Roblox is an online sandbox game created by Roblox Corporation, an American video game studio directed by David Baszucki. It was released in 2006 for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, Xbox One, Android, iOS and Oculus Rift. The game involves around players making their own games on the website. Other things players can do in the game is chatting with others online, buy things for their character with virtual money called Robux (R$ in short), and so on.
- False advertising: It is advertised as free-to-play, but you have to pay to do a lot of features, such as getting Robux.
- The moderation is absolutely dreadful, for the reasons down below:
- Rampant admin abuse. The admins don't even ban/warn users (especially online daters) that are breaking the rules. The admin abuse is also present in games with Kohl's Admin, and again, people often ban and kick other people for little to no reason.
- If you get banned, it gives super vague and petty details on why you got banned. For example, a Roblox-oriented YouTuber named Greenlegocats123 had his account (which he used for trolling) terminated for "exploiting", even though he never was infamous for exploiting.
- Even many well-known users' such as YouTuber PewDiePie's accounts have been banned.
- The report system barely works.
- QuackityHQ's Roblox Raid. The situation was a great example of how bad the site's admins really are.
- Some users used to make inappropriate assets and models for games, which good thing those were removed/rejected (almost).
- Although it may be because of lower powered devices it's ported to and the fact that the game's art style and that any major graphical updates may make the game look way different, the graphics are awful. The texturing is the worst, because most things look like a gym mat, the assets look sloppily put together, and, in a whole bunch of games, any sort of movement looks like it doesn't affect the environment at all. And this was even after serious graphical improvements in 2014.
- Way too many asset flips, which are mostly from uncopylocked games
- Spam/trash maps are commonly found.
- The mobile/tablet versions of ROBLOX are poorly optimized. The game can become extremely laggy and unresponsive on older devices to the point where the app will close.
- They also suffer from poor controls. The thumbstick and jump buttons are incredibly small, and there is no way to adjust the size. There are more options, like a dynamic thumbstick and a D-pad, but most of those suck too. By the way, the controls are also extremely awkward to use.
- Too many shovelware games, most of them nowadays being generic obbies or games that copy off another game. In fact, there is even a studio called "Shovelware Obbies", who even confesses that the games they make are horrible.
- You need paid access to some games. Welcome To Bloxburg is one example. The creator said its current version is beta, but at least claimed that it will be free to play in the full version, and Car Crushers 2 was also formerly paid in beta, but now it's free to play.
- If you have a VR headset (such as Oculus Rift) plugged into your computer, Roblox will default to VR mode and there is no native method of disabling VR mode other than unplugging your headset. Many games do not play well in VR due to poor compatibility and problems with UI.
- Users have discovered you can disable VR mode by opening the configuration file GlobalBasicSettings_13.xml in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Roblox, and changing the value of VREnabled to false (found in <bool name="VREnabled">true</bool>). This works well saving the headache of unplugging your VR headset before playing Roblox, however, the audio is still being played out of your VR headset, even if you set your computer's default speaker to another speaker.
- It used to have a secondary currency system called Tickets or "Tix", which were obtainable by login bonuses and place visits. As of April 14, 2016, Tickets have been removed in favor of only Robux, which you must buy with real money (although they're still obtainable via Group Funds and Developing). This led to the community accusing Roblox of being greedy (to be fair, the main reason Roblox removed Tix was due to bots and various exploits, but it was still a dumb move, as they could've thought/come up with another solution).
- The Trade Currency system has also been made Builder's Club/limited owners only due to this.
- Roblox is now known for very strict censorship regarding their chat filter; not only does the filter restrict inappropriate words, but, depending on whether you are above or below thirteen, the filter also blocks some words that aren't even inappropriate, turning them into pounds (#). You can't say things like "1918", "frank", "twin towers" or usernames, names of places we makeup, and other things that shouldn't be "pounded." It's also hilariously ineffective at preventing actual profanity and anyone can bypass it given a little "creativity". "Anilingus," "sack," "AIDS" and even "/\/!gg@" are acceptable according to the filter, all because of Meep City. And because it's Roblox. The chat filter is extremely buggy, often censoring words from other languages that aren't even inappropriate like complicated English words or English words with foreign origin, Also, some swear words from other languages are accepted, because for the same reason.
- Direct messages are also strictly censored, even if both users are at least 13. However, very few people actually use direct messages other than inviting friends to games.
- Online daters. Most of them are still on Roblox even if online dating is against the rules. Even so, most of the online daters are creepy and weird, mostly on Meep City.
- Lots of cosmetic items and even limiteds you can buy for your character are disgustingly overpriced. Who on earth would spend 40,000 robux for a fedora? (35,000 Robux is $200''.)
- Also, there's a limited item named Yum! (An official item made by Roblox, which is a face item, that went limited), that costs 320,000 Robux, which costs US$3.200.
- Although some of these problems are mainly caused by the sellers of these limiteds.
- Tons of clickbait games. The most infamous ones were those made by the now-terminated Jaredvaldez4.
- The top games are always the same without any change. Some of these games include:
- Jailbreak: A game where players can play as police officers and prisoners. Police officers have to uphold the law while prisoners have to escape from prison without any police officers catching them in the act. When they're out of prison, they can explore the nearby city, rob certain places such as a bank and a jewelry store, buy/rent an apartment, and buy a car and modify it. There are way too many hackers and they ruin the game for everyone. For example, police officers often noclip into the jewelry store when it is being robbed to arrest criminals.
- Meep City: A role-playing game inspired by the now-defunct game Club Penguin (now Club Penguin Island) and ToonTown (now ToonTown Rewritten), and is often thought to be a carbon copy of those two games due to various similarities, though others think the opposite. The goal is to adopt and look after a round, limbless creature, known as a Meep. But most people who play this game do not aim for that goal, as they appear to enjoy dating other players (which, as said before, is against Roblox's Terms of Service) and make parties. Many provocative activities have taken place on this game (such as possible pedophilia, strip clubs and sex acts among other things), and the creator of the game Alexnewtron does stupid things to stop it.
- Adopt and Raise a Cute Kid: Just as the title implies, the objective of this infamous role-playing game is to start a family and adopt a child. This game gets a lot of flak for poor scripting, lag, the fact that it breaks Roblox rules (For example, you can actually have sex in the game with another character, in a game made for kids!) and overall quality.
- Vehicle Simulator: While the game is actually pretty decent and is scripted well (mostly), many of the players abuse the Tesla Roadster 2.0, the fastest car in the game, so they can get rich quickly. Not helped by the fact that the only race anyone ever plays is the Airport Quarter Mile, a simple drag race. This effectively traps players in a loophole where they have to drive for hours, scour the net for codes and, you guessed it, buy Robux to gain enough money simply to buy a well-rounded supercar, which is fairly expensive. The map is also fairly small and fairly dull, yet it's easy to get lost in, even with the minimap.
- Robloxian Highschool and Roblox High School: Two role-playing games with the same concept; they are set in a small-town high school, where you can make friends, go to class, drive cars or use skateboards, choose what type of person you want to be (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, teacher, principal and the like) and partake in after-school activities. Both of these games are criticized by some players, as you can sometimes witness two players dating each other.
- Speaking of games on the front page, most of the games on the front page are these five (plus clickbait games and some shovelware) categories:
- Role-play games: These games usually a large town with things to do and interact with. You mainly chat with others and role-play. These games are full of online daters and the games overall have the same types of people playing them, same concept, etc. Morphs on role-playing games are better than "Robloxian" role-playing games. There is even a game called My Little Pony: Role-Playing Is Magic.
- Obbies: Obbies, short for Obstacle Courses, are simple "dash to the end" games with an emphasis on platforming. There are repetitive obstacles that appear in almost every obby, (ex, lava jumps, which door, invisible path, etc). Most of the time, have the same obstacles from other games, and when you complete, all you get are path-givers (Paths that generate blocks that you can climb on), every single time. Also, many of the games have similar titles. For example: "Escape from certain place or location!", "Escape from character name!" and "Who killed character name?".
- Shooting games: Games that are usually first-person shooters, or other team-based shooting game. While some of these are good, a lot is on the front page. But the team names are unrealistic and stupid like "Red Camels" or "Purple Dogs".
- Tycoon Games: Games where you have to raise money to build your store/building/etc. They are the same thing, collect money, build this, collect money, build that, repeat. There's some innovative ones such as Miner's Haven by berezaa, but most of the time, they're click-bait games with content that's been stolen from other users. The good one would be Restaurant Tycoon, where you build a restaurant and cook food from 8 countries
- Click-bait Games: These games obviously include some form of click-bait, whether it is in the thumbnail or title. These types of games normally have a ludicrous objective, such as "SLIDE 9,999,999 MILES TO VICTORY!" or "RIDE A TRAIN TO VICTORY!". They are all similar for the most part, such as poor model quality, bad scripting, and useless morphs/game-passes, and most notably, the inclusion of popular ROBLOX YouTube Users like DenisDaily, Sub, and Alex. Creators of these games often have similar names, mostly including words like "Games", "Productions" and "Studios".
- The new 2017 logo. Some say the tilted O that has been used next to the R looks more like a Cheez-It, Domino's logo, or Bethesda Softworks' logo rotated due to its shape or the red end of the Domino's logo.
- The Rthro avatar, also known as R30. Many claims suggest that this would promote online dating. It's also extremely awkward looking. It should be also noted that the package doesn't fit the ROBLOX's blocky theme.
- It used to have a feature called "Guest Mode", which was intended for people new to Roblox and players wishing to not use a Roblox account to play. This feature was discontinued as of October 4, 2017. As a result, some players were happy about this update, but others were upset because they think Roblox is being greedy.
- Alternatively, uploading audio does cost ROBUX depending on the length. Why isn't it the same as the other uploading options?
- Some decals and audios are bypassed. Even worse, some have made loud audio tracks, and are often mean to old music uploaders because they want loud tracks and modern pop songs.
- The game can barely even handle its own physics now. Back then, the destructible scenery, building, and physics were very advanced and encouraged players to use them. Now, often times during explosions with destructible scenery, the blocks often times bug out and freeze midair. Also, sometimes while driving a car, wheels spaz out and the car becomes uncontrollable.
- They announced that Experimental Mode will restrict every non-filtering enabled game and older games. Many players protested the update, due to receiving massive backlash. Even DevForumers protested. Thankfully, Nightgaladeld decided to remove Experimental Mode. Too bad, many older games were left broken, due to forced filtering enabled mode, until Experimental Mode will add back and update.
- Considering the fact said above, Roblox also cares very little about improving their game engine and what you can do without the use of scripts. You can't even sprint or crouch, unless the game has a script to do so. Also, if the map is full of things, Roblox will lag horribly, sometimes even a 2080ti struggles to run the game properly.
- Some of the updates break some of the Lua scripts in games, thus breaking the functionality of some of the games.
- Roblox has always suffered from a lack of direction, and the games have suffered over the years as a result. Instead of making creators work within limitations, the developers decided to everyone control over very high-level features in scripts - resulting in games with the graphics of the YS Flight simulator and the depth of an average rain puddle. In short, Roblox has turned from a Lego-Esque building game into a shallow, hyper-censored chat room with some glitchy mini-games to keep you occupied in the meantime. In their attempt at modernization, they've effectively taken a massive step back.
- The heads were changed. (citation needed)
- Roblox is also notable for false news and promises which are never fulfilled. Once, they said that it would make more free items and ways for users who don't pay to earn ROBUX. However, they lied.
- Around 2013 through 2014, many servers in games were hacked and overrun with exploiters. One example being in June of 2014, when an exploiter managed to put images of a naked woman in every Natural Disaster Survival server. The exploiter was never identified, but after numerous reports from players the user was terminated. Another example being many servers hosting Paintball! by Daxter33.
- A sub-forum, Roblox Talk, was originally dedicated to topics regarding Roblox, which mostly consisted of internet memes (things which are against the forum rules, along with a useless post that has little to no meaning).
- B0TM0D/MSE6, a former Roblox admin, was often accused of abusing her moderation privileges, allegedly banning users for invalid, inappropriate, or outright false reasons, and giving out inappropriate and harsh punishments.
- Roblox Studio 2013 was very problematic. (examples needed)
- They weren't strict about people saying things by blocking it with a pound (#).
- So many problems in Finobe (a Roblox private server).
- Finobe's Clients had malware inside it, and mostly didn't work.
- Poor moderation, and mostly immature community.
- The game used to allow users to sign up, until they went back to private beta.
- They once sponsored Teen Titans Go!.
- Despite all the mistakes they have done, Roblox still has enough good qualities to get a separate article on the Awesome Games Wiki.
- Due to the game's updates, many users have made Roblox Clones to get the old experience back. (Although some do it illegally since they make money off of it.)
- A recent exploit was done where iOS users abused the refund system from Apple's App Store to get lots of free robux, after Roblox Discovered it many of the accounts that abused this exploit got terminated and possibly sued.