We do get asked pretty often if The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile will ever come to PC. And we’ve always given roughly the same answer: we’d like to, but we’re busy. And I’d like to rework some things, and I’d like to sharpen the graphics, but we’re still too busy. And we’ve been under ultra-super-mega-crunch this week: we’ve got E3 coming up and a Charlie Murder to launch. I don’t entirely understand why I have to say this, but here goes: the reason The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is not on PC is not because of something secret and evil. Porting is a huge hassle, it’s not trivial, and I simply haven’t made time for it.
“Barabus,” the guy responsible for the port/hack, is not a bad guy, and I think he didn’t intend to come across the way he came across. I really am honestly flattered that he took the time and effort to reverse engineer Vampire Smile for PC. I heart your enthusiasm, Barabus! (just stop calling it justice, please!) Of course, we can’t condone it, but we definitely recognize that the only thing we can really do about it is the original plan: port to PC.
Porting Vampire Smile to PC as an enhanced Director’s Cut has been something I’ve been wanting to do since launch (I was calling it Georgelucasing until Michelle made me stop), and we had actually broached the subject with Microsoft last Friday, almost a week before this happened. Nothing’s set in stone, but we got the go ahead to make a pre-announcement: we’ll be working with Microsoft to bring our stuff to PC.
So there’s love for Vampire Smile, and that’s cool. I love Vampire Smile. But we’ve also got some brand new hotness: our official Charlie Murder launch trailer!
In Charlie Murder, the whole band gets Windows Phones on the fictional t2f (short for ta2fön) network. There’s a bunch of stuff you can use your phone for, like email (some of it rote, some of it interesting), camera phone, and squid-themed microblogging site squ.iddl.us. I thought it was a fun way to give your characters a bit of an info hub, and I’ve been a big fan of Windows Phone ever since my Samsung Focus and its marvelous bulging battery bomb (that’s another story). Also, we have a game on Windows Phone, and we definitely make a buck or two whenever someone buys it, so that’s cool. Yet still, I felt the need to tweet this:
In the comments in Joystiq’s rad Charlie Murder preview write up, there were a few begrudging Microsoft for what was (erroneously) interpreted as some sort of paid off order from up high to include the phone in the game. This is obviously entirely untrue; if anyone’s guilty of some sort of slimy promotion, I guess that would be me, as I’d like to get more people interested in a pretty solid other alternative to iPhone (and, again, we’ve got Z0MB1ES on dat ph0ne!!!1)
But I think this illuminates an underlying issue, namely that of Microsoft’s misunderstood role as indie games publisher, and how that ties to the trending media narrative on Microsoft being “bad for indies.” Where do we stand on all this? Read on:
Gato is always battling her inner demons. In the photo here, and from time to time, she viciously attacks the bottom step of the stairs to the basement. We’re not sure if something in her little kitty brain is broken or perhaps if the bottom step has ghosts in it. (more…)
Ska Studios has some shiny new duds for you to check out in our merch store. You probably noticed we’re phasing out some older Vampire Smile designs in favor of the newer, bolder threads that were found at the last PAX East. We’ll also be selling all of these shirts at the upcoming PAX Prime.
To those who were looking for one of the old shirts, sorry folks, but that’s the way the thread…(puts on sunglasses)… unravels.
Check out some more images of our current shirts in this fine gallery. You can also see some finer detail for the VS Clean and VS Rock on their respective wallpapers at the Vampire Smile website.