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Roblox Boss Defends Pay-to-Earn Model, Claims It’s a ‘Benefit’

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Roblox is truly pushing boundaries, captivating users with its in-game development tools that allow them to bring their wildest imaginations to life. The game has achieved tremendous success as a result. It appears that Sony had a promising concept with Dreams, but unfortunately, they fell short in its implementation. The Roblox platform has a staggering 66 million users worldwide, and one of the reasons it’s so popular is the exciting opportunity for users to create, monetize, and share their own games within the app. However, with over 3 million “Roblox developers” already, a significant number of whom appear to be younger individuals, concerns about potential child exploitation have been circulating for quite a while.

During an interview at GDC, Eurogamer decided to delve deeper into their previous questions by asking Roblox Studio head Stefano Corazza about the game’s increasing reputation. According to Corazza, the creators he collaborates with view Roblox’s business model as a valuable opportunity, considering it a lifeline in dire circumstances. Despite concerns about the reported average payment of 28.9 cents per dollar spent, these developers see it as a “gift” rather than exploitation.

“I don’t know; this can be said about many things, don’t you think?” One could argue, “Alright, we are engaging in the unethical practice of utilizing child labor,” correct? Alternatively, we are providing individuals worldwide with the opportunity to secure employment and generate income. It’s truly remarkable how someone with humble beginnings can now, armed with just a laptop, create something meaningful, earn a living, and sustain their life.

Corazza points out the potential downside of reaching a wide and diverse audience, especially when targeting a younger demographic. He proudly mentions that the majority of their game developers are in their 20s and highlights that they have even hired some teenagers who have amassed millions of players on the platform.

If you were to speak to these fortunate individuals, they would undoubtedly share a contrasting narrative: “They didn’t feel like they were taken advantage of!” They were ecstatic, realizing the immense opportunity that had come their way. With a massive user base and substantial earnings, they felt like they had hit the jackpot and could now enjoy a comfortable retirement. So my main focus is on the impressive amount of money we distribute annually to creators, which is nearing the billion-dollar mark. It’s truly remarkable.” According to a Roblox PR representative, it was mentioned during the interview that the majority of individuals making money on Roblox are over the age of 18.

Is Roblox a potential breeding ground for exploitation? Do you think, Corazza, that the platform and opportunities provided are a valuable asset for aspiring developers? We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section below.

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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Forges of Corruption DLC adds an explosive twist to the action-packed shooter Warhammer 40000: Boltgun

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Warhammer 40000: Boltgun proved to be an impressively well-crafted shooter, immersing players in the bleak and foreboding world of Game Workshop’s captivating universe. Now, fans can look forward to an extensive expansion with the Forges of Corruption DLC. Get ready to unleash the Emperor’s justice starting on June 18th on both PS5 and PS4.

Auroch Digital’s latest first-person shooter takes players on an exciting new campaign across five distinct environments. Undoubtedly, these pits will be teeming with heretics, including the treacherous Black Legion, who have recently received reinforcements in the form of Terminators armed with Lightning Claws and imposing Helbrutes. The Multi-Melta and Missile Launcher are now available for requisition, providing an effective means of eliminating enemy forces.

In addition, all players can enjoy the new Horde Mode, which offers four levels of difficulty and a unique set of in-game achievements to pursue. An upcoming navigation guide will provide players with a more forgiving experience when navigating through the game’s levels.

Have you acquired Warhammer 40000: Boltgun? Are you interested in experiencing additional content with the Forges of Corruption DLC? Engage in fierce battles against the adversaries of the Imperium in the comments section below.

 

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Sushi Ben Seems Like a Fantastic PSVR2-Based Manga Experience

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Immersing oneself in realistic worlds using the impressive capabilities of Sony’s PSVR2 headset is undeniably fantastic. However, there are instances where stylized visuals can prove to be more effective. Sushi Ben seems to have a good grasp on the concept of delivering a manga-inspired world, which will be available starting on May 28th. This lively release from Big Brane offers a delightful collection of mini-games, allowing players to immerse themselves in the charming atmosphere of a coastal town.

In order to prevent the local sushi bar from going out of business, you’ll have to lend a hand to the local townsfolk and engage in a range of activities to boost trade. As one would anticipate, fishing is the main focus as you embark on angling adventures to catch various types of fish in order to satisfy your customers’ desires.

And that’s not all! There is a wide array of activities to immerse yourself in, such as table tennis, bug-catching, dog walking, archery, and more. Each of these experiences fully utilizes the innovative motion-controlled gameplay that is exclusive to PSVR2. The manga art style in this game is truly impressive, featuring dynamic pop-up comic book panels and other visually stunning elements.

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Online previews of the upcoming Call of Duty game have been released in anticipation of its official announcement next month

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Activision has recently started teasing the upcoming Call of Duty game, captivating fans with a mysterious website and a tantalizing short clip. In this intriguing snippet, the slogan “The Truth Lies” is cleverly superimposed over the eyes of the iconic former USA presidents at Mount Rushmore. The website showcases a vintage television set where users can indulge in a variety of clips across six different channels. Below, you’ll discover the website link and an intriguing video showcasing Mount Rushmore.

Treyarch is the company behind the most recent game, which is likely to be another entry in the Call of Duty Black Ops subseries. The newest rumors indicate that the upcoming release is titled Black Ops 6 and is set to hit the shelves in October. Following the Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, 2024, a full reveal will be unveiled.

Billbil-Kun, a former PS Plus leaker, joined in by sharing what they believe to be a blurred image of the game’s key art. The scene reveals a discernible figure amidst a vibrant orange hue. Allow me to present the picture:

With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision, it seems that the company is poised to fulfill its promise of including the upcoming Call of Duty game in the Xbox Game Pass bundle. Nevertheless, adjustments will be necessary for the membership service to accommodate it, potentially resulting in a price increase. The title will be released as per usual on both the PS5 and PS4. Are you eagerly anticipating this year’s release? Feel free to leave your initial thoughts on the teaser- theme in the comments section.

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