I've concluded this issue only occurs with copies of Hype v3.5.4 that have been compromised to run in an unauthorized/pirated manner. I'm posting about it publicly not to throw stones, but because the crash rate is truly staggering and I'm sure many will be in need of a fix. The solution is to delete it and re-download a legitimate copy from our site:
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This crash wasn't from any specific protection we put in place, it appears to be a sloppy job on the cracker's part in patching incorrect code. Please be careful – using pirated copies often can compromise the quality of the application, your data, your system, and potentially even the entire internet. As an indie development shop, we want our software to be used as widely as possible. We not only appreciate support in purchasing a license, we need sales to stay in business . Bugs like this take time away from developing new features, and that hurts all users. If you previously purchased Hype or intend to do so now, thank you!