Everybody likes finding a good bargain, and that’s exactly what this is. Wolfire Games is an excellent indie game developer, with a couple of wins tucked under its belt. All five games are cross-platform (Win/Mac/Linux) and DRM free. This is a sales model that’s becoming established, and I like it – more on this after the jump.
The games they’re bundling are:
My personal favourites there are World of Goo & Gish (detecting a blob theme, people) – but they’re all fantastic games, covering a range of genres.
Check out the Humble Bundle promo video here to see what you’d be picking up:
They’re offering five fairly well known, fantastic indie games for the price of… whatever you feel like. When Radiohead did this with their album In Rainbows, it seemed like a fantastic model that worked with the internet and changing consumer needs instead of against them.
Here’s a couple of quick stats to back that up:
- According to an Internet survey conducted by Record of the Day of 3,000 people, about one-third of people who downloaded the album paid nothing, with the average price paid being £4 (now ~$7AUD, but higher then)
- In October 2008, a report from Warner Chappell revealed that although most people paid nothing for the download, pre-release sales were more profitable than the total money from sales of Hail to the Thief
So, if this model worked well for Radiohead (an internationally famous band with a dedicated following) why shouldn’t it work for an established semi-known indie game company? There’s no reason why it shouldn’t, and the best part is… it seems to be working.
Not too bad, eh? Plus, 100% of the money goes to the developer and/or charities of your choice (out of the options available). The offer goes dead around six days from now (11/5/2010), but if we the consumer support this kind of action, we may see it more and more often.
Five excellent games, supporting developers and charities. If there was a Like button on this, I’d hit it.
[Source: Wolfire Games – Humble Indie Bundle]