Recession Proof Gaming with ‘The Humble Indie Bundle’

by ZCart on May 6, 2010 · 2 comments

One of the five games in the deal: Penumbra Overture

In a world where videogames have become more costly, it’s difficult to feed the addiction.  Even more so in this economy (though the White House claims the recession is over, I personally have yet to see proof).  Capcom did us all a favor (and rightly so) by releasing the pseudo-new SSFIV at a reduced price.  The Humble Indie Bundle, as they are called, takes this about seventeen steps further:  five games (a combined retail value of about eighty bucks), pay your own price.  No, I’m serious.

The titles include World of Goo, Penumbra Overture, Aquaria, Gish, and Lugaru HD.  On their website is a funny little jingle to inform you about what they’re doing, and how to pay.  But, here’s the skinny:  games are for Mac, PC, or Linux.  The money you donate can go directly to the developers, or to one of the charities supported by the program.  Once you download them, they’re yours, so no silly stuff like needing to have an internet connection to play.  And, of course, pay your own price.  Only five days left on this offer, though.  Shoot, I’m usually a console-based player, but the recognition some of these games have received over the years, combined with the sweet payment deal make me want to check these out.

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Nate Nickels May 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The video on the website is not the most exciting. I want to believe the man in the video but somehow I get the feeling that I will get screwed. It feels like when you buy a demo CD only to load it up and then you have to pay to play the 2nd level. Do we have any confirmation that we get the “Full” games? It’s just that it sounds too good to be true.

ZCart May 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

This bundle idea has been going on for a while now. I checked some forums, and as of 17 hours ago, the estimated money raised was about 320,000 dollars, with the average price people have paid to be about 8. Point is, if this were a bait-and-switch deal, it’d be all over the boards, and all over the news. I could find no such thing. Also, the developers of the games have come together to create this deal, so there is no middle management. I would hope that means no marketing schemes.

Still, if that doesn’t quench the anxiety, you could always buy them for a dollar.

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