Like skintone, Rust’s character gender is determined by Steam ID

    
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Sure, who cares.

Remember back when Rust added new skin tones and other secondary attributes that players didn’t get to choose? Because the game just implemented another big variation between players: gender. Female models are in the game, and as with other character attributes, you don’t actually get to choose whether or not you want to play a female character. Your gender is determined based upon your Steam ID.

The update says outright that if you feel like you’re stuck in a gender you don’t want, there are lots of people who already experience that; it’s just that this is now determined by Steam ID rather than birth.

Other changes with this patch include armor and medical fixes, improvements to lighting and grass, and resource gathering. You can check out the full list of patch changes as well as some of the reasoning behind changes on the official site.

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Tongle
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Tongle

I don’t know HOW I missed this….
I’m.So.Freaking.Triggered.Must.Rage.On.Forums.

Arrobee
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Arrobee

I’m not sure this will hurt the game or its studio enough to ‘burn it down’. They will lose a fraction of a fraction of players. Those that were rolled a gender they didn’t want, and were then also too upset with that gender to continue playing. It would be grossly kind to assume those players equal 1/4 the current player base. And who cares? They already got your money. But once this initial rage blows over, and it will, it’ll just be business as usual for facepunch. Until they randomize mental/physical disabilities. And that glorious shitstorm, is what I’m stockpiling popcorn for.
But about this choices business everyone vomits up. They aren’t removing choices, you never had a choice to begin with. What you have, is the illusion of choices being removed, by adding new features and not allowing you to choose between them.
It’s no different than a rogue-like that randomizes your beginning stats. Except replace stats with cosmetic appearance. The argument could be made that some of those rogue-likes allow re-rolling to try and get the best random option, but I guess that’s just the breaks with RUST.

sfrees80
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AGx Apparently you didn’t read this right.  Gender is chosen randomly using a seed based on the user’s steam ID.  Your prudish sensibilities will not be spared by this removal of choice.  In fact, the devs have said some things that suggest they did this at least in part to intentionally get at people who are uncomfortable with gender bending.

Removal of choice is a bad thing in any case, but this is just lame altogether.  I honestly hope this decision burns the game down and teaches the studio a hard lesson in the difference between business and activatism.

jesseschulkers
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jesseschulkers

RagnarTheDrunk To be fair, this wasn’t just randomly sprung on everyone. This has been a clear intention for a while now.

vulpisfoxfire
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vulpisfoxfire

AGx Well other than the people disguising their identities, the ones that are pervy about it, and the ones who just plain want to be something different than they really are, a friend of mine once pointed out another reason, at least for games where you view your avatar: If you have to be staring at someone’s butt the entire game, it should be one you like to watch.

AGx
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AGx

I’m OK with this. I’m actually firmly against males playing female characters and vice versa. I get that some people want to role-play. I get that females simply want to hide sometimes. What I really don’t like about it, especially among male players with female characters, is that sometimes I feel like I’m sitting in a room full of perverts. It’s bad enough that so many want to exaggerate the body and run around in skimpy outfits but all too often chat gets filled with guys talking about how sexy their character is or what they do with their alone time while looking at her. I mean, I wouldn’t sit in a room, IRL, with a bunch of guys, maybe a few girls, who are talking about the sex doll in the corner but to enjoy my MMOs sometimes I have to tolerate that shit. 

There’s no solution to it really though because the alternative see’s all the women get harassed and we don’t want that either.

Greaterdivinity
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RagnarTheDrunk The only people that I’ve seen make this political are people on the internet that complain about politics being injected to everything while simultaneously injecting politics into everything.
I fail to see how, following his trend of adding in player randomization of skin color and dick size, adding in randomized gender is “political”. There’s no message, no agenda, it’s just adding in more variety to the single player character that everyone looked like. I fully expect the variety to continue, as well.
Still though, I’m not seeing the political angle in this from the dev side, beyond him responding to people injecting various political/social agendas into it. Or what transgender folks have to do with this beyond a few of them pitching a stink.

RagnarTheDrunk
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Greaterdivinity RagnarTheDrunk yeah – I know. I don’t think ‘Political Soapbox’ was ever in the advertising though. Maybe people should check for that and/or disclaim that outright. I didn’t buy it, I’m just critiquing the mechanic and their intent.
And you’re right,  anything can change in early access and they’re probably within their rights. Caveat emptor.
Even as a political statement, though, I think it’s pretty weak. The people that would really care about this certainly aren’t going come away feeling more positive towards transgender individuals

RagnarTheDrunk
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RagnarTheDrunk breetoplay 
Wow – strawman much?
I know how this forum leans. It’s obvious.
I was attempting to illustrate what it feel like to have your online identity altered beyond ‘har har you have to be a black girl, that’ll teach ya’ and trying to use examples that would hit home without being obnoxious. It has nothing to do with republicans other than it’s the first thing I thought of that most commentators here would find distasteful to represent them as their avatar.
Of course, that should have been obvious and probably is, but just didn’t fit the narrative of this company’s weak, mislead attempt at making a statement about transgender rights.
I am for transgender rights, equal rights, but the way through oppression is not more oppression. For those being intentionally dense here, I’m saying that forcing those who can’t understand gender dysphoria to inhabit another gender won’t lead to further understanding. If anything, it will drum up further hate.
And yes, this is just a game – but it’s a game the developers have decided to use to illustrate a political agenda using funding provided by those who never intended to fund a political agenda either way.

Muspel
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vulpisfoxfire Not every game is for everyone.