If you’ve ever played Ro-Port tycoon, Aerotopia, or checked out Roblox tags on Twitter, you likely have come across @Crazyman32.
Crazyman32 has been on Roblox for 10 years, and some would say he’s shown his mastery of different disciplines in his games, tweets and videos. However, Crazyman32 had to start somewhere. This developer refers to Stealth Pilot’s plane: “It was so cool to jump into a plane and fly around. I thought, “I want to know how that works.” So I took a copy of the model and started looking at the scripts. Not long after, I was trying to program my own planes, which kept leading me to learn more and more about programming, and resulted in me wanting to create actual games.”
Since joining Roblox, Crazyman32 has fallen in love with how involved all of the developers have become with each other. The collaboration that he sees on the Developer Forum and on games is his favorite part of the community. “People collaborate, ask for help, share tips, and give feedback to each other. There’s no negative competition, and people generally respect one another,” he pointed out. Crazyman32 went on to tell us about the developers that mentored him when he got started, listing off "@Anaminus, xLEGOx (now @Stravant), @Blobbyblob, @Merely and many more.
Now, if you’ve ever been curious what you can do with the skills you learn on Roblox, consider Crazyman32’s story as a case study. Crazyman32 learned how to program on Roblox, which ultimately landed him an internship as a developer when he was a Junior in high school. Since this internship, he has begun work as a full-time software engineer. Crazyman32 discusses his history on Roblox further in a video he recently published to his Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qbfun-mmpY
Crazyman32 left us with some advice: “Enjoy your work; don’t compare yourself to the “top developers”. Embrace failure-it’s an opportunity to learn. Don’t hesitate to ask questions-game development is hard work. Try to learn new things (e.g. learn how to use the DataStoreService). Treat your players nicely; they are incredibly important! Set long-term visions and short-term goals.” Crazyman32 hopes to begin to mentor young developers on the platform- reach out to him if you need more advice or help!