Roblox is one of the biggest online video games on the planet. It is estimated that the game has around 23 million players. Everyone from adults to young children plays the game due to its easy to pick up nature. Roblox, much like TheSandbox and Fortnite, is one of the big Metaverse enablers. Roblox has cultivated a huge following and community that is surprisingly cohesive. The game’s central currency is called Robux, in which players can buy in-game items and cosmetics.
Part of the fun of using Robux is using the money to build out your Roblox avatar. Your avatar can be customized to look; however, you want it to. This article will explain what it is and how avatars will become increasingly important in games as the Metaverse becomes more mainstream.
What is a Roblox Avatar?
Traditionally, an avatar is an in-game digital representation of you, and it’s not new. For the last couple of decades, players have been creating in-game characters/ avatars that are customizable. Think of Skyrim; you can create an in-game character that looks scary enough to fight dragons but looks similar enough to you to make it realistic.
In terms of Roblox, since the game’s conception nearly two decades ago, players have been creating in-game avatars that look like themselves, well near enough at least.
In Roblox, players are automatically given an avatar to use. A character that looks like a human but can be customized to their heart’s content. Players can customize their body parts, clothes, animations, and other features in the game. As Roblox has developed and become more popular, the developers behind the game have implemented new features, including new cosmetics and avatar customization.
Like other popular games, like Fortnite, the game offers endless customization options. But that is part of the appeal; customization appeals to adults who want thier character to look less kid-like and for children who wish to use their imagination to customize their characters.
There are two types of avatars R6 which looks like the classic blocky avatar, and R15, which takes a more traditional avatar theme. Players widely use both. R15 is far more customizable than its R6 counterpart due to having fifteen customizable body parts compared to the others six and thus is usually the more popular avatar type amongst players. Similarly, with R15 avatars, you can also change height width, etc.
To customise your R15 and R6 avatars, you can do so through the Roblox studio.
Why are Roblox Avatars Important?
Roblox Avatars are important as they enable you to become yourself in the Roblox universe. They are a fundamental part of the Roblox experience, allowing you to express yourself in virtual form.
By creating your Roblox Avatar, you can:
Customize your avatar with equipment and body parts and completely control your color scheme. Thus you can create the perfect avatar for yourself.
As mentioned, you can choose between the R15 and R6 avatars, which differ in customization. If you are more of an OG player and like the look of the old-school R6 avatars and don’t care about customization, then the R6 is for you. If you prefer greater levels of customization, then R16 is the best fit.
Why are Roblox Avatars Getting so Popular?
Roblox Avatars are getting popular due to two reasons. Firstly, Roblox is becoming more popular. Currently, Roblox is one of the largest online games on the planet.
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Thousands of players are playing every day to earn Robux, which is increasing. Roblox is becoming its own metaverse, encompassing a vibrant community of players and in-game currency known as Robux and a vibrant game world that retains its player base and is growing. Thus, its avatars are becoming more popular due to its increasing player base.
Similarly, due to the increase in popularity and hype associated with the metaverse, Avatars are becoming more important by the day and will be a fundamental part of its own metaverse.
Companies like Ready Player Me are just one of these companies taking avatars to the level, accelerating the hype behind what avatars may look like in the future. As a result, avatars are becoming more popular by riding this wave. Similarly, as Roblox starts to build out its own metaverse, its avatars will become ever more popular in the future.
How to Create a Roblox Avatar
You can create, edit and customize a Avatar by following these steps:
1. How to create an avatar in the Roblox studio
To create a Roblox avatar you need to create it in the Roblox Studio. To start, you need to visit the Robox website and create/sign in to your account. When signed in, on the left-hand side click the avatar tab.
From here, you can customize your avatar using the preset body parts, animations, and customization options.
2. Changing the color of your avatar
Select the body column on the avatar editor page on the Avatar tab. Once on the body section, select skin tone to change the color of your avatar.
3. For everything else
You can customize your avatar’s shoes, gear, and animations using the Avatar editor drop-down selection. You can also buy avatar skins and accessories via the Roblox store.
The Future of Roblox Avatars
We see the increased adoption of avatars representing us as characters in virtual worlds. We also see more realistic avatars. As we realize the Metaverse’s full potential, we will see virtual avatars become more abundant and more immersive, looking more like our physical selves in the virtual world.
Games/experiences that want to move away from cartoon-like avatars will adopt more realistic avatars that look more like our everyday selves. Although scary for some, this “digital” reality is inevitable. It is all part of increased digital immersion and the transition towards the Metaverse. Avatars will be the digital representation of most of us.
Overall this article has shed light on what a Roblox avatar is, how to create one and why they are important. Similarly, it has also explained what the future of Roblox Avatars may look like while giving more insight into the future of the Roblox metaverse. Expect to see the Roblox metaverse continue to take center stage as one of the top gaming metaverses.
This article was first published on The Metaverse Insider on March 8, 2022
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