Amir Rajan, the developer of indie game A Dark Room, revealed that there is an Easter egg in the form of a Ruby interpreter. This quite obviously made Nintendo unhappy and they quickly removed the game from the Switch eShop.
This caused a bit of a debate on whether he was wrong to do this and whether the code editor even poses any kind of risk. Some claim that it can be used to hack the console, others say it’s impossible due to it being contained within the game and not having root access.
The fact that we don’t know exactly what it can be used for is really the reason why it was removed. Nintendo has to know what is coming to the platform and test it, no matter how innocent it seems.
Amir Rajan claims that he did this as a way to let people mod his game and interest kids in programming. Speaking to Eurogamer he said that he is only partially to blame for sensationalizing the extent of the coding environment, which makes it seem like he doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
Publisher Circle Entertainment stated that they are communicating with Nintendo on what the next steps are and have apologized for the issue. Until they work out the situation with Nintendo they will not be making any further comments.
One thing is for sure, Amir did not earn any brownie points with the little stunt and if there was ever a good way to get blacklisted in the gaming industry, this is it.