Game developer asks pirates to update torrents with newer build

Software piracy is inevitable, and it's going to be around for a long as people keep on coming up with fun new games and charging money for 'em. Developers can either try to implement idiotic DRM in response, or they can embrace the pirates wholeheartedly and ask them to update their torrents with the latest version of the game.

You might not have heard of Hotline Miami: it's an indie game that you can currently buy for about $10 through Steam. That's not much money. But it's some money, which is why pirated copies of the game have been made available for free through torrent sites. The developer of Hotline Miami, Jonatan Söderström, found out about this, and posted the following message in the comments thread of the most popular of those torrents:

"Hey there! I'm Jonatan Söderström, me and my friend Dennis Wedin made this game. We're working on an update that hopefully will take care of any/all bugs, and we'll try to do some extra polish in the next few days. Would be great if you could update the torrent when the patch is out! It'd be great if people get to play it without any bugs popping up."

Atypical behavior from a game developer trying to make a living, for sure, but Söderström is just taking it all in stride, as he explained later on Twitter:

"I don't really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do. I've been broke the last couple of months. It sucks."

"And I definitely want people to experience the game the way it's meant to be experienced. No matter how they got a hold of it."

For the record, Hotline Miami is currently the 12th most purchased game on Steam, and it's got a metacritic score of 87, making it totally decent and absolutely worthy of your $10. If you've got it, that is. If not, well, we're not saying you should go out and pirate this game or anything, but it's pretty cool to see a developer who's been there, and whose priority is having as many people as possible play, and enjoy, his game.

Hotline Miami is a quite violent top-down shooter that's probably not appropriate for everyone, but you can check it out (and buy the game) at the links below.

Hotline Miami and Steam, via PC Gamer

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