A Russian coder and hacker known only as "Barabus" has ported Ska Studios popular "M" rated XBLA action game The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile to the PC. But before you celebrate, this PC version of the game is not an official port and doesn't exactly have the blessing of Ska Studios founder James Silva. It is basically pirated version of the game.
Barabus defends his action by arguing that the developer of the game should have made a PC port himself and that by not doing so is "not very nice."
"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," wrote Barabus on the GameDev.ru forums (via Google Translate). "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."
While Ska Studios founder James Silva doesn't seem all that bent out of shape about the game being out in the wild, he does take issue with Barabus's reasoning for creating a port in the first place:
"I guess you could say my reaction is mixed," Silva told IndieStatik. "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."
Barabus responded by saying that users always have the option of paying for the game if they want to.
"Users always have the option to pay for the game or not. This also applies to Xbox 360 which has the opportunity to play pirated games."
He added that the PC port is missing many features like co-op, online play, and achievements. Ultimately he believes that what he has done should not be considered piracy.
"This is not piracy. This is restoration of justice."