The online multiplayer video game Rust has just added last week the female form for its character models. While diversity is always welcome in the virtual realm, the company does not give the players the choice of their gender.
As a result, many players have expressed their discontent with the change. However, those of you who have paid attention to the game’s development should not be as surprised. Designer Garry Newman has previously voiced his intention of introducing such a randomization to Rust. The gender only adds up to other player attributes that are assigned to the player’s ID on Steam, which already include the race the size of the genitalia.
According to Newman,
“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 designer is clearly delighting in his social experiment, to the great dismay of the players. Last June, he has stated that people do not behave differently when encountering other races in Rust. Since the situation of the game lacks minorities and everyone lives in segregation, all players end up being afraid of each other. However, he has also argued that if the two genders would be separated into different villages, and one race would be given more power over another, then the game would come closer to our own reality.
As for introducing women in the game, he has expressed his interest in the behavior of men: whether they will more likely attack women because they are perceived as weak, or if they will avoid doing so because they see them as vulnerable.
Rust is a video game focused on survival, developed by Facepunch Studios. It was launched in 2013 and tasks players to take on the wilderness by crafting various items using materials they steal or gather. Since it was released, Rust received positive reviews and has gained much popularity, selling over three million copies. The game is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Linux, and OS X.
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