Let me tell you something, Roblox is a wonder and we’re going to tell you why!
The gaming industry has been turning into a massive beast lately. Every week thousands of households go about unboxing their new games and gaming gear all around the globe. It has become almost impossible to spot a household without some form of gaming gear, whether it be gaming consoles or PCs. It’s also pretty much impossible to see a group of kids that do not talk about their favorite games and their exploits in them. This has turned gaming into an industry that is larger than the box office and world music industry combined.
The entire industry is built upon a kind of entertainment that directly involves its users with taking real-time actions in order to either pursue a story or simply win! In our article “A Brief Look At Game Design”, we have deeply discussed what game design is and how children can benefit from learning how to design games from an early age so make sure to give that one a read as well to learn more on the topic.
But this is not even it yet! The gaming industry has created professional gamers who earn millions and millions of dollars every year whether just testing upcoming video games or competing at massive venues that hold international gaming competitions!
In 2016, over one-third of the world’s population were video gamers. That is approximate 1.7 billion people and in 2017 over 660 million people watched others playing games on online platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, and other video streaming platforms! The entire industry made over 130 billion dollars in 2018 and experts say the numbers have been growing at a massive rate of 10 percent annually!
Generally speaking, game design is a fun but difficult field of expertise. It requires a lot of technical knowledge in graphics and coding. A game designer must be able to put his knowledge into creating creative storylines and gameplay.
Now, what if there was a platform where you could play and make games at the same time? What if you could play over 50 million cool games for free? What if you could publish your games for free? Remember what we said at the very line? Here’s where Roblox comes into play!
In this article, we are going to take a deeper look at one of the major platforms that facilitate both gaming and game design in unique fun ways!
What is Roblox?
Alright, so first things first! What is Roblox? We have used the term quite a few times already but haven’t discussed it as of yet! Well, Roblox is an online gaming platform in which players can not only play games but also socialize and create games! What makes this even cooler is the fact that all the games available on this platform are made by community members. There is also the possibility of creating income for the game designers too but we are going to talk about that later.
The players can also easily play with their friends or make new acquaintances along the way as there are tons of multiplayer games available as well. Roblox also provides some social features including chats so the players can communicate in real-time and from within the program itself. The platform features a variety of types when it comes to choosing your favorite categories.
Roblox describes their platform as one to be “Powering Imagination”. It is a very good idea for you to check out their website and take a look for yourself by clicking here. According to their website, they have over 29 million developers and have managed to accumulate over a billion US dollars for them since 2018! This speaks volumes on how Roblox is jumping over all the benchmarks one after another and heading towards becoming one of the most popular platforms in the market.
The guys at Roblox are known to have kept an extremely good reputation for following international laws regarding the use of the internet by children. They keep the community a safe place for the youngsters to enjoy and keep them strictly away from foul language and what is known to be illegal and described as inappropriate material for children globally. This includes both the chats as well as the games that are being published every day.
After Installing Roblox, the user will get two discrete icons on their desktop. Roblox Player and the Roblox Studio.
Roblox Player is where all the games are. This is the program in which you can browse games, make friends, chat with them, and generally enjoy all the cool aspects of the gaming section of Roblox. The user will also log in to their personal account which they must already have created on their website.
Once the user finds their desired game (they can do that either from the pool of games or from their popular titles), they will begin playing the game in the same program. This means that the Roblox team has eliminated the need for the installation of another program by optimizing the Roblox Player.
The users will also have access to a variety of other features such as messages, their profile, avatars, inventory, blogs, and the list of friends.
They will also have access to their trades under an icon named Trade. Roblox has created this extremely useful and exciting feature to make gaming more pleasurable and interactive among the users. The Trade feature allows the players to exchange some limited resources with one another. This is to firstly allow the players to benefit from using the items that belong to their friends and secondly helps children learn and get acquainted with the culture of sharing and exchanging one thing for another. This feature is only available for premium members and on limited items.
Roblox Studio is where all the game design stuff happens. It is the second part of the program that facilitates the game design features of Roblox. The users can also enter the game design section of Roblox by selecting Create from the browser menu on top. This link will eventually lead to a download page where from which the user can download Roblox Studio to get going.
In Roblox Studio, the users can create games by coding, or by simply manipulating their desired areas from the features present within the program. They can easily change characters, set rules, alter the surrounding environment, change terrain, alter objects, set rules, and o pretty much anything a professional game designer can do at their office in a multinational corporation.
Once the game is completed or at any point in time, the user can test out their game in an absolutely isolated environment that is aside from all the published games before releasing their game on Roblox. This helps the creators to get a hands-on experience with the game they have been designing, identify any possible bugs and get to see how far their imagination is from what has actually materialized on the platform. Another advantage of this is that the designer will get a more refined experience about the direction their thought process must take in order to optimize their game on any front whether it is graphics, storyline, or gameplay!
Who Is Roblox For?
Contrary to common belief, Roblox is not just designed for children only, but rather, it is a platform for all ages to enjoy. There are tons of games in the program in an adult can enjoy playing. These may include some of the more sophisticated games such as hard puzzle games, multiplayer first-person shooter games (AKA FPS Games), and some RPGs. Another reason for this matter is the fact that while Roblox is being a very simple and easy-to-use program, it manages to offer a good level of graphics and gameplay. What’s more, is that many of the games published on the platform are created by genuine professional game designers. These often follow a fetching storyline too!
Younger individuals can also benefit from Roblox by enjoying the more simple games. With a bit of help and guidance, they would be able to find and play quite a number of educational titles too. This means that gaming can turn into learning for young children who seem to be too glued to their computers and iPads.
One advantage from which both children, as well as adults, can benefit is the game design aspects of Roblox. What this essentially means is that whoever it is using the program, is given absolutely similar and equal chances and resources in order to unleash their creativity and experiment with game design. In another article “5 Reasons Why You Should Enroll Your Child In Game Design Courses” we have deeply discussed the benefits of being involved with game design so make sure to check that one out as well to learn more.
There are quite a few aspects that a game designer must follow in order to create a standard and enjoyable game. Roblox is the best place for rookies to practice these skills and get feedback from thousands and thousands of players around the world. What is more, is that they will enjoy all such benefits for absolutely free!
As mentioned previously, more experienced game designers can benefit Roblox by designing games and enjoying its monetizing features. The platform offers an array of methods for their game designers to earn money. The users can simply tip them or buy in-game currencies with real money. In this way, Roblox is having the back of both players and game designers at the same time.
Roblox With GeniusCamp
In GeniusCamp our aim is to facilitate genuine educational ground for children to get more acquainted with game design and help them get their hands on a variety of projects. This is to create a safe and fruitful environment for children to be able to first learn an extraordinary skill that would help them with their future careers and secondly, to make sure they are able to make the correct decisions about their future education and career directions.
In GeniusCamp we offer Roblox in 2 distinct courses. Our introduction course which we call “Roblox Introduction”, is specifically designed for individuals 6 to 17! In this course, the students will learn about the basics of game design and Lua programming. The students learn to create simple games and experiment with the Roblox platform as a novice game designer.
The curriculum for this course includes learning about various tools and parts in Roblox, solid modeling and grouping, constraints and how they are used, obstacle courses, and more similar subjects. The GeniusCampers will also get an introductory understanding of Lua Programming.
The Roblox Introduction course is offered in both 1-on-1 as well as semi-private sessions. The entire semi-private course would take 3 months which consists of 10 hours of tutorials and 2 weeks of projects. In the 1-on-1 courses, the students will follow the curriculum and learn at their own personal pace. There are no prerequisites for this course.
The Roblox Advanced will take things further for the students by introducing more complex and challenging course material. For students to enroll in this course, it is important to be fluent in the material provided in the Roblox Introduction course.
The curriculum for this course revolves around file pathing and basic syntax, data types and variables in programming, parent scripts, For loops, animations, events, and conditional statements. Similar to the previous course, this course is also offered in both 1-on-1 and semi-private sessions the difference being that the semi-private course takes 3 months with 15 hours of tutorials and 2 weeks of projects.
Taking everything that we talked about into consideration, it is obvious that Roblox can be very beneficial for anyone let alone our children who are to choose their fields of study and career paths in the near future. Enroll your children now and let their journey into game design begin right away!