What I Learned About Humanity from the Survival Video Game, “Rust”.

On un-moderated, free-for-all servers:

  1. People steal and kill each other without regard.
  2. It is very hard to get ahead initially, but once you reach a critical mass, you can steamroll everyone else.

On moderated servers, where “evil” players are punished or banned:

  1. There are the exact same number of resources, yet somehow there seems to be “more” for everyone.
  2. People are nicer, overall.
  3. Structures built tend to be more grandiose, often involving multiple contributors.
  4. If someone dies and has to restart from scratch, there are oftentimes numerous people who will step up and help them get back on their feet.
  5. Karma seems to actually work. Good, kind, and generous people prosper, while mean spirited people are punished.
  6. People openly leave “community chests” scattered all over the map to put excess resources and items in (which are freely available).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Are you a real person? *