And once again the Humble Indie Bundle was released! This time the bundle is composed by "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" — a survivor horror game —, "LIMBO" — a mix between puzzle and platform with a dark environment —, "Psychonauts" — another platform game but with a strong storytelling and humor — and "Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP" — an action/adventure game with with an emphasis on audiovisual style —. And if this isn’t enough, if you pay more then the average ($7.25 U.S. Dollars) you’ll unlock "Bastion" — an original action role-playing game set in a lush imaginative world.
Below is a video that explains briefly what is the Humble Bundle and demonstrate all 7 games…
But What is Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle, also known as Humble Indie Bundle, are a series of games, which the players can pay what they want (that’s true, believe me, you can pay jsut $1 Dollar). The games are multiplatform (Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS), DRM-free and helps charity (Child’s Play Charity or Electronic Frontier Foundation). Another great thing about the Humble Bundle is that you can choose how you want to divide your contribution, splitting between developers, charity and for Humble Bundle organizers (the Humble Tip).
The game series are composed basically by Indie games, games developed by a single person or by a small development group, without sponsorship or financial support.
After the payment, which can be made with PayPal, AmazonPayments and GoogleWallet, you’ll receive a download link (http or torrent), which will be available forever. But wait, if you pay more them U$1,00, you’ll receive a key to unlock these game in Steam.
And The Community?
And what we have to do with it? I know very well that none of these games are Open Source or combine with this blog’s philosophy, but besides being a good chance to help the charity, some developers, and a good chance to get some really cool games (all games work on GNU/Linux) is also an excellent opportunity to show everyone that the GNU/Linux platform deserves some attention! Believe me, it’s already happening, Steam is coming to GNU/Linux!
Proof that us GNU/Linux user, are potential customers is that (despite being only about a 1/8 of the Humble Bundle purchases), we are the ones who paid more for the games, as can be seen in the graph below:
That’s right, the GNU/Linux users paid on average $11.35 U.S. Dollars while the Mac and Windows users paid respectively $8.85 and $6.73 dollars. This proves (a lot) that GNU/Linux users are willing to pay for good software for your platform, while Windows users are used to the idea of piracy and love the sense of taking advantage of everything and everyone.