Roblox has removed the famous ‘oof’ sound from their game, replacing it with a new sound, amidst licensing issues.
The developers of the online game Roblox, announced yesterday on Twitter that the famous ‘oof’ sound from the game has been removed due to licensing issues.
“Related to sounds, due to a licensing issue we have removed the “oof” sound from Roblox and have created a replacement default sound which launches today”, they explain on Twitter.
“We plan to expand our Avatar Shop with a whole range of both old and new sounds in the future. More to come on this.”
The famous “oof” sound would play any time you died within the game. It became an identifier of the game itself. As important and iconic to Roblox as the weirdly shaped in-game models, with huge Lego-like heads.
Its absence from the game has angered fans across the internet, many stating the sound was a huge part of their childhood.
Other fans were thankful that the company chose to be transparent with the announcement.
Tommy Tallarico Owns the Oof Sound
Though they didn’t go into details, the “licensing issues” that have resulted in the sound being replaced could be because of its original owner.
Notable game composer, Tommy Tallarico, spoke to GameBeat in 2019 to credit the “oof” sound to himself. He stated that the sound was originally used in the game “Messiah”, which was released in 2000.
In 2020, Tallarico and Roblox came to heads over the sound in the form of a copyright dispute. The dispute was later settled, and a spokesperson for Roblox at the time explained that they “worked together to find a fair resolution that allows Tommy to become part of the Roblox community.”
Many speculate something has since changed, and it’s because of Tallarico that Roblox was forced to take it out of their game altogether.
Fans who aren’t satisfied with the famous ‘oof’ replacement, have taken it upon themselves to add it back into the game themselves.
The decision to remove the famous sound was out of Roblox’s hands. Despite this, many fans of the game see this as the biggest “oof” of them all.
Featured Image Credit: Roblox Corporation. Source: Kotaku.
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