The blood-soaked hack-and-slash Xbox LIVE Arcade platformer The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile has been celebrated in the indie scene since it was released onto the Xbox 360 back in 2011.
One devoted fan didn’t approve of the exclusive platform in which the game was launched, and has shown his “devotion” to the game by illegally porting the title onto his PC.
Instead of laying low and enjoying the game in privacy, the fan–a Russian hacker who goes by the handle “Barabus” on the GameDev.ru forums–openly touted his “accomplishment”, and even went so far as to claim he was justified in illegal cracking:
“This is not piracy, this is restoration of justice.
“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.”
The hacker added: “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.”
Ska Studios’ own James Silva responded coolly to the matter:
“I’m not mad about the crack itself, in fact, I’m actually pretty impressed,” Silva conferred to IndieStatik.“But I’m bewildered by the cracker’s attempt to justify the morality of it.”
Ironically, Silva said that he would have gladly taken the opportunity to explain why there was no PC version of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile to the Russian hacker if only he had e-mailed him.
Michelle Juett, the artist for Ska Studios, had a different perspective on the matter:
“I’m kind of livid myself,” Juett began.“I just see him as the over-entitled gamer saying ‘I deserve this because I want it!’ … [T]rying to justify it morally really irks me.”
Details on any sort of legal action haven’t been revealed, and it will be interesting to see if Ska Studios releases another Dishwasher game for both PC and Xbox 360 in consideration of Barabus.
The game itself is well-known for its intense action and diabolical gore that’s infused with a frenetic button-mashing combat system that’s quite satisfying, and the dark otherworldly overtones paint a very distorted and bizarre series of visuals.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is still available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points ($10), and can be found here.