What are good roasts for ROBLOX players
There is a story at ROBLOX Not. The aim of the game is to create virtual worlds that are represented in the style of LEGO or Minecraft, to act out in various mini-games, to be creative, to make friends and to exchange ideas in different groups. So one speaks of an MMO (massively multiplayer online game), a community or perhaps almost a social network.
In the game, entire cities or amusement parks can be built, a fast food branch can be run or a family scenario can be simulated. The possibilities seem limitless and ROBLOX offers a wide range for boys and girls of different age groups. A distinction is made between the ROBLOX-Studio (blue button on the PC) and the ROBLOX-Player (red button) - depending on whether you want to create content yourself or try out content from other players.
Start of the game - first register
At the beginning you have to register for free on the homepage www.roblox.com by entering your email address, password, gender and date of birth. Then you get access to the virtual one ROBLOX-Universe - provided you are able to speak English. ROBLOX is not yet available in a German version. After registration you will receive a ready-made character (avatar). If necessary, this can be redesigned according to your own ideas. Clothes, hairstyle and many other things can be customized. Most of this is free, but you have to pay money for certain accessories. If the avatar should look like a king or a fantasy creature, the game also offers a colorful range of clothes and body statues.
ROBLOX-STUDIO - creative, more creative, most creative
The title has a creative approach and that ROBLOX-Studio enables players to create their own world. As an example: From a bird's eye view, you first choose a surface, for example a meadow, and place trees and paths on it. Then you put a car on the road and test the specially designed world with your avatar from the third-person perspective (the camera follows the character from behind). When testing your world, you get into the car and drive through the landscape. Later you can build in mountains again from the bird's view, in order to use them as a ski jump. You have now developed a rally car racing game. Now for that ROBLOX-Upload the platform and share it with the community.
The ROBLOX-Studio can be used very well for active media work with children and young people, as the user interface is easy to understand after a short familiarization period. You do not have to rely specifically on the English language, as most of the buttons are illustrated. The similarity to LEGO enables a child-friendly representation. Recreating your own home or building roller coasters are just two examples of creative engagement with the game. In addition, topics can be specified on the start screen (e.g. Wild West) so that you can explicitly access objects, houses or plants from the time of cowboys and Indians. In this way, the children and young people can playfully deal with the different subject areas. Access to the would be recommended ROBLOX-Studio restricted to young children as one is at ROBLOX-Player quickly comes across content that is not for young players.
ROBLOX player - shootouts and building simulations
So nice and interesting to work with ROBLOX-Studio, so is access to the ROBLOX-Player with its mini-games should be treated with caution. “It offers endless possibilities,” summarizes tester Colin. Meanwhile advertises ROBLOX with thousands of games and over 30 million users. Due to the large range of mini-games and the possibility of starting them from scratch at any time, there is initially no emotional connection to your avatar and the virtual players. This applies in particular to simple shooters (games where you have to shoot something) like Counter Blox or the outbreak simulation Jailbreak. “Of course you always want to get ahead, but you don't really feel that much,” says tester Yavuz. This is also due to the fact that the games are entertaining and simple. In addition, it has no negative effects on your avatar if you die. So restart and the world is all right again.
Virtual killing with Counter Blox and Jail Break
The mini-game Counter Blox might make you think of a well-known adult shooter. That is also intentional. It all looks childish with the angular and Lego-like graphics, but the gameplay is similar.
There is at ROBLOX many games of this kind. You choose between two groups (be it a jailbreaker or a prisoner, for example) and try to survive or destroy the other group. You are equipped with pistols, sniper rifles, grenades or your bare fists. If jailbreak is more about fleeing the police (including theft of cars or helicopters), at Counter Blox you have to wander through a small map in a team of four and only try to defeat the other group. So violence is a prerequisite for winning. The testers saw this critically and the question arose whether a game like ROBLOX should actually be available to children.
It is not easy for parents to deal with the ROBLOX-Player control. Counter Blox and Co. can be played at any age, there is no warning. Users can enter their parents' email address, but this is not mandatory.
Virtual relationships at Robloxian High School or Adopt Me
In addition to the different shooters, there is another type of game that should be critically examined. These are those that create virtual relationships that are intended to bind users.
At Robloxian Highschool, a realistic replica of the everyday life of an adolescent / young adult should be presented. So you first look for an apartment and a job. Roasting hamburgers and covering them provides the necessary money for the apartment. You can also attend seminars and take advantage of sports activities on campus. On the streets of the virtual Robloxian high school world you meet other characters, speak to them or write to them and exchange contact details. You can see where the next party is going or who is ready to chat. This promotes the fear of missing out on something and does not let go of all players easily - especially because there are no computers behind the other characters, but real people.
Adopt Me follows a similar principle. Looking for an adopted child in a home / kindergarten and taking it home sounds pretty weird - especially if the baby is also a playable character. And when some players use the circumstance to kidnap babies, it somehow seems even more weird. You can only be reassured that ROBLOX always tries to create a child-friendly atmosphere. That works too!
Promote creativity with building simulations such as Theme Park Tycoon
But there are also many opportunities to creatively build a small empire. At Theme Park Tycoon, for example, you try to build an entire theme park. With limited financial resources, this is not always that easy, but the account can be refilled with the initial income of the visitors - or with the help of real money, if someone does not want to wait that long. This not only promotes creativity, but also a first look at economy and the right way of dealing with money.
The different car racing games are also a lot of fun, were very well received in the test and are also harmless for a younger target group.
Play without end
What all games have in common is the fact that they actually have no end. In some games this can entice the players to stay on the ball and could increase the fear of missing something. With a list of games that are recommended based on the games you have already played, it also tempts you to try new things over and over again. A few testers saw a certain potential for long game phases here. Overall, however, the interest was more in the entertaining shooters, so that many could not agree with the opinion.
Virtual money vs. real money
Our testers were always aware of when real money had to be used. That obviousness is good. It's just as good that ROBLOX can actually be played completely sufficiently with the existing virtual money. "It's just sometimes a bit annoying when you have to wait until you've earned enough money," says Yavuz.
Who is actually sitting in front of the computer?
Is basically problematic with ROBLOXthat nobody controls how old the players actually are. A distinction is made between an “under” and “over 13 years old” account, but in practice it is somehow not clear what this is actually about. You can still play Counter Blox, regardless of whether you are over or under 13.
At the beginning of the test phase, two game testers were contacted by foreign users via the chat function who wanted to increase their number of virtual friends. You should be careful here when it comes to exchanging contact details (e.g. WhatsApp). Real children or young people are not always behind the virtual characters. That is why you should never pass on private data until you know who is actually at the computer. The GAMER TREFF especially warns against exchanging mobile phone numbers and photos with strangers.
ROBLOX was unanimously well received by the young people. Motivated by the multitude of possibilities and the constant expansion of mini-games ROBLOX to dive into the virtual world every now and then. The presentation is suitable for children and the look is mostly colorful and cheerful. The controls work with the mouse and keyboard and are easy to learn. Nevertheless, all testers agreed thatRoblox Due to the unfiltered selection of games only partially suitable for young children, also because the selection of games is difficult for parents to control.
What is good? What is bad?
+ ROBLOX-Studio with all its functions
+ Creative games like Theme Park Tycoon
+ Most of the paid content is clearly displayed
+ Opportunity for friends to exchange ideas virtually
- For young children there is no restricted use of the game selection
- Difficult control options for parents, as new content is constantly being uploaded
- No German voice output
- No guarantee of who is actually sitting in front of the computer
Our tips for adults:
- Provide an adult email address
- Check new content on the ROBLOX player every now and then
Our tips for children and young people:
- Do not pass on any private data such as mobile phone number or photos
- Always pay attention to whether you are currently spending real or virtual money
- Everyone feels a virtual friendship differently. Due to the certain anonymity on the Internet, you have to expect disappointments
- Every now and then take a break
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