Roblox Players Will Now Have To Pay For The Game’s Iconic ‘Oof’ Sound

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Roblox Players Will Now Have To Pay For The Game’s Iconic ‘Oof’ Sound
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Kid-game sensation Roblox’s meme-famous death sound, a distressing and guttural “oof,” will be temporarily removed from the game. The developers reached a settlement with the sound’s creator, so at the end of the month the “oof” will return as a paid add-on, and a new default death sound will replace it.

As reported by VentureBeat, the “oof” was created by Tommy Tallarico, who is the current CEO of Intellivision Entertainment. The “oof” has spread widely through memes shared by Roblox’s millions of young fans, eventually coming to Tallarico’s attention. In 2019, Tallarico noticed the similarity of the sound with one he created in 2000 for a game called Messiah. As part of a deal between Tallarico and the Roblox Corporation, when the sound is reinstated in the game it will cost players 100 Robux, or about $US1 ($1), to get back. Tallarico will also develop other paid sounds for Roblox.

It’s understandable Tallarico might not have realised he created the sound almost two decades ago — he is one of the industry’s most prolific composers, founder of the Video Games Live concert series, and holds several video game music-related Guinness World Records, including for having worked on “the most commercially released video games.” Tallarico told the BBC, “It’s amazing to think that such a small sound I did over 20 years ago for a different video game ended up being one of the most iconic pop-culture audio clips of the 21st century…I would hear kids saying it on playgrounds and didn’t even realise that they were repeating something I had created over two decades ago.”

Roblox players who don’t buy the sound won’t die in silence; a Roblox rep told the BBC that “we will replace the platform’s default ‘game over’ sound effect with a new audio track later this month.”

Comments

  • “It’s amazing to think that such a small sound I did over 20 years ago for a different video game ended up being one of the most iconic pop-culture audio clips of the 21st century…I would hear kids saying it on playgrounds and didn’t even realise that they were repeating something I had created over two decades ago.”

    But in the end, I’d still rather put a hard jackboot on all that iconic pop-culture crap in exchange for a few extra pieces of silver for something I did 20 years ago and then completely forgot about.

    None of which is to argue that he’s not legally entitled, but sheesh, talk about priorities…

    • Did you watch his announcement video in the article?

      It’s like a minute into a four and a half minute video before he stops talking about himself… And there’s another good bit of “I’ve done this…” regarding an additional money grab shirt. All said and done, maybe a quarter of the video is actually about the ‘announcement’.

      Reminds me of Youtubers who love themselves that ramble on for several minutes with shit like, “Remember to subscribe to me, like my videos, share my videos…” along with babbling about completely random shit at the start of every single video before the titled content even makes an appearance.

      I know little about the guy as a person honestly, but that video definitely isn’t the greatest glimpse.

  • I remember reading all about Messiah back in the day, the previews convinced me that it would be the new hot FPS on release. Can’t be right all the time, I suppose.

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