OMG. Can you imagine if Street Cleaning Simulator got added to the Humble Bundle? Sales would quadruple and donation averages would go through the roof!
Name-your-price charity game offer reaches new sales milestone in first week; free Steel Storm, timed Minecraft play added.
Last week, the third annual Humble Indie Bundle went live, recording six-digit revenues on its first day. Now, the name-your-price charity promotion has added a seventh digit to its overall haul, as well as a pair of additional games.
As of press time, the Humble Bundle 3 has taken in more than $1,000,000 from over 200,000 purchases. In addition to reaching the new sales milestone, the Humble Bundle 3 now has new games for users to pick up.
In addition to And Yet It Moves, Hammerfight, VVVVVV, Cogs, and Crayon Physics Deluxe, gamers who purchase the collection will also score a free copy of Steel Storm. Further, those who pick up the pack will be able to play indie hit Minecraft for free until August 14, the day the Humble Bundle 3 offer ends.
The Humble Indie Bundle lets gamers not only name their price for the collection of five independent games, but they can also choose how the proceeds are to be divided among developers, the Child's Play charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the promotion's organizers.
For more on the Humble Indie Bundle 3, check out its official website.
They just added in the entire Humble Bundle # 2 too, if you pay over the average price sold. (4.90) I love these bundles, it's the exact opposite treatment we get from big publishers and it feels great!
@Jaga_Telesin Or you could look at it like this: Minecraft people had no need at all to lease their servers for free for 2 weeks. They didn't want to or couldn't donate a cake but they brought a pie instead. Not bait, wasn't included before, just value added. I had 5 games for a price then logged on an notice I got a 2 week period for another.
I bought the Humble Indie Bundle 3 a few days ago when they just added minecraft, and it's really nice to see that they added another game, I'll definitely try it out.
Awesome stuff. Already got Minecraft, so that doesn't bother me, but I am enjoying the Bundle's games. @HollowNinja: Save your breath and just let the old industry die the inevitable death it deserves. Ubisoft aren't listening, and eventually they, much like the ignorant lot at Activision, EA et al, will eventually fade into insignificance. The future of the PC market belongs to people like the developers and organisers that made the Humble Bundle what it is - fair, DRM-free, innovative, entertaining. I do wish they had set a $5 minimum fee though. Would have stopped wasters like gatsbythepig and ICMCMXCII.
I feel I am one of those people bringing down the PC average. Though I don't feel it reflects well when I spend $25 overall to get them as gifts for a few people that never would have gotten it themselves.
The most awesome thing about it is that when the figures are broken down, Linux users are paying the most - almost triple the amount of Windows users! :-) Maybe this will encourage some developers to produce more games for Linux.
@HollowNinja You think there wasn't any foul play involved in this? I've heard cases about people who buy the items for a few cents each, costing valve and the devs money for transaction fees, and trading the games for things like TF2 hats. No matter how generous someone or something is, the scum of the earth will always be there to take advantage of it.
I checked this out a little big ago, but none of the games really appealed to me. I love the concept though.
I'm just so happy how well the guys involved with humble indie bundle and treat you, and how the devs of these games let there work be part of it. It makes me happy to pay something. I think the whole thing is brilliant.
@Jaga_telesin I know what you mean but you have to look at from all perspectives (to see that all benefit). Minecraft benefits from a sort of trial promotion, gamers benefit by getting to play it, and the other developers get a big name to back them. Really, it's a win, win, win. And for some people, it might actually be the selling point where there wasn't one previously which means that minecraft is making money for charity. It might seem like a cheap tactic but nobody is really getting hurt here.
It's good to know that when a person's greed is put up against the goodness in his heart, the goodness still wins out :D
While I really like the idea of this charity promotion, I sorta dislike the idea that Minecraft is being used as "time-limited free bait" to try and drive more sales/contributions. People are either going to contribute for the software, or not. The idea of adding on a good game as bait for a small window of time just diminishes it for me, cheapens the experience I guess. Minecraft is a good game in it's own right, no need to lease it out like this.
That's awesome! No DRM, and you're free to give whatever you want. Definitely didn't download them for free.
Pretty awesome idea. I may be one of the few people who hasn't played Minecraft so this may be my opportunity.
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