Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system developed by Roblox Corporation that allows users to program games and play games created by other users. Created by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 and released in 2006, the platform hosts user-created games of multiple genres coded in the programming language Lua. For most of Roblox’s history, it was relatively small, both as a platform and a company. Roblox began to grow rapidly in the second half of the 2010s, and this growth has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roblox is free to play, with in-game purchases available through a virtual currency called Robux. As of August 2020, Roblox had over 164 million monthly active users, including more than half of all American children under 16. Although Roblox has received generally positive reviews from critics, it has faced criticism for its moderation, microtransactions, and exploitative practices directed toward children.
The transition from the corner of the supermarket to the centre of the global shopping mall might seem less than routine, but it is happening before our eyes. Over the last 30 years, mega-retailers have gobbled up smaller stores and cut prices for the most popular brands. So, for instance, in the 1980s, Tesco was a small and locally focused grocer that sold fresh goods, whereas in 2007, Tesco was a supermarket chain that also sold food from China, and it cost customers more to shop at Tesco. That tradeoff is now, apparently, over.
10 years ago, Amazon was a company that built shopping carts and sell books. Today, Amazon owns the world’s largest bookstore, a supermarket chain, and a video-game console that is responsible for more than one-quarter of the total U.S. video game market. The Centre for … Read the rest