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Rust has been one of the early access survival games that has continued to grow in popularity, and for a while was likely the most popular in the genre. Despite having first been put on early access at the very end of 2013 the game has been getting constant updates as it continues in early access. Recently it got a pretty big one.

Among the updates include making ceiling lights brighter so they were more useful, thanks to a common complaint that they weren’t any use. Another had the team fixing up armor to be more durable, re-balancing the metal face mask in the process so players can actually be hurt in it. A big one was that the spawn placement of ore has changed, so now it’ll be around rock formations rather than randomly in the wild. There were also some minor updates, like making grass all different sizes so it looks more realistic and editing fog effects and the lighting.

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Rust is also adding one change that is causing at least some controversy. Rust has added female character models, but there’s no way to choose how you appear in-game. Instead the game randomizes your appearance based on your SteamID. While previously skin color had been done with this, gender is a new addition. Some people have not taken very kindly to this. A thread about it on Reddit’s /r/games subreddit has a notice at the top indicating that several posts have been removed due to racist jokes and threats. Checking threads on Rust‘s official subreddit, on their official forums, and on their Steam discussion page, does find a few threads of complaints, most of which are locked now.

The good news is that the complaints aren’t as bad as could be expected. Back in March 2015 Rust did something similar but with skin color. Many complaints were voiced about the move. A few months later a similar move was made, only with character penis size. At the current time it appears there’s no plans to add a character creator or any way to customize your character in Rust.

Rust is currently available on Steam for $19.99.

Samuel Guglielmo

Associate Review Editor

I'm Sam. Been playing video games since PlayStation. Favorite games include Ace Combat 5, Perfect Dark, Final Fantasy IX, Metro 2033, and MonsterBag. Also loves books and can be found face first in one all the time.

  • Garbagio Dumpsterino

    I don’t really see why people are upset about this, I think it’s a cool idea. I just think it would be better if it was random every life, or at least per server.

  • disqus_Nj9jXLoavw

    If it were per server or life it wouldn’t have the intended effect of disrespecting their customers.

  • Galaxy Girl

    I agree. I’m a female in real life, I had to play for over a year with a character who had a flaccid wang, so the whiners need to pipe down. Haha.

  • Parrikle

    What aspect of this disrespects their customers? Although, to be honest, I think most players who would have a problem with this probably also had a problem with previous changes, and are now long gone.

  • disqus_Nj9jXLoavw

    “We understand this is a sore subject for a lot of people. We understand that you may now be a gender that you don’t identify with in real-life. We understand this causes you distress and makes you not want to play the game anymore. Technically nothing has changed, since half the population was already living with those feelings. The only difference is that whether you feel like this is now decided by your SteamID instead of your real life gender.”

    How can you not see the disrespect for their customers in this? They make a change they already know a significant portion of their playerbase will not like, and they justify it with this straw man argument. What are they even trying to say? That half of the population has gender dysphoria? That’s categorically untrue. That half of their playerbase is female and have not liked playing as men? I doubt they know the genders of their audience accurately, and even if they did it is not likely to improve things for them to randomly and permanently swap half of them.

    If they wanted to have whatever artistic statement they think they are making with this and still respect their customers; they could have easily made it per server or life as pointed out above. This would have allowed the people who got a character they really didn’t want to play to work around it. They could have explained their reasons for the change in a logical way, instead of the FU patch notes they wrote. This kind of stuff has been going on long before the current “culture war”, and most of us gamers have taken it because we were really into our hobby and their weren’t really a whole lot of games. Of course now(especially after the “2 minutes of hate”) there is a lot more of it, and devs seem a lot more intentional with it. There are also a lot more games, and I personally refuse to purchase anything from any dev who intentionally disrespects their customer base(without regard to politics, there are lots of interactions that devs have with their community that are inappropriate for dealing with customers. It’s like some of these places hire the biggest asshole they can find as community manager. Remember when the point of a community manager was to help have a good relationship with customers? Why even spend the money on the position now?). There are plenty of developers who actually care about the market they are serving to get my money.

  • Parrikle

    Their wording was certainly pretty bad. 🙂 However, I don’t see that as disrespectful, so much as a developer in desperate need of a copyeditor.

    Otherwise, I guess I don’t see it the way you do at all. What I see is a developer willing to try out new things with their players, who respects their players enough to believe that they will be willing to give it a go and see if it works. You need a lot of confidence and respect for your players to be willing to do something new, and Rust has been showing that willingness for a while. That the announcement was worded badly doesn’t bother me – that they are trying something new and bringing the early access players along for an interesting and original ride is something that I can admire.