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What is the name of your tool/platform/hardware you are presenting?

Roblox Studio

What is the URL of the tool/platform/hardware you are presenting?

Describe the primary function and technical capabilities of the tool. How does it contribute to building the Metaverse?

Roblox Studio allows you to build, design, and script your own games and interactive worlds within the Roblox platform. This software uses a modified version of Lua as its scripting language. These experiences can be played for free by Roblox users on both PCs and smartphones. Roblox Studio utilizes a 3D Viewport to capture your environment in different angles, using standard keyboard and mouse to change perspectives. Roblox Studio supports collaborative features, allowing multiple creators to work on the same project. Plugins and custom content are available to enhance a game's creation.


What are the technical requirements to use this tool (e.g., hardware specifications, operating system compatibility)?

Mac: OS 10.13 Windows (64-bit): Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, or 11. A processor with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz or better. 4 GB of system memory Hard Disk Space: Ensure you have 10 GB For desktop computers: Use a computer less than 5 years old with a dedicated video card. For laptops: opt for a laptop less than 3 years old with an integrated video card. Android: Version 6.0 (Marshmallow) or later. iOS: Version 10 or later. Ensure you have at least 100 MB of available storage space on your device Your smartphone should have 2 GB or more of RAM  Aim for a quad-core processor or higher.

Provide examples or case studies of how this tool has been applied in real-world scenarios. How does it solve specific problems or enhance projects in VR, AR, or the metaverse?

Use conversational AI to generate code on the fly. Create material designs with generative AI simply by describing what they want. Roblox also plans to cater to complete newcomers by providing a user-friendly interface that explains code and assists with debugging. Roblox Studio's AI tools act as coding assistants. For experienced coders, productivity enhancement, Stefano Corazza, head of Roblox Studio, emphasizes making coders more productive. Generative AI is an easier entry point for game development, especially for less sophisticated users.  Roblox Studio has been employed for creating educational simulations. For instance, it can simulate physics concepts, historical events, or scientific phenomena.


Is the tool open-source or proprietary? Discuss the implications of its software model on development and collaboration.

Roblox Studio is proprietary, meaning it is not open source. Roblox Studio is exclusively available to users who build within the Roblox Core scripts for the client and server are open source, allowing collaboration and contributions from the community Developers can share knowledge, scripts, and best practices through forums, tutorials, and community-driven resources.

What is the business model of this tool and what are the implications? (ie freemium, subscription, one-time cost). Who do you think their target market or demographic is?

Roblox Studio's demographic primarily targets youth, game developers/aspiring game developers, and people who enjoy game creation.  Roblox Studio has several revenue streams that allow the platform to operate with a multi-faced business model.  These revenue streams include: - In-Game Purchases (Robux) - Advertisements  - Developers that create games/virtual items may pay licensing fees or share a portion of their earnings with the platform through royalties.  - Roblox Premium Membership Subscriptions  - Freemium Model for Roblox Studio Developers


Compare and contrast this tool with at least two similar tools or platforms. What are its strengths and weaknesses relative to its competitors?

Comparing Roblox Studio with Unity and Godot Engine, Roblox Studio is a user-friendly software that makes game creation easier. Roblox Studio has an extensive resource library that includes thousands of tutorials and assets. This software can be easily used on smartphones and PC, making game releasing simple and more accessible compared to the other platforms.  However, there are limitations when it comes to supporting custom meshes at times. Frequent errors and game corruption can happen because of this. Since Roblox Studio is not as advanced as other game engines, it's hard for high-quality game graphics to be achieved.


Based on current trends and developments, where do you see this tool heading in the future? Consider upcoming features, potential use cases, or evolving technologies.

I think with how strongly driven Roblox's community is, the sky's the limit for Roblox Studio. I think once better graphics are introduced to Roblox Studio, it will be an unstoppable competitor against other game developing software. I think that there will be more kids getting into game development with its ease of use and more Roblox games becoming mainstream.

What was your experience in using the tool?

Easier than Unity!

Created by: Soraya Graves.

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