Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Humble Indie Bundle 3 debuts, name your price and donate to charity

Wolfire Games has just released Humble Indie Bundle 3, a collection of 5 indie computer games that are being sold on a pay what you want basis.  That's just like it sounds, meaning you will get 5 brand new, cross platform, DRM free games for however much you want to pay for them.  If that's not enough to make you interested, perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Humble Bundle is that you can designate a portion - or the entirety - of your contribution to charity.

The Humble Bundle 3 consists of 5 games - Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, HammerFight, and And Yet It Moves.  All 5 games work on Mac and Linux as well as Windows, with several making cross platform debuts as part of the Bundle.  Besides choosing to pay the developers (let me repeat, that's a choice), you can also choose to donate any percentage of your payment to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child's Play, or the humble folks at Humble Bundle Inc who are fronting the hosting and promotion costs.

Classy donation amount, Andy

Humble Bundle 3 is actually the fourth Humble Bundle, confusingly enough, as the 3rd was named the "Humble Frozenbyte Bundle" and they returned to a numeric sequence for the fourth.  What's not confusing, however, is the effect the Bundle is having.  With an average purchase price of $4.81, the Bundle has already raised a total of $588,000 (and rising) within a day.  Priced at retail, the 5 games would cost $50.  If you've got platform pride, the site breaks down donations by platform as well - with a sizable lead right now, it looks (unsurprisingly) like Linux users are the biggest indie supporters out there.

This is one of the greatest things I've seen in a while.  Visit the Humble Indie Bundle here in the next 13 days or so to check it out for yourself.

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