Currency and Catalog items
- Main article: Ticket
On March 15, 2016, Roblox announced that they will be removing tickets. This caused an outrage in the community, mainly users who chose not to spend money on Robux and/or Builder's Club. Smarter players knew that non-paying developers (especially the ones who live in countries that suffer hyperinflation like Venezuela) would be in trouble, as they cannot develop games without the use of free models, also that they needed tickets to make their game popular (etc. Thumbnails) Regardless, the removal of tickets also removed the ability for non-paying players to do many things such as buy items from the catalog and create ads. This also caused the amount of free Robux scams to be increased. Users have accused Roblox of greed after this change, especially as there were instances wherein players were banned after complaining about this controversial event. This became one of the most controversial events to ever happen in Roblox's history.
The prices of many Limited items have been pushed to exorbitant amounts by those who own it, which frustrates users who want to purchase them but cannot afford due to extreme inflation, and even leading others to think that Roblox is greedy to push others to buy thousands of dollars for just a single Limited item. An example that demonstrates this fact could be the Darkheart, valued at 2,000 Robux when it was first released. It drastically escalated to a whopping 400,000 Robux for the cheapest listing, costing approximately 2,200 US dollars at the least to purchase with real money.
New Robux Icon
- Main article: Robux
Sometime in November 2019, the Robux icon was replaced from the classic R$ icon to a hexagon shape with a square in the middle. This sparked criticism from many players, with many players claiming that it looks like a hex nut rather than a coin/token (what it was probably meant to represent). Many players say that the new icon looks ugly and want the old one back. However, the change was not a big surprise to some players as in early 2019, the icon was found in the Roblox files. The icon was named email@example.com.
Users without Roblox memberships are played ads while they wait to be loaded into a game. However, some ads have been criticized excessively for being inappropriate for kids or containing malware, but no evidence has truly been given to either claim. Very few people also claim ads to be "unfair" cause this gains Roblox money over them.
TV Advertisement (2011)
Roblox's old TV commercial was criticized for:
- Not mentioning membership features.
- A user named "TimmyMcPwnage" nowhere to be found in the Roblox website or in the game client, making the user non-existent. Though the remaining users that are mentioned do play Roblox, it's unknown if they had any involvement in the commercial at all.
- The commercial using highly edited skyboxes, CGI, and staging to give the game a more professional look. This may be due to the targeted audience being more interested in exciting advertisements.
- The "ROBLOX, It's FREE!" is criticized by some users because they believe the game is freemium, rather than free. It became a meme, with many people making fun of the slogan. What the ad possibly meant was that Roblox didn't require real money or using a virtual payment such as Bitcoin to create an account, or simply Roblox is free-to-play.
SharpTH Media released a YouTube video explaining why this advertisement was flawed in its technique of attempting to get the attention of some viewers.
What Will You Build (2012)
Roblox's 2012 advertisement was also highly criticized by many for similar "offenses" in the past video, such as special effects and false claims:
- From 0:16 to 0:19, all the models presented are CGI-animated rather than in-game.
- At 0:20, a Minecraft TNT is very briefly seen among the debris of the exploded castle. This has resulted in high negative criticism from Minecraft players viewing the video.
A YouTuber called Tzsara released a video about this advertisement and exploring its contents and flaws. However, despite the false advertising, this commercial was not as badly criticized as 2011's commercial.
Before its removal on December 11, 2017, the forums on Roblox had been criticized because of the amount of spam, useless posts, and highly inappropriate users on most of the forum sections. Moderators such as OldBaronMondo and MSE6 were also scrutinized due to suspicions that they were deleting posts and issuing out punishments to users based on their personal biases.
On December 4, 2017, due to the forums not providing a positive environment, getting raided and them being abused, Roblox announced that the Forums will shut down on December 11, 2017. The forums became read-only 7 days before its removal.
- On November 29, 2012, with the release of the Newshound gift, false rumors spread saying that commenting "Newspaper :D" would grant players the gift. However, Roblox stated in a post that doing this could instead give players a ban on spamming.
- On March 26, 2013, when the Egg Hunt just got started, users made topics saying "This is a thread discussing the TL;DR egg. This egg can be obtained by writing a long post or thread on the forum." over and over again until the user got the TL;DR egg. However, in reality, to get the TL;DR egg, the player will have to find an advertisement banner that tells the user that he/she can get the egg by clicking on the advertisement to get the egg in question.
- On April 14, 2013, controversy arose when a Roblox admin called MrDoomBringer made a post on a thread stating that ROBLOX Talk could possibly be deleted. After a negative uproar from the Roblox Talk community, moderator ChiefJustus confirmed that ROBLOX Talk would not be deleted via another thread. MrDoomBringer later said that they were not planning to do this, and it was just a side note in a meeting. MrDoomBringer also stated that they would NOT merge Roblox Talk with Off Topic.
- On July 2, 2014, the subforum Clans and Guilds leaked nude photos of a Roblox Talk forumer, and it very quickly spread into Roblox Talk and Off Topic. As a result, a few forumers kept reposting the link to their subforum. At least 30 people were banned, many of them were not from the Roblox Talk forum.
- Between October and December of 2017, links to illegal child pornography were repeatedly spammed on the forums, this would eventually lead to the closure of the forums.
New Forum 'Update'
On July 27, 2017, an 'update' was made to the Roblox Forums. The update removed several subforums, leaving only 6 left. The subforums that remained were Roblox News and Discussion, Help, Clans, and Guilds, Let's Make a Deal, Game Design, and Scripters. This update was very controversial, since lots of different subforums, including the entire entertainment section, All Things Roblox, Roblox Talk, and Off Topic were removed. Some players thought this update was caused due to the recent forum raids from YouTuber QuackityHQ.
Builders-Club Only Places
Near the end of 2010, Roblox introduced a new feature called Builder's Club Only ("BC-Only") that allowed Builder's Club members to limit the users who go to their places to Builder's Club and higher only. Unsurprisingly, the community took a new function very negatively, most of which who spammed comments on BC-only places, created hateful threads and even went to videos. Users XiaoXiaoMan and TheAmazeman both created videos explaining the downsides of BC-only places and XiaoXiaoMan also pointed out false claims, this time on Roblox's side of its currently dubious "free" nature.
Most of the negativity came from former admin Shedletsky (then named Telamon) made one of his ever-so-popular brick battling game Sword Fight on the Heights IV Builders Club only, and despite the very clear woe he created from the choice, Shedletsky even went so far as to making a small post in the Roblox Forum which not only belittled the outraged users with his statements "It's my game, and I'll do what I want" and to see if there would be less "newbs" in game, but also explained that by doing so not only made "a ton" of tickets, but can also ban the main accounts of exploiters, and finishing it off with "Trololollolll" as a "reason" as to why it's BC only. Not long after creating the forum post, Shedletsky deleted it. However, user XiaoXiaoMan has a video where it is featured. The video in question can be found here.
In July 2011, a user called seth1823 made one of his places reach the front page of games section with a stolen copy of the user Ryanmacd 's "Private Clubhouse." It was a BC-only place and he made over 33,500 Robux from converting the tickets generated from the visits into Robux. He has since taken down the place but user Ryanmacd is still trying to get the copy of the place back.
As of July 2015, BC-only places have been removed on the games page due to players trying to maximize their profits by making both BC and NBC places, and also due to free Robux and Tix scams. However, BC games still exist. There are still a few game creators who want BC games back on the front page. They have been accused and condemned by many users for making successful free-to-play games and then make an exact copy of the game as a BC Only in order to maximize their profit, since it requires relatively few players (often less than a dozen) to make the highly visible "Front Page" section, as opposed to free-to-play games needing often hundreds just to be in the same spot.
On October 17, 2017, Nightgaladeld announced that BC-only games will be accessible to everyone, including NBC users, which did happen some time after.
Lifetime Builders Club removal
On August 4, 2015, Roblox removed the lifetime and 6-month payment options for BC, TBC, and OBC, leaving only monthly and annually as a payment option, which sparked a large amount of criticism from players, and which made many players think that Roblox is greedy.
Roblox software has been described as slow and buggy on some computers. It has caused blue screens on Windows computers and made some computers crash. User Jazman111 once reported RobloxApp.exe to security company Symantec, (home to their Norton range of antivirus software for home users), and the report was accepted.
Around 2011, Roblox removed the feature to go into Roblox.exe and into Build Mode to access Roblox Studio but was still accessible in the Roblox Studio.exe until 2012 when Build Mode, both in roblox.exe and Roblox studio only had the new building tools, which have been criticized for creating less creativity for many users. As of now, only edit mode has access to Roblox Studio, and the only way to have Roblox Studio with a character is going to the play solo test. Also, in July 2012, Roblox.exe was updated, removing the ROBLOX Browser and sending the user to the default browser set on their computer and no longer needed the player to download the browser to play games. This received some criticism from some players, saying it was slower, but there was also features that users wanted like copying and pasting URLs, which was difficult to do in the original Roblox browser.
Lack of fourth generation iPod support for games
On December 7, 2012, when the Roblox Mobile app on the Apple App Store was updated, Roblox received criticism for instead of having support for the iPod and iPhone that are of the fourth generation and beyond, they decided to only have support for the fourth generation of iPhones and the iPod 5. This has received criticism on the forum because a lot of players do not own an iPod 5. Some users have even theorized that the Roblox staff couldn't add support for iPod 4 because the device doesn't have enough memory. Also, Roblox Mobile is known for being really laggy, crashing all the time, heating up the player's device rapidly, and its tendency to drain the battery life of the player's device.
On December 12, 2012, the day the Full Play on mobile feature was released, Roblox announced that Builders Club users could play all games but NBC users would be limited to a rotating, curated selection of games. This was met with a large amount of criticism from the Roblox mobile user base due to Roblox's decision. However, despite the criticism, Roblox never repealed the restrictions until recently.
Roblox Mobile has been known to have an excessive amount of ads that don't pop up on the computer. Usually, some games have ads that pop up only when you join the game. Some creators have started to make their games have ads that appear very frequently.
Removal of vital Lua functions/properties
During 2009 and 2010, Roblox broke many games via changes in their Lua programming language. In 2009, Roblox secured the Source function on the Script object. This stopped model compilers and Script Builder tools from working. In 2010, this was brought back, but later on, they stopped global variables. Both instances were frowned upon by scripters.
Roblox's updates have been criticized because users claim it "doesn't make it as good as before" and it sometimes goes to an infinite updating screen when they try to play a game (sometimes unfixable). Though people have suggested that the administrators undo the updates, Roblox has stated it will never undo an update (unless temporary, such as the Egg drops). The only updates that have been changed after user feedback since then was Player points. Player points were hidden mainly because it caused competitive controversy and had no use, as well as the fact that people were buying lots of player points or going to places specifically made to farm Player Points to boost their "skill level".
Roblox 2017 New Logo
Since January 10, 2017, the Roblox logo has been changed, causing lots of controversy towards the change. Some say the tilted O that has been used in place of the R looks more like a Cheez-It, Domino's Pizza logo or Bethesda Softworks' logo rotated due to its shape or the red end of the Domino's logo. This caused it to become a popular meme. Some say the logo is ugly and prefer the older logos. Many people have expressed their criticism through Twitter, YouTube, and the forums.
- Main article: Default Clothing
On June 16, 2017, Default Clothing was added to Roblox. However, this change has sparked lots of controversies, claiming that players were no longer able to wear classic outfits (like the Roblox 1.0 default Noob outfit). This affected all players who had one skin tone for their whole body, and are not wearing pants nor a shirt. However, this change can be bypassed by wearing clothing that has been Content Deleted, or by using the 'Advanced' body color feature to change individual body parts.
Temporary Server List Removal
On July 13, 2017, the Servers would only show what server the player's friends are in. This caused a major uproar in the forums as players are no longer able to see all servers for good and sometimes are forced to rejoin the same server or the server their friends are in, repeatedly. The website went into maintenance that day as well, but it didn't revert the Servers list back to its former glory. On July 14, however, the developers have responded to this case. Click here. On November 1, the servers returned as “Other Servers” but the users shown in the lists are displayed as "A Roblox Player." You can't view their profiles unless they are your friend.
- Main article: Anthro
The Anthro Robloxian is an old version of the avatar type now called Rthro. Many older players have expressed dislike and even hatred of this new avatar, with many claiming that the new body shape encourages online dating, and conflicts with the usual blocky avatars. Users had even gone far enough to worry that the Anthro avatar type will replace the R6 and R15 avatar types, though this has already been proven false.
Removal of Game Genres
On October 26, 2017, game genres were removed from Roblox. This has caused major outrage in the forums. However, it is possible that it was a glitch because the genres are still listed on every game page and still exist in the Catalog. There's currently no forum post on Roblox's developer forums related to this update, however.
Experimental Mode game restrictions
On July 4, 2018, two hackers injected an 18+ script into a game with Experimental Mode on and virtually performed inappropriate actions on a seven-year-old girl's avatar. Her mother saw the incident and reported it publicly on her Facebook profile, which became viral, caught media attention, and spread over the news. Roblox responded by permanently banning the hackers and putting the game from the incident Under Review.
On July 13, 2018, in order to prevent further incidents like this, Roblox blocked users <13 from Experimental Mode games, unless they are friends with the creator. A majority of the <13 users complained that they couldn't play their favorite games anymore. However, on July 20, 2018, Roblox extended the restrictions and blocked all users from Experimental Mode games, unless they were friends with or are the creator. It effectively made the majority of games unplayable. This received a massive backlash in the community, as they could no longer play any older games. Veteran developers of old games were either inactive, meaning that they wouldn't turn off Experimental Mode, or wouldn't accept random friend requests from the games' players.
On July 25, 2018, Roblox removed Experimental Mode and all Experimental Mode games were set to Filtering Enabled. This brought rejoice from many, even though some former Experimental Mode games broke as they were coded without Filtering Enabled.
Roblox Studio 2013
In February 2013, Roblox released ROBLOX Studio 2013, which was extremely criticized among the ROBLOX community for it is harder to build and how they released it.
List of known reasons:
- Roblox Studio 2013 was updated by force without any notice when the player started it up
- Multiple items are difficult to select
- Certain items don't save
- Certain features don't work
- Studio 2013 crashing when started
- Duplicating bricks feature being removed (it became visible in the 2014 update of Roblox Studio when you right-click a part or if you press Ctrl+D)
- No way to get the older Roblox Studio until after the incident
On February 4, 2013, Roblox released a post on the update.
New Roblox Building Tools
Shortly after Roblox has released new building tools, many users say are limiting the creativity of many games because of the limited variety of new blocks and the fact that it is often very difficult (and sometimes impossible) to use any other tools, free models, decals, or even the user's own items. There are also many complaints that the new blocks are not compatible with the classic bricks. Also, some of the tools have been criticized for glitches and not functioning properly.
There is also mass criticism from many players for getting rid of the Studio Mode button and sometimes sudden canceling Roblox Studio when building (believed to be a glitch). Many users look down on this update because they do not have an option whether they can choose between classic tools and new tools. Instead, it is now necessary to use a model in order to get the old tools back, which is extremely difficult.
Many users accuse Roblox of trying to copy the look of the popular game Minecraft. Some users believe that Roblox released to update to be more similar to Minecraft in order to make more profits. Users have said that it takes away from the uniqueness and the original purpose of Roblox, which was to provide a free, creative environment where users would not be limited to a small variety of square blocks since due to the new update they are often unable to use other bricks.
As a result of this update, many old, experienced players quit Roblox, causing a rising amount of new, inexperienced players, who think that the new tools are normal and build games out of the new blocks, causing a slow phasing out of the old, classic-brick type games. Users have accused Roblox of trying to achieve this phasing-out, claiming that Roblox's motive is to make more profit, at the sacrifice of creativity and the quality of games on Roblox.
November 2010 Newer tools
Moderate criticism occurred when the new layout of tools was released because the copy tool doesn't function properly and jumps around, and the paint tool removed half of its colors and some on which they're important.