Are you a boy or a girl? The answer could lie in your Steam ID – if you’re playing Rust, anyway. Developer Facepunch Studios has added a feature to the survival game that means your multiple-digit Steam ID will determine your character’s gender – and you’d better believe it’s upset more than a few gamers.
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 only difference is that whether you feel like this is now decided by your SteamID instead of your real life gender.
Early last year, the same studio used your Steam ID to determine your character’s penis size, but creator Garry Newman didn’t stop there. The game randomises your character’s height, face shape, head size, jaw definition, limb size and race – and now gender’s been added to that list. It’s sort of like the real world, in that respect.
Gamers are already arguing that Newman has taken their choices away.
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.
The update also brings with it a whole stack of other changes