now to have met his needs. His mom is now getting him Builders Club!
Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate Roblox. My son who is 12 uses your service all the time. One of the movie competitions motivates him to sit down and learn new software to develop new movie scenes. I watched him a couple days ago, working hard on powerpoint, windows movie maker and other software, trying to make his Roblox movie. He didn’t know how to use any of this software and learned it on his own through his motivation from Roblox. It’s kind of neat how simple things like having a special ‘hat’ for his character is so gratifying to him. He joined the Roblox Builders Club a few days ago. He was willing to give up $5 a month from his allowance per month to pay for it (we are paying for it, but appreciated his devotion). Anyway, I appreciate your service and also how safe it is for kids. I am enjoying seeing him thrive from the competition and creativity you challenge your users with. Best of luck with Roblox.
WHAT ROBLOXIANS ARE SAYING
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.”
There’s no greater power in the world than the ability to create the world yourself.
You know, ROBLOX is a great game designed to keep kids safe, and have fun at the same time. It’s a great way to learn computer engineering while chatting with thousands of other players. I really think ROBLOX is a great game. Way to go guys!
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.
Greetings people from the ROBLOX Headquarters. I just wanted to say that I am a big fan of your games. They are increasingly fun and due to them, I am learning lua scripting. On my friend’s world, I tested a bunch of scripts I had downloaded, making my own modifications for them and I must say I enjoy coding. The community is fun, and I do enjoy Roblox for the way it is. The only problem I have with this game is how insanely enticing it is.
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.
I’ve only been coding for about 10 months actually, ROBLOX is what got me into programming. I really must take this opportunity to thank ROBLOX for getting me into programming, which I spend most of my time doing. If it weren’t for ROBLOX introducing me to programming I’d still be wasting precious hours of my youth playing Runescape =P.
ROBLOX building gives me an outlet that makes me a little bit more able to express my overly constricted imagination.
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.
Hello, I would like to mention that I do online school and I like to involve ROBLOX in my projects each week. This week I involved ROBLOX in an economy project and an English project, where out of those two I earned over 10 standards. Now with this system there are not letter grades, but proficiency levels of 1, 2, or 3. I got 3s on all of them, my mentor and team leader know my goal to get a bachelors degree in Computer Science and eventually work for ROBLOX. I have been building and learning a lot lately adding to my almost 3 years and growing reputation on ROBLOX, I love all of the new features for building, as it has helped me to gain great standards in many different subjects. This message is directed to all of the ROBLOX Staff at the headquarters, and I would like to say thank you.
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.
I think that ROBLOX is the single best online game invented.