Hotline Miami Dev Endorses Hotline Miami Piracy
If you haven’t played Hotline Miami, you’re missing out. I loved it (even if it frustrated the hell out of me), and it’s worth every penny of the low, low 10 bucks you’ll need to fork over to play it. But what if you don’t have 10 bucks? Well, I suppose you could always pirate it. That would be a dick move of course, and certainly would negate all the hard work creator Jonatan Soderstrom put into making the thing.
Or would it?
Here’s something crazy: Soderstrom showed up on a torrent site that makes bootleg copies of Hotline Miami available for free and actually offered assistance to people experiencing problems with the game they stole from him. “I’m Jonatan Soderstrom, me and my friend Dennis Wedin made this game,” he said. “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. Hope everyone will enjoy the game!”
Hotline Miami PR has confirmed that this really was him. So, why is he willing to facilitate piracy of his baby? On Twitter he offered this explanation: “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.”
It really does. That said, Hotline Miami costs 10 bucks. That is NOTHING. You can and should just pony up the cash to play it. Seriously.