EA Unleashes its "Indie Bundle"

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EA Unleashes its "Indie Bundle"

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A rather ... bizarre sale has been registered on Steam.

Ever since warbling, hairy-nippled canuck, Alanis Morisette, covered the concept in song, I've been fairly shaky on the exact definition of irony. Despite several earnest attempts to educate myself on the matter, I still pause before labeling something ironic for fear of getting it wrong and being laughed all the way out of Journo-town. But really, EA promoting an indie bundle? I'm pretty sure that's ironic. That's ironic as hell.

Just to make things a little weirder, the deal is appearing on Steam rather than Origin.

Each of the six games in EA's Indie Bundle were developed by smaller studios and published by EA, and each can be had for 50% off, or 75% off if you buy the whole bundle. The games themselves are a likable lot. Klei entertainment's Shank and Shank 2 are in there, as are Vanguard Games' joyous top-down shooter Gatling Gears and Trapdoor Inc's blood-soaked puzzler, Warp. All of those games are going for $5 each, while affable RPG-parodies, DeathSpank and Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue, round out of the bundle at $7.50.

All of the games are worth picking up, providing you can stomach the awful thing their publisher is doing to the English language. The games are on sale now, and will remain so until May 9th.

Source: IndieGameMag

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"EA.....indie"

does not compute

Surely a sign that the endtimes are nigh.

Shit, y'all done broke reality
As always I defer to the gentleman from New York.
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Wow, that is a deal, some of those games are excellent. The way I see it, if it's bought on Steam, then Steam guarantees it, which is a beautiful thing considering EA is just shutting stuff down all willy nilly.

I like to see some sales on these games for PSN.

I think the real irony comes with this being on STEAM...

I still don't get how Deathspank, which came out like 2 years ago, is still more expensive than Shank 2, which just came out like 2 months ago...

I'm sure I've done worse things to the English language. If not, then Strong Mad certainly has.

Good games (that I haven't yet bought for some reason) at a cheap price. I'm in.

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Really, what is happening? I don't able comprehend.

*tilts head*

Doesn't the term 'indie' refer to the independent status of a developer, meaning they pay to develop and publish their game by themselves?

This makes up for everything.

I cant help but feel like this is some kind of horrible trick to get origin on my system.

Vault101:
"EA.....indie"

does not compute

At least they haven't thrown "humble" into the mix as well.

Then my head would explode.

-Dragmire-:
*tilts head*

Doesn't the term 'indie' refer to the independent status of a developer, meaning they pay to develop and publish their game by themselves?

Hey, if "indie" can be a genre of music that is counted regardless of who publishes the music, why not games?

Worgen:
I cant help but feel like this is some kind of horrible trick to get origin on my system.

Well Gatling Gears and Warp both require Origin while Shank requires you to agree to EA's EULA.

Man I love The Oatmeal. I have the semi-colon one bookmarked for easy reference. Those things give me the sweats!

OT: Ass backwards is sdrawkcab ssA!

thats just not true. i still cant believe it when i clicked on specials on steam this morning and saw "€A indie bundle". thats just so wrong. i mean, what??? "overload system"

but it still requires origin to run these games but still weird. to be honest, im actually afraid to buy it, in case it does not work. i would be interested in warp anyway.

i get it....
they do this now because they got declared the worst company in america. now they want to show the world how good they are.

Oh ho ho ho. Somebody's doing some serious damage control. Eh, whatever. As long as they get things back into non-dick mode I'll be good.

-Dragmire-:
*tilts head*

Doesn't the term 'indie' refer to the independent status of a developer, meaning they pay to develop and publish their game by themselves?

Indie means they independently created and funded the game. Someone else can still publish it for them.

Warp and Shank are the gems of the bundle, Gatling Gears is really only for fans of twin stick, and Death Spank...yea...
Picked up Warp and Shank 2 right away.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

-Dragmire-:
*tilts head*

Doesn't the term 'indie' refer to the independent status of a developer, meaning they pay to develop and publish their game by themselves?

Indie means they independently created and funded the game. Someone else can still publish it for them.

Um, I don't think you understand what 'publish' means. Publish = funded.

OT: Interesting, but I'll still probably pass. Though it'll be interesting to see how Valve reacts when EA starts trying to screw everyone over.

Electronic Arts' Indie Bundle on Steam.

Now, all they have to do is release the titles on gog.com and throw those copies in for free and they'll have officially borked the universe.

sir.rutthed:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

-Dragmire-:
*tilts head*

Doesn't the term 'indie' refer to the independent status of a developer, meaning they pay to develop and publish their game by themselves?

Indie means they independently created and funded the game. Someone else can still publish it for them.

Um, I don't think you understand what 'publish' means. Publish = funded.

No...

Publishing is physical production (making the discs and such) and distribution to retail outlets. And marketing if they're in the mood for that.

JediMB:

sir.rutthed:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

Indie means they independently created and funded the game. Someone else can still publish it for them.

Um, I don't think you understand what 'publish' means. Publish = funded.

No...

Publishing is physical production (making the discs and such) and distribution to retail outlets. And marketing if they're in the mood for that.

Or with digitally distributed games indie games can end up with a publisher involved because of the console market. Bastion was entirely self-funded and developed, but they had to get a publisher to put their name on it for console distribution because you basically cannot self-publish on things like XBLA. The only options right now are either a publisher or XBLIG. There's been disagreement over whether Bastion can be considered an indie game for that reason, and depending on whether you you define it as "self-funded and retaining creative control" or "entirely done with no outside assistance (even if that's not really possible/practical in some situations)", both sides are right.

Oddly enough, Shank was in one of the Humble Indie Bundles too.

Okay, I feel I need to share this, but I have no idea how to cite twitter posts, so bear with me.

Markus Persson @notch

EA releases an "indie bundle"? That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards.

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Markus Persson @notch

Fwiw, I don't even call Mojang inde any more. Vlambeer is indie. Polytron is indie. Stephen, Ed, Terry, Derek, Tommy and Chris are indie.

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Markus Persson @notch

Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it.

So, yea. That sums up my feelings before I even had a chance to type them myself.

Wait a minute. Doesn't something being Indie mean that it was independently funded and published? Or are we turning Indie into a genre now?

MrBrightside919:
I think the real irony comes with this being on STEAM...

I still don't get how Deathspank, which came out like 2 years ago, is still more expensive than Shank 2, which just came out like 2 months ago...

Deathspank....... is actually a good game?

I dont know, I cant be objective about it since I never played Shank, but Deathspank was pretty awesome.

Shame I never played 2 or 3.

...hell is ironic?

Seriously, though, I have zero problem with this. The games are indie. As someone else mentioned, Shank was even in one of the Humble Indie Bundles. It's not like they're claiming Mass Effect 3 is indie or anything.

indie
EA
maybe the Mayans where onto something

MrBrightside919:
I think the real irony comes with this being on STEAM...

I still don't get how Deathspank, which came out like 2 years ago, is still more expensive than Shank 2, which just came out like 2 months ago...

Maybe Deathspank is better?

I like Deathspank a lot. Haven't finished yet, despite having purchased both games on a sale, but it's a really fun and funny game.

RedEyesBlackGamer:
Wait a minute. Doesn't something being Indie mean that it was independently funded and published? Or are we turning Indie into a genre now?

Its probably being branded as such so they can get better sales.

JediMB:

sir.rutthed:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

Indie means they independently created and funded the game. Someone else can still publish it for them.

Um, I don't think you understand what 'publish' means. Publish = funded.

No...

Publishing is physical production (making the discs and such) and distribution to retail outlets. And marketing if they're in the mood for that.

Publishers (help) fund projects the vast majority of the time. And having a multi-million dollar company run ad campaigns for you pretty much removes your indie certificate, at least for that particular game.

Essentially, independent studios aren't necessarily indie (I thought that was obvious). Valve are independent, they're not indie.

As long as EA doesn't actually own the studios that developed the games, I think they can technically get away with calling it an 'Indie Bundle' since they'd just be publishing games made by independent devs ... Maybe?

*Shrugs*

So EA launch a competitor to Steam, prevents PC gamers (who don't want Origin) from getting Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3. Then, they launch an indy bundle...
I can't decide if I'm more excited to see what stupid stunt is next, or disgusted that this junk keeps happening.

they're probably going through the same singularity they had in 2008 when they released something else for a change

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