Jonatan Soderstrom has requested that videogame pirates update their torrents to include a patched version of the game. Source. He posted the following on a thread beneath a torrent on one of the larger file-sharing sites:
“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.”
And later went on twitter to clarify his decision:
"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."— Jonatan Söderström (@cactusquid) October 25, 2012
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.
— Jonatan Söderström (@cactusquid) October 25, 2012
I don't pirate games for reasons that I won't go into here (I'd rather avoid that debate), but just reading this instantly earned these guys a lot of respect and made me want to give them some money for their obvious efforts to make their game as accessible as possible.
PS I should probably mention that the advocation of piracy is against forum rules. While it's fine to discuss piracy on a hypothetical basis, anyone caught promoting torrent websites or discussing their illegal theivery techniques will be subject to moderation. This is the only warning you are going to get in this thread. x