Skullgirls Pirate Falls For Developer’s Trap Message

By   /   Jul 11, 2014

If there’s something happening in your game that’s unconventionally bizarre and you have a guilty conscience, you might not want to pull a direct line to developers. That’s a lesson Twitter user @SaikyoChamp learned when asking developer Lab Zero about something happening in their playthrough.

After beating the PC storyline of Skullgirls, a weird message was prompted on the screen asking what the square root of fish is. Puzzled, the user asked the developers what it meant, who replied in kind:

@SaikyoChamp Oh that? It means you should probably buy the game instead of pirate it.

In an awkward twist, the Twitter user had just revealed themselves as a thief, but the conversation didn’t end there. In their defense, the pirate stated that they already owned a version of the game and planned to get the PC edition, after trying it out.

Again, the Skullgirls team was ready to answer some tweets with the following reply:

@SaikyoChamp It’s all good, man. Well… I mean, it isn’t really, but I get it. Just try to do the right thing eventually.

Then, the conversation even turned to asking question about possible additions and so on, all from the prompt of a pirated game. Since the story made news, that Twitter channel has turned to a right mess, because we all love drama.

Skullgirls is one of several games to recently come out with tools to “track” pirates in a lenient, humorous way. Earlier, Game Dev Tycoon, a game about making games, had some ironic giggles at the expense of pirates who were furious that their playthrough always fell short as their virtual company succumbed to piracy.

In more blunt approaches, Serious Sam straight up went for players’ throats, as their pirated copy of the game would spawn an unbeatable killer scorpion that would follow pirates everywhere. That makes the game unplayable, but it sure is one intense way of finding out.

Skullgirls costs €13.99 on Steam.

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