As a Roblox player, it is currently too hard to find interesting games my friends are playing. I used to exclusively use the Friends Playing sort because my friends like the same kinds of games I do, plus it gives us something to talk about and play together.
Now the sort has been removed (again…), making it impossible for me to find games my friends have played, and it has been replaced with an indicator in the Continue tab that tells me when a friend has played the same game I have. I don’t see how this is useful.
Please stop removing the best sorts on the home page. All I want is a list of games I’ve played, a list of games I’ve favorited, and a list of games my friends have played, and if the previous requests about the home page are anything to go by, most other developers feel the same way.
If Roblox is able to address this issue, it would improve my Roblox experience because I’d be able to discover great new games my friend group is playing.
I believe stats I have collected in my games indicate that a large percentage of my smaller player base, is made up of users who have followed their friends in-game. As a developer, I believe these changes may have a negative impact on how my games are discovered.
Search and discovery is a black box. It would help make these changes easier to digest if some details were shared about the new alternative ways users can discover games their friends have played, with statistics.
I don’t have this yet, but from what I’ve heard, that “Friend Activity” button isn’t actually a button. That feels so wrong to have something that looks like a button but functions as if you were just clicking the game normally.
The “Friend Activity” label is actually very annoying to me but for a different reason outside of the sort - I used to just load up the home page and quickly see how many people are currently playing a game that I help develop. Now instead of it showing the number of active users, I just see this big “Friend Activity” bar in its place.
From disabling sponsors for <13 players to this, and on top of that the lack of response from Roblox, I can’t help but assume Roblox is just doing ANYTHING to save face from the controversy of children seeing inappropriate games.
These actions have made it increasingly harder for smaller games and new games to be discovered and it just feels like they don’t care because they’re still continuing to profit from existing games.
+1 to bringing this back. I don’t casually socialize with most people on the platform (most of them are outside my age range), but one thing I really appreciated was that if I met someone who had shared interests and I added them as a friend, they would often expose me to new games I liked that I wouldn’t otherwise find. Given all the other methods have been gradually removed over the years by Roblox in favor of leaving discovery to a black box algorithm, friend activity was the last and most reliable option for encountering new and interesting titles. I don’t anticipate playing many new kinds of games without it.
Roblox really should keep the “Friend Activity” sort. This new way of formatting is awful as it blocks the likes and visits from the home page, just like the friend icons at the bottom of games when they are currently playing.
I think they should maybe add an icon in the top-right of games to show if friends are currently playing and a dropdown of the friends when clicking on the icon. Here is a mockup of what I thought would be cool to see instead of the current version of the friend activity banner.