Garry Newman, creator of Rust and, yes, Garry’s Mod, offered some honest insight with the Rust community on Reddit earlier this week. He cited a problem that he’s noticed, and he addressed it with the graphic you see above.
According to Newman, Rust players routinely get excited and happy until around two months after each major update, get bored for a month and then hop onto Reddit to complain about the game. Newman offers, instead, that those bored players should simply move on to something else.
Rather than parse his comments down and present a potential misunderstanding, here’s what he says in full.
I’m noticing a pattern, and we need to address it. It’s something we need to get past as a community, not only because it’s getting boring but because it has wider implications.
We’re stuck in ping pong loop. We release an update, you love it for a month, you get bored, blame the system, bitch for a few months, then we release another update – and the same thing happens.
My worry is that this is going to be a constant thing. We’re not going to hit a point where you go – yep – don’t change anything – keep it like it is. Because it’s not that one particular system is much better than the other, it’s just that one is fresher than the other.
So I’m going to make a suggestion..
If you’re bored of the game then just stop playing it. But before you get angry about it consider whether we have given you enough entertainment over the last 3 years to justify pocketing your $20.
I know this probably sounds pretty dismissive, but that’s not how I want it to be. I’m trying to be pragmatic. If you’re interested in the game, if you play regularly and still get enjoyment when you play – we’re definitely interested to hear what you think. We especially love hearing your stories, watching your videos, seeing your screenshots and paintings – all things that this subreddit has been very low on.
If we want to leave Early Access then breaking this loop has to be part of that plan. We have a pretty good idea on how to push forward with Rust, but none of it is going to make the game more appealing to people that have spent their last 1,000 hours hating it.
The community’s response to Newman’s post has varied, of course. He basically hopped into the lions’ den and offered a counter-opinion that one would assume could draw some ire.
There’s one post that’s sort of elevated to the top of the responses, though, earning Reddit Gold along the way. That user indicates that Newman isn’t seeing boredom, instead he’s ignoring frustration. Here’s the bit that user emphasizes.
You guys have taken this crazy home invasion simulator that rewarded creativity and ingenuity and turned it into a gathering simulator with guns. Creativity and ingenuity are being snuffed out, grind is being increased, rewards are being reduced.
I’m not playing Rust these days, but where do you stand?