I purchased Rust about 2 months ago. It is very addicting. At least it is in my case. I find the game approach to be unique and I really like the teaming aspect that it drives. I have friends and family members that play the game with me. I have also been tracking the development blog. I find the statements about progress and quality of code very entertaining. This is especially true because I work with a Silicon Valley company and I think that our developers would like to express some of the sentiments expressed by Rust developers.
As the quality of code is critiqued I have to imagine that it pains the original developers a bit. They actually built an amazing game with some of the best interaction that i have seen in a multi player world. I have had dreams (sometimes nightmares) about the rust world. When I drive in my real neighborhood and I see a rock or a pile of wood I want to get my hatchet out. I think that there are so many places to go with this. It could be applied to an old western setting, a pirate setting, or many other team environments.
I really dislike the hacks. I experienced one last night which was extremely frustrating. The player was able to run and hit me from behind even though I had been sprinting. He was obviously using some type of speed hack. Many people accused him but the server did not seem to have an admin paying attention. I don’t blame the software. It is really sad that people reduce themselves to hacks and ruin the game for everyone.
I also have a concern about language and names. It prevents many kids from playing the game. There really is no need for some of the chat language. I would almost like to see certain words banned from names.
It has been extremely frustrating waiting for the new version. Maybe frustrating is the wrong word. I love the game so much that I cannot wait for the new version to be working.
I do appreciate the weekly updates showing progress. I suspect that the experimental version will be usable in about 4 weeks but that is pure guesswork on my part.
Good luck with completing the workable version and going on to more great content.