Humble Bundle: A Way to Game and Give on a Budget
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 00:09
How much would you be willing to pay for a set of five to 10 computer video games and their soundtracks? Now, how much of that would you want to give to a charity?
The “Humble Bundle” miraculously gives you the opportunity to answer these questions. On a semi-regular basis humblebundle.com offers a set of games, and several of their soundtracks, that can be bought at a “pay what you want” price. Once you decide how much you want to spend on the set of five to 10 games, you can then choose how much of that money will go to the game developers, a charity of the “Humble Bundle’s” choice and to the “Humble Bundle” site itself. After approximately two weeks, a new “Bundle” of games will be offered and you can make those same decisions all over again.
Often humblebundle.com will add games to the latest “Humble Bundle” that will require a minimum payment, usually around $5. This is the only set price that ever appears on a “Humble Bundle,” and it is always the follow up to a set of about five games that were already being offered at the price of your choosing.
The games themselves usually consist of indie games, such as “Cave Story,” “Braid,” “Hotline Miami” and a vast multitude of others. On Steam, each game would come to no less than $5, but a lot of them have prices ranging up to $15. On many occasions, though, there is a “Humble Bundle” that offers a wide variety of popular AAA games with the same pay what you want deal. Specifically, the “Humble Origin Bundle” offered “Mirrors Edge,” “Dead Space,” “Dead Space 3,” “Crisis 2,” “Battlefield 3,” “The Sims 3,” “Burnout Paradise,” “Medal of Honor,” “Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising” and “Populus.” These 10 games created the most popular “Bundle” for humblebundle.com raising over ten million dollars from two million people. The average amount spent per person on the entire “Bundle” was $4.93.
The latest “Humble Bundle” had just as big a selection too with titles such as “Brütal Legend,” “Eets Munchies Beta,” “Mark of the Ninja” and “Trine 2.” The other six titles were offered with a $4.86 minimum and included “FEZ,” “Bastion,” “Limbo,” “FTL: Faster Than Light,” “A Virus Named Tom” and “Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.” Bought separately, all of these games would cost over $195, and that doesn’t include the game soundtracks that come with the “Bundle.”
The “Humble Bundle” is a rare opportunity to choose how much you want to spend on not just one, but several games. Incredibly a new and just as rare opportunity appears every two weeks as a new “Humble Bundle” is released. You choose the amount of money, you choose the destination of the money and then you can choose which of your brand new games you want to play first.