I wanted to share my Rust experience with you guys a bit.
I have about 200 hours logged into Rust, but it’s been a love-hate relationship. The game itself I enjoy, yes it’s alpha, yes there are bugs, but we still play it because it’s still quite fun, sometimes
What’s been bugging me lately is the cheaters and admin abuse that seems to dominate the community. Never has a game made me throw my arms up in desperation so much because of this.
Literally every single server I’ve tried to establish a base on, has been hacked and/or admin-abused. You spend 15-20 hours on a server making a decent base, only to have someone walk through your 10 metal doors on each side and steal your hard earnings. I tried not giving up, I persisted and found other servers in hopes that this wouldn’t be the main theme in my Rust experience, without any luck unfortunately. 200 hours of building a base, getting your stuff stolen while all your doors are closed and intact, change servers, rinse, repeat.
I don’t think I can do this for another 200 hours though. I really do enjoy the game but it defaults to a complete waste of time when this happens. The amount of cheating in this game is definitely a problem, and unless something is done about it, I only see experiences like mine reoccurring. The cheating is also a bit “harsher” than lets say getting cheated on in a FPS game. The worst thing that happens to you in that situation is you die; you don’t lose stuff that took you 20 hours to farm, and we can all agree that gathering and farming is a HUGE part of Rust.
Those are my 2 cents and my experience with Rust. I know that some of you have had better moments than I, and I know that some will suffer the same fate I did, but if this game intends to survive, it really needs to address this problem.
It also has a snowball effect: There are some players out there who get fed-up with getting cheated on and download a Rust cheat out of spite. I’ll never stoop so low and do that myself, but these things do happen. I’m also convinced that the DDOS attacks are related to this. Someone gets fed-up of getting cheated on, DOSes the server.
A simple google search of “Rust cheaters” will show just how dominant this problem is. I’ve read countless posts on here and on the Steam forums where people are having the same issues.
Feel free to post an IP of your server if you think I would have a better experience there! I’m not going to do this for another 200 hours, but I haven’t given up entirely - yet