ROBLOX was started in 2005, by David Baszucki. Roblox is very much like LEGO In the way that it's all Built With LEGO. In ROBLOX, you have a character you design yourself made out of simplistic bricks or something. You use this character to go to places made by everybody else with a ROBLOX account and have fun. However, if you want to make your own place, you either have to master a scripting program named Lua, or use free models that the others made. Another element is the Graphical User Interface, or the GUI, which requires more scripting, yet mastering it creates cooler things. Just about anything is possible with enough scripting; Machine guns, remote-controlled cars, on-demand meteor storms, 3D Mario-style adventures, explorations of the second dimension, and much, much more.Visit Roblox here.
Roblox and its users contain examples of the following tropes:
Artificial Stupidity: The commonly-used AI zombies have absolutely no pathfinding AI to them. They'll just walk into barriers harmlessly. Justified if you look at the scripting - all you'll find is that the "Torso" block of most zombies is programmed to move towards the closest player.
Ascended Glitch: The "double/triple hat glitch" in 2008, which allowed users to wear 2 or more hats at once, eventually became a part of the game.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One default transformer makes you a giant. There's also a place where there's the illusion of growing because the environment gets "smaller" in scale. You start out smaller than a molecule and grow to bigger than several stars combined.
Big Ball of Violence: Several players can gang up on one player, which creates this minus the smoke.
Blatant Lies: Occasionally, a place will slip onto the front page that says something along the lines of "Finish the obstacle course, and win 1,000,000 tux for real!" Did we mention people fall for it?
Also proven by a feature that allows users to use custom images and YouTube videos as a thumbnail preview for their game, most users use screenshots of games like Minecraft and Angry Birds to lure the other users in.
Bribing Your Way to Victory: Three memberships, the ability to buy Robux, and Roblox gift cards. Mainly the three memberships, since they give a lot of (optional) benefits. A lot.
Allegedly Free Game: It's free to play, but the magnitude of some of the Builder's Club updates are making users believe that this is becoming more of a reality.
As of the 9/25 catalog update, the market minimum fee for T-shirts, Shirts, and Pants has risen from 5 tickets to 300 tickets, meaning that non-BC members will have to go a month without clothes OR spending on hats to buy one of the three items. Reminds you of any other allegedly free game?
Built with LEGO: Though mentions to LEGO, or any similar brick-building videogame (excluding Minecraft now) is censored, and the devs make a point that ROBLOX is "not sponsored, authorized or endorsed by any producer of plastic building bricks".
Floating Continent: Every basic level structure. Most levels are just a flat base on nothing, and anything that falls off the side of the level falls until they hit the area where all bricks are removed. Some levels play the trope more straight, with actual floating islands.
Follow the Leader: Obbys, which are usually floating masses of land normally filled with are known as Free Models. (Which are models which people release to the public which are normally slapped onto places to make a place with little effort, like Lava Bricks, Spinners, Obby Pieces and such. Though they are models that have been released to the public, so I guess there isn't much excuse not to use them. ) It's impossible to browse the front page without seeing at least one "WHO KILD SPONGBAWB OBBI" or something similar.
Foreshadowing: The Sword Pack hat's description hinted at the Ascended Glitch entry above.
The HUD update completely removed user messages and hints in-game, which made some places potentially Unwinnable if those hints/messages contained clues or passwords. note The update changed how they work, which caused the problems. Rather than being a direct child of the player, a player-specific Hint or Message has to be a child of player.PlayerGui, so all that is required is a script adjustment. On the other hand, there are some games that haven't been updated in years and use the old message format.
Changes in the physics engine have broken many popular places that depend on certain physics objects. The Super Roblox Galaxy series, for example, was broken when the "RocketPropulsion" object was nerfed to be non-functional as a child of a brick controlled by a Player (namely, the torso).
GIFT: Justified, usually. It's a site aimed mainly towards kids, so most of the time they're just... y'know... being kids.
Guide Dang It: A few of the presents in the Christmas events were difficult to figure out before they were released.
By far, the worst of it had to be the Elite Gift of Hax0r in the original 2007 event, where this trope was played intentionally. First off, before the gift was even given away, you were supposed to notice this shirt on the user ROBLOX's inventory. And even if you did notice it, there was no telling you would ever get the hint that "0x5f3759df" was Carmack's number — in other words, you had to be a programmer just to figure this out. It was supposed to clue you in to message a user by the name of JohnCarmack; even if you did get this far, there was absolutely no hint you were supposed to message him, let alone even find a user in the first place. This one had the lowest amounts of awards that year, with only 174 giveaways (for comparison, the gift with the most giveaways had almost 50,000).
Some places, such as Reason 2 Die, don't allow damage to be healed unless the avatar uses a health kit.
Hot Potato: This gear, that after being activated, can be passed onto another player. And then the player explodes.
Hypocrite: "All of those spam things don't work, so I created this new hack that gives you 100,000 r$ and tix!"
Improbable Weapon User: So, so many. One of the default weapons is a superball, and there's nothing preventing you from making a cannon that shoots teapots or ducks.
Interface Screw: The official Paintball Guns will splatter on your screen in red, blue, green, magenta, or orange when they hit. Also, the Agonizingly Ugly Egg of Screensplat from the Easter 2010 event displayed a large fried egg whenever you picked it up. A few scripts using fog and ambience can screw your interface, particularly with malevolent exploiters.
Kill It with Fire: The flame graphic. Many players have already made their own flamethrowers, and there is an official Roblox-made one. The Noir Periastron Psi can briefly bring darkness that only light from Dynamic Lighting will light up.
Ludicrous Gibs: When a player dies, they fall apart, allowing their limbs to be kicked around. It's even better when they're killed by a explosion, as all their parts go flying into the air.
Some places even have scripts that make the player's guts blast out in different directions the instant they die to expand on this trope.
Press X to Die: A very common tool is the Reset tool, which kills the player so they can respawn. More recently, it's been integrated into GUI form.
Product Placement: Roblox has been advertising the cards that are being sold at various convenience stores for some time.
Ragequit: Newer players and Guests will often do this when they get killed, but it's less of a Ragequit and more of a "Oh my god, my character has fallen apart! What do I do, what do I do, what do I do?!" quit.
Some people announce they're quitting on the forums. No one gives half a crap.
Randomly Drops: All the the eggs during the egg hunt, but the Fabergé Eggs take the cake. They all are eggs-tremely rare, and the Golden Fabergé egg of Hivemind is so rare that the calculated drop chance for it is about 3 in 190 Blue Fabergé eggs. See this for a bit more detail.
You Have Researched Breathing: Some things that are simple and easy to do in everyday life are either impossible to do in Roblox, or need a ridiculous amount of scripting to be able to be done. Like skateboards, bicycling, or even swinging on a swing set.
Your Head A Splode: Early space levels have a script that, unless you are wearing an astronaut helmet, causes your head to swell up and explode.