Game Design Analysis: Minecraft and Roblox

Today we’ll be talking about two big creation games and the impacts they’ve had on the world. Minecraft, the survival game that revolutionized sandbox gaming and climbed its way from a niche indie game to the greatest selling game of all time! And Roblox, the game that has inspired millions of kids and teenagers to pursue programming and game design! Let’s take a look further into both of these games.

First let’s talk about Roblox. Roblox is a sandbox/object-oriented programming game which allows players to create their own games and worlds within Roblox with its own set of assets, programming, and rules. Other players then may access these games and try them out. In one game they may just collect pets, in others they may battle each other, it all depends on the game. Here’s the real kicker though, Roblox is free to play. Instead of charging players for the base game, programmers and designers may create their own games, avatar items, and micro-transactions and place a charge on these creations using in-game currency called Robux. These Robux can then be transferred over to actual money, and then Roblox makes their income from commission off of these sales. In other words, a programmer/designer can actually make money off of this game, but what’s really crazy about this is the target audience of the game is anyone 6-16 and nearly half of the US population under the age of 16 is currently playing this game which means that kids and teenagers are actually making money through this game. How do they do it? By learning object-oriented programming! One person even made enough money to support himself and four others from one really popular game! So in short, the most impressive thing about Roblox is that it encourages kids to learn a valuable skill that can even lead to a future career! However, this does come with some risks. When there’s money involved in anything online, you can expect scams to exist as well. Always be on the lookout, and remember to be careful about online interactions.

Click here to go to the official Roblox site to download the game!

Now let’s talk Minecraft, the game that took off back in 2011 and is still going very strong today and has even crossed the threshold of best selling game of all time! From the beginning, Minecraft has taught two valuable lessons in creativity within the sandbox mode, and pride in what you’ve earned in the survival mode. There’s something that can be said about the difference between making what you want appear out of thin air and actually finding the resources to do it. But let’s talk about what Minecraft has grown into (apart from one of the most marketable creations of all time) Minecraft became really big for it’s customization and modding capabilities. Modding in MInecraft is a little bit more complicated than Roblox programming, but people have taken it to levels previously unimaginable such as creating a playable Pokemon Yellow game on a giant game boy, and even making a working telephone. But there’s more than just teaching creativity and programming in this game, Minecraft is now being used to teach core curriculum lessons through Minecraft Education Edition which allows teachers to either set up their own in-game course or to load up premade lessons in a wide variety of subjects such as math, science, language arts, and even economics!

Image taken from Minecraft official site

Many people may mock these two games for their cult following with a younger generation, but those people may not see the great amount of good these two games can do when given in the right context. Hopefully this article will shed some light on the great positive influences these games can have on players in giving them the tools they need to build their future outside of the games. If you’d like to purchase Minecraft, you can follow the link below to buy it off of Humble Bundle, where a portion of your payment will go towards charity and another portion will support me in my writing endeavors!

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