The famous ‘oof’ sound effect on Roblox has disappeared.
Roblox announced the news on their social media, saying: “due to a licensing issue we have removed the “oof” sound.
Previously when a character ‘died’ or respawned in Roblox, they heard a sound effect that said ‘oof’.
The sound effect is hugely popular and is well known in and out of the Roblox community.
As of 26 July 2022, fans have heard a different sound when their character respawns.
History of the ‘oof’
The “oof” sound effect was actually made by a man named Tommy Tallaric.
Tommy has worked in the video games industry as a composer – meaning he made the music and sound effects in games – for more than 30 years.
The ‘oof’ sound effect was originally used in a game Tommy worked on that was released in 2000.
What is copyright?
Fast forward to 2019 and Tommy discovered how similar the Roblox “oof” sound effect was to the sound he made for the game he worked on, so he decided to contact Roblox. It turned out that Roblox had been using his sound.
This was in breach of copyright. Copyright laws protect people from having their work unfairly copied or used by someone else.
An agreement was reached between Tommy and Roblox, in 2020, which meant that anyone making a Roblox experience would have to pay $1NZ to be able to use the sound in their game.
Tommy also agreed to work with Roblox to “develop other paid sounds” for them.
However, now two years later, in their latest announcement Roblox confirmed that the famous ‘oof’ sound effect would be removed.