There are those who wish to play Ska Studios’ The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, but they cannot. A lack of Xbox 360 is one possible reason (at the moment, it’s an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive). It’s also the excuse being used by a Russian hacker, the one responsible for an unofficial port of the game.
According to Eurogamer, the hacker who goes by the handled Barabus decided to create a PC version of the game himself sand bothering to ask for Ska Studios’ permission or blessing. The reason? According to Barabus on a Russian game development forum, and via the magic that is Google Translate:
“I have to argue that the part of the authors are not very nice to publish the game exclusively for the Xbox 360, making it impossible for PC gamers to play in such a great game.”
“We do not steal the game for the Xbox 360, we release it for the PC port… Given that developers ignore the PC platform, about any loss of profit for them is not out of the question. After all, if they wanted to earn money, then the game would be issued on all available platforms. If the game came out on PC officially, then this thread would not exist.”
And here’s the part that has gotten the most attention:
“This is not piracy. This is restoration of justice.”
Interesting reasoning to say the least. So, what does one of the creators of the game, James Silva, have to say?
“I’m flattered that there’s this much interest in Vampire Smile on PC. I’m not mad about the crack itself, in fact, I’m actually pretty impressed. But I’m bewildered by the cracker’s attempt to justify the morality of it. He assumes a lot about why Vampire Smile’s not on PC yet, and he could have cleared up a lot of those assumptions by just emailing me. I get that piracy is a service problem, but that’s a consequence, not a justification.”
He also adds that Barabus is perhaps not as pompous as he comes off, since something is clearly being lost in translation. Meanwhile, the other half of the two person operation that is Ska Studios, Michelle Juett, feels quite differently:
“James is always the good cop… I’m kind of livid myself, I just see him as the overly-entitled gamer saying ‘I deserve this because I want it!’ I was saying earlier on Twitter ‘Halo: Spartan Assault only on Windows 8 devices! That Russian guy should port it FOR GREAT JUSTICE!’”
Not long after, Silva let lose that the game is indeed coming to PC, officially, in the form of a Director’s Cut.