The Humble Indie Bundle is Back

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The Humble Indie Bundle is Back

The Humble Indie Bundle is back, with five new games and another sweet "pay what you want" sale that lets you divvie up your cash between the developers and two very worthy charities.

You're probably familiar with the Humble Indie Bundle concept but here's the lowdown in case you've somehow managed to miss it. You take five hot indie videogames, put them all together in one big, DRM-free bundle and then let people decide how much they want to pay for it and where the money goes - to the developers, Child's Play or the Electronic Frontier Foundation - in whatever proportions they like. It's an awesome idea that's so far raised over $1 million for charity, and now a new bundle is in the pipe and ready to rock.

The Humble Indie Bundle 3 features Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, And Yet It Moves and Hammerfight, five hot indie releases that would normally go for about 50 bucks as separate purchases. And in case that wasn't awesome enough, all games in the bundle are cross-platform, with native support for Linux and OSX as well as Windows, and can be installed through Steam and Desura.

Some of the games have been updated for the bundle as well. Hammerfight includes a new "survivor mode," VVVVVV has a new map editor and bonus level designed by Notch and And Yet It Moves features new achievements and bonus content.

But some things haven't changed, specifically that Windows users are a bunch of tightwads. At last check, Team Windows had made in the neighborhood of two-thirds of total Humble Bundle 3 payments but is running a distant third in per-unit payouts. Linux users have so far paid an average of $10.45 per bundle, Mac users are running in second at $5.41 and Windows users are bringing up the rear with a paltry $3.48. For five games, guys? Come on.

Sharp-eyed readers may notice that this is actually the fourth Humble Bundle to be released, but this is the third Humble Indie Bundle because the actual third bundle was the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle. Or something like that. Who cares, it's a great deal! Go throw money at it! [Especially you Windows types. Jeez.]

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Wouldn't even pay one dollar per game? Cheap bastards. Also when I can put money on the card I will be purchasing!

Time to donate (once again) a dollar for games I will never play!

I do it for the kids.

Rather funny that Cogs is in the pack, i was curious about it anyway.

Well, looks like this is definitely worth it. Plus, I like to support Child's Play.

EDIT: cool to see that Notch gave $2000, and I am disappointed that the average Windows donation is 3 bucks.

Cool! I tried crayon physics a while back and had a blast. I already have vvvvvv and cogs, but hey its for a good cause. Now I just need to decide which os to purchase it under.

Damn it, I recently bought VVVVVV... oh well, doesn't matter, I'm buying it for the other games anyways. While I'm at it, I'll buy a gift for a friend too.

My own assumption is that Mac and Linux users haven't actually paid more than windows users, it's simply that those are the ones who have gotten the big donations. I could be wrong, but that seems most likely to me.

Also I may have missed it, but was there an option to pay directly with a bank card? Otherwise I'll have to transfer money to my paypal I guess (blargh).

Captcha: You'll rsoncess

What are you implying, Escapist!?

It is always good to see these packs come up. A good deal for gamers and money for good charities. As much as I hate the term, a win-win.

Although, I think Humble Bundle 2 may have been stronger game wise. This bundle looks to be doing quite well and will hopefully end up making a good amount of money for the charities and developers, over $125,000 in sales as of this post.

Oh, and be sure to put in at least a buck. Otherwise, it ends up costing them money after processing the transaction.

Well, there's thirty or so bucks my credit card didn't need....

Made a thread about this and nobody commented *grumble grumble*
Anyway, some good games on here. VVVVVV and Hammerfight seem to be the ones I like most. Donated $15 myself.

The one in the middle on the still of the video kinda looks like Iggle Piggle from In The Night Garden.

OT: I will probably purchase this, it's a good deal and it's great for the charity.

Ah, why not. I didn't get the last one but I picked up the first two... been meaning to pick up VVVVVV for a while anyway.

Eh, this time I have every game in the bundle... not sure if that means I buy too many games or that I just happened to buy the ones in question. Still, I feel like windows is getting a bit slammed when one thing hasn't been taking into account: number of purchases. Windows has gotten over 50% of the total, and is only $2 less then Mac in terms of average. Not to mention that I'm willing to bet that windows had a lot more people buying for $1 (or less if possible) then the other platforms. That isn't an excuse, mind you, but those are the people who would have likely either pirated it or have no interest in the games anyways, so I still see it as a win.

Now to look forward to the next bundle, which I might actually buy if it has games I don't already have in it.

Side note, I did find out that it is possible to put in less then $1, and it's likely it's possible to buy for less as well. Can't imagine anyone being that low though... well, I can, but it's still pretty sad. The image and the fact they accuse the person of having no heart and being a bot is funny though.

Sober Thal:
Time to donate (once again) a dollar for games I will never play!

I do it for the kids.

Why don't you enjoy playing good games?

I hear sir Walken in the intro!

I too hear Sir Walken in the intro! More Doraleous!!

Back on topic. I love HIB's I now know what I'm doing tonight!

Can't believe the article doesn't mention that the Doraleus guys are voicing it. I want that show back SO BAAAAADDDDD!!!!

Balobo:

Sober Thal:
Time to donate (once again) a dollar for games I will never play!

I do it for the kids.

Why don't you enjoy playing good games?

I already bought and played the hell out of 'Crayon Physics' and 'And Yet It Moves' months ago.

'VVVVVV' is boring to me, and I tried a demo of 'Cogs' long ago and wasn't into it.

I'll probably try out 'Hammerfight' but I'm not expecting much. I have donated for all the other Humble Bundles and just have not enjoyed the games.

Now I feel bad for donating a single Dollar.

I wish I could give more, but alas, I have jackshit.

RejjeN:
My own assumption is that Mac and Linux users haven't actually paid more than windows users, it's simply that those are the ones who have gotten the big donations. I could be wrong, but that seems most likely to me.

It's that less people use those two, nothing more. It only means that there are more cheap bastards using Windows to bring the average donation down for that OS, not that all Windows users are cheap bastards. I honestly don't even know why they display those stats, it's stupid and like most stats, people are reading and interpreting them incorrectly.

is doraligus ever coming back or is it over. I might purchase it depending on the games that are there. i need to check on youtube to see if they are any good or if i will have time to play them.

You can say what you want about the low prices some people choose to give, but for myself, I have never heard of these games and have virtually no interest in them save for the price factor, so would it be better I give nothing at all to a charity or developers, or at least give them something?

I got the first bundle, and played 2 of the games maybe twice, and gave them $2. For the amount of time I spent with their product, they got a fair shake.

mariofan1000:
Now I feel bad for donating a single Dollar.

I wish I could give more, but alas, I have jackshit.

Well look on the bright side.

The elitists around here only hate you marginally, compared to a pirate :P.

I'll probably go a dollar over the average, cause I'm balling. [/sarcasm]

As I said elsewhere, I'd rather 2 dollars from 1000 people than 20 dollars from 10.

I haven't even started playing the games from the previous one! Wait... no, Braid was one of them, and I played it. I can't even remember the games I'm not playing.

At any rate I planned to buy a lot of stuff this week anyway because the dollar is so low and the economic crisis means by next week the US will become a blasted wasteland with very poor mail service, so I'm trying to get as much swag out of there as is financially viable.

The reason why Linux and OSX users have more money donated so far:
Due to almost fucking nothing being developed for linux users, and because almost nobody uses linux, they pay more for the pack, as they have more money to drop, and they're desperate for games.
OSX users are similar, but donate less due to more games developed for the OS.
Windows users have almost no money left due to the massive pile of games developed for the superior platform. No excuse for my OS brethren to have not payed at least 5 bucks for it, but hey, it's a theory.

RejjeN:
My own assumption is that Mac and Linux users haven't actually paid more than windows users, it's simply that those are the ones who have gotten the big donations. I could be wrong, but that seems most likely to me.

Even more likely is that the average Linux user is a well-educated IT professional with a well paying job, whereas the average Windows user is the rest of us.

I think I bumped up the Windows average a little bit, plus I send some more love to Child's Play.

EDIT:Too many users. It seems that going about 100x average isn't enough for a bump.

vxicepickxv:
I think I bumped up the Windows average a little bit, plus I send some more love to Child's Play.

EDIT:Too many users. It seems that going about 100x average isn't enough for a bump.

You'd probably have to put in Notch amount of money to make any difference to the average at this point.

How do you pronounce 'VVVVVV'?

TheRocketeer:
How do you pronounce 'VVVVVV'?

Veeveeveeveeveevee?

OT: I put in $6. Would do about $10, but I'm strapped for cash.

Well I gave them the 90 cents I had left,wish I could've left more,but I'm broke.

Alphakirby:
Well I gave them the 90 cents I had left,wish I could've left more,but I'm broke.

Not to be rude, but I think that anything under $1, and they lose money, because they have to pay for the bandwidth, and the charges to process each purchase. Still, it's the thought that counts!

Not being rude or mean or anything, I'm just saying. You gave what you could, and that's what counts. Enjoy the games!

As a Linux User who always donates well above the Linux average, the reason why is merely respect.

They are willing to go out of their way to support us as a userbase, I am willing to support them as developers. Linux users always rally behind this sort of thing, it's just one of those things we do.

It's not even that I don't have other games to buy, I tend to run ANY windows game well using WINE, I use Steam with WINE and play several dozen different Windows-only games with it.

kyosai7:

Alphakirby:
Well I gave them the 90 cents I had left,wish I could've left more,but I'm broke.

Not to be rude, but I think that anything under $1, and they lose money, because they have to pay for the bandwidth, and the charges to process each purchase. Still, it's the thought that counts!

Not being rude or mean or anything, I'm just saying. You gave what you could, and that's what counts. Enjoy the games!

If they get the game keys, then download through Steam I think they don't need to pay for bandwidth costs.

qwerty19411:

kyosai7:

Alphakirby:
Well I gave them the 90 cents I had left,wish I could've left more,but I'm broke.

Not to be rude, but I think that anything under $1, and they lose money, because they have to pay for the bandwidth, and the charges to process each purchase. Still, it's the thought that counts!

Not being rude or mean or anything, I'm just saying. You gave what you could, and that's what counts. Enjoy the games!

If they get the game keys, then download through Steam I think they don't need to pay for bandwidth costs.

Really? That's good, it's what I did.

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