The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle
This is one of the coolest things I have come across since I started Epic Brew back in December. This Humble Bundle deal is totally epic.
What it is: A pack of three games, plus two mini-games. You set the price, and you decide how the money is dispersed among the publishers and two charities, and best of all, there is no DRM (Digital Rights Management) attached to the games. That means that once you buy the bundle, you can put the games on all your computers 50 times if you so desire, as there are no digital restrictions.
Trine and both Shadowgrounds titles can be played on both PC and Mac, but the two mini-games only work on PCs. But! Keep in mind, that lack of DRM allows you import/export the games onto as many computers as you want. So just because you don’t have a PC now, does not mean you will never be able to play the mini games.
I have played through Trine once already, and I cannot speak highly enough for the game. It was one of my favorite games that came out in 2009. I previously talked about it in an article I wrote for the release of the Trine 2 trailer, which you can read here.
I have not played either of the Shadowgrounds games, but I have heard good things about them.
I plan on buying the pack as soon as I finish writing out this article.
This whole process is really something to support, guys. These developers are allowing the consumer to pick how much you think is fair to pay for this bundle, giving it to you with no restrictions, and to boot are allowing you to donate some of the money you spend to a charity. This is the way the gaming industry, heck any entertainment industry, should combat piracy. Instead of locking down their intellectual property with overly-complex security features…just let the consumer pay for what they think is a fair price, and let them completely own their purchases.
Just look at the numbers. As of this article, $89,400 has been earned. The bundle has been available for less than a day.
This will defiantly be a topic of discussion in the upcoming Epic Brew Podcast.
Oh yea, we’re doing a Podcast. =]