Rust generates a permanent character based on SteamID0 Comments
When Rust first launched on Steam in 2013, it quickly gained a cult following. Despite being in Early Access, it proved to be a compelling multiplayer-focused survival game. Over two years later, Rust is still in Early Access, and has just made a change which some players find to be quite controversial.
Last week Rust finally added female characters into the mix. Until then, absolutely everyone on the server had a male body model. However, this change came with a new tweak. Previously, characters were generated by a user's SteamID, and this would decide their skin color. Now, with the latest update, SteamID is also used to select whether the player's avatar is a man or woman.
This change is stated to be permanent. So, even after you die and restart, you'll still be coming back as that same specific character tied to your SteamID. As of now, the only way around this would be to have multiple Steam accounts (and multiple copies of Rust). Here is what the developers had to say about this change on their blog:
"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 any more. Technically nothing has changed, since half the population was already living with those feelings."
They're not wrong. Women have long since been playing male characters regularly in video games because most games never gave them an option. Of course, being accustomed to this, it became a "norm" accepted by many women. On the other hand, male gamers have not had to face playing as women in games with nearly as much regularity up to this point. With all this said, given that all Rust characters look a bit weird and have the same potential for abilities, it does not seem to be a big issue in the end.