Rust Might Make You A Woman, Whether You Want It or Not

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First Rust messed with your skin. Then your dicks. Now you might not have a dick at all, even if you wanted one.

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The indie survival game, which has recently been toying with the idea of randomly-assigned character appearance (the player’s race and penis size are chosen for them by the game), is soon going to be choosing player’s gender for them as well.

The change is coming as part of an impending update, which will add “cosmetic items and Steam Inventory integration, strong female characters models, wood & bone armour sets, and a freelook mode.”

“To clear up some confusion, when it does go live you won’t get a choice of whether you’re female or male”, says Garry Newman, lead dev on the game. “We’re not “taking the choice away” from you. You never had a choice. A man’s voice coming out of a woman’s body is no more weird than an 8 year-old boy’s voice coming out of a man’s body.”

He’s got a point. Especially with the “you never had a choice” in the first place bit.

DISCUSSION

On one hand, this is a cool approach to have the game just assign a character to you and go with it. On the other, I know I play these open world survival games to sorta place an idealized avatar of myself in the game world to well, play as myself.

Still, interesting idea.