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Did Rust just become the first transgender MMO?

Unlike many other online multiplayer games, Rust doesn’t give players any control over what their character looks like. Instead, it randomly generates a set of features and ties them permanently to the player’s Steam account. This means that, even if they leave the game, their character will look the same when they return. It’s a fitting choice, given how primal the world of the survival-based Rust is. Just as in real life, Rust doesn’t let you choose what you want to look like, but instead spits you out naked into its world with a body you had no say in, and tells…

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Of carnage and cannibals: The lawless wilds of Rust

No arts; no letters; no society; and […] worst of all, continual fear, and the danger of violent death; the life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”, so says Thomas Hobbes, describing his conception of the “State of Nature” in Leviathan (1651). This quote is one of the first things that comes to my mind when playing Rust, which is perhaps one of the most fully realized visions of Hobbes’ greatest fear; a world of anarchy, free of any governance and thus plagued by an unforgiving dog-eat-dog state of affairs. Though we can never know for sure…

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The Forest to scare the living crap out of us May 30

We already knew The Forest looked freakishly terrifying. But now we know a date: it hits Early Access on May 30. Sure, the latest trailer for the survivalist (think Rust) survival horror game starts out innocently. It seems like the perfect getting-back-to-nature simulator, as you watch the character spear a fish from a sparkling stream and build a fort. But then the sun goes down and things get really fucked up, and the trailer ends, and I quickly google pictures of kittens to flush those horrible, horrible images from my brain.