This is my first rant post. I am fully aware that this doesn’t constructively contribute to the development process, and that this is purely an outlet for me to vent some frustration that has been building up in reading some of the posts on this forum.
To everyone who paid for alpha access to Rust, but are frequently verbally dissatisfied with the results:
Paying $20 and recieving alpha access to this game does not make you a producer for this game. It makes you an alpha tester. You do not have the right to bash on the dev team for not including 20 pieces of new content and bug fixes and hacker blocks with every update. You do not have the right to call the dev team lazy for not getting an update out every week. If updates were out once a week, it would probably be more lazy, because they’d have to just cut off big chunks of material that takes more than a week at a time to create. Yes the dev team is open to suggestions. But again, you are testers, not producers, and you paid $20 to see first hand the development process, and the artisic direction still belongs to the developers, so they reserve the right to not take your ideas, not push out updates every week, and take as much time as they need to develop a perfect game. That is what they are doing. They are not dicking around with millions of dollars, and anyone who says they are has no proof of it. If you don’t believe me, visit their trello page, their twitter, their facebook, and their official website. If they wanted to be stuck to a strict development schedule, they wouldn’t have gone with voluntary public funding, they would have requested financing from a production company, and the game would probably suck ass. I’ve seen multiple posts bashing the dev team for having to take time away from tirelessly coding and designing a game because of personal issues. While the details weren’t disclosed, put yourself in a hypothetical situation in their shoes: you’re working long hours on a game that you love, pushing yourself to your creative limits to get this code out in as timely a manner as you can, when you get a phone call. A loved one just got hit by a car and is in the hospital. What are you going to do? See all those posts demanding an update from your alpha testers ASAP and get back to work, or GTFO of the office and go visit your loved one? While this may not be the literal scenario, please remember that these people are human beings, and are absolutely entitled to reacting to personal issues in a totally human way. You don’t own them because you essentially donated $20 to them in exchange for being able to watch and participate in the developement process from a tester standpoint of a video game.
Please try and remember that you are testers, not producers. Please try to understand that coding in content is a long and arduous process that invloves constant troubleshooting. If you want first hand experience, Unity 3d SDK and Lua both have free versions for download, I encourage you all to give them a try. But please, for the love of God, stop acting like these people are the Devil because you don’t have sniper scopes and dinosaurs and zero hackers and jet packs and perfect graphics and 900FPS right this second.