I feel very nostalgic for 2014. I guess I could call it probably one of the most laid back and most fun years of my life: that is why I miss it so much. Speaking of the fun things that happened in 2014, I discovered Roblox, which changed my life and taught me the English language.
So it was somewhere in the beginning of October 2014. I was watching some videos while laying down in my bed. I usually scrolled through comments after I finished watching a video, and that is what I did. I look down into the comments, and the top comment is about some game, which was very similar to the one shown in the video. I was interested, and clicked on the link, leading to some website…
The website had what looked like games on it, but it did not look like it was compatible for mobile devices. I just shrugged it away and decided to go back to watching videos.
The next day I decided to actually search for the game on Appstore (back then I used an iPad). The game was apparently called Roblox, and I was very happy when I found the official app for that game. I instantly tapped the "Install" button, and waited. When it finally finished downloading, I clicked on it. I could finally try it out. And I did. The first game I played was some night club game: I still remember strolling through the rooms of the club, people around me talking to each other. I could not talk, though, as I did not have an account. Back in the day you could play Roblox games without an account: you just could not use the chat, put a like/dislike on games, and do various other things. In the next few days, I investigated the game further, creating an account and playing more games. I did not know much English, though. I played with others, communicating with them in my broken English, and learning the language from them. I did not even have to ask others the meaning of the words, or for them to simplify their sentences: I would usually just go to Google Translate, or try to figure out the meaning of the words myself. And, somehow, I learned the English language. As you all know, I still play Roblox today and wonder what my life would be like if I had not discovered it. I honestly wish I could go back in time and re-experience some fun moments that I had experienced during all the years that I played Roblox. It is, honestly, pretty sad that you cannot do that.
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