The Roblox Game Conference 2012 welcomed gamers as young as 7 to the Santa Clara Convention Center on July 14, for a learning experience along with some fun.
The event started on the Main Stage with company CEO David Baszucki welcoming the crowd while introducing the Roblox team. For the young gamers; the Roblox team are like rock stars as each one would be asked to sign posters or pose for a group photo during the conference.
After the introduction; guests could mingle with the Roblox team, play games, participate in a hackathon, or attended forums on game development.
The hackathon went from 11am until 2:30 with participants competing in a series of challenges for prizes. Challenges include building a house out of grass or designing golden thorn with in a time frame. Participants had to bring their own laptop but Wi-Fi service was provided for the tournament.
During the forums; the Roblox team would give a demonstration regarding advancements in gaming technology along with advice on how to break into the gaming industry. In one forum, five members of the Roblox team told their story on how they got into gaming.
“My story begins with pong, some of you might not know what that is,” said Matt Dusek about his first gaming experience. “It is your Xbox’s great great great great great great grandfather.”
Gamers also had the opportunity to meet Brandon LaRouche, who is well known among the Roblox community for creating the My Roblox app. He is also the author of the book, Basic Roblox Lua Programming.
Roblox staffers also had set up a user feedback session as way for the company to gather opinions from users on how to improve their system. Among the subjects discussed were gameplay, character art, and scripting.
The conference ended with the Roblox honoring the best games while Baszucki described his plans for the future of the company.
Roblox is a user-based game development company that allows gamers to create their own game play it online for free. The company was established in 2005 and is located in San Mateo, CA.