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Peculiar Skullgirls message confuses, catches those who pirate the game

"What's the square root of a fish?"

"What's the square root of a fish?" asked the fighting game Skullgirls to a bewildered player. Unfamiliar with aquatic arithmetic the confused player, Twitter user SaikyoChamp, asked the developer what was up with this peculiar query.

You think you're sad now. Wait until you embarrass yourself in front of the game's developer on the internet.

As it turns out, the answer is thus: "It means you should probably buy the game instead of pirate it."

Ah snap!

For the Skullgirls developer placed this perplexing message as a trap, so those ensnared by it would ask for help online and reveal themselves as pirates.

"I'm sorry. I kinda did a trybeforeyoubuy thing. I already bought it on PS3 and I'm planning on buying it for Steam, soon," SaikyoChamp stated in his defense. "I was about to buy it this morning BUT GAMESTOP DOESN'T SELL IT DIRECTLY ONLINE AND I DON'T WANNA LEAVE MY HOUSE!!!"

"It's all good, man," the developer replied. "Well... I mean, it isn't really, but I get it. Just try to do the right thing eventually."

"Thanks for not flipping the f*** out," responded the swashbuckling scourge of the internet.

This isn't the first time a developer has placed hidden traps in pirated copies of their game. Last year the developer of Game Dev Tycoon made it so those who pirated the game would inevitably lose because in-game pirates would illegally download the in-game game they were developing. Oh the ironing.