It seems “the golden rule” of do unto others…doesn’t apply when you’re playing Rust. People use this game as an excuse to be a jerk/bully/dickbag.
In reality, though, there are people out there I’ve run into - in real life - who looked suspicious. Who may have hurt me. Who threatened me. But, I didn’t kill them and harvest their organs. Nor did I waste what could have potentially been over an hour of their day by “resetting” their progress via stealing their loot/resources.
Mainly because I’m not an asshole. And most Rust players are.
Now, like you mentioned, there ARE exceptions - and what I’ve noticed is that the game is much more enjoyable when you find the other like-minded non-dickbag players, and band together.
Mentor other newbies who have just bought Rust, and teach them the difference between being careful, and being a jerk. Because honestly, while kids LOL about making people “ragequit” - that probably doesn’t serve as good advertising for the game when that kid tells his friends how much the game sucks. And it probably doesn’t get more copies sold.
More complaints about dickbag players = more negative word of mouth = less people buying Rust = less development for the rest of us.
It’s kind of embarrassing running to other gamers who hear I’m playing Rust, and all they have heard about it is how shitty/mean the players are. Way to represent, guys.