Roblox is the biggest name nowadays in the world of gaming. But where did this name even come from? If you are a huge Roblox fan then you should know this basic trivia for the most played game in the world. Let us take a trip down memory lane and get the answer for the origin of this monumental gaming phenomenon we know as Roblox.
Roblox is named Roblox by combining the words “Robot” and “Blocks”. This combination is chosen as it is easy to remember and the fact that the game has an almost robot-like boxy aesthetics.
Why Roblox Is Called “Roblox”
Roblox would be finalized as the name choice for the game in February 2004 during the second half of its development. This change was made because the developers believed the original name DynaBlocks would be difficult for users to remember, instead choosing a more memorable name, being Roblox.
Roblox Name History
Originally, Roblox was called Dynablocks, the name of the game’s first version. David Baszucki and Erik Cassel created the beta version of Roblox in 2004 under the name DynaBlocks. In that year, Baszucki began testing the first demos. On September 1, 2006, the company was officially launched as Roblox after changing its name to Roblox a year earlier.
Roblox was developed in 2003 by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel. Before the official name, two other names had been considered – GoBlocks and DynaBlocks. In this period, it was also known as Roblox v.10, according to screenshots taken from DomainTools during this time.
DynaBlocks is one of three names that were considered for Roblox during its early development. The domain dynablocks.com was registered by Jim Stevens on December 12, 2003.The name was later scrapped in favor of Roblox in early 2004. Until late 2020, dynablocks.com, dynablox.com, and dynablock.com were all used as redirects to roblox.com.
At ROBLOX BLOXcon 2013, during the “State of ROBLOXia” presentation by CEO David Baszucki, an early mockup of the DynaBlocks website was shown. It includes a reference to GoBlocks as well, further confirming that GoBlocks, DynaBlocks, and Roblox were the three names that were considered.
Compared to the other two, Roblox is more catchy, memorable, and easier to remember.
What would have been the fate of this game if it was named either of the other two names that were chosen for it? Would it have been this successful or people would have forgotten its name as Dynablocks was “harder to remember”? All we can say is that this game had the potential to be as successful as it is deeply rooted in its core design. Not only the name is easy to remember but the game itself has a distinct personality that can pull anyone in regardless of age or access.