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Roblox is getting a major visual makeover (but don’t freak out)

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A social network of virtual pocket worlds with a daily user base roughly the size of Spain’s population, Roblox is ubiquitous among kids 13 and under and mostly mystifying to adults, who can’t generally see past its simple gameplay and blocky environments.
Those blocks are comprised of what Roblox calls “materials” — stuff like wood for trees, concrete for streets and brick for buildings. Now, Roblox is rolling out an update to make those materials look and act more lifelike, so sand will look more like sand and you can also get a truck’s tires stuck in it. The changes are part of Roblox’s mission to improve its visual fidelity across the board and will be available to all developers beginning today.
As a generation weaned on its polygonal strip malls and murder mystery simulat …

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