The Humble Indie Bundle 2 - Pay what you want for awesome DRM-free games while donating to charity
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The Humble Indie Bundle 2 - Pay what you want for awesome DRM-free games while donating to charity

The second Humble Indie Bundle is now available, and it is exactly what can be right with the gaming industry. Great games devoid of annoying DRM at pay-what-you-want pricing while still contributing a little to charity. What could be better?

Kshitij Sobti  | Published 17 Dec 2010 02:14 IST

I guess the title pretty much says it all. Do you need any more motivation?

The second Humble Indie Bundle is now available, and it is exactly what can be right with the gaming industry. Great games devoid of annoying DRM at pay-what-you-want pricing while still contributing a little to charity. What could be better?

How about the fact that all these games are available for Linux, and Mac OSX in addition to Windows? Or that paying for them once gives you access to the games in all three versions.

After the success of the first Humble Indie Bundle, which included popular games such as World of Goo and Penumbra, some of the games engines were actually open sourced!

This time the following five games are included:

  • Braid
  • Cortex Command
  • Machinarium
  • Osmos
  • Revenge of the Titans

[RELATED_ARTICLE]Of these games, Revenge of the Titans has just launched, right into this offer, and Cortex Command is still under active development. Of course purchasing the bundle means you can download the latest builds of the game as they come.

The total cost of the games bought separately is $85! As of now, the bundle has already sold over a 100,000 copies and made a total over $750,000, averaging around $7.39 per copy. Last time, they sold 138,813 copies of the bundle and made a total of $1,273,613 at an average of $9.18.

Not only can you pay whatever you want, but you can choose where your money goes as well. The money you decide to spend on the bundle will go to the developers of the games, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Child's Play charity, and how much goes towards the running of the bundle itself. You can choose using sliders how much goes where and can choose to send all you money to charity or the developers, and still be eligible to receive the games.

Despite the fact that the previous Humble Indie Bundle was pirated by people, the second bundle continues to adopt the same no-DRM policy, and use the same unprotected download URLs that anyone can share with ease ‒ we wont. Instead of focusing on combating piracy by spending yet more money, the Humble Indie Bundle is focusing on making the end experience better for those who choose to contribute, in the hope that their efforts will be rewarded.

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