Being a parent in today’s world is pretty tough. Especially when you don’t know much about video games, you can find yourself easily lost in a sea that consists of words like Minecraft and Fortnite. Well, we’ve got another name-drop for you. Roblox, a craze that boasts over 100 mil users worldwide, including children.
Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Roblox. The company behind doesn’t market the game in the traditional way. In fact, they rely primarily on “word of mouth” and shares on social media platforms like YouTube. Roblox also isn’t a game in the conventional sense. It’s a creative platform where users can create games and experience a vast collection of user-made content.
If this is all sounding overwhelming, don’t worry. In our parent’s guide to Roblox, we cover everything you need to know about the platform.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is and isn’t a video game at the same time. Like other creator-based titles, such as Mario Maker 2 and Minecraft, Roblox is a place where you can play a wide variety of games made by other users. In that respect, it’s also not a game with a specific set of mechanics, objectives, and rules.
In many ways, it’s like the YouTube of gaming. Only, instead of videos, Roblox users can create games using a large array of tools.
What Can My Child Do in Roblox?
Regardless of a user’s age, people who go on Roblox can essentially do two things: create and experience. Using a separate tool called Roblox Studio, your child and other users can build their own games and share them with the rest of the platform and/or with their friends. These creations don’t even need to be games necessarily. Instead, your child can create a virtual space to spend time with his or her friends. This means that your child can also experience other people’s content, whether they’re his or her friends or people on the other side of the world.
Whether a user of Roblox is there to create or experience, at the heart of the platform is the interaction with others.
Does Roblox Cost Money?
Roblox is free for anyone to download on pretty much any platform out there, including computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles, such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Free entry into the platform allows you to do a number of basic things, including creating games and experiences in the Roblox Studio software. To do any other sort of advanced things, however, such as customizing your avatar to make them look nicer you need to use Robux, the platform’s virtual currency. You can acquire Robux by subscribing monthly or annually at different tiers. As long as you maintain your subscription, you will receive a certain number of Robux in your Roblox account.
We’ve covered the basics of Roblox in Part 1 of our parent’s guide to the platform. In Part 2, we cover the main aspects you need to be aware of to best safeguard your child.