Humble Indie Bundle is Back with Five New Games

Humble Indie Bundle is Back with Five New Games

Contrary to what DRM-obsessed publishers would have everyone believe, gamers aren't a bunch of pilfering pirates looking for a free ride. Put out a solid software title and game players will happily reach into their pockets, even when they don't have to. That's the lesson game publishers should take from the Humble Indie Bundle project.

The Humble Indie Bundles are collections of DRM-free games from independent developers in which customers get to set their own price. Five games are included in the latest edition (and third installment) of the Humble Indie Bundle, including Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. According to the project's website, these five titles would run $50 if purchased separately, but it's up to you decide how much to pony up. Can such a business model actually work?


Apparently it can. Already the latest bundle has collected over $639,000. Gamers can give as little as one penny for the entire collection, though the site pleads for "preferably a lot more to help cover our costs." Not only can you set your own price, but you can divvy up your contribution however you see fit, doling out your funds to the developers, EFF, Child's Play charity, and Humble Tip (goes towards paying for bandwidth and development of the promotion).

So far the average purchase price is $4.85. Windows users, on average, are the least giving at $3.88 on average (boo!), while Mac users are shelling out $6.55 (hiss!) on average and Linux users $11.20 (kudos!). Some choose to give much more, with the top contributor -- @notch -- forking over $4,048.
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I bought it with my whole paypal balance! That sounds better than saying how much I actually spent.

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Eunoia said:

"(Can there now be any doubt that Linux users are superior human beings? Stick out tongue)"

Obviously not :) lol and I agree keep those indie developers creating.

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I really cant believe this new wave of game creation!

It seems everone is trying to make the next angry birds!

With all these new startup mobile game companies, I feel they will topple just like the Dot-Com bubble in the 90's?

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I have no heart :(... lol

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Just purchased for $6.56,

Gotta show those Mac user's what's up from a Windows Fanboy

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Thank you for paying more than average user OSunday; these guys need/deserve our support! Unfortunately, I see a trend... the average price being paid by Windows and Mac users is going down. Only the average price paid by Linux users is going up. Since most of their sales are for those first two platforms... this is not good for their profit in general - not to mention the kids in hospitals without games. :(

Windows and Mac users:  You can follow the link from your confirmation e-mail and increase your contribution at any time!

Average Windows: $3.79
Average Mac: $6.50
Average Linux: $11.33

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Bought it for myself and a friend. There is not an overabundance of high-quality games for Linux (not counting what you can play with Wine), so we like to show our support to companies that support us by contributing more per copy ($13 each, in my case).

In the past, the HIB has done cool things like give bonus games and open the games' source code when they meet their sales expectations. All that, and they donate a portion to the EFF and Child's Play. You truly can't go wrong with these bundles.

I've seen scammers on eBay trying to resell the HIB3 as their own product... There's a special place in hell for those guys.

(Funny:  Look at where total Win, Mac, and Linux contributions where at on the pie chart at 1:36 in the video)

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The top contributor notch = Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft.  He's also thrown in a bonus in that he's making Minecraft free-to-play for a limited time to people who buy the bundle.

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3vi1:

The top contributor notch = Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft.  He's also thrown in a bonus in that he's making Minecraft free-to-play for a limited time to people who buy the bundle.

He and the guy that made Garry's Mod had a war last bundle. Each time they would one up the other by a penny. They both spent like 6 grand each.

I love Minecraft and anyone that gets the bundle should check it out. 2 weeks free. It's addictive like The Sims and Legos all in one.

Have not got a chance to play any of the games yet. I did already own Crayon physics and its a fun time waster.

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