So, Josh, what’s wrong?
So, remember that last article talking about how I hated alpha development games? Yeah, I still do, except now I am addicted to one and it’s a vicious cycle of destruction and rebuilding. This is the second game that I started playing that had hunting/gathering/building/fighting in it where every major update includes a complete server wipe. Although it is very irritating, I finally figured out why I am slowly becoming addicted. How do I know it’s an addiction? 50 hours in 2 weeks. That’s how.
Why am I addicted?
First off, I want to say straight up, I am addicted to Rust. Rust is only in its early development alpha stages with so many updates to fuel it’s ever-changing world. Basically, the game is about survival, friendships, alliances, enemies, fighting, hunting, raiding, and building. As a creative (a term used in the game industry as someone who loves to create using various mediums of art), I feel the need to build amazing bases within Rust. I LOVE to create gigantic creations, but every…single…time I create something amazing, someone always comes by and destroys my beauty. After spending 20 hours building up my first base, I wanted to quit. I gave up for nearly a week after the server never came back online. Therefore, I lost my trust in lasting servers.
It doesn’t stop there. I feel like if I build something in-game, it’s just going to be destroyed and all my time was a complete waste. In reality, yes, all my time spent on that game is a complete waste. I have nothing to show for my 50 hours of gameplay, and that’s pretty sad! Then, I realized, I don’t play Rust to show off my achievements and the beautiful structures I build from the ground up. I play Rust because I have created an amazing community of people who share the same interests. We vary from the builders to the gatherers to the raiders, and everyone is different within our clan. I LOVE IT! I love seeing everyone working together as a unit to make our community grow together.
Wake up, hit some trees, build a base, kill some people, die, rinse and repeat. That’s the development cycle of my addiction to Rust. Even though I know I’m addicted, I still love to play the game, hours at a time! I can thank League of Legends for that ability…but that’s a different story.
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