A dedicated group of Robloxians will soon be hosting a funeral for the sandbox game’s iconic ‘oof’ sound in the metaverse. OOF’s funeral will begin at 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CEST on July 28 and will remain on Roblox permanently as a way to pay tribute to the famous effect. audio.
The day after Roblox announced that it would release the ‘oof’, the RBXNews Twitter accountt tweeted to ask his followers if they would be interested in attending a funeral for the sound. When that tweet garnered over 350 replies and 1,000 likes, the account later announced would host the event.
“We decided to do this to give the people of Roblox an opportunity to commemorate the loss of a sound that has been an integral part of Roblox since the very beginning, in a fun and positive way,” a representative from RBXNews told PCGamesN via direct message. “In addition to being a memorial space, the venue will give gamers the opportunity to take group photos with others and also allow them to learn about the history of sound through an interactive character.”
Roblox unexpectedly pulled the sound from its platform on July 26 and replaced it with an alternate audio effect. Many Robloxians took to social media with the #SaveTheOOF hashtag to express his disappointment at the loss of the sound and his unhappiness with its replacement. Some even asked Roblox to consider buying the ‘oof’ outright to permanently restore sound free of license issues.
As a metaverse platform, it seems fitting that such a funeral would happen within Roblox. Roblox is undergoing a cultural shift as it moves into the future. What it once called “games,” the platform now refers to as “experiences,” a term that more broadly encompasses virtual events like concerts and, of course, funerals.
While a metaverse funeral for a sound effect might seem like a surreal pop culture undertaking, the sound’s history and status as a global meme make it a particularly notable piece of internet history. References to the sound appear all over social media, YouTube videos, and even as song parodies.
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